Giveaway of the Day - Cradle of Rome

Cradle of Rome
February 10, 2013

Is there any person in the world who doesn’t dream to go back in time and to visit all those legendary places of the Roman Empire? And even more to build the Rome by himself? Awem Studio gives you that great chance! Don’t lose a unique opportunity to see all the beauty of the ancient Rome in our new game Cradle Of Rome! Coliseum, Forum, Pantheon, Temple of Saturn and Venus! All these magnificent pieces of the Roman culture are waiting for you!


  • More than 20 masterpieces of the Ancient Roman architecture to build!
  • 5 historical epochs where you start from a small village and construct your way to the Golden Age of the Roman Empire!
  • Challenging ranking systems that let you become the Emperor of the great Rome!
  • 8 original bonuses, including lightning, shield, star, mixer, bomb and many others!
  • Build and conquer your way to the legendary Mount Olympus with over 100 levels sure to keep to wanting more!
User Rating: Rate It!
  • 343 (82%) 
  • 76 (18%)
System Requirements: Windows 2000/ XP/ VISTA/ 7/ 8; CPU: 1.0 GHz; RAM: 256 Mb; DirectX: 8.1
Publisher: Awem Games
File Size: 26.4 MB
Price: $9.95

This software was available as a giveaway on February 10, 2013, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at

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Please note that the software you download and install during the Giveaway period comes with the following important limitations: 1) No free technical support; 2) No free upgrades to future versions; 3) Strictly personal usage.


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  1. I would have posted this earlier, but accidentally deleted my original review which I’d prepared last week. I had to completely re do the review this morning, which was annoying, but as I always say Cest la Vie. :)

    Cradle of Rome:

    In Brief:

    A match Three game with city building elements


    Cradle of Rome downloads to a 26.4 MB zip file that unpacks to a read me and a wrapped setup activation file (the orange colored file with the key symbol), plus there’s a setup file with security (setup.gcd) that’s protected from being hacked. This file may case some security software to alert the user to a possible malware attack, but it will be a false positive.

    The game giveaway team check all game giveaways for malware using several well known anti -malware suites. There has never been a game giveaway infected with malware since the project started back in Dec 2006. The installed game is 51 MB in size.

    C:\program files (x86)\Cradle of Rome\CradleOfRome.exe

    You will find a desktop shortcut is installed. :) Once installed you can delete the giveaway setup files.

    I’ve only tested the game on Win 7 this time around, Anyone running Win 8, Vista or XP, please confirm whether this game works Thanks.

    Cradle of Rome and the second in the series Cradle of Persia are both available free from MyPlayCity 24/7


    Welcome to Cradle Of Rome! Use the chance to build Ancient Rome, the most legendary city of all time! One of the powerful capitals that have ever existed wants you to become its Emperor! Conquer 100 intuitively designed levels by swapping tiles and matching three or more in a row. Collect supplies and build 5 historical epochs.
    You start at the beginning of Cradle Of Rome game… First a village appears… Then you buy a fountain and a tavern… Will you choose the water mill or the blacksmith next?
    Play more and watch your city grow into a vast and magnificent center of life, the heart of the antiquity! You’ll be able to reconstruct masterpieces of Roman architecture, build the Coliseum to train gladiators, and even rebuild the Pantheon, the Temple of all the Roman Gods to bring you even greater luck! As Rome grows, the citizens who populate your city will proclaim you Emperor as a Head Priest considers a worthy tribute!
    Rise from an emerging ruler to the most powerful name to cross the mouths of both mortals and gods. Do this, and solve the puzzles that will be put before you, and you will enter Olympus – the Home of the gods! The fabulous lands of Caesar open their gates in front of you in our new puzzle game: Cradle Of Rome!

    Reference accessed HERE 2013

    The Game:

    Cradle of Rome offers a single, story-based mode of play that spans over 100 levels across five epochs (stages) with a ranking system that takes you from lowly peasant to supreme emperor. A fairly straightforward match-three design, you create combos by swapping adjacent tiles. Line up three or more identical ones and they disappear. Pretty standard fare. The results of those matches, however, are not so ordinary. But, first, the basics.

    The chief idea is to build Rome from the ground up, one structure at a time. Starting with a sawmill, forge and quarry, you work your way to more famous, and costly, buildings like the Coliseum, Forum and Pantheon, twenty masterpieces of Roman architecture in all. Eventually, you’ll reach Mount Olympus… if you play your cards, I mean tiles, right.

    The twist to Cradle of Rome is that building requires resources — Gold, Supplies and Food. Assets are acquired by matching tiles representative of crucial materials, specifically coins, lumber, stones and various edible provisions. This adds a strategic element to play since you’ll often be in want of one item over the others. Further, as the game progresses, costs rise proportionately. Your first building, a sawmill, costs just 500 gold, but the Coliseum, purchased midway through the game, costs 34,000 gold, 35,000 supplies and 33,000 food.

    Play is reminiscent of Big Kahuna Reef (if you haven’t played BKR, you’ve missed out). As you match and remove tiles, replacements fall from above. “Locked” tiles, those with marble plaques beneath, require one or more matches to clear depending on the number of plaques. Remove them all and you advance to the next level. But, as you progress, more and more tiles will be plagued by plaques until every tile rests upon them.

    You’ll also find tiles “chained” in place by one or two chains. These must be matched before you can tackle the plaques underneath. So, for instance, if you have a tile fettered with a double chain and a double plaque, it will take four matches to clear.

    Tile matching in Cradle of Rome is not a leisurely affair either. A water jug serves as a timer. As the minutes pass, the water level slowly drops. If it reaches the bottom before you’ve cleared the screen, you lose a life. Finish the level with water remaining and you’ll receive a Time Bonus — a real benefit since it adds to the resources you need the most. Of course, each match earns you points which, in turn, rewards you with extra lives.

    In addition to resource tiles, others secure bonuses (power-ups). Examples include the Hammer, Lightning, Bomb and Hourglass. Creating combos with these items fill up their respective containers on the Bonus Bar making them ready for use (though, you must constantly replenish them). What do they do? The Hammer breaks any tile, plaque or chain you choose, while Lightning zaps twenty random tiles. Bombs blow up squares of nine tiles each and the Hourglass adds water to the jar.

    Events come into play, as well. For instance, on your first match-five you’re awarded a new citizen. The same holds true when you earn 10,000 points in under ten levels and 2,000 supply units on a single level. More events occur, too, but you get the idea. With every citizen earned, you receive extra supply units or a quicker refill on bonuses on reaching the next level.

    Ancient Rome was an impressive place. Cradle of Rome is somewhat striking, too. Its visuals are attractive and its tunes appealing. Plus, having to balance your tile-matching efforts with needed resources adds a unique, strategic element to play which, by the way, can be quite addictive.
    Not all of Rome, however, was memorable in a positive way (like slavery, gladiatorial games and insane emperors). The same holds true here. While most of the competition offers multiple game modes, Cradle of Rome has but one. Once you reach the first level of any of the game’s five epochs, you can start over from that point if you run out of lives, but that’s it. You can’t restart from the last level you completed and you only receive one life.

    Still, Cradle of Rome is an enjoyable three-in-a-row diversion with some interesting twists. So, give it a try. Its resource-matching play provides a solid foundation for fans of the genre.

    Reference accessed HERE Jan 5th 2013

    Tips & Tricks:

    • Three tiles will get you a match, but four or more will earn extra resources.

    • In order to make it to Olympus before the game ends, you need to work quickly to build Rome so don’t dawdle. Finish each level as quickly as possible.

    • In general, start making matches at the bottom of the screen first. As you create combos below, others will be generated above without extra effort on your part.

    • On levels with chains, try to create matches that break the chains first. Then move on to other combos.

    • Use bonuses as soon as they’re replenished. Otherwise, you loose the benefit of additional matches.

    • If you’re near the end of a level and you have time, fill up available bonuses before completing the last match. Then you can use that bonus on the next level if needed.

    I’ve not posted the tricks. There are two that allow you to skip a level or increase the number of lives you have. I suggest only using either if you are really stuck. You can find the tricks HERE


    • More than 20 masterpieces of the Ancient Roman architecture to build!
    • 5 historical epochs where you start from a small village and construct your way to the Golden Age of the Roman Empire!
    • Challenging ranking systems that let you become the Emperor of the great Rome!
    • 8 original bonuses, including lightning, shield, star, mixer, bomb and many others!
    • Build and conquer your way to the legendary Mount Olympus with over 100 levels sure to keep to wanting more!
    • Continue the adventure in Cradle Of Persia

    You’ll find a walkthrough of the game HERE

    System Requirements:

    Windows 2000/ XP/ VISTA/ 7/ 8

    CPU: 1.0 GHz

    System RAM: 256 Mb

    DirectX: 8.1 or higher

    Video & Images:

    You can see a slideshow of around 80 images HERE.

    You’ll find videos of game play HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE
    and HERE.


    You can change the music by swapping the music files via the following path. You will need to rename each file and convert them to the .ogg format:

    C:\program files (x86)\Cradle of Rome\music\x.ogg


    Overall a better than average match three, with decent graphics and an incentive to carry on if only to see Rome being built. It would have been nice to see some animation, but as it stands its okay. The sound track could have been better. For me the weakest link in the chain, but you can always change the music if you wish


    Gameplay – 8
    Graphics – 7.5
    Audio – 5
    Re-playability – 7
    Originality – 7

    Total = 6.9



    If you are posting late in the day I would also suggest posting in the main giveaway forums in the game discussion section. If you’ve installed the game but it won’t work for some reason, it should still be registered, so someone may be able to help at another time. Unfortunately if your problem is actually installing it then once the giveaway period is over there’s nothing that can be done until the game is given away again (though that isn’t guaranteed).

    If you have any problems installing or getting to work today’s game please go HERE for help.

    It’s always worth checking out the free games sites as sometimes the games we get here are also available for free from them. MyPlayCity has the most with over 600 games to choose from. Cradle of Rome IS available from MyPlayCity HERE and the secomnd in the series Cradle of Persia HERE.


    Games, Games, and yet more Games:

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    The usual monthly free game from Alawar’s game box is still Sprill. You may need to reinstall game box if its still showing the previous game (Finding Doggy). It’s supposed to change every month, but some community members are seeing the same game for months on end. Dido suggested that you reinstall game box to fix the problem. Reinstalling game box shouldn’t affect any previous freebies. :). (You need to install the free Gamebox from Alawar to access the free games, which for newcomers change approximately every month). If that’s not enough, check out the Game Discussion forums HERE for details of other games either free or on deals such as the Indie Game bundles or the four day sales at IndieGameStand.

    Check out the Game discussion forums HERE for details of any Indie Game Bundles that are still live. At the moment there’s a new Greenlight bundle. To those who don’t know what Greenlight means, its games that have been put forwards for inclusion into Steam. The community vote for the games they like. if they get enough votes the games are added to Steam. If you purchase a greenlight bundle you are getting loads of games dirt cheap and, if any do make it onto Steam ( at least 50% should definitely IMO), you will get Steam keys. The latest bundle includes Paranormal a Haunting simulator, Beware Planet Earth! a time management tower defence game, Hairy Tales a tile-dragging Puzzler + n Soundtrack, Dwarf Quest a casual Dungeon Crawler, Depth Hunter a spearfishing simulator, Potatoman Seeks the Troof a 8 bit platformer, Megabyte Punch a fighting/beat ‘m up, Gear Jack a pretty side scrolling platformer and Aeon Command a strategy space warfare game. There’s also a new Groupees bundle that contains for a minimum of $1 Section 8 (a futuritic Unreal Tournament like game) and Monster Madness (32 bit only) for a minimum of $3 you also get Cargo Commander and Hotel Giant 2. Finally there’s also a bonus of RooGoo if 2000 bundles are sold.

    I’ve posted images and video of game play for most of these bundles over in the forums. Click on the Game discussion forums to find all of the active bundles easily.
    These bundles give you the opportunity to get a lot of great games for almost nothing (the price of a cappuccino at your local coffee shop)

    The latest game from Indie GameStand (they have a new indie game every four days) is Krunch a quick-reflex game about escaping, survival and the fear of being closed in. You can get the game for $1 minimum or, if you want extra’s, pay the average price, which, at the moment stands at just over $2.

    With respect to my links to MyPlayCity and Gamtop. Please be aware that these sites may add toolbars and home page hijacks to your web browser, but these can be avoided by un-checking the appropriate boxes during installation. Also when you close any of their games down, your browser is opened and directed to the sites home page. This is innocuous so don’t worry. Closing the page ends any connection and nothing is downloaded.


    A Request for help:

    Developers rely on good feedback to improve their games. If you download this game please take some time once you’ve played it a while to leave some constructive feedback either positive or negative. The more constructive feedback we get, the more likely developers are going to give more games away. The giveaway site already has a very good standing with the search engines. Developers want their products out there on the WWW, this site has the potential to do that. The game giveaway project gives away on average between 9 to 17 thousand downloads for each game depending upon what genre and how obscure the game is. That’s a lot of homes these games are being downloaded into and a lot of ‘potential’ cash that’s being lost by the developers. If we get better games because of better feedback, the community are likely to continue to benefit from the generosity of the developers. Satisfied community members are then more likely to visit the home sites of those developers and purchase games that they may not have bothered with before they discovered the developer via the game giveaway site, thus giving the developers more incentives to give away even more decent games.

    Please leave some feedback once you’ve checked the game out. It can be positive or negative, but please explain what your reasons were for the feedback you post. You could also leave suggestions for improving the game, for example, this game could do with more block types for the levels editor, add more power-ups, describing the ones you think would be suitable, add some mini games (which seem all the rage in some arcade games now) or enable the user to be able to change the in game music easily.

    Thank you in advance to all those who take the time to post a constructive comment.


    Whiterabbit aka Stephen

    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — February 10th, 2013 at 3:01 am
  2. Excellent game! I’ve downloaded it for free from one of game sites. You have really valuable time bonuses finishing level quickly. With The Lost Kingdom Prophecy (and many others) you get almost nothing.

    Cons. There are clearly Russian faces of ancient Roman statues on some intermediate pictures through the game. Gameplay is not well balanced, you have not make all of your best to reach Olympus and win. That all. Cradle of Persia has a good balance, it is really challenging.

    ………………………..Moderator Comment……………………………

    Thank you for your feedback. Cradle of Persia is also available from MyPlayCity 24/7. :)

    Comment by Vladimir — February 10th, 2013 at 3:40 am
  3. Alawar’s game box’s free game has been ‘Sheep’s Quest’ for some weeks now. It’s a fun game.

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