Fanatics of Candy Crush Saga spend their days crushing candy, gathering boosters, color-bombing, and battling Bubblegum Trolls. Over three billion game copies have been downloaded since its 2012 debut, rendering it among the most popular games ever created and almost as addictive as sugar.
Fans of Candy Crush Saga can be found anywhere, from the waiting room at the doctor’s office to the pews of your local church, proving that the app’s popularity isn’t limited to the United States.
Players’ eager fingertips swipe over 146,000 kilometers daily within the app, demonstrating how much they are willing to travel for a good game. That’s the same as making more than 52 trips from Washington to Florida by car. With over 3 billion downloads, Candy Crush Saga begs the question: why are so many of us hooked?
What about Candy Crush Saga that has caused it to become such a phenomenon?
Rasmus Eriksson, Candy Crush’s Senior Level Designer, says, “That’s the million dollar question.” “In a nutshell, I attribute it to the time-honored adage “easy to play, hard to master.” You’re free to play the game however you like.”
Eriksson claims that this particular manner of tailoring was done on purpose. Sure, he and his staff of over a dozen designers make bubble levels and Bubble Witches. Still, they don’t make Candy Crush Saga in a vacuum. By actively considering and responding to player feedback, they were able to design a game that is accessible to players of varying preferences and abilities.
Do you consider yourself a competitor? A natural-born tactician? Do you want to get stuff done, or do you want to kill time and chill out? Perhaps you find delight in enticing images and endearing personalities.
For all the reasons mentioned above, Eriksson and his colleagues created Candy Crush Saga. “It’s a little bit like a playroom, with something there for most people, whether you’re a huge puzzle aficionado or just like to enjoy some fireworks,” adds Eriksson.
The Candy Kingdom’s best cheat sheet
You want to learn how to breeze through stages and beat the competitors (you know you got your sight on that scoreboard!). Whether you’re a casual player or a seasoned pro of Candy Crush Saga, this is true. Eriksson has prepared his expert advice for completing the game’s most challenging stages.
As you combine unique candies in Level 31 – the level will explode
Beginners, get ready: level 11 in Lemonade Lake will be your first taste of just how challenging Candy Crush Saga can be. The only way to beat this flashy challenge is to stock up on as many rare sweets as possible and combine them in ways that cause earthquakes.
As Eriksson calls them, special candies, or boosters, have many advantages. In contrast, you also have the color bomb – brown sweet with multicolored dots. That move can impact the playing field and steal candy from any source.
What happens if you mix a color bomb with some other kind of unique candy? Then prepare for a ton of blasts because you’re in business.
Expert advice: If you want to get the most out of your color bombs, it’s best to use them in tandem with striped candies.
Level 62 – Break a path and use cascades!
If you want to succeed at Candy Crush Saga, level 12 of Minty Meadow, and beyond, your best bet is to employ a well-thought-out strategy. Creating cascades, or aligning multiple similar candies, is a crucial strategy.
For a while, a level can “play itself,” as Eriksson puts it, “if you learn how to make a lot of unique candies—or as we call these – cascades.” This is because cascades trigger explosions and begin sweeping the board independently. When you’re a pro, you know how to make cascades and have a lot of room to play.
If you combine two candies or make cascades, powerful components like cherries and hazelnuts will fall to the ground in a chain reaction. The game will tell you how successful you were by flashing on-screen praise like “Tasty,” “Sweet,” and “Divine” at you.
If you want to pass the level, you’ll need to collect a lot of hazelnuts and cherries, and the quicker they go down, the sooner you’ll have victory.
Expert advice: Instead of getting rid of everything in your way, concentrate on making a path. Below the ingredient, your trail ought to be a few tiles deep. If you can clear up a whole column of cherries when one drops, everything should go smoothly from there on out.
At level 190, shift your tactics to focus on eliminating spawners
Extreme caution is advised on the fifth level of Caramel Cove. On this diabolical plane, the usual rules don’t apply. You’ll need more than you’d get from a “normal matches” game to collect all the candy you’ll need, so step up your game.
To begin, make color bombs and see if you can pair them with other unique candies. You may, for instance, compare and contrast two sweets, one of which is striped and the other wrapped.
Second, be careful to activate all of the spawn points in the upper levels. In contrast to what you might expect, “spawners” do not always produce the necessary components. Spawners can introduce frustration blockages such as marmalade and chocolate, which are delectable in the Candy Crush kitchen but less so while trying to complete a challenging level.
Expert advice: To quickly gain access to spawners, use the unique sweets strategically placed at the board’s base.
Spawners are your biggest foe on Level 360
If you want to beat the tenth level of Fudge Islands, you’ll need to make the most of your limited move pool of 13. You’ll need more than just color bombs to get rid of this one; wrapped and striped candy will do the trick.
Then it would be best if you kept an eye on those evil spawners. The screen can become overrun with chocolates, magic mixers, and dark chocolate if you don’t regularly remove them. Always work to eliminate such things as soon as reasonably possible, advises Eriksson.
Expert advice: Do not de-ice the area beneath the bomb generators. Because there are so few ticks in each sugar bomb, they will detonate with a loud bang.
The secret to reaching the top of Level 1945? Don’t forget to get the keys.
Yes, the keys are the primary objective of the fifth level in Spicy Shop. You need to know those basics to beat this Candy Crush Saga level, which is otherwise incredibly difficult.
The next step is to make custom candies that you can use to detonate the cake bombs. The amount is “quite explosive,” Eriksson said. Make a ton of unique sweets, and it’ll go off with spectacular results.
Expert advice: As a piece of advice, don’t stress too much about eliminating the jelly. The blasts you set off will eliminate much of it.
The goal of Level 5359 is to remove the underlying obstructions
You have successfully reached the fourteenth floor of Cocoa Courtyard. You’ve made it to the top tier of Candy Crush Saga gamers, so you’ll need to use every trick in the book to beat this level.
Before everything else, use the striped candies that appear, especially when you combine them with other sweets, to produce a unique candy combo, which can be your most excellent attacking strategy. Don’t hesitate to get rid of the underlying obstructions.
Expert advice: Eliminate any kind of obstruction that you can. You want ample space and have it as fast as possible. For this reason, it may be preferable to eliminate as much of the level as possible rather than only picking the easiest targets first.
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