• Kill the Chocolate: Candy Crush Saga



    A few weeks ago Silent E posted on FB, a very nonchalant post, "Playing Candy Crush, it's surprisingly fun, but be careful, it's addictive." I could hear the lilt in his voice as I read it. Addictive huh...this from the guy that runs screaming if anyone MENTIONS World of Warcraft. I ain't afraid of no game.

    I immediately pick up my iPhone and search for Candy Crush, find it, it's a free game. Those tend to tick me off and end up costing me more than paid games, but I'm taking Silent E's word for it and hit download. First off, It's Bejeweled. Not impressed, been there done that. As I play I come to realize that it's Bejeweled gone to the devil. An hour goes by and I hit the broken heart message saying I'm out of turns. I need to wait 20 minutes before I can play again or pay .99 cents for five more turns. The sadness that hit was like a wave washing over me...I wasn't ready to quit...but I wasn't paying any money either. Oh the price of addiction.


    Strategery is going to be your best weapon while playing Candy Crush Saga, match the colored candies and get jelly beans, wrappers and what I call a donut, King.com calls it a Color Bomb, to blast away Jellys, blocks and then there's the Chocolate. You have to kill the chocolate at it's source or it will over take your game board. "Kill The Chocolate" is my battle cry.

    When you start to get tired of playing, they change the game mode and the high continues. Check them out:

    Moves & score
    • In this game mode you have a limited number of switches before running out of moves. If you have not reached the score required to earn at least 1 Star, then you will fail the level


    Jelly
    • In this game mode the game board behind the candy is covered in jelly. Remove the jelly by matching candy on top of the jelly. If you fail to remove all jelly before running out of moves then you will fail the level


    Ingredients
    • In this game mode, ingredients will appear on the game board. Collect these ingredients by bringing them to their delivery point. On the side of the board you will see a recipe of how many ingredients you need to collect. If you do not bring down all the ingredients before running out of moves then you will fail the level.


    Time limited
    • In this game mode there is a time limit. If you have not reached the score required to earn at least 1 Star when the time runs out, then you will fail the level.


    Candy order
    • In this game mode, you are tasked with collecting a number of candies. This is done by removing the wanted candies. If you have not collected all the wanted candies before running out of moves then you will fail the level.



    To play the game to it's fullest with boosters and extra moves, it's going to cost you, big time. You have to unlock the Boosters and then pay for them to use them. I have to say that I'm at level 75 and haven't spent a dime. It can be done without the boosters but here's a list to check out. Remember, when you buy boosters you get a limited number.

    • Jelly Fish ($1.99): Adds jelly fish to candy, then clears three pieces of jelly when matched.


    • Extra Moves ($0.99): Adds five extra moves to a puzzle.


    • Lollipop Hammer ($1.99): Smash candy to remove it.



    Then there are Charms. Buy a charm and you always have it. These special items are yours to keep, and greatly impact the game. The first, Charm of Life ($16.99), increases your lives from five to eight. The charms are always available to you, but can be activated and deactivated. Some charms, like the Charm of Frozen Time, can be toggled on and off from the map screen, right next to the boosters. Other charms, like the Charm of Stripes, are used inside the level during gameplay, and can be accessed by tapping the corresponding button in the top left corner of the screen. The Charm of Life is always active.

    A special note: If you sit and stare too long, the game will highlight a match for you. Handy but not always the best possible move. Don't just click on them, look before you click.

    Here are some tips from King.com


    Matching five candies in a row create a Color Bomb. Combining a Color Bomb with any a candy of any color will clear all the candies of that color.

    -Sugar Crush: At the end of a level, if you still have Moves remaining or if there are any Special Candies remaining then there is a sequence where you get bonus score since you performed so well.

    -In Candy Land, players have five lives to start with. When failing a level, a player loses a life, but the life is replenished (for free) after 30 minutes.

    -Sometimes you need to reconnect to Facebook again to get your Facebook messages. You can do this in the main menu by tapping the Connect icon.

    -You can play the full game without ever connecting to Facebook. You can even play Candy Crush Saga without an internet connection.

    -Charms are permanent. This means that once you buy a charm it is yours to keep forever. This also means that the may cost slightly more than other items in the game that you consume and buy over and over again.

    - Some Charms, like the Charm of Frozen Time, can be toggled on and off from the screen that appears when tapping a button on the map, right next to the Boosters. Other Charms, like the Charm of Stripes, is used inside the level during gameplay, and is accessed by tapping the corresponding button in the top left corner of the screen. The Charm of Life is always active.

    -Boosters come with a number of charges. Once you use the Booster, one charge is consumed. Boosters are much cheaper than most Charms and can be quite helpful if you find yourself in a pickle or if you are stuck on a particularly tricky level.


    I love this game. I had guest for the weekend and they wanted to know what game I'm playing. "Candy Crush" They go to search, downloaded and that was that. We only went shopping once they were out of moves. It worked out perfectly. Shop, play, eat, play, sleep play. The perfect game, and no, it's not free, some of them have bought a few boosters. Me I'm hanging in there. King.com says many people have reached all 215 levels without spending a dime. I hope I'm one of them.

    Thanks for the heads up Silent E.
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