Cradle of Rome 2

Release date April 27th 2012 Price n/a
Format 3DS
Publisher Rising Star Games Ltd Distributor Mastertronic
Developer - Contact 0845 234 4242
Dominic Sacco

Cradle of Rome 2

This match-three puzzler is already a casual player’s dream – and now it’s heading to 3DS. We find out how it can be an evergreen seller.

From Tetris to Bejeweled and Portal to Scribblenauts, puzzle games have evolved drastically over the years.

But for all the graphical prowess and technological advancements they have today, they’ve still managed to retain their addictive qualities ideal for portable consoles.

Cradle of Rome 2 for 3DS is one that mixes a more traditional puzzle game experience with a modern look and feel. It’s a match-three title – a genre that has proved immensely popular with casual and female gamers. Plus, it uses 3DS’ glasses-free 3D tech.

“We expect Cradle of Rome 2 on 3DS to continue the trend set by its predecessors and become a continued best-seller,” Rising Star Games’ product marketing manager Yen Hau tells MCV. 

“The Cradle series has always performed well and we are confident Cradle of Rome 2 will continue this success on 3DS.”

Casual Cradle

Cradle of Rome 2 is the latest in Rising Star Games’ line of successful Jewel Master titles. It’s already been released on DS, but now it’s making the leap to 3DS.

Like the DS version, it contains 100 levels of addictive match-three gameplay, where players must simply line up three matching objects on a grid to clear the screen. As they do so, they collect resources like wood, food and gold. The more that’s gathered the faster Rome is built.

Players can also obtain a variety of power-ups to aid their progress as they tackle consistently tougher stages. With its £29.99 price point, Cradle of Rome 2 is affordable for casual players who want a full match-three experience on 3DS.

“Its easy-to-pick-up but highly addictive nature makes it the perfect companion for the 3DS,”?adds Hau.

Marketing the Cradle

Cradle of Rome 2 for 3DS will receive a targeted online advertising campaign. It’s also part of Rising Star Games’ 3DS activity which includes trade advertising and community communications. The title is one of five 3DS?games Rising Star is releasing this year.

Jewel Masters

Cradle of Rome 2 is the latest Jewel Master release published by Rising Star Games. The titles have sold hundreds of thousands of units and the publisher says the games continue to sell long after release.

When in Rome

The original Cradle of Rome was actually a PC title developed by Cerasus Media that made the jump to Nintendo’s portable DS platform back in 2008. 


The match-three video game genre is one of several types of puzzlers that have boomed in recent years, becoming a hit with non-gamers and casual players alike.


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