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Candy Crush Saga for Android review: Great alternative to Bejeweled

Candy Crush Saga offers a unique take on the standard match-three game type that fans of Bejeweled know and love.

Jaymar Cabebe Former Associate Editor
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.
Jaymar Cabebe
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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.


Candy Crush Saga for Android

The Good

<b>Candy Crush Saga</b> 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.

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.

Candy Crush Saga will have you craving sweets (pictures)

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Boosts can help you overcome some challenges, but you'll have to unlock them before you can purchase them. That's right: you have to get to a certain point in the game in order to unlock them, then you still have to purchase them with real-world money; some cost as much as $16.99.

As for the social aspect of the game, Candy Crush Saga integrates with Facebook and keeps track of high scores so you can challenge your friends. You can also tap into Facebook to ask friends for extra lives once you have depleted yours. Otherwise, you'll have to wait for the in-game timer to replenish your lives before you can play again. While such social components are certainly added benefits for some, you can rest assured that you don't have to play with anyone on Facebook in order to get into this game.


Candy Crush Saga for Android

Score Breakdown

Setup 10Features 7Interface 9Performance 9