Candy Crush Saga review
Candy Crush Saga is the epitome of insane mobile gaming popularity, with its 6th anniversary being marked by almost 3 billion downloads. King is not the originator of match-3 games, but Candy Crush is the most iconic name in gameplay versatility and the interactive framework. The iconic “sugar crush” that flashes across your screen in moments of brilliance is what every player loves to hear and see. Quitting is easier said than done, so don’t be surprised if you pull a couple of all-nighters trying to match-and-crush sweet candy for hundreds of levels.
The interface can be described as very playful with colorful cartoon characters and graphics. The main playing window is dedicated to matching candy, while the bottom tab is reserved for your score and remaining lives total. The glossy blue, red, green, purple, orange, and brown candy colors are now more than familiar. Matching similar tiles leads to varying explosive effects on-screen, depending on how many candies have been matched. A laid-back soundtrack, along with the occasional deep voice of wisdom, guides you through various levels. The levels are visually similar except for the seldom introduction of obstacles and special candy.
As a match-3 game, the simple controls for tapping and swiping are quite adequate for this game genre. Several on-screen prompts and the hint system can help newbies navigate their way around the game. Still, everything is quite intuitive and straightforward, even if you’re just getting started. To unleash combos, you don’t need to know any complex button mishmashes. The end effect will depend on how many colors you can match at the same time and whether you are lucky enough to chance on special candy. The controls also never change regardless of the level or any updates.
Lasting Appeal 8/10
Candy Crush is a journey through hundreds of levels, and you never feel like you are stuck in a rut. It is a game of strategy, fast-paced thinking, and luck, and you always need to consider how your next move will pan out. Boards offer different challenges such as hidden ingredients and jellies, and a limited number of moves or time, making each game different and exciting. This contributes to the highly addictive appeal of Candy Crush.
While the initial levels of Candy Crush are quite easy to navigate and blitz through, the levels get progressively harder as you make your way through the game. Your lives replenish every half-hour, but you always have the option of purchasing lives or getting them from your Facebook friends. On occasion, you might get stuck on a level for several days (or weeks), and you’ll need either a stroke of good luck, a brilliant strategy, or a cheat to beat that level.
It’s not difficult to see why millions worldwide are addicted to this game and need rehab. Candy Crush meshes simplicity with gaming quality, always providing an incentive to move on to the next level. It has been optimized for different systems such as iOS, Android, Windows, and even PC. So whichever device you have or wherever you are, you can always enjoy a sweet bit of fun with this game.