July 11th 2008 - cerasus.media brings one of the most successful PC casual games to the Nintendo DS: Cradle of Rome, originally developed by the AWEM studios. Distinctly marrying the Match-3 puzzle mechanic with an enticing resource management system, Cradle of Rome offers players a satisfyingly addictive gameplay experience. This game is the first in a series of popular games which cerasus.media will be adapting for the DS over the next few months.
cerasus.media just closed a deal with one of the major DS publishers in North America who will publish the game this year. Details will be announced within the next weeks. Rising Star Games, home of the popular“Harvest Moon” brand, will bring the game to Europe, with exception of Germany and Benelux, on October 10th 2008. The home market of Berlin based developer cerasus.media, Germany, will be covered by rondomedia and Benelux by Easy Interactive from Holland.
About the Game:
Welcome to the birth of the Roman Empire where players re-create the legendary city of old using a unique variation of the much-loved Match-3 puzzle mechanic. Players still swap two adjacent squares around to create a row of three or more, but instead of completing the board as quickly as possible, the goal is to gather as many resources as you can before the timer runs out. The more resources you gather, the faster you can build Rome. Start with a lowly saw mill and progress to gain access to historical monuments such as the Arch of Titus, the Temples of Venus and Saturn and eventually the mighty Coliseum.
A vast array of bonus tools adds even more incentive to continue the game for as long as possible. Unlocking thesetools not only makes clearing the board easier, but also increases the opportunity to gather more resources, gold and treasure!
With conversion from the PC the levels were revised, game play was intelligently adapted to the dual screen and the difficulty level was adjusted more precisely. The completely new Free Play mode allows the user to play his favorite boards again and again.
“The new features added to an already well-loved puzzle mechanic makes this even more fun and addictive to play. Cradle of Rome was a phenomenal success on the PC last year and converting it for Nintendo DS opens up new opportunities for everyone to experience its unique gameplay”, enthused Stefan Juelke, managing director of cerasus.media.
“We are delighted to have signed a deal with cerasus.media to bring Cradle of Rome to European Nintendo DS owners”, said Yen Hau, Product Marketing Assistant of Rising Star Games.“It is a fantastic title that successfully mixes brain-teasing puzzles with thought-provoking resource management in an intensely addictive experience and is the perfect title for a publisher like Rising Star Games to enter the casual market.”
cerasus.media GmbH is a Berlin-based video games developer for PC and Nintendo DS. Focusing mainly on casual games for both the retail and download markets, the company has been planning and developing software for casual gamers, children, edutainment and infotainment for over seven years. Their games are available worldwide in all important languages.
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