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Candy Crush Saga: Interesting Facts and More...

Updated on November 14, 2013

About the Game

The main menu of the Candy Crush Saga app
The main menu of the Candy Crush Saga app

Candy Crush Saga is a flash based game developed by King, a social games developing company based in the United Kingdom. The game was released on 12th April 2012 for Facebook users, 14th November 2012 on Apple's iTunes store and became available for all Android devices on 14th December 2012, which was also the month which saw the most downloads of the app totaling to around 10 million downloads.

The game is a classic progression based puzzle solving strategy game where players have to achieve certain goals in order to progress to the next level. What makes the game interesting and feel new is the yummy and vibrant candy. Yes, instead of the bricks or the other standard visuals we normally associate with these type of games, the developers have added some delicious and colourful candy to the mix along with an array of bright and new visuals and sounds which seem to have worked. The story puts you into the shoes of a young girl Tiffi, who helps everyone in need as she journeys through a sweet filled world (although this detail is of no significance whatsoever and is just there for the sake of giving the game a character). The game is divided into different episodes (groups of levels) to give the game a storyline type of feel and a sense of progression to the game. The game also promotes sociability and interaction among friends who play the game as when a person completes an episode, they have 3 options; he/she is required to either get help from 3 friends to unlock the next episode, pay money in order to advance or complete 3 extra levels to unlock the next episode (restricted to the mobile version). There are also mini interactions shown between the characters in the game after the completion of each episode to help the game feel alive. To summarize, the game takes you on an adventure through 500 levels of a candy filled world where you come across some challenging levels that will surely test you to the limits.

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How to Play

The in-game help provided is very useful to the newbies
The in-game help provided is very useful to the newbies

The game is played by matching 3 candies of the same colour in a straight line either horizontally or vertically. There are also 3 kinds of special candies which can be made by matching 4 or 5 candies of the same colour in a specific pattern. The striped candy is made by matching 4 candies of the same colour in a straight line either horizontally or vertically. When this type of candy is crushed, it results in the whole row or column getting wiped out which is determined by whether the candy had horizontal or vertical stripes on it. The wrapped candy is made by matching 5 candies of the same colour in an L, vertically mirrored L, _I_ or horizontally mirrored _I_ shape. When this type of candy is crushed, it bursts in such a way removing all candies next to it. The colour bomb is made by matching 5 candies of the same colour in a straight line either horizontally or vertically. When this type of candy is crushed, it removes all of the candies of one colour from the entire puzzle. In addition to these special candies, there are special power-ups which you receive as you progress in the game which can also be bought later in the game from the in-game store.

The game also cleverly restricts the users to how much time they spend playing the game with a set number of lives available. The player has a maximum number of 5 lives available at the start which a player loses when he fails to complete a level. When the player runs out of lives, he/she must wait for 30 minutes in order for a life to be re-generated. In this way, the game ensures that players get a break from their adventures in the fun filled candy world but people have also uncovered a cheat to get rid of this botheration in the app version of the game where they advance the time on their smart phones which results in an instant re-generation of lives which just goes to show how big a hit the game has begun.

Some Interesting Facts About Candy Crush Saga

Just some of the amazing and random facts about the game
Just some of the amazing and random facts about the game

1) Candy Crush Saga is ranked the most popular app on Facebook with around 50 million likes on its Facebook page. The app is visited monthly by more than 1 billion users on Facebook alone which is around a tenth of the total Facebook users.

2) It is the highest grossing app in the app store and the play store with a revenue stream of around $650,000 per day.

3) If you combine the time spent by all the users to have ever played the game, it totals to around 120,000 years of playtime.

4) Of all the players who play the game, 69% are women, 30% are men while the remaining 1% are UNKNOWN! Proof that aliens do exist!?

5) The most common name among all the players is Maria, with around 300,000 players sharing the name.

6) The Candy Crush craze knows no boundaries and has left no area in the world untouched with 3 players from Antarctica also having played the game. I didn't even know they had access to the internet there!

7) The game is so popular in Hong Kong that 1 in every 7 people is said to play the game daily.

8) The game became so popular that it even featured in PSY's music video of his song Gentleman.

9) A 14 year old boy became so obsessed with the game that he purchased $4,300 worth of boosts and extra lives in game.

10) In the United Kingdom, a special residential rehab facility was opened to help people overcome their addiction to the game,

9) A 14 year old boy became so obsessed with the game that he purchased $4,300 worth of boosts and extra lives in game.







10) In the United Kingdom, a special residential rehab facility was opened to help people overcome their addiction to the game,

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