Candy Crush Saga | King of Match-3
Candy Crush Saga | King of Match-3 review
If you’ve never played Candy Crush, it’s time to crawl out of the rock you’ve been living under. Seriously, a good percentage of the world’s population has played this game because of how fun, addictive and cheery the game is, and how seamlessly it plays on any device.
Essence of Candy Crush Saga - 4.5/5
This is Match 3 simplicity. You match three or more tiles of a similar color in the same row, column or diagonal configuration. This removes those candies from the board and may also create new match configurations, giving you bonus points as you play the game. The entire game moves in a sequence, from one level to the next. The game starts simple, but as you level up, it gets more difficult, making it necessary to purchase boosters to progress quickly. If you make a special match, such as certain candies in a perfect orientation, you can clear entire rows or columns. Occasionally you’ll hear a “sugar crush” which means you’ve successfully cleared a level and can proceed to the next.
Graphics and Audio - 4/5
Candy Crush Saga is all about color and lots of cheerful sounds. The game is played on a 2D board with beautiful rendering, and the consistency is apparent regardless of the device that you play this game on. Once you make matches, the visual effects aren’t as dazzling as those of Bejeweled, but the burst of energy that engulfs your screen with each sugar crush is a joy to behold. The sound effects are also lively and enhance the visuals.
Controls - 4.5/5
The game has very few menus and only needs you to swipe on adjacent candy cells to make matches. This is not only intuitive but also lets you focus more on the smooth visuals and looking for matches to make. There is an active hint system that flashes to show you possible matches, while the board automatically reshuffles if there are no more possible matches. Overall, the controls are effective and quite intuitive.
Immersion - 4.5/5
Candy Crush Saga is one of the most addictive games you’ll ever play. The game enhances the freemium model by giving you five free lives to start with, after which you’ll have to purchase extra lives, wait for a specific amount of real-world time before you can be active, or ask Facebook friends for more lives. You can beat the game without in-app purchases, but the prospect becomes harder at higher levels. Still, this game is exceptional and freemium at heart if you only want to play for the thrill.
- Colorful, laid-back and fun visuals;
- Sweet soundtrack;
- Doesn’t pester players into pay to play;
- Has an easy learning curve.
- Gets extremely difficult to make it through certain levels without paying.