This is the second app ol’ Tasty has reviewed! The famous ‘Candy Crush Saga!’ Or, as I like to call it, Candy Crush. Yeah, yeah, I know this is an ‘old’ game, but it hasn’t been until recently that I have begun playing this. I finally gave in to the peer pressure and decided to see if this game is what it has been made out to be. As with most ‘addictive’ games, I expected there to be a high influence of “pay-to-play.” Did this speculation turn out to be true? Did the game live up to its hype? Time to find out!
Blue Ball Score: 22 out of 25 balls
The controls are quite simple. Drag and drop the candy to make a line of 3 or more to achieve the objective(s). Now, most games that try to do this ‘matching’ concept fail miserably because it gets really boring, really quick. But, Candy Crush did a good job of adding some variety to this concept. You can do the simple ‘match 3,’ but that won’t get you very far in the game. You must do combos, matching 2 rows with one move, matching 4 and 5, etc.
Ok, we know the controls will be simple. But, can I actually DO a variety of things within the game? Glad you asked my (only) imaginary friend! Admittedly, the variety of activities you can do in the game are minimal, but this game does a remarkable job of finding ways to keep the primary activity new and funky fresh. The main activity (solving and beating the puzzles by matching pieces together) is kept spicy because each level is a little different. You may have to battle the forsaken creeping chocolate (no racism intended here), unlock the candy in bars, or even race against time itself to achieve a specific score (good luck not having a panic attack on these levels). And, to make things even more exciting, some levels combine these aspects! So, the one activity you can do is done in a way that prevents it from ever getting boring.
Finally, throughout the game, you have little tutorials that explain what each new piece is and how it will CRUSH (no pun intended) your hopes of reaching the end of the game. This helps prevent us from wondering, “Hm…I wonder what happens when I move this piece here!”
So, as you can see, everything is more than solid for Candy Crush’s gameplay. A perfect 5/5 balls.
Moving on, let’s discuss the most important aspect of any app in this genre – the addiction factor. So, as I explained above, the gameplay itself is quite simple due to the nature of the app. But, this game is also very, very addicting. I wish I could explain it better in words, but I suppose it is like love; You just can’t put it all in words. But here is my attempt to put it in words!
This game has ‘lives’ that regenerate after a specific time. You lose a life if you lose a level obviously. So, as you are playing each level, there is a certain type of strategic element present. You want to set yourself up for combos at just the right times, but you have a maximum number of moves you can make. So, there is a lot of strategy, thinking, and planning involved in this game. This helps to attract audiences that enjoy this style of app.
Also, the developers did a phenomenal job of giving you just enough hope at the end of each level you lose. What in God’s name does that mean, Tasty? Ok, ok, I concede that explaining things in one cool sentence isn’t my forte. What I am trying to say is, at the end of each level you lose, you are always just close enough to beating it that you may be enticed to buy a few more moves. So, the developers did a solid job of not totally demoralizing its players when they lose a level.
So, for the reasons listed above, this game is quite addicting to say the least. There are several other reasons, but I just can’t describe them. There is just something about this one. Something unexplainable. This one is like the one that got away… 5/5 balls for addiction factor.
Candy Crush allows you to connect to Facebook and brag to your friends. After beating each level, you can easily see a leaderboard of what all your Facebook friends scored on that level. And, there is nothing like having a leaderboard of 100+ people and you are sitting at the top with the gold like Michael Phelps. Want to share that score and talk some S%^&?! Go for it! Take that father-in-law! First I took your daughter, and now I will take your gold! Next is your Kingdom!!!
I’m sorry…I lost control. I didn’t mean any of that. Also, after you run out of lives you can even annoy all your friends to give you more lives! This is free advertising at its finest but it is also extremely annoying because we all have that one friend who constantly sends us game requests, right? Well, don’t be that guy, but the option is there so that adds more connection to the imaginary virtual world!
So, the online experience is definitely present, but it isn’t highly emphasized. This game is about solving the puzzles and competing with your friends. Therefore, one wouldn’t expect the online experience to be emphasized that much. Therefore, 4/5 balls.
The sound is something that I personally enjoyed. The soundtrack is a bit annoying (and I play with the sound turned off most of the time), but the sound effects are good.
There isn’t much else to say for this section of the review. 3/5 balls.
So, did Candy Crush have a strong pay-to-play presence? Thank Jesus it did not! Due to the simplistic nature of Candy Crush, you don’t have to do in-app purchasing. As long as you don’t have the IQ of a Dodo bird and at least attempt to be strategic in your moves, then you will progress along in the game just fine. Even if you lose all your lives because of that wretched chocolate, all you have to do is wait for your lives to regenerate – which doesn’t take as long as you may think!
Finally, some games will repeatedly throw ads in your face. And, if you are like me, I find myself contemplating suicide when playing these types of games because, NEWS FLASH!!! I DON’T CARE ABOUT ANY OTHER GAME EXCEPT THE ONE I AM PLAYING!!! I JUST WANT TO PLAY THE GAME I DOWNLOADED!!!
I’m sorry… I lost control.. again… But the point is that Candy Crush doesn’t throw ads in your face. You may get an ad here and there, but it isn’t in your face like a pair of Triple-D breasts on an Asian stripper.
So, due to the lack of a strong pay-to-play presence in this game by not having ad spam and allowing its players to play without having to purchase constantly within the app, I give Candy Crush a perfect 5/5 balls here.
In conclusion, Candy Crush is an amazing app. It is the perfect time-killing app or “I don’t want to listen to my girlfriend talk so I need something to do” app. It provides elements of casual gaming, strategy, simplicity, and tops it off with the perfect amount of ‘addiction-ness’ (if that is even a word). I would highly recommend this game to anyone who has a mobile device (AKA anyone who isn’t a caveman) that is seeking a fun, casual game that they can play until they take their last breath surrounded by people that are just waiting for them to die so they can take their money. For these reasons, Candy Crush Saga receives a grand total of 22 / 25 balls.