Candy Crush Saga for Android review: Great alternative to Bejeweled

Candy Crush Saga (Android)

(Part #: com.king.candycrushsaga)

Free

4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Candy Crush Saga offers a unique take on the typical match-three game type made popular by Bejeweled. It's simple to learn and incredibly addictive once you get started. Also, it seamlessly integrates with Facebook, if you're into that sort of thing.

The Bad In-game upgrades are expensive.

The Bottom Line Even if you don't care to post your scores or challenge your friends on Facebook, Candy Crush Saga is an incredibly addictive game that fans of Bejeweled are sure to love.

8.2 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 7.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 9.0

Voted "Best Social Game" at the International Mobile Gaming Awards, Candy Crush Saga takes the popular match-three style of game to another level by adding a variety of special game pieces (candies), "boosters," and objectives that go beyond simply scoring a lot of points. With its addictive gameplay, simple controls, and whimsical, circus-themed animation, it is very difficult not to grow a sweet tooth for this game. Also, its nifty map view, with all the stages plotted out, really makes you feel as though you're on a journey.

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This layout should feel familiar to fans of Bejeweled. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Similarly to Bejeweled, Candy Crush Saga gives you a board of different types of candies and asks you to match them in order to clear them and score points. To make a move, just swipe your finger across two adjacent candies to swap them. Matching three candies of the same type is the baseline, while matching four or more earns you bonus points. These larger matches also yield special candies that can be used to clear entire rows, columns, or sections of the board at once. In order to do really well in Candy Crush Saga, you have to set yourself up for large matches and chains of matches for big points.

But as more than just a Bejeweled clone, Candy Crush Saga adds special challenges to levels, making it a lot more interesting and a lot more difficult. At different points throughout the game, you might have to contend with move limits, scoring goals, or out-of-the-box objectives. For instance, some levels have jelly-covered spaces that need to be cleared before you can move on, while others have ingredients that need to be maneuvered to the bottom of the screen. Overall, it's these sorts of challenges that set Candy Crush Saga apart from other matching games.

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