For any users of Facebook you might have noticed 400 of your closest friends sending you requests to play a game called Candy Crush Saga. Well I finally became curious enough to give it a shot, downloading it for my phone.
It’s not hard to turn our noses up at the casual, social media-based games but if they are free, well-designed and fun, then I recommend everyone try them. Candy Crush Saga is based off browser-based Candy Crush, which is in turn based off the Bejeweled series of games where you must match up at least 3 of the same coloured candy to eliminate those candy and gain points. Though the game mechanics are somewhat more complex than Bejeweled. Eliminating certain numbers of candy create special kinds of candy which can then be combined for different effects. Each level has different goals which could involve point gain within a time limit or a certain amount of moves; clearing certain tiles; dropping special items down to the bottom; etc.
This is a free, social media game which of course means you can pay real money for bonus enhancements or extra chances at passing levels. You can also stoop to the level of a ptochos and beg your friends for more lives, cluttering their notifications with demands allowing you to continue your game. It is annoying having to hold your beggar’s bowl higher just to continue your progress, or having to wait the 25 or so minutes for you to gain an extra life. Though if you keep passing levels, you don’t expend a life. So my tip for this game: don’t lose.
This is the most successful game from King.com, a purveyor of browser-based social media games, and is so successful that it has recently surpassed Farmville 2 as the most popular game on Facebook. I found it more enjoyable than Bejeweled and isn’t bad for a bit of light entertainment that will probably be played mostly on the toilet.