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Joe Wainer
Joe WainerUpdated 3 days ago

A free puzzle strategy game for Android

Candy Crush Saga is a match-three puzzle game by King that grows in complexity the more you play it. It is a highly addictive adventure with its secondary objectives, nifty obstacles, and other elements that alter your gameplay, as well as limitations on available time and moves. It’s available on most mobile devices.

An addictive masterpiece

Candy Crush Saga takes the popular game style of matching colors to another level by adding various new game elements to make for a fun, exciting gameplay.

It comes with a nifty, endless map divided into stages which will keep you feeling like you're going through a journey.

This free game is an epitome of the casual genre, easy to play and to get addicted to without straining your hard disc or your wallet.

Simple, fun gameplay

This match-three game has you gaining scores by swapping adjacent candies to create rows or columns. When you manage to do so, you have eliminated those candies from the board.

If you create matches of four-plus candies, you get unique power-ups that clear the board even more efficiently. These special powers are excellent for more challenging levels, allowing you to continue making progress with ease.

To date, the developer keeps releasing new Candy Crush Saga levels, which means you can't officially complete this game. With limited time and the various goals, which you must finish within a certain number of moves, you will keep getting challenged by this simple puzzle.

When you meet the goals of a certain level, you get rated in stars depending on your scores, and you proceed to the next level. Otherwise, you lose a life and play again as long as you have enough lives available.

Varying elements of these challenges will ask you to apply different strategies, making it far from boring although the mechanics get repetitive. The boosters can give you the edge to move forward through this epic-proportion saga.

A delicious game design

Candy Crush Saga is beautiful. Its design aims to make the players happy and enjoy themselves, packed with bright colors, an intuitive user interface, slick tutorials, and smooth gameplay. All these make the game easy to pick up and hard to put down once you do so.

There's also wholesome, lighthearted narration integrated into the gameplay. You'll run into short cut-scenes that lay down the game's story between chapters, and the candy pieces and boosts are appealing and personalized to draw you even further into the game.

The visuals are sweet, and the audio isn't lagging, either. You'll get to enjoy voice-over verbal encouragements, happy, soothing, music, and exciting sound effects seeking to give you positive reinforcement to keep playing.

Playing with friends

If this game is anything, it's social, being so viral and captivating, as well as integrated with Facebook. Having friends in the Candy Crush Saga app provides an enhancement to your playing experience. They will assist you to go through this game by sharing boosts and extra turns with you, or even sending you extra lives! However, the online portion of this game isn’t required; you can play Candy Crush without an internet connection if you decide to.

Although this isn't a new concept, Candy Crush uses the social aspect as a motivator for players by showing scoreboards and leaderboards. So, you'll always be competing and cooperating with your Facebook friends at the same time.

Note that no matter this social aspect, it's 100% possible to play Candy Crush Saga offline and by yourself. The social element integrated into the gameplay only adds to the overall experience.

Bugs and alternatives

The most significant drawback of Candy Crush Saga on Facebook is the number of attempts it makes to get you to spend money. The game allows minimal planning and strategizing, and it's hard to win at times. In those cases, it offers sneaky ways to help you after you invest in a booster or extra lives.

There are similar alternatives for you to enjoy if you're into addictive, sticky sweet puzzles. Bejeweled is one of the pioneers of the genre, which inspired even Candy Crush.

KDiamond shares the Saga's vibrant screen, and Angry Birds Dream Blast hits the same level of addictiveness. Finally, if you haven't had enough of Candy Crush's deliciousness, the Candy Crush Jelly Saga version features new game modes and functions to add to the excitement.

Keeps you playing

The Candy Crush Saga game is casual, yet so well-executed that it hasn't seen a popularity drop for years now. It is not a perfect game, and it even gets frustrating at times, but it's excellent for people looking for a free (or close to free) pastime.


  • A unique take on a well-known type
  • Simple to learn
  • Addictive and fun
  • Massive number of levels
  • Integrates with Facebook


  • Can get repetitive
  • Doesn’t allow for strategizing
  • The in-game upgrades are expensive

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User reviews about Candy Crush Saga

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    My candy crursh.
    This is a big time pass game. even I am addicted of this. I love to play in my free time.
    Pros: I love the jellies came i More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    here it is. , here you can find good working version
    Pros: +
    Cons: -

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    A gareat game !

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Its amazing.well I've seen many people playing candy crust everywhere .I want to try it also but hopefully it won't make me crazy a More


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