Nintendo World Report writes: "The game only uses the touch screen, displaying a static picture on the top screen. The intuitive controls involve sliding two squares at a time using the stylus. There isn't too much to do when you finish the main game: the only other mode is just a means of replaying all the levels you've completed.
While nothing too original, Cradle of Rome isn't that bad of a Bejeweled clone. The difficulty gets brutal, but the game is relatively forgiving. If you're interested in a short, fun puzzle game for DS, you could do much better, but you could also do worse".