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Jewel Master: Egypt

Platform(s): Nintendo DS
Genre: Puzzle
Publisher: Rising Star Games (EU), Storm City Entertainment (US)
Release Date: Nov. 3, 2009 (US), June 18, 2010 (EU)

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'Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt' (NDS) Gets Euro Date

by Rainier on June 3, 2010 @ 10:28 a.m. PDT

Welcome to the country of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, the cradle of civilization! Match 3 sources of wood, gold and more to create Egypt. Proceed on a time trip back to the origins of old Egypt, and witness the origin of one of the most fascinating cultures in the history of Humanity!

Building on the success of its predecessor, Cradle of Egypt offers a unique take on the puzzle genre, incorporating tools and bonus items inspired by ancient Egyptian mythology, which in turn help players recreate their own Egyptian empire.

The game uses the addictive and often frantic Match-3 engine, coupled with an engaging resource mechanic. Three or more of the same tiles must be linked together to smash the underlying blue marble tiles, all within a time limit; the quicker players are, the bigger the time bonus.

The more time bonus points are accrued the more materials can be bought to rebuild the Egyptian civilisation, and along with this, each tile represents a different item - gold, building materials and food.

Each board has varying levels of difficulty and as players progress new challenges materialise - tiles often appear 'locked' with one or two chains and the layout of the board often proves a challenge within itself. Once all of the blue tiles are smashed, a Scarab will appear on the board and must be freed.

"Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt is a fun way to pass the time, whether on a commute, while stuck indoors on a rainy day or while travelling to a holiday destination," says Martin Defries, managing director, Rising Star Games. "There's no denying Cradle of Egypt is an extremely addictive puzzle game that gamers will find difficult to put down."

With an impressive 100 levels to complete in Standard mode, across over 20 historical sites from five eras, the fun never ends as each level can be revisited in Relax mode.

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