|Screenshot of the game map in Candy Crush|
|Example of a timed level. Source: http://images.bbgsite.com/www/2013/05/15/candy_crush_saga_pause_timed_levels_1.jpg|
|Picture of a random ingredient level. Image source:|
|Example of a Candy Order level. Source:|
C. Combine 2 special candies at a time (for example a wrapped candy + stripped candies). These are generally the trickiest as you have to create 2 different kinds of special candies and activate them both at the same time. Of course, sometimes that can be easier said than done (especially if you have to combine 2 sprinkled candies at a time, which is an actual scscenarion the game).
General Reviews of Candy Crush:
Candy Crush is definitely a fun an addictive game. Reminds me of bejeweled in many ways where you have to combine 3 or more pieces of the same color and score points. Of course, unlike Bejeweled you are combining candies (red, yellow, blue, green, and orange). Also, each puzzle represents a level where you have to meet certain requirements (such as a minimum score, clear jelly blocks, etc) to move onto the next level. Each time you beat a level, you move onto the next state and the game goes one. Whenever you fail a level (which most people probably will sooner or later), you lose a life, and if you run out of lives, you have to wait for the lives to refill themselves before you can play again. Now, this game is extremely long (more than 700 levels to play through with more being planned as we speak) and currently there is no definitive conclusion to the game yet, so most people probably will not make it to the end. Only the truly dedicated to the saga will make it to the end in my opinion. Also there are some gimicks in place to try and get you to spend extra money, including "unlocking" episodes (though if you have friends playing the game, you can get around that buy "asking" them to help unlock the next episodes. There are powerups you can get too, though some require you to buy gold and can get expensive if you are not careful. Most levels can be done without power ups, but they to take time, patience, luck and strategy. Also, boosters and powerups do not necessarily guarantee a win either and there are ways you can still fail a level. Perhaps the most annoying way to fail with powerups are levels where you have time bombs to diffuse. You can have all of the boosts you want and if a bomb goes off, you still fail and those boosts are all for nothing. In levels where you have to clear jellies, it can be easy to run out of moves before you manage to clear them all and it can be easy to wind up short, even with boosters and powerups. So, be careful to use powerups wisely if you get them (btw bear in mind you do get one free powerup per day, chosen at random so I recommend stocking up on them early on in the game so that you have them when you encounter the harder levels).
Of course, Candy Crush does have its nicer elements too:
- Multiplayer style environment: assuming you have friends playing Candy Crush you can help each other out such as by giving "lives" (if they have less than 5 lives), free moves, or even help them unlock episodes. You can also compete with people by trying to beat their scores as well. By the way, if you beat everyone's overall scores in a particular episode, you get special "trophies" for coming out on top (at least till someone beats your scores, which will likely happen eventually in my opinion).
- Variety in levels. No 2 levels are completely the same. The themes change, the complexity changes, difficulty level changes, etc. Even episodes change too as you play through the game. New scenarios, new characters to help, new powerups and even challenges to get past too. Some additiosn can be blessings (such as new power ups, such as cake bombs tht help clear out large groups of jellies and pieces when activated), while others can be curses too, such as blockers, bombs, liquorice swirls, and other annoyances. Each level has their own unique themes and requirements too, whether it is clearing out jellies, getting x number of points (usually within a time frame or moves), clearing out certain types of candies or bringing "ingredients" down to the bottom or a board. Levels start out simple too and get more complex too.
- Free booster wheel: Everyday, you get one free spin on the booster wheel that enables you to unlock one free booster each day which can help. Can be useful for stocking boosters for later and saves you from having to spend hard earn money to buy them every time you want them.
Well that is all I have, this game is bound to be entertaining for people who like puzzles, though the game is pretty long and gets progressively more difficult so some people might get bored after a while. Personally I enjoy the game, especially if you want take a "study break" or feel like playing a game while online. If you are interested in checking out Candy Crush, you can find it on Facebook (though you can also access it at King.com at https://king.com/#!/play/candycrush).
Can be a very useful resource for getting more information about the game, levels and strategies.
Bubble Witch Saga 2
Candy Crush Soda Saga - Seems to be the official sequel to Candy Crush
Pet Rescue Saga (puzzle game) - Great if you like animals
Pepper Panic Saga - pretty similar to Candy Crush, except that you are combining chili peppers
Bejeweled 2 - Here is the version on World Winner. In this version, you compete against other players for high scores either for fun or cash (if you want to play for cash). I usually play this game just for fun though.
General Tips and Tricks on Candy Crush:
- Pace yourself. This game is not meant to be beaten in one or 2 sittings. Luckily your progress is saved as you advance. Don't feel like you have to complete every level in one setting
- Learn how make special candies by combining 4 or more candies in a row. This will be especially useful as levels get trickier and more complex. Some levels are pretty much unbeatable unless if you know how to make combos (especially candy order levels that require special candies as well as jelly levels with hard to reach candies and jellies).
- Don't give up. Some levels will take multiple attempts to beat.
- Use power ups and booster wisely. By the way, early in the game, I recommend stocking up on free boosters you get by spinning the wheel each day. This way you will have plenty of them by the time the game ges tougher. Also, lolly pop hammers and free switches can be very useful when used wisely can are great for using as finishers for a level (such as having one jelly block left to destroy on jelly levels along with both certain candy order levels and ingredient levels).
- Be mindful of hazzards that appear in the game. A classic example of this are time bombs that appear as you play through the game. Each time you make a move, they count down and if they count down to 0, they explode and you automatically fail the level. Try to diffuse them before it is too late if you can. Also, ones where you have chocolates and chocolate spawners (those "blobs" that "eat" blocks and sometimes game pieces), it helps to destroy the chocolates before they spread too much.
- Sometimes it helps to strategize too.
(more will be added over time)
That is all for now. What do you think of Candy Crush? Feel free to leave comments below.