Cradle of Magic Basics (3 out of 5)
Cradle of Magic is your standard Facebook role-playing game. Players have a character they develop, take jobs for cash, and build up a fort area for protection. There are several areas in the town to visit including the town hall for a job, the temple, the arena, the shop, and other areas. In the tavern for example, the player can adjust their appearance, get a fortune or the latest news. The bulk of the game play comes from battles against other Facebook users playing Cradle of Magic. A very small game play area and no ability for a full screen mode make these tasks difficult and tiresome.
Battles (2 out of 5)
Players can seek out opponents who are weak, strong, or equal to them in ability. The battle mode is the highlight of this game with some combat animations but the game screen is so small it’s a disappointing experience. At the end of the match, you’ll get a view of your statistics compared to your opponents including the amount of damage you dealt during the fight. The battle mode is also weak due to the fact you can only fight once every fifteen minutes, which is a ridiculous amount of time for a Facebook game. You can buy runes with game credits to decrease the time to five minutes but you won’t want to spend cash on a mediocre game play experience at best. Overall, despite the combat animations the long wait time between fights and the small screen ruin the experience for the player. You can visit the arena for some fights once you reach the third level in the game.
Customization (3 out of 5)
In the game shop, you can buy new weapons, armor and potions but you’ll need to be level three before you can find anything decent to use. There’s a few potions to pick from including health and ones the double your statistics or restore you to full health. Shields, helmets and charms are also available from the game shop for your character. You can buy a pet if you want with some game credits if you want.
Overall Game Play (3 out of 5)
Despite the combat animations and a town you can explore with your character Cradle of Magic is a very disappointing game in terms of overall game play. The screen is far too small and there’s nothing to do while you wait for your next opponent. Having to wait a long time between fights kills the fun of the game and many people simply don’t have a lot of time to play a Facebook game. Most of the decent items cost game credits you won’t want to spend on this game. You can visit caves and collect some sapphires which you can use to buy some items but this takes time and you need to be at the right level to search for them. As you play you can unlock other areas of the map past your initial starting area. It would be nice to be able to click on these areas and see what they offer but they are greyed out leading to further frustration with the game. Your fort does change over time as you build it so this is one bonus.
Graphics/Sound/Multiplayer (3 out of 5)
The game has a decent soundtrack and during fights there are some token sounds but these extras don’t raise this title from being mediocre. The town actually looks quite nice but it’s ruined by the tiny window. A larger window would improve this game a great deal and make it worth playing. The game graphics are actually on the plus side but there so small the experience isn't worth it. On the multiplayer side you can battle other users but that’s about it or you can join one of only four guilds in the game. The game is easy to move around in and the interface is quite good overall.
Conclusion (2 out of 5)
Cradle of Magic has all the elements of a decent Facebook RPG but it fails to deliver. The game window is far too small and the time you need to wait between opponents is far too long. The game has some decent customization for your character but that doesn’t improve things. Cradle of Magic just isn’t worth playing in its current state due to the small window and other shortcomings.
All images from Cradle of Magic.
Source: Article is author's own experiences playing Cradle of Magic on Facebook.