Cradle of Rome 2
Great followup to the original
Pros: multiple game modes, minigames, good learning curve
Cons: timed only, monotonous soundtrack, highly difficult near end of game
Cradle of Rome 2 features the same gameplay as its predecessor in that you are once again building up ancient Rome by collecting various resource tiles from the game boards in order to construct the city's buildings. Many of the powerups found in the original COR are back along with a couple of new, improved ones to make clearing out tough spots a little easier. The tricks for getting citizens to move into your city are no longer secret and can be found in a number of ways. Another new addition is the minigame to play to get a building blueprint (a blueprint must be obtained before you can buy a new building). These minigames include jigsaw puzzles, rotate the wheels, find a pair, and flip the card memory games. Although they aren't all that hard, they are a nice break from constant M3 action.
In addition to the adventure mode, there are two new game modes to unlock as you progress through adventure mode, Tourney and Blitz. In Tourney you'll be competing against who I presume were the game developers or testers for trophies on a board of your choosing. I have yet to decipher all the tricks for winning the Tourney trophies but it is definitely not just finishing first. In Blitz mode you try to go as far through the entire game as possible with each board on a special fast moving timer. There are three different difficulty levels to choose from and Hard made me look foolish after level 20 so adrenaline junkies are sure to get their fix.
The learning curve for adventure mode is back and still as good as the original. A nice update is that the double chained pieces don't appear until much later in the game, but that doesn't mean there aren't still challenges aplenty. The new obstacle to hate has got to be the skulls, but those won't appear until after the halfway point. The ice blocks can also prove tricky until you figure out the patterns to make around them. Sadly, COR2 still doesn't feature an untimed option, so once again, finishing the game is better off left to the pros.
The game window if playing in windowed mode is larger than in COR and the game tiles are likewise larger to make finding matches a little easier. The graphics have received a refreshing update and the citizens are no longer as cartoonish looking. The soundtrack, although improved from the original's in quality, lacks variety and gets very boring if playing for a long time, so if you can't tune it out, you may want to turn it off in the game options.
Look for the circular saw at the sawmill; it's another feature they brought back from the first game, and the current upgrades to it always make me laugh!
November 21, 2011
Great if you like timed games
The only thing against this game is that there isn't an untimed game.
For the rest, it is great and the visuals and sound are brilliant. I am on my third attempt but haven't yet managed to complete the final level. That one is challenging and it is necessary to harbour all your weapons to defeat it.
Was so pleased to have bought it.
Warning tho', it is addictive :)
February 28, 2012
USE POWER-UPs and BUY RESOURCES
This is the 1st timed-management game that I've ever been able to actually COMPLETE to the end (100 levels) due to the fact that I used my power-ups (when available so they could refill) specifically on hard-to-get-at areas of the board.
Also whenever the timer ran out and I was asked if I wanted to buy resources, I ALWAYS said yes (particularly on the last level) and I never ran out of resources and was always able to complete each level without losing a life.
Also try to quickly ascertain if you've got a win-able board (meaning without having to use power-ups too often) and if not, go for the icons that refills those power-ups only and use them as quickly as possible once refilled -- that was the ONLY way I was able to win Levels 99 and 100 (as well as buying the resources) WITHOUT losing a life and having to repeat them; there was 1 or 2 levels earlier that I also did that way.
January 2, 2012
im hooked on this game
great game would like to know if there is going to be a number 3 cradle of rome in the near future?
November 15, 2011
Cradle Of Rome 2
Quick thinking challenge game!
June 10, 2012
Fast moving fun game.
This is much better than the first Cradle. The curser was terrible in that first game. You lost time. This game is just great. Great graphics, great curser, just love it. Read the reviews of others and that helped me make up my mind. Keep up the good work with this style. Thanks a bunch. Keeps the brains cells moving. So glad I tried it. You won't be sorry buying this great game. Just hard enough to keep your interest but not STOP you.
February 8, 2013
Beautiful Graphics, interesting
I love the "Cradle" games but the timer puts me off.....Love more Match 3 without the timer....
November 16, 2011
I like this series. Simple yet fun games. The visuals are good, game is fun and the gameplay is good. Maybe it is a bit boring after a while but you can always play with the CoR series when you just don't want to think a lot.
Over all it is a good, classic game.
May 22, 2012
I liked it! Challenge is good (if you want to earn all the trophees!), you can chose in what order you want to build your city. Good graphics. I recommend.
November 20, 2011
Not a big Match 3 fan, but I liked Romance of Rome, so I thought I'd try this game by the same developer. Much more fun than I thought; to the point that I fell into the "just one more level" trap. I'll be back for more.
I enjoyed the graphics and the simple storyline, which are comic-like and fun enough to suck you into that 'one more, just one more' attitude. Can't get the music out of my head. It's challenging without being frustrating #I got through the 100 levels and opened the other game options#. Still not a big Match 3 fan, but I will replay this one.
October 19, 2012