Last Updated on Sunday, 12 August 2012 08:10 Posted by Clash Monday, 13 August 2012 09:21
Reviewed by Yolanda for FamilyFriendlyGaming
I love the Jewel Master franchise. Matching three of a kind, building resources, and growing an empire is one of those concepts that hits home with me. The Cradle of Rome games have been great. I was concerned about Jewel Master Cradle of Persia. I worried that it would be just another clone without enough to differentiate it.
Thank goodness my concerns were unfounded. Jewel Master Cradle of Persia does enough to stand alone and apart. The whole Persian feel to this Nintendo DS game is more than just name. It is in all aspects of Jewel Master Cradle of Persia. It is not so different that it alienates fans of the Cradle of Rome games.
Graphically I felt like I was starting out in the wilderness and growing the Persian culture into an empire. The nomadic style of that era is exhibited beautifully. All of the items in Jewel Master Cradle of Persia are clear, and distinct. I found nothing in Jewel Master Cradle of Persia while I was playing it that would enter the realm of offensive.
The ancient music in Jewel Master Cradle of Persia also makes me think of that culture. Remember I said Rising Star Games gave this DS game the Persian feel in more than name. Jewel Master Cradle of Persia is crystal clear on what needs to be acquired to create the next building. We acquire these items in the levels.
Strategy is a big part of Jewel Master Cradle of Persia. We can match three all over the place. But we really need to have an intelligent design as to what we target. Lets say we need food for the next building. I will focus as much as possible in the next level to acquire as much food as I can. I will also sometimes hold off on completing a level so I can attain more resources.
Jewel Master Cradle of Persia follows the tried and true method of having to match three on specific tiles. Normally that is every single one. Chains and other kinds of blocking mechanism will shake things up in Jewel Master Cradle of Persia. Having to get specific resources (as previously mentioned) add a depth that few puzzle franchises have.
I am thankful that Family Friendly Gaming received a free copy of Jewel Master Cradle of Persia for this review. I know my hubby spent a lot of time and effort on covering this hand held video game. I am appreciative of all of his time and efforts on this as well. He knows I like this franchise. I hope you will check out Jewel Master Cradle of Persia. It impressed me, and I believe it will impress you as well.
Family Friendly Factor: 93%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Rising Star Games
Rating: ‘E’ - Everyone