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Certain levels offer specific objectives that the player must accomplish before moving on. Some of these include clearing all the jelly in a level represented by a white block, or making sure all of a certain colour of candy is eliminated before time runs out.
The game is classified as a “freemium” game, meaning it does not cost anything to sign up or download, but additional features in the game cost money.
Users are able to purchase additional lives, levels and items that will help them in their quest to beat the game.
Brett Cameron, a 20-year-old student in the Culinary Studies program, says it was the free download that caused him to download the game.
“I started playing then needed to pay more to unlock more levels, so it’s not really free.”
The rules of the game are simple. Every user begins the game with five lives. If a level is not completed then a life is lost. Once all five are gone the user is faced with three choices. First is to wait 30 minutes to regain an additional life at no cost. Two and a half hours equal five more lives.
Second, is to ask Facebook friends to donate lives to them. All that is required by the friend is to accept the request and five lives are immediately returned to the user at no cost to the giver.
The third option is to pay 99 cents per additional life. This may seem like a money grab to some but as www.appsgonefree.com also reported, the game makes more than $633,000 daily.
Newman says she has spent roughly $6 so far but knows she will spend more before too long. “I still have to spend $21 to finish the game completely, and I’m sure I will.”
Friesen says she is undecided on whether she will spend money on the game. “Maybe I will spend a few dollars, but hopefully not $20.”
The numbers show that the game does have a strong and dedicated following. Users who feel they are addicted can join the Facebook group Help I’m a Candy Crush Addict. The group has been set up for people to chat about the game and offers hints and strategies for those who are stuck on a level.
Some are not downloading the game because of its reputation as being addictive.
Laureen Beaton, 21, of Welland, was asked if she would ever play the game.
“No never! I’m too scared I will get addicted.” Beaton says she knows people who play it and does not want to fall into the Candy Crush “trap.”
The game has become a competition among many to see who can reach the highest level in the shortest time. Newman says she plays with a couple of her friends.
“I’m currently stuck on level 186. My other friend is on the 200 levels, so I need to catch up.” Currently, there are 485 levels available for the Facebook version and 424 for smartphones.
Candy Crush Saga is a simple game with big fans. When you hear people excited for a doughnut it may no longer refer to Tim Hortons.
And, hopefully, the next time you are bombarded with Facebook requests to send a life you may take a minute to think before you ignore. Your click may save someone 99 cents, but most of all you are helping a friend reach the eventual end of the Candy Crush Saga.
Candy Crush Saga can be downloaded at www.king.com, www.itunes.com, www.googleplay.com, or played directly through your Facebook page.