Candy Crush Friends Saga is the fourth Candy Crush Saga game.
King makes the Candy Crush Saga games. You probably have heard at least one of their mobile games before. I imagine most people have heard of Candy Crush.
I played Candy Crush Friends Saga on and off for about a week or so, and I played until level 69. I played this game on my LG V20 Android smartphone.
What kind of game is Candy Crush Friends Saga?
Candy Crush Friends Saga is a match three game. You need to beat each level in a certain amount of moves. Each level also has a goal you need to complete.
What is different in Candy Crush Friends Saga?
The last three Candy Crush Saga games have played about the same starting with Candy Crush Soda Saga. Not much is too different in this version of the endless saga of matching candies. The biggest difference is the change to 3D graphics over 2D. There are some new game modes and a few gameplay changes but not enough that Candy Crush Friends Saga feels like a whole new game.
So right up front if you did not like any previous Candy Crush game, I see no reason why you will like this version over those ones.
Very Similar Gameplay
If you have played Candy Crush Soda Saga or Candy Crush Jelly Saga Candy Crush Friends Saga will seem about the same. The powerups are the same, and the candy matching rules are the same. The things that appear in puzzles are about the same. If you have not played either of those games, then this game is similar. So if you like it, you will like those as well.
Everything works as expected and the game feels very fluid and fast. The game has multiple game modes. There is nothing groundbreaking new but the game modes in this game are different than previous games.
Some Levels Are Too Hard
My biggest complaint is the randomness of how difficult levels are. Some levels are very easy, and some levels are insanely hard. I suppose trying to balance hundreds and eventually, thousands of levels is no easy task though. The game does feel like it has a progression to it. It is pretty slow though, because of the many levels.
There Is No Story
Despite having saga in the game don’t expect a story or any plot resolution. The goal of the game is beat as many levels as possible. If you beat them all, you need to wait for more levels. The first two games at least pretended to have a story. I guess King figured why even bother this time.
Who the Friends Are
You may be wondering about the friends in Candy Crush Friends Saga. Well, those friends are not referring to actual people you know. You can still nag people for extra lives as always though. In this game at the start of every level, you pick a friend. If you match your friend’s favorite candy, you get a bonus power up.
I am not sure why King decided to make the whole game based on this concept alone. It is nice but not too huge. They even tried something like this similar in a previous game.
The 3D models look OK for a mobile game. I can’t say I prefer them over the art style in older Candy Crush Saga Games. The characters are goofy and bouncing around the screen. This is a bit too goofy and cute for me but whatever.
The actual game playing area looks pretty much the same as the previous game, and it looks nice. Everything was fast and fluid on my phone. I dislike match three games that feel slow or force me to wait to watch animations finish.
I am disappointed by the sound quality. If I can play a game with the music and sounds muted and feel like I get the same experience, then they don’t exactly impress me. Everything is OK I suppose.
You do not need to spend money on any King game. Yet they make lots of money every day. Mobile games have this strange oxymoron quality of free games earnings a lot of money.
The reason why is because of microtransactions. In this game, you can buy a currency (gold bars) and pay for many things. King convinces people to spend money by…
- Making levels hard, so you feel pressured to use more power-ups.
- Some levels take many times to win and many lives in the process
- The game makes you wait to get more lives, or you can pay for them.
- Tries to get you to use currency to continue levels after you run out moves.
- There are other things as well.
So while you don’t need to spend money, King built for people to spend money.
I recommend not spending money on this game. If you feel the game is too hard, I would recommend not playing anymore. Don’t let King pressure you into spending money.
The most annoying thing in this game is having to wait to get your lives back. King tries to force to you spend money to get lives back. King does this because they know there will be some impatient people who will spend money to keep playing. Like I mentioned before I recommend you do not do this.
In this game, you have to wait 30 minutes to get a life back. This is high compared to other free to play games. Most games I see have timers of about 10 to 15 minutes. It takes 150 minutes or 2 hours and 30 minutes to get all five lives back. You can only have five lives.
Candy Crush Friends Saga is not exactly a game I would play for hours and hours, but it is more of principle that I can’t. There should not be any restrictions anyway. This is a bit a rant against free to play games in general though.
Some levels are very hard. The gameplay is fast and in some cases, I run out of all five lives in a span of five to ten minutes. At this point, I usually move on to another game or activity.
You can ask friends for extra lives, but the system doesn’t work too good if you don’t have a group of dedicated friends helping you. I am playing the game with my King account over my Facebook account as nobody I know on Facebook plays mobile games often. I send lives to my King friends, but I rarely get anything back. At least not in any timely manner.
This is pretty much the only annoyance the game has. You don’t have to wait to get to new areas like older King games. Other than prompts for events not much nags you in game.
This would have been an average game at best but due to some annoyances and common free to play practices I can’t say I would recommend this game to anybody outside King game fans and Candy Crush Saga fans. I am more forgiving towards mobile game practices, but I know a lot of people don’t like them. So I am reviewing this game this way keeping other people in mind.
Candy Crush Friends Saga doesn’t have anything that other match three games do as good if not better. There are many match three games to play if you like them. So being an average game is not enough. There are far too many options to bother playing every game that is OK.
Will I Keep Playing Candy Crush Friends Saga?
I will not continue to play this game after the review. While the game is somewhat fun, I don’t play match three games that much anymore.
Would I Recommend People Play Candy Crush Friends Saga?
I would only recommend Candy Crush Friends Saga to people who love all Candy Crush games and King games in general. You probably are already playing it if that the case though.
Candy Crush Friends Saga is an OK game that is nither really good or bad.
Gameplay is good.
Not much different than previous games.
Long time to wait to get lives back.
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