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My name is Carly and I'm a Candy Crush addict
Candy Crush Saga
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Candy Crush Saga
Advantages: Simple, kills the time (literally!), free to play (of a sorts)
Disadvantages: Extremely addictive, turns me into a competitive witch!
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!
Summary: 4 stars
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