Get a Sugar Rush with Candy Crush Saga

When popular Facebook games hit the App Store, it’s always fun to see what their iOS counterparts are like. Candy Crush Saga has long been a Facebook favorite, but just recently made its debut for the iPhone and iPad. Find out what made Candy Crush Saga quickly reach the top of the App Store charts right after the break.

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A Kid in the Candy Store

Walk into Candy Crush Saga and what do you see? You guessed it — a whole lot of candy. Gameplay is the exact same as its Facebook counterpart, and is played  like Bejeweled, but with colorful candies in the place of jewels. To play, you switch candies in order to create strings of three or more candies. By doing so, the candies subsequently disappear, and may cause other candies to form these strings and disappear as well.

Arrange candies into strings in order to clear them from the board.

Arrange candies into strings in order to clear them from the board.

By creating strings of four or five like candies, you will spawn a special, more powerful candy. If you arrange a “T” sequence, you will also be rewarded with a special candy. These special candies can help speed progress though the game by taking out more candies than the standard strings would.

If you combine two special candies together, you get a kind of super-candy which can do massive damage.

You beat levels by reaching certain goals. You are unable to progress to new levels until you have beaten whichever level you are already on; however, you may go back and replay older levels. The game also functions on a life system, and you are only allowed to lose five lives. After losing all five, you must wait some time to play again or pay a small price.

The game is also able to be connected to Facebook. This allows you to help out your friends in their own games and are able to receive help in return.

So Many Choices

One of the great things about Candy Crush Saga is that it comes packed with over 150 levels in its campaign, which guarantees hours of playtime. As if this extensive campaign was not enough, each level has replay value as you will most likely not reach the level target on the first try, and in order to truly beat the game you will need to have that prized third star on every level.

New obstacles and objectives put necessary twists in the game.

New obstacles and objectives put necessary twists in the game.

Sure, 150 levels of the same-old gameplay would get boring after a point, but the developers did a really good job at keeping the game fresh by throwing in special levels every now and then. There is a handful of different gameplay types — each are played the same at their core — that have different goals to keep the game interesting.

Sugar Rush!

To describe Candy Crush Saga in one word, it’d be addicting. Each time you play — even if you’re replaying the same level — the levels will be spawned completely differently than the rest. Special levels are thrown in at the perfect times throughout the campaign, which keeps gameplay from getting stale. It’s the kind of game that you’ll find yourself playing for hours on end.

You get an extra bonus if you end the level with extra moves!

You get an extra bonus if you end the level with extra moves!

Candy Crush Saga is by far one of the most difficult games on the App Store. Especially as you progress throughout the game, the margin between passing and failing grows increasingly slim. More often than not, I have found myself running out of lives trying to beat a level or striving to earn that third star. This makes the game challenging and gives you something to work for.

Highway Robbery?

Candy Crush does come packed with tons of in-app purchases that can help you throughout the game. These in-app purchases can buy you extra lives so you don’t have to wait half an hour to earn one back; extra moves; and objects/power-ups that can help you beat those really tough levels.

While useful, some power-ups just cost a ridiculous amount of money.

While useful, some power-ups just cost a ridiculous amount of money.

Here’s the catch: some of these helpful purchases can cost you up to $40 a pop. It’s a business tactic reminiscent of robber barons in the sense that you come to a point where there seems as if there is no choice but to spend money on these extra lives or power-ups. When you do resort to this, your pockets will be emptied quickly.

Cut the waiting time and avoid paying for lives by connecting your game to Facebook. Doing so allows your friends to send you lives when you need them.

Nevertheless, there shouldn’t be a need to purchase said power-ups, but the fact that there are in-app purchases going for such a ludicrous amount of money can not be condoned.

The Verdict

All in all, Candy Crush Saga is an amazing game. Controls are simple enough that you should be able to pick up the game and play without hesitation. Gameplay is challenging. It’s addictiveness makes the game like an amazing novel — the type of thing you’ll never want to put down. And like that novel, the game never seems to grow stale. As an added bonus, there is a ton of replay value as a result of the randomly spawned levels.

However, this game can’t get a perfect score for a couple of reasons. For one, your play time will become limited, especially upon reaching the harder levels, as you run out of lives and must wait for the game to regenerate new ones. Additionally, all of the power-ups (and extra lives, for that matter) are sold for exorbitant amounts of money.

Granted, the game is available for free and definitely makes for a fun puzzle game experience. That being said, Candy Crush Saga is a game everyone should try out.


The popular Bejeweled-like Facebook game's iPad counterpart.

  • Kim

    I can’t get on fb with candy from my iPad

    • Ellen mc Aleavey

      I can’t get on Facebook with my I pad

  • susan

    I’ve been on the next to last level forever. Very frustrating since I reached 220,000
    Points and nothing happened. Bought quite a few extra games which is a good way to
    Make money but I believe it’s a rip-off. I truly don’t believe that u can get to the last level.
    However,it is very addictive.

  • Velouria

    I thought this was a little kid’s game, since it basically tells you all of the moves you need to do.

  • Itsonlyme

    Are people really paying for these extra rip off’s ???

  • Margret peers

    I am at level 23. I have had over 1000 points and still not completed it. Spent $5.00 for extra lives on one game and still more jellies come down. iT IS RIGGED.

  • Brenda

    Agreed. I would give this app a six out of ten. For its limits mentioned above and also for the sale pressures. Not to mention now that there are reviews showing customer frustration with no response from the company. To allow a person to purchase the whole app for $0.99 would be understandable. Even angry birds does that. But the constant need to buy and spend is not acceptable. Plenty of other cheaper and even free games just as good. Delete and move on. I am.

  • Renee

    I am on level 40 and the game is frozen this happen all the time please help.

  • Renee

    Game keep freezes up when I get life from friend need help.

  • Rst

    I’m on 29 and feel like its impossible. And there’s NO WAY I’d pay for those crazy help things. Addicting besides that.

  • Cres

    I would rather pay for the app than pay rediculous amounts of money for in app purchases. I am on level 64 and it is becoming increasingly frustrating to play due to waiting for lives to reload. I refuse to pay for more lives. I am connected to Facebook. But let’s face it you can only get so many lives that way. Give the option to pay for the app and go pro. I would buy it for unlimited lives!

    • Maddy

      If you are playing on your iPhone or iPad, all you have to do is go to settings, put the clock fwd 3hours, go back to candy crush and you will see that you have 5 full lives. don’t start playing, but go back to your time and set it back to normal and then you can go back to candy crush and continue to play. It is a bit tedious but for a sake of a few seconds you can get your full lives. As long as you stay in the same day time wise, ie don’t go over midnight, you can play for hours!

  • Jessica

    Just set your time (if you play on ipad) a couple hours forwards en you have all your lives back. You can do that everytime your out of lives :) endless play fun

  • Scknz

    The only thing is when you do this the time to wait for more lives when you go back to real time is crazy. I tried this and now I have to wait 4833 hours for new lives. I only went ahead 24 hours. Now I need to know how to reset so the hours go back to real time. This really sucks

  • snook

    The game is a rip off. You HAVE to pay to level up. There are ZERO choices there. While this may be a small amount (3 credits) you have to purchase the credit in lots of 10. The game then sends requests and gifts from others. When you accept these, gifts are returned and your credits are used. This happens without informing you. But there’s more – people send you lives and if you aren’t literally playing at the time, those lives are lost because if you have 5 lives, 5 lives is all you get, no matter how many ‘friends’ have given you extra lives. is all about the money. Never forget that.

    • Jomama0409

      Just fyi: I am currently awaiting for an update because there are no more levels for me to play. I have not put any money into this. Ive had many extra lives. Dont accept them as you receive them over 5. Thats how you lose them. I just recently had 20 lives waiting for me to accept. Yes, it is hard, it is a challenge. That is why I stayed interested. Stop being a baby and thinking the world is out to get you. I just hope they add more levels soon so I can play more. Sucks I basically beat the game. I want more!

  • Snook

    Also, please note that the game is only Beta and it has some substantial flaws in it’s game play. There is no customer service.

  • Judy Connell

    Why did my iPhone progress to level 57 but my iPad suddenly is stuck on level 53. I’ve been using both devices successfully. Can u advise

  • Judy connell

    How to sync both iPhone and iPad on the same level for candy crush. It’s been working up til now. iPad is primary device

  • June H

    I was delighted to switch over from my iphone to Facebook, and it shared the same level. However, it has stopped syncing, one is on level 40 and the other on 44. IPad is my primary device however it is nice to play on facebook at times. I am stuck with the others above me on this posting.

  • Roxanne

    Does anyone know what the envelopes are when your friends names appear on your level . I have been clicking on these thinking I am sending a life to my friend; however, I have been getting billed like 10 bucks every other day and I am not sure why. I have only been purchasing 5 to 10 lives occasionally which should only be .99 for every five lives. I am ready to delete the app. Please help.

  • Debbie

    I have been on level 169 for weeks and weeks and I just can’t reach the target score. My little boy was getting fed up and wanted to move on so I gave in a bought 5 extra moves, but once they had installed the game froze and then shut off and I lost my moves and my money and I am still stuck on level 169. Can anyone help? This is such a rip off I won’t be able to continue playing which is a shame.

  • Shari Pickett

    Just bought 3 helps for $5.00 and it didn’t show up. Also, had a free 3 points from friend and that didn’t process. Please refund charges or give me these helps. Thanks

    • Shari Pickett

      Please reply nd process request for plays and helps I bought and didn’t receive

    • James Cull

      Sorry, we aren’t a technical helpline. Your best bet is to get in contact with the developers and/or Apple to request a refund.

  • Jimmy

    Hi there ,thank you so much for making the game ,this game I enjoined so much

  • Melissa Neely

    When are the new level coming out for the I pad I’m ready to play some more it stops at level365

  • Pat LaVenture

    My friend list is many, but not all play Candy Crush. How can I take their names off the list.