Cradle of Empires

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Developer: Awem Games
Platform: Mobile (iOS/Android)
Role: Game Writer
Genre: Drama
Format: Match-3 puzzle game
More info: awem.com

As Game Writer, my responsibilities include:

  • Event creation and writing (overall idea, prose, dialogue)
  • Overall Narrative improvements to game
  • Russian to English translation
  • Writing “What’s New” release notes
  • Writing developer’s letters, push notifications, and special event alerts

My contributions to Cradle of Empires include:

“What’s New” Release Notes

This text, seen by every player following an update, contains a list of additions, changes, and upcoming events within the game.


Game Announcements

From time to time, announcement pop-ups appear in the game to alert players to holidays and events happening within the real world.

World Animal Day is held each year on October 4th, and to mark the occasion, I wrote a brief announcement that appeared within the game, as well as on social media.

I also wrote announcements for events including World Children’s Day, and Halloween 2019.


The Ferryman
Halloween Event

Event Release Date: October, 2019

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I served as writer for Cradle of Empire’s Halloween event, “The Ferryman,” which officially kicked off the fall season within the game. I created and wrote all storybook prose for the event, as well as the dialogue that appeared in cutscenes before and after the event.

When the greedy and selfish Markata lets his work overtake all aspects of his life, it takes a visit with the mysterious Ferryman to set him on the right path. 

INTRO CUTSCENE DIALOGUE

STORYBOOK PROSE

OUTRO CUTSCENE DIALOGUE

Players took on 40 challenging match-3 puzzle levels throughout the event, earning fun rewards along the way.


Meows & Paws Tournament

Event Release Date: July, 2019

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Meows & Paws was Cradle of Empires’ first player-versus-player tournament event where players collected Cat Paw chips during Match-3 games to win prizes, and to help Sity—the Priestess of Bastet—find all the cats that escaped from her temple.

I translated all cutscene dialogue and UI text from Russian text to Native English, ensuring the event would be easily readable for the U.S. audience.

Intro Cutscene Dialogue


The Legend of the Blue Lotus
Summer Event

Event Release Date: May, 2019

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I served as writer for Cradle of Empire’s event, “Legend of the Blue Lotus,” which officially kicked off the summer season within the game. I created and wrote all storybook prose for the event, as well as the dialogue that appeared in cutscenes before and after the event.

Ziyad plans to retrieve a magical blue lotus for his lovely wife, but before he can claim the flower as his own, he must successfully answer Nefertem’s difficult riddles. 

Intro Cutscene Dialogue

Storybook Prose

Outro Cutscene Dialogue

Players took on 40 challenging match-3 puzzle levels throughout the event, earning fun rewards along the way.

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Cradle of Empires 5th Anniversary
Birthday Event

Event Release Date: May, 2019

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I served as writer for Cradle of Empire’s anniversary event, celebrating the game’s fifth birthday, in which players help the baker make the cake which will serve as the centerpiece for the in-game city’s celebration.

It was my responsibility to write all cutscene dialogue that occurred between levels.

Cutscene Dialogue

Players braved 40 challenging match-3 puzzle levels during the birthday event to build the celebratory cake, and in the process, won valuable rewards.

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Tale of the Magic Bunny 
Easter Event

Event Release Date: April, 2019

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I served as writer for Cradle of Empire’s Easter event, “Tale of the Magic Bunny,” for which I wrote an original fairy tale about the importance of always telling the truth.

A young boy borrows a magical rabbit from a temple, hoping to use it to bless his father’s field. However, when the crops grow higher than he could have ever imagined, his neighbors grow suspicious. The boy, nervous about coming clean with his fellow villagers, makes matters worse by telling lies at every turn.

Storybook Prose

Players were treated to nine pages featuring prose and storybook art as they completed 40 challenging match-3 puzzle levels during the Tale of the Magic Bunny event.


Three Wishes 
Valentine’s Day Event

Event Release Date: February, 2019

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I served as writer for Cradle of Empire’s Valentine’s Day event, “Three Wishes” for which I wrote a fairy tale about true love and the magical genies who make life more difficult.

The shy and meek Amira loves the strong and handsome Garib, but can’t get up the courage to speak to him. Meanwhile, Garib’s affections fall to Leila, a beautiful and outgoing woman. When Amira stumbles across a genie lamp, the magical being offers to grant her three wishes, and the woman will need all three if she hopes to keep Garib and Leila from falling in love.

Storybook Page Prose

Players were treated to nine pages featuring prose and storybook art as they completed 40 challenging match-3 puzzle levels during the Three Wishes event.

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