King is back with a new game in its popular Candy Crush series: Candy Crush Friends Saga. The game is available for iOS and Android, and Facebook integration lets you save your progress across devices. That means you can begin playing on your iPad and pick things up on your Samsung Galaxy S9+ ($699.99 at Amazon) without missing a beat.
The candy-swiping and matching mechanics remain intact, but the new game also introduces updated designs and new play modes and integrates the series characters into gameplay.
Franchise veterans should have no trouble catching onto the new style of play, but enough has changed that both new and experienced players might need some help getting started. Here are our tips to help you understand the basics and help you become a Friends Saga pro.
Generally, you want to focus on matches as close to the bottom of the screen as possible. This ensures that your matches have the biggest impact on the game board by moving other candies into new positions and bringing important elements, such as cookies, closer to the bottom. Of course, in some game modes, you’ll have to match candies at the top of the screen, but this is still a good practice.
You’ll likely notice that when you have limited moves, most matches you can make are closer to the top. Stay away from matching up there unless you absolutely have to.
This is an especially good strategy when you have obstacles blocking your way. Since these blockers usually congregate at the bottom of the screen, attacking them directly, even with simple matches, is far more effective than blowing up row after row at the top of the screen.
You’ll be faced with many obstacles over the course of the game, and it’s always a good idea to eliminate anything in your way first. That means when multiple blockers are keeping you from making matches on parts of the game board, it’s imperative that you target them first before you do anything else. You don’t want to use up your moves when you’re blocked off in another place. This is especially true when you have to drop elements to the bottom of the screen. Eliminating blockers will make it a far easier task.
The Candy Crush Saga series is filled with colorful characters, and in Friends Saga, they take on more active roles in your quest. You’ll bring Tiffi, Mr. Yeti, Odus, or another character with you when you take on a level, and their specific abilities will change the way you play. So it’s important to understand what each character offers you, which candy color they prefer, and how best you can utilize their powers to beat each level.
For instance, if you decide to use Tiffi, you’ll be able to add jellyfish to the game board by matching red candies. Meanwhile, Mr. Yeti prefers light-blue candies and can create wrapped candies for you. Some also offer advantages for specific levels thanks to their abilities: For example, the Nutcracker can break apart blockers when you match blue candies, so he can be especially useful on Dunk the Cookie levels.
Everyone who’s played Candy Crush knows about the special candies you can create through matching, but it’s important to remember how to create each one so you know what to expect in the heat of the moment. For instance, matching four like candies in a row creates a striped candy in the direction of your last move. You can make a wrapped candy by matching candies in a T or L formation. Matching four like candies in a square creates a jellyfish, and five like candies in a row creates a color bomb.
Special candies can be even more powerful together. Setting off one special candy in the path of another does lots of damage, but when you match them, things get really crazy. And it’s far easier to match special candies, because you need only two to do it, and the color doesn’t really matter.
For example, if you match a fish with a striped candy, you create a fish that sets off the effects of a striped candy. Matching a striped candy with a wrapped candy causes the stripe effect to hit multiple rows at once. There are many different combinations of special candies to make, so when you have multiple combinations available, determine which will be most effective in that moment.
We all like to think that if we just make as many special candies as possible, victory will be assured, but that’s not always the case. In Candy Crush Friends Saga, sometimes you have to ignore those tempting combinations in favor of a simple match that will actually win the level.
The game includes modes that require you to free animals from behind frosting and octopi trapped in jelly; you’ll also have to dunk cookies into chocolate. Each game mode requires a different strategy and has a unique pitfall that can hurt you if you’re not paying attention.
When you need to free an animal, take note of which areas have trapped animals and which don’t. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference, but you don’t want to waste moves if you don’t have to. Meanwhile, dunking cookies and filling heart levels require you to eliminate only what is directly underneath the item, so don’t bother with anything that won’t affect them.
When you’re playing Candy Crush Friends Saga, you can earn and collect special boosters to use during the game. While they can be helpful when you get stuck, try to hold onto them until you’re sure they’ll make the difference between winning and losing. The last thing you want is to use a lollipop hammer or two and still end up losing. But sometimes it’s okay to lose a replenishable heart so you can hold onto a finite number of boosters.
Since you’re currently hooked on Candy Crush Friends Saga, it’s safe to say you might be a bit of a perfectionist. If you see a match to be made, you can’t help but go for it, and if there’s a stray special candy sitting around, you’ll go out of your way to activate it. But if you see a means to win, and you still have plenty of moves left, don’t start activating special candies just because it feels good; let them sit there.
Remember the importance of the Sugar Crush. At the end of each level, you will receive bonuses based on how many moves you have left and how many special candies remain on the game board. It’s a good idea to finish in as few moves as possible and to leave as many special candies alone as you can bear. You’ll still get credit for their creation, and the Candy Crush bonus could help you move from one star all the way to three. Just concentrate on fulfilling your objective: The game will give you credit where it’s due.
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