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Deliciously sweet fun!So, have you joined the Saga yet? Candy crush saga that is, the most talked about, most addictive game that I have played on my iPhone. I downloaded this for free a few months ago as everyone was talking about it and I really enjoy playing it, a bit too much sometimes, you complete one level and the your little character moves to the next level and it flashes and has bright colours and sparkly bits in the graphics just urging you to press that button and play just the next level so I do and I find I have wasted an hour or more playing a game I only wanted to play for five minutes but oh well, it is great fun.
So, exactly what is candy crush? Well, according to an article I read, "Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle video game released by the developer King on April 12, 2012 for Facebook, and on November 14, 2012 for smartphones. As of March 2013, Candy Crush Saga surpassed FarmVille 2 as the most popular game on Facebook, with 46 million average monthly users."The game is really easy to play but does require a bit of thinking and possibly some skill and luck along the way. Basically, the game is set out in a series of levels and aach level has a game board filled with differently coloured candies (sweets, for us English folks). These candies include fun looking things such as red jelly beans, orange lozenges, yellow lemon drops and blue lollipops as well as special sweets along the way that join the game at different times.In order to "crush" the candies you have to move the sweets either horizontally or vertically swapping the positions of two adjacent candies, to create sets of three (or more) candies of the same colour. These will then disappear off the screen giving you points on your score and replacing them with more candies from above.
At certain times everything will line up really well and you get loads of sweets disappearing off the screen at one time and this is really quite fun to watch and is called sugar crush.Each level contains a certain task that you must complete in order to move onto the next level. You are given a certain number of moves or a time limit to complete this in. For example some levels require clearing "jelly" off the board by making matches on top of them, reaching a certain score, getting ingredient items to the bottom of the board, or having to clear certain amounts or combinations of candies.Sometimes you can unlock a new booster which can then provide assistance during levels.
Sometimes if you are a bit unsure of what move to do next, I like that the screen flashes by the candies you can move to make a row so thats a very handy tip.
For me, this game is a bit like a shiny, girly version of tetris in a way, its fun to play and watch the candies disappear due to moves that you have made.If you fail it gives you the option of playing on for a price, £0.69 or giving up which is what I always do and then I just play that level again. I'm not so worried about my score against other people so I p, ay against myself and don't post any of my results on Facebook or anything like that.I can see I am going to be playing this game for many months to come and I love it.
When I got my first iphone I promised myself that I would not download gaming apps and waste valuable hours of my time playing them. But then came the requests from my friends to download Candy Crush Saga to send them extra lives…6 months later I am now on level 382!!
Candy Crush Saga is a puzzle game where you must match 3 or more of the same coloured blocks to complete levels. There are currently over 400 levels with each one requiring you to complete different tasks in a set number of moves. Matching 4 or 5 coloured blocks together creates special candies which can cause explosions and the removal of more blocks to help you to complete levels.
Candy Crush is a free game to download and I personally have completed all 382 levels without being tempted to spend any money but if you want to you can purchase extra lives, moves and tools to allow you to complete the levels. You are given 5 lives initially and gain a further life every 30 minutes but you can only store 5 lives at a time. If you have a facebook account you are able to connect your candy crush to it and ask your fellow candy crush playing friends to send you extra lives. To avoid having to spend any money on the game it is advantageous to have a facebook account as the levels are split into sections and when you complete a section you require 3 friends to send you tickets to virtually unlock the next section. If you haven’t got a facebook account the only way you can get to the next section is by purchasing the tickets.
There has been a recent feature added to the game which gives you a free daily spin on the prize wheel, rewarding you with boosters that you can use to help you to complete levels. This is especially useful as you get to the higher levels which can be quite tricky to complete.
I personally find this game very addictive as I love the challenge of a new level. I have though at times found myself stuck on a level for weeks at a time which does get a little dull and frustrating. But overall I think this is a great app for anyone who enjoys puzzle games especially as it is possible to work your way through all the levels for free if you are not tempted to purchase extra lives or boosters.
i used to play this game back in the beginning of my second year of university, now that was a while ago considering i''ve graduated and am about to start another course haha. i first heard of this game through my mother who was desperate for ''hearts'' to enable her to proceed in difficult levels.. this instantly got my hooked... level one.. level two.. level three.. level four... level after level after level of the same thing, i thought boringgg... however candy crush has a twist, just as you think you are becoming an expert at the game, they drop something into your ever filling sweet pile.. be it chocolate that you need to crack, or a bubble you need to burst the candy out of.. some levels have you stuck for days, trying again everytime that your i-device / android device notifies you that you have a new heart. linking this game to facebook is also good, i find it alot nicer to play at home on the computer rather than draining my phones battery (because believe me you get hooked!) facebook also helps you see where your friends are, gives you extra items to blast your sweets away with and you are able to give and request hearts (saves the half an hour waiting periods between running out and being delivered a new one!) overall this game two years later is still as addictive as the first moment i downloaded it, great for anyone of any age, guarantee that if you show it to anyone, they''ve either heard of it, played it... or are yet to be the next victim of candy crush!
First heard of this game via many frinds on facebook, and I used to wonder how empty their lives must be to play such a childish game. But when I first got my samsung smartphone, I thought I'd see what all the fuss was about , expecting to thoroughly hate it.
I couldn't have been more wrong. This game is the most addictive, but luckily harmless, thing I have ever encountered. The basic premise is make a line of three equally coloured "candies" and they pop and dissapear giving you points, when you have reached the required number, you have completed a level and can move on to the next game.
For the first 2 or 3 levels, it seems childishly simple and each level takes only moments to complete. Then suddenly trapped candies are introduced, which you have to free by lining up the same colours, then tere are blockades which have to be hit by bursting cnadies two or three times.
Eventually you come across chocolate that creeps over the screen and has to be destroyed by popping candies, or bombs appear that have to be destroyed before they explode. And you find that four or five candies in a row give you special candies that can be popped or combined to destroy these obtacles.
And so you are hooked.
Luckily, this game can be played completely free of charge, you just need a little patience as you are given an extra life around once every 20 minutes with a maximum of five, which to me is a good thing otherwise I might never put it down. If you have no patience, you can choose to purchase extra lives and/or special candies from the makers King.com, or you can link with you friends on facebook and they may give you extra lives as a present
Working in London and commuting in for an hour each morning on the tube and an hour home every day, I lose count of how many people I see playing this!
I downloaded it on my iPhone about 6 months ago, just to see what the fuss was all about.
Oh my goodness I wish I hadn't as I have lost hours upon hours of my life when I should have been doing more productive things like eating / working / sleeping!!
Candy Crush Saga is a free download game although there are in game purchases, such as boosters and extra lives to buy so watch out for that.
The game is very simple, and probably not anything that you haven't seen before. Switch little tokens around (in this game very cute looking sweets) in order to make rows of at least 3 and they disappear.
There are different goals for each round. In some rounds you have to get a certain number of points by matching sweets in a time limit, in some you have to clear particular areas of the game board by making matches in that area, in some you have to bring down fruit and nut logos from the top of the game board by making matches below the items so they fall down.
Of course there are "special" items that you get is you match 4 or more tokens and these help clear more tokens when you use them in a match.
And somehow incredibly addictive.
I can quite easily lose an hour of my life on this game. In fact I just have.
It is fun and colourful and the way the goals of each level switches around keeps it from getting too samey.
A couple of bad points though (although completely understandable moves from the makers of the game) - some of the later levels are so hard that the offer to purchase boosters to help you clear them at 0.69 - £1.49 at a time is very tempting. Also, as these are purchase through itunes there is the one click purchase function which I should imagine could rack up very easily and very quickly.
In a similar vein, once you are out of 'lives' you have to wait for about half an hour before you can play any more..... unless you want to buy more lives for 69p....... this game is VERY addictive and so that temptation too is very strong......
You have been warned!
My downfall in life is Facebook. I can lose hours of my life on that website, doing absolutely nothing interesting or important. One great thing about Facebook is the games. Candy crush is one of these, and I would say, out of all, is the most addictive.
The idea behind candy crush is to match three or more sweets of the same colour in a row or column, to make them disappear. Combining more than three sweets in a row gives you special power-up sweets, which give you an advantage to hit the target for that level. There are different targerts for each level; some will be clearing jelly, some will be clearing fruit, sometimes a certain level has to be reached and some times the level is timed. Each level is different and the higher the level, the harder the targets become and the more obstacles that are included, such as chocolate and bombs. My addiction means I've managed to get to level 181, where i'm currently stuck, but I have friends who have reached far into the 200 levels.
How to play
As well as playing it on your PC, there is an app which can be downloaded to allow it to be played on android/iphone/ipad etc.. This is great as you can play it online via your 3G, or you can play it offline and it updates it when internet becomes available. This makes bus journeys/train journeys far more enjoyable.
There are in-app purchases that you can make. Although, I have never used them so I don't know much about them. I know that my friend was so addicted that she ended up paying an obscene amount of money to pass levels. However, I feel its a game I would rather pass on my own merit.
What is great about this game is the link with Facebook. It allows you to see your friends progress on the game, and send and receive hearts, extra moves, and tickets which allow you to advance level. If you pass a friends level, you can post about it on your Facebook page, which really gives the game a competitive edge. Me and my mum are constantly competing with each other on this game, trying to pass each other on the levels.
One downside with the game is that you only get 5 hearts. These are your lives and certain levels can take many attempts before passing. Let me tell you, it's frustrating when you are using your last life and you nearly pass the level. You have to wait till your lives begin to refill before you can attempt it again. Lifes regenerate every 30 mins which can be a bit of a pain. One way to up your lives is by sending and receiving hearts from your facebook friends.
Another downside is the sound. The music is recycled over and over again, and after playing it i hear this music in my sleep. When you receive special candy during a game, little sounds go off. It's the most annoying thing i've ever heard. I now mute it.
Would i recommend?
It's addictive, frustrating, enjoyable. The harder the level, the more eager you become to pass it. I would recommend this game as it is free, addictive, and a great way to pass time. But it can be so addictive that you wonder where all those hours of your life disappeared to. It's definitely a fun, exciting game for people of all ages to play
When a friend recommended Candy Crush Saga, I hesitated before downloading it. Did I really need yet another Match 3 puzzle game on my iPad? In the end I trusted her advice. At that point, I gave up on life and disappeared into the sugar-coated world of Candy Crush, quite possibly the world's most addictive game. I've just about dragged myself away from it long enough to write this review, but I'll be heading back there very shortly.
Like most puzzle games, the idea behind Candy Crush is deceptively simple. You have to match at least three sweets of the same colour to explode them and make them disappear. Combining 4 or 5 sweets of the same colour will create special bonus items which can give you a massive advantage and help you get the higher scores and complete the levels more quickly.
As with most puzzle games, presentation is secondary gameplay. Not that presentation is poor; far from it. The game screen looks really colourful with all the different coloured sweets and it's easy to distinguish between all the different elements so that you can quickly identify possible moves. Some of the cut-scenes are rather odd - very surreal (and pink!) but their cartoon-like nature means that they fit in well with the overall presentation.
Things aren't too shabby in the sound department, either. A few different tunes accompany different levels and these all sound great. Even though there are only a small number of tunes (so you will hear them recycled for different levels), they never become repetitive or grate on the ear. Sound effects are well-used, from simple explosions when you match 3 sweets to bell-like noises when you cause a chain reaction which results in lots of sweets being exploded. Like the presentation, it's relatively basic but is actually an integral part of the game and adds a lot to the atmosphere.
Level design is absolutely superb. Things start off on standard Match 3 style grids, with pretty straightforward objectives. As you progress, more and more fiendish elements are introduced: stone blocks which prevent movement to certain squares; jelly moulds which take several hits to destroy, blocks trapped in a cage that need to be freed and (my pet hate) squares of chocolate which slowly take over the board, blocking your moves, unless you destroy them quickly.
Later levels can be really tough thanks to some deceptively simple grid design which really makes you think and which frequently see you fail. Yet, the game never becomes frustrating. There are some levels I must literally have had 50+ goes at before I've managed to beat them. Normally, this would have me deleting the app in frustration, but Candy Crush is so addictive that I can't wait until my lives regenerate so I can have another crack at it. And when I do finally beat it, it makes the victory all the sweeter.
Sensibly, Candy Crush Saga also mixes up level objectives to stop things from becoming too repetitive. On some levels you have to hit a certain score, clear all jelly squares or bring a series of special ingredients to the bottom of the screen within a set number of moves. These might sound like relatively simple additions, but actually introduces a surprising amount of variety.
Controls are as simple as they are effective. To move a sweet in a particular direction, you swipe it in the direction you want to move. This simplicity really reinforces the game's appeal for casual gamers: anyone can pick this game up and start playing it in a matter of seconds. Just occasionally you can make an unintentional move on the iPhone's smaller screen but this is not so common as to be a major frustration.
For a free game, Candy Crush offers an almost obscene amount of gameplay. I've already put in more time than I care to think about and am nowhere near completing all the levels. I'm currently on am up to about Level 137... but at the last count (and more may have been added since) there were over 400 levels. Candy Crush is going to take a lot of time and patience to get through. But here's the thing: you won't care. It really is that much fun.
For once, in-app purchases have been fairly implemented giving the gamer a genuine choice whether they wish to use them or not. You get five lives, losing a life each time you fail to complete a level. Once you have lost a life, it takes 30 minutes until a replacement is generated. So, if you run out of lives completely, it will take 2.5 hours until you have a full complement again (although you can try as soon as you have one life). Alternatively, you can buy extra lives or extra moves for 69p a time. It's probably a good job that lives take a while to regenerate. If you had unlimited lives, the game is so addictive that I'd probably just sit there playing it 24 hours a day!
There are also more expensive in-app purchases. If you want the ability to create one of the more powerful bonus sweets at will it will cost you a whopping £28! Needless to say I haven't bought this, partly because of the cost but mostly because mostly it feels a little too much like cheating to me.
There's good integration with Facebook too, with the game making the best use of the concept of social gaming that I've seen. It successfully balances a co-operative and a competitive element. So, for example, if you are doing better than a friend, you can brag about it on your Facebook page. On the other hand if you want to help them out, you can send them extra lives for free or help them unlock new levels (and they can do the same for you). I'm not really one for social gaming, but there's no doubt that it adds something extra to Candy Crush Saga.
Candy Crush is free to download, so there's really new excuse. Just be aware that if you do, you can kiss your spare time goodbye.
Right. Thanks for reading. Now go away. I've got a game of Candy Crush to play.
(c) Copyright SWSt 2013
This is a game that you play through your Facebook account. It is a free game, but like any other games that are on Facebook you can buy extra things to help you on a level that you are stuck on.
I think this has been one of the most addictive games on Facebook to date, and there are millions of people who play it, I know a lot of my friends do, which is good, as you need friends to lay this game as this can help you.
The game is a basic swap them game, you need to make a match of 3 or more squares to be able to complete levels. Each level will have a different thing you need to do to clear them. Some will be times levels, some will be clearing jelly and some will be getting fruit to the bottom of the grid, but each level does vary. And obviously get harder the further along you get. At the moment I am on level 86 and I am struggling to complete it, but I know people who are on levels of over 200 so there is a lot of levels to do.
There is different things that can help you, if you make a match of 4 you will make a candy that will blow up, if you make a match of 5 it will clear on coloured candy of your choice. You can make other things that will help you by swapping the candy's that have already been made into a super candy. This is what you need to figure out what swap will make what special power.
The downside to the game is you only get 5 lives, once your account has five lives it can not go above that. Each level that you play will cost you a life. But your lives do regenerate, you get another life every 30 minutes. Or this can also be where your Facebook friends come in, you can request lives or they can just send you them. These will give you this extra lives that you need to continue playing. Or you can just wait until your own lives regenerate.
This is probably one of the most frustrating games I have played, but yet the most addictive. I really do love playing this game, it can be challenging, but then you get more determined to complete that level. I will say I have not purchased the extras that you can buy on it, as I think all levels you can complete eventually, without wasting money.
I would recommend this game to play, as it is free, and highly addictive, the only downside to playing this is when you run out of lives, you have to wait. But be prepared to have candy crush take over your life. You will not want to stop playing, and it does seem like there is endless levels to play.
I hate this game.
I always have.
I always will.
Ever since the start of the Candy Crush Craze in 2012, I have received countless notifications and requests on Facebook, all of which I ignored, rejected and blocked. I vowed never to touch this game- it's totally ridiculous. How a simple remodel of Bejeweled by graphically turning gems into candy could get 6 million + (as of July 2013) players was beyond me. It even makes me a bit sick seeing people play it on the train, with their food, even walking on the street.
My awesome auntie singlehandedly soared to level 400+ and still going. My best friend is in the lead at position #1 amongst all my FB friends. My little cousin, an avid Candycrusher was stuck on level 147 for over one month. Seriously, what is with this game? How difficult is it to 'crush candy'??
I gave In to this game.
As disgusted as I am of myself, I not only reached level 147 but surpassed my little cousin in just one month. Poor thing. I don't even enjoy playing the game. But yet I still play. Why? What else am I going to do when I'm waiting for a bus? a train? My hand habitually reaches for the phone and presses the cutesy coloured icon.
I like this game.
To my discovery, it is a simple, yet complex game. On the surface, it is just swapping coloured candy around to match three of the same to meet certain requirements such as points, collect a certain number of candy or 'clear jelly'.
Levels are varied so that some are easy and some are hard. There are certainly ones that you will get stuck on and then perhaps a few easy levels to ease the pain and then another toughie for you to tackle.
But as you progress, more and more obstacles and challenges are introduced, deepening the experience and the bonds that tie you to the game. Liquorice, chocolate, combos... and much much more.
Plus, there appears to be some satisfaction in passing your friends when they're stuck on the same level for ages, when you reach a new episode, or when you get a top score.
I loathe this game.
But at the core of this game is pure annoyance. Both on Facebook and on my smartphone. Those 'hard' levels that are only made to annoy you really do JUST annoy you. At times, I just want to break my phone because I am one move away from winning and I am out of moves. Or when you're at the end of an episode and is forced to bug your friends for tickets.
I won't fall for the tricks of this game.
Offering power ups, tickets and 'passes' to help you progress the game for cash, the makers of the game want one thing and one thing only. Your money. My Money. Candy Crush Saga makes an estimated $633,000 a day. I hate games that are so blatantly begging for your cash they aren't even ashamed to hide it. Almost on every single page and screen there is an option to buy things to help you. No thanks, I say.
I won't be trapped by this game.
As satisfied as I am with my progress so far, with over 400 levels and more coming soon, it is an endless crushing chore that is before you realise, repetitive and boring. No matter how you spin it, it is the same game no matter how many chocolates, liquorice, candy canes they give you.
I definitely regret losing my candy crushing virginity as I now only occasionally play the game and seem to only do it out of routine, receiving very little actual enjoyment from it. Urgh, I should have never installed it in the first place!
I hate this game.
I always have.
I always will.
But no matter how much I hate it, I'm still seem to be c-c-c-crushing.
EDIT: No I have not spent any money (thank God!) and will never ever ever spend any. Like Ever.
A few months ago I had many requests off Facebook friends for lives for the candy crush saga game so decided to have a look to see what all the fuss was about. I downloaded it onto my iPhone from the app store for free. It isn't only available for IPhones though you can get it on android phones and tablets too.
The game first shows what I can only describe as a winding lane with numbers going up which is each level, if you play it through Facebook you can see on the 'lane' where each of your friends are up to. You get scored in stars on each level, either 1,2 or 3 stars you can receive. It also shows how many points you scored on each level which are usually in the thousands. The actual game shows a grid with rows of different coloured and shaped candies you need to 'crush' the candies by getting 3 or more matching candies in a line so that they disappear and the above candies drop in place. If you get 4 candies in a row then 1 of the candies turn stripey, if the stripes are vertical that means if you get that candy with another 2 matching(but they don't need to be stripey) then it will wipe out the whole vertical row. If the candy has horizontal stripes the it will wipe out the horizontal line. If you match candies in a 'L' shape or a cross then it will create a candy in a wrapper, when this is matched in a 3 with similar candies then it will blow up all the candies in a square around it twice. When 5 matching candies are in a row it will create what I think is a chocolate with sprinkles on, when this is swiped with a candy beside it then it will blow up all them candies on the screen so if you swipe it with a red candy all the red ones will blow up.
As you move up the levels then of course they are more difficult. There is a different rule applied to each level so you may need to reach a certain amount of points or on some levels there are chocolate which I really don't like, with each move you make another chocolate grows and covers over your candies until you cant move anywhere, the only way to stop the chocolate from growing is by crushing the candies beside the chocolate which will then blow up any chocolate pieces which are touching them candies. Another difficult one is the bombs, these count down each time you make a move and if you don't manage to blow up the bombs which match the candies then when its counted down to zero your game will end. My mam struggled with the bombs at first because she thought the number was counting down in seconds so she was rushing to crush as many candies as she could which of course made her bombs blow up quicker. Sometimes a cage might appear around a candy which means its trapped and cant be moved unless you match it with another 2 but then the cage disappears and not the candy so you need to match it with another 2 to remove the candy. The most common rule is to remove the jelly, I didn't understand what it meant at first as it wasn't very clear but then I realised some of the candies had a grey shaded area behind them which is the jelly, when them candies are crushed then the jelly disappears too. Some games you need to bring down the ingredients, this is a hazelnut and cherry which start at the top of the screen and as the candies below are crushed the ingredients will slowly move down the screen until they disappear from the bottom. All the games only have a certain number of moves available to complete the game except for a few games are timed where you can use as many moves as you like to reach a certain number of points in the time given.
The game has a maximum of 5 lives, once these lives are used they will add another every 30 minutes. The only other way to get new lives are to buy them or if you have facebook you can request lives off friends, these lives will go to a little envelope on the home screen and once you have no lives left you can use these. There is one other way which I was told to get extra lives but its cheating, if you change the time on your clock on the device your using then it will add another life for every 30 minutes you put the clock forward. Also if you have 2 different devices you can play on both but if you connect through facebook then both devices will pair up the game so you will always be on the same level on both devices. Using two devices also means extra lives too, for example my sister will play candy crush on her phone, once she has ran out of lives she will play on her I pad where there is another 5 lives waiting.
Candy crush is a fantastic game for all ages, my 10 year old sister in law will play it and so will my granddad, my mam likes to play it when she's on the train to and from work. The game is totally addicted at first, I'm on level 146 and have been told there's over 400 levels available to play. Its brilliant for something to do when you're bored and I've had hours of fun on it although I probably had more important things I could of been doing in that time.
There are a few downfalls to the game, its not as good without facebook. My granddad has a tablet but he hasn't put any bank details in it and only plays free games so that he knows he cant accidently buy things from it. Every so often you have to get 3 tickets off 3 different facebook friends to be able to get onto the next levels, if you don't have facebook then you have to pay 69p to get through. This means my granddad cant go any further, he doesn't have facebook and doesn't want to pay and doesn't want his bank details on his tablet anyway so now he has started going through each level again from the start to try and reach 3 stars on each game. The game completely drains my phone battery, I can play for 15 minutes to find my batteries dropped another 10% so don't play as often now. Sometimes the levels can be too difficult so that I get bored of loosing and stop playing for a few weeks.
I downloaded candy crush saga on my iPhone a few months ago when everyone was going on about it. At first, I didn't see what all the fuss was about, but now, after playing it for a while, I'm finding it hard to put my phone down!
Candy crush saga is a game with simple objectives. You are given a grid with different coloured 'candies' and you have to swipe the candies about to match up 3 matching ones, which will earn you points and allow you to progress onto the next level. It is challenging though, as new tasks are brought in, the further up the levels you go, for example;
The 'clearing jellies' task- this is where you have to match up candies covered in a clear box of 'jelly', and when you match them up, the clear box of jelly disappears. These levels can be frustrating, and you have a limited number of moves to do this in, so if you use all your moves up too fast without thinking, that's a life lost and you will have to start that particular level again.
The bringing ingredients down task- this is when there are several cherries or hazelnuts in place of some of the candies, and you have to switch the candies in the grid round to bring the said ingredients right to the bottom of the screen, where they will disappear and you will pass your task. This is really difficult for me to do sometimes and I end up particularly frustrated with this level. Again, you have a limited number of moves so use them wisely.
The time challenge task- This is personally the easiest, you are given a set time, and in that time, you must try and get a certain score by crushing a certain amount of candies.
The higher you go up in levels the harder it becomes, with cages and chocolate drops hiding some of the candies so you have to guess what's on screen. It's challenging and addictive though.
There are stripey candies, wrapped candies, and of course the most important rainbow candy, and when these are placed together or with other candies, they give you great score bonuses and can generally help you along with playing the game. However they can be difficult to get.
You get 5 lives a day on candy crush, and to get more you must wait a certain number of hours for your new lives to come in, or you can ask your friends on facebook to send you a life, which costs no money. For some levels, you either have to pay to pass them, or get friends to send you requests to help you unlock them, so it is good if you do have friends who play too so you can send them requests. I have not paid out any cash so far and I don't intend to, as I know a lot of people that play.
Lives and bonuses can be bought through itunes, but I see that as cheating. If you're just paying to get bonuses to pass the game fast...what's the point in playing? you won't get a challenge!
Candy crush saga has over 400 levels and counting....and new levels are added every day. I've yet to meet someone who has got that high though. I am on level 60 and I have been playing a good few months now. The game never gets boring though, and it's easy to see why it's the best selling game on itunes.
You don't need an iphone to use this, you can play it on android, and your computer too. It is free to download from the app store.
Recommended for kids and adults alike.
My sister spent a long time going on at me to give Candy Crush a go but I resisted as I kept being told it was highly addictive and having not a lot of spare time I knew spending some of my spare time playing games was not the best choice to make, in the end the fascination with the game overtook and I finally gave in and guess what I am addicted!
The game can be downloaded for free and can be played on Iphones, Android, Ipads and the like and even Facebook so I would say I don't know a single person who doesn't have access to the game and I have a lot of friends playing it. It becomes a competition between people as to what level they have managed to reach and also what star rating they have received on each level and as I can be rather competitive this has sucked me in.
The basic idea of this game is that you swap two candies around to make matches of 3 or more on a vertical or horizontal line which will then disappear. The game has 440 levels apparently now although at a mere 147 I am nowhere near the top! The game has a great array of different specials, blocks to stop you in your task and tasks to complete.
The levels vary in what task you are given, some of the levels are just to reach a certain score in a set number of moves and some of the levels are just to reach a certain score in a set limit of time but these are just the simple levels. As you get further through the game you have tasks such as getting fruit and nuts to the bottom of the board and even collecting a certain number of a particular coloured candy or even a combination of the specials. I have only reached level 147 so there could be more different tasks I haven't come across yet.
For a match of 3 candies you candies just disappear, for a match of 4 candies you get a striped candy which when matched in a row of at least 3 will clear a whole row for you in the direction of the stripes pointed on the candy. If you match your candies in a T or L shape you get an packeted candy which when matched with 3 or more will explode the entire square around it so it clears an area of 3 x 3 and it does this twice. Finally is the best special which is awarded for matching 5 candies in a row which gives you like a round chocolate jazzie candy and when you click onto it and then onto a candy next to it all the candies of that type explode.
The specials can be mixed together to produce even more special moves although it's quite hard to manage to line 2 specials up together to do this. If you match 2 stripy candies they will clear both the horizontal line they sit on and the vertical line, a stripy candy with a packeted candy do the same as 2 stripey candies but it does the move twice. A Jazzie ball plus a stripey is fantastic as it makes every candy that is the same colour as the striped candy into a striped candy and then sets them all off at once which clears the majority of the board. Finally the best of all is 2 jazzie candies together and they clear the full board with a massive explosion from the centre and this move is particulary useful on levels where you get stuck for ages.
Lives and Extra
You originally get 5 lives and then they reboot one life at a time every 30 minutes, when you get to some of the harder levels you can end up using up your 5 lives in minutes so there is the added bonus that you can link to your Facebook account and then ask your friends to send you lives for the game. If you run out of lives and none of your friends are responding i've found that if you move onto a different application your 5 lives will be restored so in out house we have Facebook on the laptop, play the game on my phone and as of this week can also play on the Ipad meaning I have access to 15 lives at a time. Your friends are also able to send you 3 extra moves every now and again when you have been stuck on a level for a while which has helped me complete a couple of harder levels.
When you get so far through the levels you have to request 3 tickets to get you across to the next set of levels, you have to ask your friends for the tickets to get you through and I will admit I tend to get impatient when I am waiting for tickets. I have been known to start texting my friends who are not logged into Facebook when I need a ticket and asking them to send me one.
As you progress through the levels you are introduced to jelly which means that you have to destroy a block twice and then super jelly which has to be destroyed 3 times. There is chocolate to sink your candies which will only disappear when you explode a candy next to it but every move you make that doesn't remove a chocolate block means that another one forms so if you don't get it under control quickly on a level then it can take over your whole board. Further into the game you get blocks which can only be destroyed by specials and then there are bombs which last for 10 moves and if you haven't matched them in at least a set of three by the 0 they explode and you lose the level.
Scores and Stars
At the end of each level you are given a star rating out of 3 for how good a score you got, there is a table up the side of your game who9ch shows what score your other friends got and then you can even share your scores with your friends in such a way to say "ha ha beat you" I don't really bother sharing my score with people or bothering what star rating I have got on a level unless I have got better than certain people such as my Sister and my Dad then I feel the need to share.
The game is fun to play and I get really competitive with it, as far as I have seen there are 2 types of players, ones that just click on matching blocks and hope for the nest and others that work out which candies will fall where and what matches will be made. I am the latter type of player on the whole but some of the levels even have funny fall patterns so you can't work out where they will go, I find these levels annoyed as I have a methodical mind.
The game is addictive and I can quite easily waste too much time on it but it is fun to play and it is using brain power too and for my dad it has become a great way to help keep his brain active which is always a good idea.
The game could end up encouraging people to spend money that they don't have and I think this is the only drawback, you have the option of buying specials to help you complete levels and you are even given a few of these at the beginning of the game to give you a taste. My Husband has mentioned buying the specials a few times but luckily I have talked him out of it, personally I don't see the point of completing the game by buying these anyway I want to know I have completed it myself.
The graphics are the game are great and I haven't had a problem with freezing or any other problem with the game play, my Dad reports that he has finished levels and then it has restarted him but I suspect he has probably done something wrong rather than it being something wrong with the actual game.
I love this game and give it 5 stars, it is highly annoying and more than once I have vowed never to play it again but I always go back to it, i'm not sure i'll ever complete it but I am having fun trying.
Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a Candycrushaholic - It has been less than an hour since my last game and I am writing this review in the vain attempt to stave off boredom until my lives replenish.....
If you have never heard of Candy Crush Saga, then well where have you been???? It is the first app of its type I have actually seen advertised on television for starters, and if you are a facebooker then you must be getting regularly bombarded with requests for lives and tickets to unlock the next level? But seriously, Candy Crush is a match 3 type game similar to Bejewelled and Zoo Keeper where the aim is to match 3 of the same candy to make them disappear and earn points. You can also earn special candies by matching 4 or more which help you destroy the candies quicker. They are:
Striped Candy - Created by making a line of 4 candies. Activated by matching 3 including the stripe candy which destroys all candies horizontally or vertically in the same line as the candy depending on the direction of the stripes. Combine two striped candies to get a simultaneous horizontal and vertical lines. Combine with a wrapped candy to get three lines destroyed both horizontally and vertically, or combine with a colour bomb to turn all candies of that colour into striped candies - this is my favourite combo!
Wrapped Candy - Created by making and L or T shaped combination. Activated by matching 3 including the wrapped candy. Explodes to destroy itself and the 8 candies surrounding it. Combining two wrapped candies and quadruples the blast area, and combining with a colour bomb destroys all the candies of that colour followed by a bonus blast wiping out more candies - worst combo in my opinion!
Colour Bomb - Created by making a line of 5 candies. Combining with any candy wipes out all of that colour. Combining two colour bombs destroys all candies on the game board, which can be handy depending on the level, but I usually hold them until I can combine with a striped one if I can.
Each level has an objective to complete it. To begin with as you work through the tutorial you play just to achieve a certain level of points in X amount of moves, but the objectives become more difficult as you work through. The levels include:
Timed - Getting X amount of points in Y amount of time.
Drop - Move X amount of nuts and cherries to the bottom of the grid in Y amount of moves
Jelly - The colours sit on a grid of jelly which disappears by matching a candy on it twice. Clear the jelly in Y amount of moves
Orders - Match X amount of a certain colour, bonus candy or combo in Y amount of moves.
As you progress they begin to throw in obstacles to make your job harder - these include bombs that need to be combined with candies of the same colour before the timer reaches 0, Candies that change colour, and concrete squares that crumble as you match adjacent colours.
I started playing Candy Crush last summer, and I'm ashamed to say I got into it purely to be better than my Monster in Law who started playing it first! I have always been a bit of a casual gamer, and I love match 3 games preferring to play Bejewelled over Facebook over the last big thing - Farmville, which I could never get into - so this game appealed to me a lot. It also appealed to the girlie girl in me as it is nauseatingly pink and cute. The game starts off easy to draw you in, but gets more and more difficult as you progress - I am currently stuck on level 350. I have since got it on my Galaxy android phone about six months ago. Thankfully it is not available on Kindle, otherwise I'd never read again! The game itself is pretty addictive but it also shows your scores against other friends that play which adds to the elements of competition. You get to play about 30 levels before you have to pay to continue or get friends to send you tickets to progress. You can also buy upgrades of extra colour bombs, lives, candy eating fish and much more but I have never used this option.
I really like Candy Crush Saga - it is easy to play when you only have a little bit of time and it provides the right level of challenge from the novice to the more seasoned gamer. You get 5 lives and once they are gone you have to wait 30 minutes before you get another unless someone is kind enough to send you one. Therefore unless you are having a really good winning streak it is unlikely to suck you in for too long! Ooh, is that another life I see.......
Available on Facebook, Android and I tunes
For the last few months I've been going mad with my mother in law. I kept on receiving notifications to my phone relating to Candy Crush and I was absolutely refusing to join in on the latest bandwagon, after losing my life for several weeks a few years ago to Scrabulous on Facebook. That is until we went away for a few days, and I found my husband on my iPad looking rather sheepish and secretive. On closer inspection, he had installed Candy Crush (linked to my facebook account), and unfortunately since then I have become a complete addict, so much so that for the last two nights I have even dreamt about the game!
On our recent holiday to France with my parents, I found out that my stepdad is also addicted, and when we realised that we were both on the same level, the competition kicked in, and I have to say that unfortunately I think this is what I am most addicted to, trying to beat the levels that my friends and family are on! I'm not usually a particularly competitive person, but something in this game has literally made me want to kick all my friends asses!
The game is simple, and follows a similar idea to bejewelled, where the player must match three or more similar items (candies in this case). The three or more in a row is achieved by swapping two candies to align three of more of the same colour, which will cause them to disappear and others to drop into place, often causing a chain reaction of exploding candies. In the earlier levels, you can happily swap two candies without much thought, easily achieving the required points etc for that particular level, but as the levels increase, so does the difficulty, often with more thought required to obtain the requirements of that particular level.
The theme 'candies' doesn't really have any impact on me whatsoever, I could be swiping sheep for all I care and I still think I'd be just as addicted, although I don't think 'sheep crush' has quite the same ring to it! The graphics are decent, but as far as a line them up game goes, it's nothing to get too excited about.
As an afterthought, the music on this game is exceptionally annoying, and I have to play this game with my iPad on silent!
There are different types of levels which are mixed around as you progress through the game. These include:
Target score: A minimum score must be achieved by the player before running out of moves.
Jelly: Some of the squares are covered in "jelly". The player must match the candies on top of the jelly to eliminate one or two layers of it from the board using a set number of moves.
Ingredients: Pieces of cherries and nuts must clear the board beneath them to allow the allocated number to drop before running out of moves.
Timed: A minimum score must be achieved within a certain time limit.
Candy Order: The player must collect a specific number of colored candies, special candies, or special candy combinations using a set number of moves.
Without going too much into this, you will soon realise that it is near impossible to complete more difficult levels without 'Specials'. These occur when you get candies in a sequence of 4 or more. 4 or more is fairly common and will give you a striped candy, however the more elusive 5 in a row will give you a chocolate pop which you can swipe with any coloured candy touching it and it will explode all of those colours on the board, or you can strategically get it next to a striped candy and explode the two together which will pretty much wipe out half of the board for you. It is always worthwhile saving these candy pops to use these way, especially as the levels increase in difficulty.
Star rating (and further competition!)
In all levels at the end of each game is a star rating of one to three. This indicates the highest score of your Facebook friends and you can press a small 'me' icon, which will show you where you sit in relation to other friends scores. At one point my husband was going back over his previous completed levels and was trying to achieve 3 stars on every single game in the attempt to beat his friends scores. This was going one step too far if you ask me, and I am more than happy at simply completing a level! If I get 3 stars, bonus, but I'm not going back and reattempting if I dont!
Developed by King Games, they must be absolutely laughing. I recently read somewhere that the free to download game has some 45 million users worldwide, not bad when the game was only launched for Android and iPads at Christmas (it has been available to play as a Facebook game since last April). Although the game is free to download, you will soon realise that as the levels progress and become more difficult, you use up 'lives'. One life is given every half an hour up to a maximum of 5 lives, so if you haven't played on it in hours you will have a healthy 5 lives to get through. However, on some of the harder levels, these rapidly deplete. You can 'ask' friends to spare a life, you can buy lives, or you can buy special moves to help you finish a level. I am quite ashamed to admit that after being stuck on one level for around 4 days, that last week I spent 69 whole pence on a special which allowed me to complete the level. I didn't admit this to my husband, who had also been stuck on the same level, but was soon busted when he asked me if I had anything I wanted to tell him! Immediately laughing I knew exactly what it was, and realised he must have received an email notification from iTunes after my recent purchase! Busted!
I'm currently stuck on level 79, which sounds pretty far on, but as off 19th June there are 410 levels! On the virtual map, you can see where Facebook friends are (although you can't see a level number). I have one friend who literally must not have a life, who is as far as you can get so must be on level 400 or there abouts. Part of me is jealous that he has progressed so far, yet part of me wonders how on earth he has had the time (or money???!!) to pass through so much of the game. I have come close to deleting the game a few times, and have confined myself to playing for half an hour maximum at the end of the day with a cup of tea (or large wine depending on how badly I'm doing!!). I simply refuse to let it take over any more of my precious time, however for those who aren't quite as strong willed I see this game taking up a serious amount of their free time each day.
Had to laugh at the following (taken from Wikipedia): 'Candy Crush Saga has received particular attention in the Hong Kong media, with reports that one in seven Hongkongers plays the game, that a minibus driver was spotted playing the game while working, that it may improve or hinder interpersonal relationships, cause neck strain due to improper posture while playing the game, or even cause anxiety in those who cannot pass a certain level.'
So that's it, and that's me, Carly a Candy Crush addict!
=Candy Crush Saga=
Over the years I have played games on facebook, but I find after a while I get bored with them, but with Candy Crush this has actually kept my attention, it could be it's addictive.
I brought her a tablet for Christmas and one of the first games she went looking for was Candy crush as I had let her play it on my face book, she's brilliant with it.
There is no charge (at present) for this game
At the moment there are 350 levels to this game, I'm in double figures. During each game you are given a maximum of 5 lives, but you need to wait up to 40 minutes for the new lives to generate.
If you play on facebook, you can ask your friends for extra lives, and if you do get stuck then you can get extra moves from your friends, and vice versa/
The games pieces are bits of coloured candy, they can be tear drop shaped, square and oval shapes. The easy way to start is to line 3 of the same colour in a row, these then pop and this is where you earn points from.
As you become use to the game, if you line up 4 of the same colour you get a virtual striped candy, if you line 5 you get a coloured disco ball, but the biggie is getting a 5 in a L shape this earns you a packet sweet.
This is the magical elements of the game, when you try to score more than one combination at the time, if you have 2 stripy sweets this takes out the whole line of sweets, that is just one example.
=The aim of the game=
1. Beat the high score
2. Clear the jelly - the lower the level the easier it is,
3. Beat the timer.
=The addictiveness of the game=
 I find the element of facebook is the addictive side as your friends can see your scores, as you can see their score, so you want to beat their score.
 You have just achieved a new level, you want to get to the nest one.
 You can pick up and go back as and when you want.
 You get a brain workout
 There are challenges and problems to solve.
=Any Negative Points=
 It can very addictive especially if you have a friend that is always on the go with it.
 You can set this up to an iTuness account and buy aids to help you out
 Adverts interrupt the game (guess payback as the game is free
 Approx every 15 levels you need help from 3 friends to get lives
 The background music can be annoying
=Would I recommend=
Whilst I do play the game, I find that the games are can be addictive, for every positive, I feel that there is a negative, if I am playing a game, I want to get on with it, not have to wait for help from friends,
It's one that is really down to personal taste.