When boring, uninventive match-3 puzzles prevail and all hope is lost, it all comes down to one single game … Cradle of Empires! Become the Chosen One and help the ancient empire rise from the ruins in this adventurous match-3 game with a rich storyline, thrilling quests and captivating characters!

Cradle of Empires is an exciting — yet cool, calm and collected — family-friendly adventure. It takes you on a breathtaking odyssey that challenges your matching, building and collecting skills. With the help from Nimiru and Egyptian settlers, you can break the Amrun’s curse and restore the ancient civilization to its former glory. Step up and become the secret weapon in the triumph of good over evil!


● Unique gameplay mix: You make matches, build a grand city and go on an adventure all in one … How awesome is that?
● Mega-sized adventure: You’ll be immersed in this engaging adventurous story with unexpected twists, gripping quests and memorable characters.
● Ancient cities and civilizations: You collect resources by playing match-3 levels, which help you rebuild the cities that evil had destroyed.
● Different game modes: You play 6 different match-3 modes, a variety you won’t find anywhere else.
● Many power-ups: You can earn a diversity of bonuses, power-ups and amulets — you’ll develop your own strategy for using them.
● Regular updates: You’ll never run out of new adventures as you’ll get new buildings, quests, bonuses, levels and whole civilizations in future updates.

All this and much, much more for FREE!

5/5 “Lots of different goals to achieve so I never get bored. Not the same match-3 as usual.”
5/5 “Very addictive game!! Can't stop playing it !!”
5/5 “Great way to pass time. Puzzles are just hard enough to be challenging without being frustrating.”
5/5 “Can't wait for the next version to come out”

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What's New

Version 4.7.5

- The Mystical Portal will appear on March 16 not far from your city! Fifteen exciting levels will open up a new world of fun puzzles. Solve them all and get an amazing reward for free!
- The jolly Genie is coming to your city again! This friendly visitor with fun riddles and big rewards will be waiting for you on March 9. The Genie will be in the game for 3 days only, so don't miss it!

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

A Nice Game, But Needs Changes!


I've played this game and several other puzzle games. And like many others it has some fun and entertaining features. But many of the puzzle levels and modes are impossible to complete without bonuses(boosters) or crystals(currency for buying boosters, extra moves etc). My main complaint is that game apps like this one, have no consideration for the fact that many of the players nowadays don't have an income that allows them to splurge and spend such high amounts of money on apps. Cradle Of Empires doesn't offer enough for players who have reluctantly spent money on Crystals more than once or twice. People used to be able to turn to game apps to relax and to put aside stressful issues like their income. But today majority of game and entertainment apps bombard players with reasons to spend money. But they don't really offer anything to make players feel like they didn't waste money on a game. I know developers need money to keep apps running, but I also know that they make money from advertisements(including ads watched in app), social media, and numerous amounts of players spending money, to name a few areas. Also faded mode isn't visually appealing in some structures like The Brewery because there are some pieces that are too similar in color and shape. This causes some eye strain for people like me with vision issues.

Developer Response

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are sorry to hear you are frustrated with the game. We take all feedback into consideration in hopes of creating the best experience for everyone.

Beware: An Extremely Frustrating Game

Knighttime Blues

Let's start with the good: beautiful graphics, good music, nice logic puzzles that can provide a fun intellectual challenge in bite size chunks of time. Now the bad, which takes a little explanation: to advance and open up new puzzles you need to complete collections of items. You win items by completing levels. The problem is that there is no guarantee that you will get the item you played the level to get, even if you win. So let's say you have 11 of 12 items needed to complete a collection; the game tells you to play a particularly difficult level to win the item (I struggle with timed levels and hate the blitz setting); you win the level, but there is a greater than 50/50 chance that you don't get the item (you might even get a pretty much worthless prize, like a fraction of the energy you spent on playing the level, which just rubs salt in the wound). This robs you of the feeling of satisfaction that most games give you for winning the level. Of course, you can relieve the frustration by spending real money to buy the item. I assume that's what the developers designed for. But be careful if you do buy in-game currency. It's way too easy to spend it by mistake. Given the careful attention paid to design elsewhere in the game, I suspect that's also deliberate.

Fun game but eats up Data


I’ve been playing this game for a bit and it is a lot of fun. I love games that are challenging, not easy. Some levels or items can take awhile to obtain, but that’s the beauty of it. If you are looking for instant gratification or you want a game easy enough for a newborn then this is not the game for you.

The only issue I have is since the last update, you either need to be online or allow it access to your data plan. It will use up the data plan! I normally have it off but online when I am home and I normally play the game at work or when standing in a line. I cannot do that anymore and don not want to spend $100 on a data plan.

For the past 24 hours is has required me to be online so it can download content. It has done this 5 tines. This is absurd! You should not have to be online to play the game and it should not require downloading content 5 times in 24 hours! This really needs to be fixed.

Developer Response

Hello, thank you for sharing your feedback. We will sure check the issue you got. Please contact us from inside the game. Here is how: Go to the Settings / Tech Support / Write to us.

In-App Purchases

Match-3 Currency Starter Pack

Complete challenging match-3 quests


Match-3 Currency Middle Pack

Unlock and discover new match-3 locations


Match-3 Currency Power Pack

Pass all match-3 levels to restore the Empire



196 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2002 - 2018 Awem Games
In-App Purchases
  1. Handful of crystals $1.99
  2. Pocket of Crystals $4.99
  3. Cart of crystals $19.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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