Candy Crush Saga for Android review: Great alternative to Bejeweled

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.2
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
  • Features and Support: 7.0
  • Interface: 9.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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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.

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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.

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.

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Candy Crush Saga (Android)

Part Number: com.king.candycrushsaga

Free

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  • Category Games
  • Compatibility Android
About The Author

Jaymar Cabebe covers mobile apps and Windows software for CNET. While he may be a former host of the Android Atlas Weekly podcast, he doesn't hate iOS or Mac. Jaymar has worked in online media since 2007.