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 4.7.0

- Play, set records, compete with friends from your contacts and get awesome rewards! All this is in the new Cradle of Empires: Blast right in your iMessage!
- Improved game dialogs: playing is now even more fun! Don’t miss important information about new mechanics and obstacles!
- Valentine’s Day is approaching. It’s a great occasion to cook something unusual. Collect all the recipes and get a delicious reward!
- Rumor has it that Menes is planning to ruin the holiday. Exchange 3 stolen collections at Menes’s servants and a reward is yours!
- Help the Genie conquer the heart of his charming beloved one by completing 5 exciting levels.
- The Portal of Love can help anyone find their significant other! But it’s not easy: 20 levels await you full of incredible adventures!
- Fixed bugs and added improvements.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

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.



The puzzles have added obstacles like dark screen or skulls etc. and I get all that but it’s nearly every puzzle and I wouldn’t mind except the dark screen puzzles involve moving a ‘spotlight’ around and after a couple of puzzles doing that, my fingertip is feeling raw. And the ‘colorless’ puzzles hurt my eyes, but I also have vision problems. The other issue is there is a score that determines when stars are achieved, but no scoreboard nor points per whatever. That seems arbitrary. How do I know the game is being consistent if i don’t see how progress is measured? I don’t know the aspects pay to play set of this game; I don’t know what would need to be purchased to make this game more playable. I haven’t discovered any hurdles that require money. It is boring and redundant but what isn’t? At least this match 3 game has goals other than “now do it all again on a different board”.

Developer Response

Thanks for helping us improve our game! We take all feedback into consideration in hopes of creating the best experience for everyone.

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



195 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

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