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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2009
I loved Cradle of Rome, and this game is a fantastic sequel! Egypt is identical in format. You get to build your own civilization by earning gold and resources through game play - match at least three symbols to clear the blue tiles from the board. The symbols are new, vibrant and beautiful, and for a little extra fun when you've finished clearing tiles, you get a lapis lazuli scarab beetle which has to be dropped off the board before your water pitcher timer runs empty!

The tile swapping movement is smooth as silk in this game, I noticed it immediately. New symbols fall in fast like silky lightning. This game is very nicely done, and is already a must play for me all the way through to the end. It's highly addictive and gorgeous.....if you love Jewel Quest or other gem swapping puzzle games, this one is outstanding!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2009
If you loved Cradle of Rome, you'll love this game. It's a lot like Cradle Of Rome. You are a Pharaoh. You match 3 items to earn gold, resources and food to build your dynasty and keep your subjects happy. You can earn tools as you go to help with the more difficult puzzles. One difference, when you finish a puzzle a scarab (a blue beetle) is inserted somewhere in the puzzle and you have to let him fall off the bottom of the board to move to the next level. This is good, because if you have time left you can still earn resources until the scarab fall off (or bad, because if the beetle take too long to fall and you run out of time, you have to replay that level). The music is better than Cradle of Rome, and the graphics look much brighter and bigger than Cradle of Rome. I'm on level 62, and like Cradle of Rome, there are some hard levels and some that are a little easier. The chains and double chains are back, and keep you playing for hours.
I'm glad I got this game, even though it is a lot like Cradle Of Rome, it is different enough to keep me playing. BTW, I loved Cradle Of Rome and played it through 3 times. This game will be relayed also, because every time a level comes up it is different and there's no way to remember how you played it before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2009
As the other reviewer pointed out, this is a sequel to Cradle of Rome. The game structure is all but identical, and the number of levels is the same. They seem to have made the game tougher (not that Cradle of Rome is easy!) by slightly reducing the time limit and adding the provision that a scarab icon must be maneuvered off the screen after it is cleared. I have gotten through 19 of the 100 levels and am beginning to have difficulties, but (in both games) the varying sets of jewels one receives on retrying a level greatly considerably lowers the frustration level.

The music has improved considerably from Cradle of Rome.

Both games are highly recommended for Tetris-family gamers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is one of my fav DS games, and has been in my console for at least the past month, I only changed it a couple days ago to try out my bejeweled Twist. Basically you have 100 'boards' or 'layouts' in which you have to match 3 or more jewels horizontally or vertically in order to remove them (in removing them you build your 'stores' of gold, building materials and food which you then use to 'buy' your palace, idols etc and thus 'build' ancient Egypt).
You have various challenges in that you have to clear all the blue squares and then the scarab to complete the layout. You have dark blue squares which only need to be used once ina jem match to clear, light blue need to be used twice, locked with single chain requires three matches and a double chain requires four, oh and did I mention that this is to time?? So yeah quite challenging, but you also have special 'tools' to assist - bomb (explodes single square), mega-bomb (explodes 9 squares), lightning (explodes 20 random squares), bottle (removes all of the items that you clicked on from the board) water (extra time) and a couple others.
I dont know how many times I have replayed this game over, I still find certain layouts require a couple attempts to complete.
I highly recommend this game, especially to puzzle lovers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2009
Very similar to 7 Wonders and Cradle of Rome. Basically its the same game, different theme.

Note: There is a bug. I had a few occurances during play where the screen froze and had to restart my system. I'm playing it a second time around and have not come across this bug, BUT it helped me figure out a strategy for success.

There are special icons that perform special functions (i.e. green vial removes all tiles of the same icon), to play a game more sucessfully, you can watch the screen load, decide if the special ability is something you want (green vial, lightning bolt) and if it is, continue to play the screen. If the special ability is something useless (i.e. rain drop / increase time) then pause the game and select restart level.

This strategy also works for more complicated screens. Play the screen till you get the special ability, pause, restart level and the special ability obtained previously will be on the restarted level. Play partial games with different special abilities to accrue them, then play a level using all of the special abilities you acrued. Great for difficult levels where many of the cells are locked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2009
I got this game because I have Cradle of Rome, and I really like the "match three" type of games. I think Jewel Master: Egypt is even better than Cradle of Rome. The graphics seem to be done better, and I like the addition of the scarab beetle that has to be removed from the screen before the level is complete.

Even though this is a sequel to Cradle of Rome, you don't have to have played that one to fully enjoy this game. If you play Jewel Master Egypt and like it, you could get Cradle of Rome afterward.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2009
This is the best Ninetendo game I have played. It is Awesome! There are many challenging levels. It's colorful and exciting. I am a 73 old grandma, and I just can't seem to put it down until I master each level. Thank you.

C.M.Jimeno/Mililani
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2010
This game is very hard for me to put down. It fun and addicting and even my kids (6 and 10) want to play it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
great match three tiles.... with tools you earn to help you....like Cradle of Rome..which I played many times on pc......I am a 75 year old great grandmother and love my DS Lite.......3 generations of use and love playing our DS Lite's......good for all ages.....it starts easy and gets harder as you get into the game........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2010
This is an extremely good puzzle game! It's very addicting and I have not been able to put it down since receiving it. It's based on matching three like tiles (kind of like Jewel Quest), but there are assorted tools you earn throughout the game to help you complete the harder levels. You must clear all highlighted squares by matching the tiles. Once all highlighted squares are cleared, you must then clear enough tiles to remove the scarab from the board. This presents an even greater challenge. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Jewel Quest or those type of matching games.
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