Match jewels, crystals, and gems in Cradle of Empires, a free classic match-3 adventure game in ancient Egypt!

Cradle of Empires is a free puzzle game filled with intrigue, Rome magic, and mystery!
Brave the desert heat and become a legend as you collect jewels and earn boosters & crystals, elevating yourself and your new empire to greater heights!

Cradle of Empires is a story-driven, challenging match - 3 adventure filled with incredible features such as…

- Unique Gameplay:match gems, meet new friends, rebuild an ancient Rome, fight the brewing plot of a dark sorcerer, and uncover a gripping story as you solve puzzles.

- Ancient Mysteries: many secrets hide in the desert sands, from the ever-vigilant sphinx that watches over all, to the massive gate that looms over the Egypt. You must explore the unknown, and uncover the truth that has remained hidden for centuries…

- Intriguing storyline: you’ll become immersed in a spell-binding story filled with unexpected twists, unique characters, pharaoh, and thrilling quests.

- Brain Teasers and Riddles: enjoy 6 different match-3 modes, with challenges ranging from super puzzling brain - teasers to classic casual gameplay. As you explore and unlock new levels & combination, you’ll stretch your puzzle-solving skills to the max.

- Magical Boosts: as you win levels, you’ll find mythical artifacts, strange crystals, magical jewels, and blessed relics that will aid you in your quest. Match and play to earn powerful bonuses, combination and rewards!

- Best Friends: make new friends along the way who will help you on your journey. The city is full of unique and fun characters, and as you work diligently to rebuild their city, they’ll become loyal to you and help whenever and wherever they can.

- Story Quests: unlock special side quests and stories that give you insight into your new friends, as well as the lore surrounding the recovering city.

- Frequent Updates: our team works diligently to release new updates filled with new content for you to play and enjoy! Follow us on our many social media channels to keep updated on all the fun stuff coming your way!

…and more!

Cradle of Empires is a fun, casual game that you can play anytime, anywhere! With gameplay that can be enjoyed both offline and online, with or without wifi, this game set in ancient Egypt and Rome is an instant addicting pastime.

Match jewels, gather crystals, earn rewards, and follow the story in this free match-3 adventure that will keep you coming back for more. Uncover the heartbreaking story at the core of this epic quest as you defeat the evil sorcerer and become the pharaoh to your very own empire!

Cradle of Empires is a free to play match-3 jewels game but some optional in-app items will require payment.

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What’s New

Version 6.5.6

New exciting event for players:
- The magic book will open once again on November 21st, where you can unlock Nimiru’s tale of a kind Farmer, a mysterious Crane, and consequences of jealousy. Complete 40 levels to listen to her fascinating story!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
23.4K Ratings

23.4K Ratings

Christmass blue ,

need help understanding

Good morning , i have played your game for years ! and never had a diffic i have played this gamesince almost the first day , why dont you ever increase your power ups , you keep making the game harder but you offer no assistance !!!! and now with the paws game we struggle to reach a level , we go away to let more power increaseso we can play again , and you dont stand by the level we have attained !!!!! what ever level we reach we sgould stand at , notcone bavk three hours laterti find we have fallen down ten or more levels abd on,y receive the smallest of prizes !!!! unfair , i am very dissatisfied changeit !!!!played this game since almost the verytime with up dating , but this time i am , please advise , you are my favorite game by far !
i dont even know if you see thes m but mu ipad is ipdated and your game wont play if i have to delete and startover it will be for the third time ,!!! please advise
What in hey is going on folks is there anyone there , your updates is aloop , it doesnot work !!!!

Developer Response ,

Hello, thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm sorry that you have difficulties with some of our levels. Could you please clarify which level was it? We can give you some instructions on how you can cope with it and move on. Please contact us from within the game. Here is how: tap on the settings icon at the bottom of the screen, select Settings - Help and Support - Tap the Contact us (pencil in the upper right corner) - Start a conversation. We'll be happy to assist you as soon as we receive your request!

KellyofVA ,

Fun and frustrating

This is a game to play in spare time, and instead of focusing on completing collections, I would complete the puzzles within the areas of the village. Much more fulfilling and doable. I am beginning to believe the only way to complete the collections is to buy them, and not win them. And yes, it takes a long time to charge enough lives to play. Expect to let it sit for at least 8 hours to get almost, not all, 350 lives (my current stage). As you progress further, you will need to use the bonus chargers to complete puzzles. I found I have to use them 75% of the time, otherwise, you will use all the lives to play a puzzle, and most likely get no where. And, many times, after completing a puzzle, you may not get the reward hidden in it. You will have to play it and successfully complete the puzzle at least 3x more to get it. I like the game, but you do feel like the rewards are small when you win a lot. I agree with other reviewers too, you should not lose your lives if you win the puzzle. It takes so long to recharge, it would only seem fair since you cannot get the rewards easily anyway when you win. There really is no give in this game. Play when you can (I check in every day just so I don't lose the daily gifts which at week's end, gives something bigger), but do not buy anything. You will end up spending a lot for your frustration, and only have to spend more as you reach higher levels. Good luck!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback! I transferred your feedback to our developers. It is very encouraging to see that you are involved so much into the game process and our dedicated team of developers will certainly appreciate it. If you get any questions or suggestions please contact us within the game.

Dixiegirl4fun ,

Newly disappointed.

There are so many things that I love about this game. That’s why I stay a play. But the issues I have are 1. The infinity times of 15 and 30 and 60 minutes you have changed from being able to store and play when I can—- this is a change for the negative! Quite often I don’t have that time to be in the game for that time— Boo on the change. 2. Also one of the best gifts about the infinity play time was the beautiful gift of filling to total time of play when done with the infinity time. You want us to play right?!?! So let us play!!!!! I can’t afford to spend my money much on gaming— but when I can I spend it with you—- so when I run out of play time I leave the game to play other games that don’t charge me time in the game to play!!! With them it’s unlimited time all the time!!!! Why dose the all mighty dollar have to drive me from my favorite game?!?!?! Boo on the change!!! 3. My third problem is the cost again in every thing!!! Again the all mighty dollar again!!!! I spend my money in your game on cheaters so I can complete a puzzle!! I have spent a lot of money with poor return for it— if everyone that plays spends as much as my small amount I can afford —- y’all are very rich!!!!!! So Boo on the cost!! And the changes made to the best and only worthy gift of winning time to play. Why, why, why do you limit the playing of your game??????

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback. We always want to provide the best gaming experience and introduce new features that will add fun as well as new challenges in the game. We will share your input with our team and look for ways to improve the game. If you get any questions please contact us from within the game.


230.4 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

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In-App Purchases
  1. Handful of crystals $1.99
  2. Pocket of Crystals $4.99
  3. Cart of crystals $19.99


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