Candy Crush Saga
- Release Date: March 2012
- Publisher: King.com
- Developer: King.com
- Genre: Puzzle
Candy Crush Saga is the latest puzzle game pertaining to the traditional match-and-vanish arcade style. However, the game is entirely different from the traditional match-3 games, in which new blocks keep falling down from top and you need to rotate them with the aim of creating a horizontal or vertical line of at least 3 blocks with the same color. Instead, in this game, you are provided with different gridded boards filled with candies of various shapes, and you swap two adjacent candies to solve the puzzling objectives to go through different challenges.
In Candy Crush Saga, you complete each level by achieving different objectives and thereby you proceed to the next. Initially, these objectives just require you to score a certain amount of points within limited moves. They are very easy, because there’s no time limit. Moreover, if you spend too much time planning your next move, the game will even automatically provide a random hint: A potential match will flash.
However, as you proceed through levels, you will gradually find the challenge of the game: some levels require you to remove all scattered jelly candies; some levels may include ingredients like cherry and nut, you need to bring down those ingredients to the bottom row of the board. In these cases, it would be much wiser for you not to use those random hints; instead, you will have to use your brain to find the right matches.
Besides, “special candies” is an interesting twist that enables players to build up chains to rack up more scores. There are some kinds of special candies in the game. Basically, you can make a special candy by matching candies in certain shapes: For example, if you manage to match 4 candies of pink color, you will get a pink-striped candy; then, if you later match this pink-striped candy to other normal pink candies, it will result in a “super blast”, causing all the other candies in the same vertical and horizontal line vanishing. Others special candies like plastic-wrapped candies or chocolate balls dotted with colored stuff also require unique match patterns and cause different effects. This feature gives veteran players strategic edge and can be very helpful in those levels in which players are given very limited moves.
Like most other puzzle games, the game also comes with various power-ups which help you achieve your level objectives much faster. Such as Extra Moves, and Lillipop Hammer, which you use to break a designated candy, causing all the other candies above in the same vertical line sinking. They are gradually accumulated during the course of the game, of course, are available for premium players.
Speaking of the energy system, Candy Crush Saga provides each player with 5 lives with the regeneration rate of every 30 minute, which means you only lose life when you fail to clear a level. So unless you doesn’t play puzzle game like this genre well and you lose five times in a row in 20-30 minutes (let’s say, 4-6 minutes per game), you will never run out of lives. So the game is a great pastime because you hardly need to worry about the nasty energy problem.
Overall, Candy Crush Saga is an addictive puzzle game in which you are actually glued to the thinking of the next appropriate move. One of the greatest aspects of this game is that you are not usually disturbed for energy shortage, which is the case in most of the Facebook games. So you are bound to stay hooked to it for consecutive hours. Anyhow, the game is simple but not easy, if you are someone who is a match-3 puzzle fan, this game is a must try.
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