Earlier this afternoon, Jared and I spent some time with Candy Crush Saga [Free] in a valiant attempt to get inside its head. It's a cutesy, candy-themed match-three that has been making some waves on the App Store charts. After inspection, it seems like the game's campaign is the likeliest reason why it's clicking with so many folks. It's big and it isn't afraid to keep delivering new twists on the core matching formula.

This might not be your cup of tea. We realize that. But it's healthy to see what people are up to and what makes popular games tick. In this case, the game is pretty good. You should check it out:

  • ImJPaul

    I get like 20 notifications a day on my Facebook from only 2 different people. This app will send notification for you and A LOT of them at that. I didn't have time to watch the video so I'm not sure if they mention it but there is also a pay wall. Just a heads up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1202150 Kristen Stewart

      The app only sends notifications when the sender requests it, so I'm guessing your friends are just really annoyed that you're not responding and sending them lives (so they can play again without waiting for their lives to regenerate) or "tickets" (so they can unlock another next portion of the game without paying $0.99).

      Source: when my co-workers and I played this game on iOS & FB we would spam each other with requests all the time.

  • witedahlia

    Yeah I tried it and felt like I had been Facebooked to death. I wish they wouldn't do stuff like that. Also, the artwork is lacking.

  • http://twitter.com/stooneyoriginal Stooney

    While the game looks great and is fun, its nothing really special.

    What takes the cake are the absolutely ridiculously priced IAP items.
    40 (!!!) bucks to "Paint Stripes onto the Candy", 1 Buck or A SINGLE TIME 5 extra moves ??

    This thing is designed to trick newbies into unwanted purchases and should be banned from the AppStore.

    AVOID !!!

  • sumiguchi

    I dig this game, but within 5 minutes of installing it, it prompted me to buy an IAP item for $29.99! Still like the game...just seems a little unscrupulous. Good reason to turn off IAP if you have a kids...

  • Jacob Gehman

    It's been a while since I've played a match-3 game, so I'm enjoying this. I did NOT connect to Facebook simply to avoid whatever unpleasantries that entails, and my refusal to IAP means I get to wait for extra lives to recharge when I fail a level too often, too quickly. It looks like you accumulate a life every half-hour, so I can play another game for a while, eat lunch, and debate on plastic or paper, and when I come back I have a boatload of lives to work with.

    A decent enough time waster for now, nothing special... but I was in the mood for a match-3.

    • Jacob Gehman

      Aaaand apparently to access any level past 30-something, I have to start sinking cash into this or start spamming Facebook. No thanks. Deeleted.

  • Minky

    Runs away with your money. Biggest con? Offer at end of game - buy five more moves to finish off candies. Yeah right? Er no. The number of times I've been caught out on that one. Five more moves might do it but only if you've bought other power ups too. If letting the kids play, switch off in app purchases.
    Ps Hay Day is another game that runs off with your dollars.

  • http://twitter.com/ashtonmorris Ashton Morris

    Anyone know about the composers or sfx artists with this company, I tried to find some info but cound't, the music is very good im my opinion.