Friday Fun: Rome Puzzle

By Akemi Iwaya on July 8th, 2011


The weekend is almost here, but until you can leave for home why not relax a bit and take the edge off your work day? In this week’s game you have a chance for greatness and the opportunity to visit Olympus as you work to build a new city in the bygone era of ancient Rome.

Rome Puzzle

The object of the game is to start with a wilderness area and build a new city piece by piece. If you work hard enough you can also earn the right to visit Olympus, the home of the Roman gods. Are you up to the challenge in this quest for greatness?

Note: Clicking on the Help Button will provide information regarding game items, bonuses that can be won during the game, some background, and more.


Pressing the Play Button will immediately take you to the first level. You can monitor your score, supplies earned, and more using the bar at the top of the window. In the lower right corner is the timer (the water level in the jar). To play the game line up three or more matching items in a row (horizontally or vertically) by clicking on and switching tiles around. That will clear those squares allowing more items to slide into the puzzle board.

There are three areas of specific interest on the first level…the squares that have a blue background will need to be cleared. Try to include them in a matching set so that they will turn to the same light brown color as the rest of the puzzle board. Once all of the blue squares are cleared the level will be completed.


Two gone and one to go…


When you complete a level you will be presented with the stats for time, money/items earned, and a time bonus if you finished quickly enough.


After reviewing your stats you can start on building your new city. At the bottom of the window you will see the buildings that you can afford to purchase. These four buildings comprise the first group of levels in the game.


Hovering your mouse over the Buy Button will show details about that particular structure. Click on the button to purchase the building.


Once a building has been purchased it will be placed in an appropriate location on your map and the Buy Button will change to Bought.


Level two adds building supplies to the puzzle board. There is also an increase in the number of blue squares that will need to be cleared.


You will receive an in-level bonus the first time that you clear a five item section after purchasing the Sawmill.


Depending on the time you have left on a level, you may want to play a bit longer in order to earn more gold, supplies, etc while balancing out the time bonus.


Having that Forge would definitely be useful!


As with the Sawmill, your new Forge will be automatically placed on the map for you once it has been purchased.

Note: The more expensive buildings may take more than one round/level of game play to pay for depending on how much gold and supplies you earn.


Time to get back to work!


As you complete each group of levels your public status will change and improve. You may start out small, but you can build your path to greatness!


Play the Game

Rome Puzzle

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 07/8/11
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