DISCLAIMER: I am just a loyal servant of Candy Crush. Please don’t get upset with me for introducing a new addiction to your life. I am addicted to playing this game as well and I blame one of my friends from college (she knows who she is). So let’s take a journey into Candy Crush.
If you haven’t heard of Candy Crush Saga, also known as “Candy Crush,” you probably live under a rock. This game has claimed the top of the charts for Apple’s App store and also Google’s Play store and has just been named the top-grossing app of all time, according to news.cnet.com. The game was developed by King previously known as “King.com,” a company within the casual-social video game industry that was founded August 2003 and is currently Facebook’s largest game developer. Though most known for Candy Crush, King also makes games like Bubble Witch Saga, Pet Rescue Saga, and Pyramid Solitaire Saga. King games offer synchronized play that allows users to connect to their Facebook account while playing the game either on their computer, tablet, or mobile device. This means that the user’s progress within the game will update as long as the person remains logged in. For example, if you are on your laptop playing Candy Crush while logged into Facebook and you decide to switch to your phone, you will be able to continue right where you left off on your computer.
The application is free to download on your mobile device Apple or Android. Yes I said free, but there’s a catch. While the game itself is free, it offers additional power ups that you can purchase to help your chances at beating a level you’re stuck on. And though the developers make it so the user can finish an “episode” (a series of levels) and continue playing for free by asking for help from three Facebook friends who also play, some desperate Candy Crush addicts fork over the $0.99 to automatically access the next level. Some addicts would also say if they can receive help to clear that last jelly, they will do anything—including paying $.099 to get five more moves or $1.99 for three lollipops. According to the Huffington Post, Candy Crush brings in $633,000 per day. That makes the company on pace to earn $231,045,000, but I doubt they’ll keep up the consistency to actually make that much.
Checkout the official Candy Crush Saga Android Trailer:
Starting off the game, you’re given five lives. You lose a life every time you fail to complete a level and you must wait 30 minutes for each life to replenish itself unless a Facebook friend sends you a life. You can only get max five lives. The app uses your computer or mobile device’s internal clock to determine when 30 minutes are up, so there is a loophole (*hint hint*). The gameplay consists of matching three candies of the same type to eliminate them from the row or column. If you are able to combine multiple candies, you receive special candies like the striped candy (horizontal or vertically), the wrapped candy, and my all-time favorite the color bomb. You can even match the special candies together to clear more candies from the board. Before each level, the user is given a mission to complete like bringing ingredients down in a certain number of moves, reaching a minimum score, clearing all the jelly wrappers, etc. I’m currently on level 91, so those are all the challenges I’ve experienced so far. Right now, there are 455 levels within 31 episodes. And excluding the first two episodes, which have 10, every episode has 15 levels. King plans to develop more levels, which I’ll be sure to tweet about @FrankSatJr when they drop—and when I get there, of course.
Check out how to make some of the special candies:
Candy Crush has taken me through a roller coaster of emotions. There are times when “oh, that was easy” becomes “really, ONE jelly left are you serious?!” If you play too, then you understand my struggle. I have a love/hate relationship with Candy Crush. The thing that sticks me in my side and makes me want to scream my lungs out is when I am down to one move, have one more jelly to clear, and have no possible moves to make so I have to start all over. Yet, I am addicted to playing just like everyone else. I might get stuck at a certain level but I make it my duty to beat that level and continue moving forward. But there are a lot of people in the world that haven’t joined the Candy Crush movement and hate to see invites all over their Facebook newsfeed; I used to think the same thing and look what happened. I advise you continue living your life and just try to ignore it because it’s not going to get any better.
A little inside joke:
I hope you enjoyed reading about the world’s and my addiction to Candy Crush. Be sure to leave comments about your experience with the game below. As always, follow me on my social media accounts to see the world through my eyes and learn more about who I am. Thank you for reading!
Edited by Dee Lockett