Ahhhhh yes, Candy Crush. The game series that everyone loves to hate. Well, not quite, everyone, considering millions of people are playing it every day and it's consistently been one of King's top performers basically forever... But, whatever. Joining the ranks of Candy Crush Saga [Free] and Candy Crush Soda Saga [apprice url="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/candy-crush-soda-saga/id850417475?mt=8"] today is Candy Crush Jelly Saga [Free]. At Jelly Saga's core, it's the same great super-polished free to play match three gameplay that everyone knows. The familiar power-ups are all there, the delightfully whimsical music, the Facebook integration to compete with your friends, etc. Everything you'd think this game would have, it has it.

The thing that sets Jelly Saga apart from the others is a minor tweak in the mechanic of how the levels are completed. This time around, instead of getting rid of jelly you're trying to spread it to all the squares on the play field. Where things get crazy is when facing off against the new Jelly Queen. In these levels, the game takes a significant shift to being turn-based, and you're playing against an AI opponent who is spreading her own jelly across the board.

It's surprisingly fun, and worth downloading for two reasons: First off, this new mechanic is really neat. Second of all, King's tutorial design is just crazy. They introduce some surprisingly complex concepts in these games potentially to players who have never played a video game before and manage to do it without any kind of text or anything else. King has tutorial design down to a science, and this is just another great example of what kind of things developers should be doing to teach players to play their games.

Anyway, it's also neat to see more Candy Crush games get released because if Candy Crush is your jam, between the three titles you can effectively just play them in an infinite loop without ever spending money. Go through your five lives in Candy Crush proper, do the same in Soda Saga, shift gears to Jelly Saga, and by the time you've spent those five lives chances are all (or most) of your original Candy Crush lives are back. I'm not sure if King intends players to play this way, but, it makes sense to me.

  • rewind

    Trying to spread jelly? Sounds like the hundreds of levels in CC Soda Saga where you spread the jam to every square on the board. This game feels too early and too unoriginal. And now there are three CC games, so I definitely can't split my time between them all. Oh, and this is King's 6th match-3 game (or more if i missed one). Oh well, I'll probably try it and like it. Trilogies are cool... if they actually tell a story :-P.

    • Milotorou

      Its a story.... About sugar and wild addiction...

  • vectorarchitekt

    I admit I would play one of these king match games if for just once they would release something that didn't have food, sweets, mice or flowers in it.

    • Stormourner of the Nature

      which Saga game would you like to see?

      • vectorarchitekt

        Hm....actually I liked the concept of alphabetty but I just can't get past the cutesy mouse theme...if its any indication, "Faif" is my favorite match game, maybe a "dungeon" saga would be cool.

      • vectorarchitekt

        Or a poker saga

      • Stormourner of the Nature

        they might call it Dungeon Crush Saga XD

      • Brian Depaulo

        One that's 99 cents with no in app purchases and pay wall and not made by king

      • Stormourner of the Nature

        I see this type of comments alot and it's boring

    • Godspoken

      Time to play Scrubby Dubby Saga then!

  • Brian Depaulo

    Eli I was brought to this site by googling clash royale and after reading the comically ad like review noticed in comments you defending yourself and the site. I said maybe clash royale is just that good then I saw this.
    KIDS THIS IS AN AD NOT AN HONEST REVIEW