Candy Crush Saga
|Platforms||Facebook (HTML5), King.com (Flash) (removed), iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 10|
|Released|| - 12 April 2012|
- 14 November 2012
|Current version|| - 188.8.131.52|
|Length (in levels)|| - 9215|
- 2825 (final)
|Website||Official website: candycrushsaga.com|
Not to be confused with the Candy Crush game.
Candy Crush Saga, often referred to as Candy Crush is a video game for Facebook which was released on 12 April 2012 and for smartphones which was released on 14 November 2012. It is the spin-off to the original game Candy Crush and was developed by King (also known as King.com). In March 2013, Candy Crush Saga surpassed FarmVille 2 as the most popular game on Facebook, with 405.6 million average monthly users. The game is available on both iPhone and Android. The game has 3 spinoffs, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, and Candy Crush Friends Saga.
In an article posted on King Care on 3 March 2017, the developers stated that they were planning to convert Flash into HTML5 to make access faster and serve better. On 28 June 2017, the HTML5 version of this game initially rolled out for all Facebook users. A few days later, some Facebook users reverted to Flash, most likely due to mostly negative responses. In an article posted on King Care on 3 October 2017, the developers stated that there would be no more levels after episode 189 for King.com users.
In a blog posted on King Care on 2 February 2018, the developers stated that the devices with older software versions than iOS 8 and Android 4.1 wouldn't expect any more updates after version 1.117. Hence, the requirements had to be fulfilled to receive updates past 1.117.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The game is a variation of "match 3" games such as Bejeweled. Each level has a different shaped grid filled with candies of two to six different colours (Yellow, Red, Purple, Blue, Orange, and Green) and sometimes obstacles (more known as blockers). The basic move of the game consists of swapping two candies positions to align sets of three of the same colour, whereupon they disappear, causing candies above them to collapse into the space left behind, often resulting in chain reactions. Moves and alignments must be horizontal/vertical. The level's objectives must be met before the player runs out of moves (or time on timed levels); in each case, the player must earn enough points to get the first star (out of 3) in the scoring system.
Description[edit | edit source]
Game description[edit | edit source]
Play Candy Crush Saga and switch and match your way through hundreds of levels in this divine puzzle adventure. Join Tiffi and Mr. Toffee on their epic journey in an online game full of delicious treats! Ain't it the sweetest game ever?
Join Mr. Toffee and Tiffi on an exciting journey through the sweet and colorful world of Candy Crush in this fun candy switcher!
Web description (how to play)[edit | edit source]
Mix and match sweets in a combination of three or more to gain points and other bonuses as you progress! When three or more candies of the same color are switched next to each other they will burst and you will win points. The aim is to gain as many points as possible to achieve 1, 2 or 3 stars!
Web description (story)[edit | edit source]
Candy Crush Saga is set in the magically tasty world of the Candy Kingdom. It is here we meet our quirky yet extremely knowledgeable guide Mr. Toffee who runs the Candy Store in Candy Town.
One magical day in Candy Town, Mr. Toffee opened his delicious store to find a little candy bag had been left on his doorstep. To his delight, inside the bag he found a little bundle of sweetness called Tiffi, so he took her in and brought her up as his daughter.
Tiffi is a humble girl and has lots of friends in Candy Town but is eager to explore more of the mesmerizing kingdom. Under the watchful gaze of Mr. Toffee and alongside her great friend Yeti, she sets out to explore the Candy Kingdom.
Her magical adventures take her to all sorts of wondrous places; the pretty Peppermint Palace, the lickable Lemonade Lake and the gorgeous Gingerbread to name just a few.
Along the way she stops to help some quirky characters and meets some even kookier animals, not to mention the mischievous Bubble-Gum Troll, who is intent on causing havoc in the Candy Kingdom!
Follow Tiffi and her friends through delicious lands in your very own Candy Crush Saga.
Timeline[edit | edit source]
|12 April 2012||The official game is released.|
|12 July 2012||Candy Order levels are introduced.|
|14 November 2012||The game is released on mobile devices.|
|27 November 2013||Dreamworld version is released.|
|10 December 2013||Dreamworld version is released for mobile players.|
|30 July 2014||The 1000th level in the whole game is released.|
|11 March 2015||The 100th episode in the whole game is released.|
|6 May 2015||The 45th and final episode of Dreamworld version, Dozy Dawn, is released.|
|10 June 2015||The 1000th level in Reality, which is the fifth level in Caramel Keep, is released.|
|20 January 2016||The 100th episode, Delicious Dynasty, is released.|
|27 April 2016||Mixed levels are introduced.|
|14 September 2016||The 2000th level in Reality, which is the fifteenth and last level in Bubblegum Bazaar, is released.|
|8 February 2017||The 200th episode in the whole game is released.|
|17 May 2017||Dreamworld version is officially removed upon the release of Watermelon Waves.|
|4 October 2017||The 189th and final episode on Flash version, Peppermint Portal, is released.|
|11 October 2017||The first HTML5-exclusive episode, Delectable Dominion, is released.|
|13 December 2017||The 3000th level, which is the tenth level in Bonbon Bash, is released.|
|7 March 2018||Level 252, the most famous and beloved timed level, becomes a moves level.|
|2 May 2018||Timed levels are officially removed upon the release of Syrup Sea.|
|7 November 2018||The 4000th level, which is the fifth level in Donut Disco, is released.|
|21 November 2018||The beginning of 2 new episodes being released every week.|
|27 February 2019||The 300th episode, Lucky Lawn, is released.|
|26 June 2019||The 5000th level, which is the fifteenth and last level in Fancy Festival, is released.|
|2 October 2019||The beginning of 3 new episodes being released every week.|
|4 December 2019||The 6000th level, which is the tenth level in Soda Soiree, is released, along with the 400th episode, Wintry Workshop.|
|5 December 2019||The reset option, which was supposed to be an intended feature, was removed.|
|30 March 2020||Sugar drops are discontinued and removed from the game.|
|6 May 2020||The 7000th level, which is the fifth level in Creator's Crib, is released.|
|25 May 2020||A variety of episode maps is removed from the game and replaced by a 10-episode loop map which was intended for April Fool's Day (2020).|
|14 September 2020||The classic version of Candy Crush Saga was removed completely from the King website.|
|4 November 2020||The beginning of 4 new episodes being released every week.|
Types of levels[edit | edit source]
There are currently six (seven when including the removed timed levels) different types of levels:
- Moves levels: The first level, the player is given a set number of moves and must meet the minimum score before running out of moves. The first 5 moves levels are also the first 5 levels in the game.
- Jelly levels: Introduced at level 6, the player is given a set number of moves and must meet the minimum score before running out of moves and destroy all jelly-filled spaces by making a move with the candy above it. If finished with extra moves, jelly fish will appear and eat the candy (1 move = 3 jelly fish), earning the player 1,020 points each for the fish.
- Ingredients levels: Introduced at level 11, special unmatchable game pieces called ingredients (cherries and hazelnuts) appear on the board and the player must clear the pieces beneath them to get them to a delivery point using a set number of moves and get the minimum score before running out of moves. A menu appears on screen to tell the player how many ingredients are needed to win the game. If finished with extra moves, random candies will become either vertical or horizontal striped candy and activates them. [1 move = 1 striped candy (1 striped candy = 3,000 points)]
Timed levels: The player must reach the 1-star score within a set time limit. Special pieces (+5 candies that give additional 5 seconds) appear on the board to add time to the clock. If there are still +5 candies, they will explode like a wrapped candy but if a special candy hit the +5 candy, they will disappear without exploding.
- Candy Order levels: Introduced at level 126, the player must collect a specific number of coloured candies, special candies, or special candy combinations using a set number of moves and at least get 1 star. If finished with extra moves, random candies will become either vertical or horizontal striped candy and activates them. [1 move = 1 striped candy (1 striped candy = 3,000 points)]
- Mixed Mode levels: Introduced at level 1688, the mix between two level types.
- Rainbow Rapids levels: Introduced at level 7116, the player must lead the rainbow rapids from the rainbow cannons to the mold. If finished with extra moves, random candies will become either vertical or horizontal striped candy and activates them. [1 move = 1 striped candy (1 striped candy = 3,000 points)]
If the player succeeds in reaching the goal in the Jelly, Ingredients, or Candy Order levels, the game does a "Sugar Crush", starting an automatic bonus round where the player's remaining moves are used to increase the score through creating various special candies on the board. If the player does not gain 1 star from his or her score, a life is deducted. The player is given a default number of five lives, with each life restored after a half hour. The player has the option of asking friends for more lives, buying a life restoring item, or buying a special item that expands the number of lives the player has by default.
Levels are organised into "Episodes" of 15 levels each, except for the first two episodes, Candy Town and Candy Factory, which have 10 each, with the background themed to a certain setting. Also, the episodes are organised into "Worlds" of 6 episodes each, except for World 11 in Flash and further worlds in Reality and World Eight in Dreamworld of 3 episodes each. In episodes after Candy Factory (or in the case of iOS, Lemonade Lake), a ticket is needed to unlock the next episode. Similar to getting more lives, the player has the option of asking friends for tickets, buying tickets using gold bars or money, or completing Mystery Quests.
The special candies are created when combinations of four or more candies of the same colour are matched together.
- When four same-coloured candies are matched in a row a striped candy is created. The orientation of the stripes depends on the way the four candies were aligned. When this piece is matched, it will clear all of the candies in either a horizontal or vertical direction.
- When five same-coloured candies are matched in either an L, T, or a + shape formation a wrapped candy is created. When this candy is matched it explodes twice in a row, clearing a 3 by 3 box around itself each time.
- When five same-coloured candies are matched in a single line a colour bomb is created. When this candy is swapped with any other candy, all candies of that colour are removed from the board.
- When a striped candy and wrapped candy (of any colour) are swapped together, a giant 3 by 3 striped candy is created. Upon creation it moves in a horizontal direction and then a vertical direction, clearing 3 rows of candies and then 3 columns of candies.
- When a colour bomb and striped candy are swapped, it will convert all candies of the same colour as the striped one into other striped ones and detonate them all at once.
- When a colour bomb and a wrapped candy are swapped, it will clear all the candies of the colour as the wrapped candy and then clear another colour at random.
- When two striped candies are swapped, it will clear a vertical column and horizontal row, even if they face the same direction.
- When two wrapped candies are swapped, the blast radius is doubled to form a 5 by 5 box around it, or a 3 by 3 box per candy if separated.
- When two colour bombs are swapped, any tile that currently has candy on it will be cleared.
- Jelly Fish can also appear (or be purchased), and if they are matched they will clear 3 candies at random from the board.
Obstacles, or blockers also appear in levels. These include the unmatchable and resistant-to-special candies liquorice swirls, the expanding chocolate, the candy bombs that end the game if they are not cleared before their move count runs out, and the frosting that require multiple matches to eliminate. The board will also contain liquorice locks, which are candies in liquorice "cages" that cannot be moved until they are matched, and marmalade, which holds a special candy.
Popularity[edit | edit source]
- The game has had over ten million downloads in December 2012.
- Candy Crush Saga is popular on Facebook having more than 70 million likes on the application page. It is the most popular app on Facebook and the highest-grossing app in the Apple and Google app stores.
- The game makes a cameo in Psy's music video "Gentleman".
- Candy Crush Saga has received particular attention in the Hong Kong media, with reports that one in seven Hong Kongers plays the game, that a city bus driver was spotted playing the game while working, that it may improve or hinder interpersonal relationships, cause neck strain due to improper posture while playing the game, or even cause anxiety in those who cannot pass a certain level.
Awards[edit | edit source]
|2013||Google Play Editor's Choice||Won|
|2013||Google Play Player's Choice Award||Nominated|
Television[edit | edit source]
"With over 1 trillion levels played, Candy Crush is one of the most popular mobile games in the world. Now it's the largest television experience ever! Where teams will climb, swing and match candies as fast as they can, swiping away the competition! Throughout the night, teams will compete in qualifying rounds, the winner of each round will have the advantage of choosing which of the four king sized challenges they'd like to play! And in the end, the 2 teams with the most matches will face off for a chance to win $100,000! Hold on for the ride of your life!" ANNOUNCER: "Now here's your host, Mario Lopez!" DEEP MALE VOICE: "Sweet!"
CBS produces a live-action Candy Crush game show in partnership with King that premiered on July 9, 2017. It is an hour-long competition among several two-person teams using interactive games that are based on Candy Crush. The show is produced by Lionsgate with executive producer Matt Kunitz, and with collaboration by Sebastian Knutsson, the creative developer of the first Candy Crush game. Mario Lopez hosts the show.
Four teams play in each episode doing various challenges based on the Candy Crush game, with the winning team earning a guaranteed $100,000.
Poll[edit | edit source]
This poll is about how much players like the game. Please vote if you like it or not.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The map on Candy Crush Saga is meant to resemble the classic board game Candyland.
- In the web version, all characters are made of cardboard, and are controlled.
- In the Nickelodeon television series, Sam & Cat the episode, Brain Crush could be a rip off of Candy Crush Saga.
- Candy Crush Saga was seen in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
- Candy Crush game show premiered on CBS on July 9, 2017.
- Candy Crush Saga is always used Candice font. However, on web and TV show are American Typewriter font and mobile is ? font.
- The classic version was removed completely from the King website on September 14, 2020.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Wiki Guide: Gamewise
- San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, March 28, 2013 Business Report "Tech Chronicles" Page C2
- Application Analytics for Facebook, iOS and Android: AppData
- Is Your Browser Ready For HTML5?
- Candy Crush Saga Facebook Update
- HTML5 and The Kingdom
- Candy Crush Saga 1.118 update is now live
- Casual games: Sweet spot
- Is PSY's "Gentleman" Video Just a Giant Commercial?: Kotaku.com
- Candy Crush Saga: Played By Every Seventh Person In Hong Kong Daily: Modojo
- Be careful! Candy Crush might bring you Car Crash!: My Phone Daily
- Apple Daily
- Sharp Daily
- Guang Ming Daily
- Lawler, Richard (March 17, 2017). "The 'Candy Crush' TV show debuts on CBS July 9th". Engadget.
- Larson, Selena (October 18, 2016). "A 'Candy Crush' game show is coming to CBS". CNN.
- Goldberg, Leslie (March 23, 2017). "Mario Lopez to Host CBS' 'Candy Crush'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Candy Crush Game Show Will Air on CBS On July 9