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Cradle of Rome, highly addictive and frustratingly good
on 12 February 2012
I am not your usual 'game player'. I bought myself a DS lite recently and had played professor layton on it and loved that. Up until this point I had never played a computer game in my life. I therefore wanted more puzzle games but for a slightly cheaper price. I bought this after reading the reviews, not knowing what 'match 3' meant.
Initially, not really knowing that the puzzles were only of one sort, I felt disappointed, as I like a selection of types of puzzle and this does not supply that. In addition (unless Im doing something wrong), you are not really building Rome as such, you are just being lead through various levels where you then get enough points or whatever to purchase bits of structure that an empire needs like forums, harbour, villages etc. I had thought and would prefer it, if you specifically build things using the puzzles, needing to place things strategically or whatever, but this game is not like that.
However, once I started playing, I cannot put this game down. Im embarrassed to say that I have spent late nights frustratingly trying to complete various levels. Im now on level 58 and it took me about 4 hours to get level 55!!
For those that dont know what match 3 is (although Im sure I was the only one), you have to move tiles around on a board to match 3 items in a row. You can only move one tile at a time and it has to match up with 2 others or it wont move. Some of the items can give you more time or in the case of the hammers, bombs and lightening strikes can unbreak other tiles on the board if you want. You have to clear all the blue tiles to complete the level. This may sound easy but harder levels lock the tiles, double lock the tiles and have entry tiles to gain access to more blue that you need to clear. It gets very difficult, at least for me.
One thing I would say is that I get frustrated with the locked tiles because its not always easy to see what is under them if the game contains both boulders (to represent building blocks of Rome) and silver coins, as they both look very similar with chains across.
This has not detracted from the game and of course, in addition to further Professor Layton games, I will be getting more and more of these.
Tips for those who havent played-
Try to start from the bottom up where you can
Try to start in the blue area if you can
Where the stylus does not seem to be moving the tiles (as mentioned in other reviews), dont try to drag swap them over, just press on the tile you want, then press on the next one you are swapping with rather than trying to drag them, seems to work for me.
When you are running out of time but you have a hammer or icon to help you, if you think you wont be able to complete the level, dont use your hammer then, wait until you start again otherwise it will be a waste.