|Ingredients||: 4 : 4|
|Target score||: 80,000 pts|
|Colours|| 5 |
Level 500 is the fifteenth and last level in Meringue Moor and the 122nd ingredients level. To pass this level, you must collect 4 hazelnuts and 4 cherries in 60 moves or fewer. When you complete the level, Sugar Crush is activated and will score you additional points.
This level is intrinsically special due to its round number, its many moves, and featuring almost all the blockers at the time it was released. Even more remarkable is that this is the final level of the episode, making it the second level to be an episode finale on a multiple of 100. The first was level 200.
- This level is hard due to the amount of blockers that separate the ingredients from the bottom of the screen, with 36 three-layered icing. Just about every officially introduced blocker in the game before this level is present in this level. There is also a division in the screen, first by liquorice locks, then by liquorice swirls from the dispenser, and the dispenser also drops bombs which will explode in nine moves, making them a massive threat. If you do not pay attention, they will blow up in no time.
- The chocolate spawners make it almost impossible to reach the bottom layers of icing, and also the coconut wheel at the bottom is often rendered unusable by the liquorice swirls, as well as the fact it cannot reach the bottom icing. The chocolate will also multiply out rapidly.
- It is hard to bring down all eight ingredients even though there are 60 moves and five candy colours.
- The coconut wheel does not clear the bottom layer of icing, also, the coconut wheel is often set off prematurely or is rendered useless by liquorice swirls. Bombs can also get stuck in that position.
- Overall, this is a difficult ingredients level that generally takes many tries. Before it was nerfed it was considered one of the hardest ingredient drop levels like pre-nerfed levels 181 and 361.
- Make matches next to the icing to remove the layers of icing.
- Create striped candies or wrapped candy + striped candy combinations to release the coconut wheel and remove the slices of the cake bomb
- Once the coconut wheel is released, clear the liquorice swirls above it. Then move the coconut wheel upwards, where it will make 3 horizontally striped candies and remove the slices of the cake bomb.
- Once all cake bombs have been cleared, make as many vertically striped candies or its combinations above the ingredients as this is the only way to the icing below the ingredients.
- Mind the bombs and do not let them get trapped between the cake bombs or at the bottom space.
Earning More Stars
- The presence of five colours makes it easy to create special candies. However, it is not all that useful till most of the blockers have been cleared.
- The ingredients are worth 80,000 points. Hence, an additional 180,000 points for two stars and an additional 220,000 points for three stars have to be earned through matching of candies.
- The player is required to earn an additional 3,000 points per move for two stars.
- The player is required to earn an additional 3,680 points per move for three stars. This amount is higher than the maximum amount of points a striped candy during sugar crush can provide which in this case is 3,540 points. Moreover, only a few hundred points will be earned for at least the first ten moves or even more because the blockers heavily reduce available board space.
- Colour bombs are hard to create due to the limited number of spaces, at least for the first ten moves or more.
- Most of the moves have to be spent to clear the blockers and dropping ingredients, reducing the number of moves left to create colour bombs.
- The dispenser frequently dispenses liquorice swirls instead of candy bombs, limiting the opportunity to create colour bomb + candy bomb combinations and reduce the power of the colour bomb if used on regular candies or even colour bombs.
- Clearing the cake bomb removes all the special candies on the board including colour bombs. Moreover, the amount of points earned from the first cake bomb is likely to be less than 3,700 points due to the huge amount of blockers.
- Try to create many colour bomb + candy bomb combinations. Even then, using colour bombs on the most plentiful candies are also effective.
- This is the fifth milestone level in Reality.
- Level 500 is the second level to be an exact hundred and was an episode finale. The first was level 200. Interestingly, people thought level 200 would be the last level and incredibly hard, but actually, it is quite easy. Both were ingredients levels. The difference is this level is a lot harder.
- This is the first milestone level to have cake bombs in it.
- This is one of those levels, like the original level 147 and level 181, which look easy but are actually very difficult.
- Many people thought this level would be a jelly level due to the pattern of level finales. Levels like 350 (the hardest in the game before it was nerfed), 380, 410, 440, and 470 were all difficult jelly finales (every other finale), and the ones in between being candy order levels. However, when level 485 turned out to be jelly instead of candy order, people began to suspect level 500 would not be a jelly level, as it turned out not to be.
- There was a poll before the release of this level to vote on the predicted level type. About 70% of people voted "Jelly".
- Many people thought that this would be the last level ever, as there was a ten-week gap between this level's release and the next episode, Ice Cream Caves. The record-breaking gap was the reason for this belief.
- This level has 65 moves, which was previously the most amount of moves in a level in the game. This record has since been broken with level 666 having 66 moves which in turn is broken by level 696 having 75 moves.
- This is a milestone level, and the next episode released are Dreamworld episodes.
- Ironically, the level 500 in Candy Crush Soda is very easy to pass but is extremely hard to earn three stars.
- If an ingredient somehow lands in the space where the coconut wheel is, the level will be impossible to pass unless you use a free switch. This is very unlikely and difficult, however, as you would have to switch an ingredient three times to do it, and is really only doable if you are trying to achieve it intentionally.
- This level spawns sugar drops, when that feature is active.
- ↑ 180,000 points / 65 moves = 2,769 points per move
- ↑ 220,000 points / 65 moves = 3,384.6 points per move
- ↑ 3,000 points per striped candy + 540 points if the striped destroys nine candies
- ↑ The amount of points earned by the striped candies during sugar crush may be higher or lower. If the striped candy causes cascades after detonation, the amount of points is increased. If the striped candy destroys a blocker or less than nine candies which is the greatest number of spaces in this board and does not cause cascades, the amount of points earned will be less than 3,540 points. For the former, a minimum of 140 points per striped candy has be created from cascades.
- ↑ Every regular or special candy cleared by a cake bomb is worth 100 points.
Celebrating the milestone
- Main article: Dreamworld
To celebrate the release of this level and reaching halfway to 1000, King created Dreamworld, a separate saga where each level is similar to its reality counterpart but Odus the owl is balancing on the Moon Scale and collecting certain candy colours will make him fall off and lose a life, but after a certain number of moves, Odus activates Moon Struck where the number of candy colours is reduced to four (from either five or six) for a certain number of moves.
Dreamworld was released on November 27, 2013, which was many weeks after the release of Level 500, although King has stated that Dreamworld was dedicated to the release of 500 levels.
Unlike level 200, which had Sweet Surprise, there was not a particular celebratory episode for it, for the episode containing levels 501-515 is Ice Cream Caves. However, most would agree Dreamworld is a much bigger element to the game.
Interestingly enough, Level 500 itself got its Dreamworld counterpart upon the release of Sprinkle Springs, on December 3, 2014. This is more than one year since the release of this level! Unfortunately, not all levels will ever have a Dreamworld counterpart, since Dozy Dawn brought Dreamworld to a premature end at 665.