Unique games are always integral to the industry, and while the AAA industry provides a ton of shock and awe, they’re not necessarily the most unique games in the market. There are a lot of titles out there that keep repeating themselves in both theme and game mechanics. Repetition can lead always lead to stagnation, and that goes double for games that never try to improve the formula.
This is why a lot of people who want a unique experience, often turn to the indie or even the casual scene for new ideas on gaming. Candy Crush online isn’t really the most unique game out there, but it does provide a new outlook on how casual games can be made. There are mechanics that freshen the formula, and in some respect, it also shows how games can work with social media.
How does the game work?
If you’ve ever played bejeweled then you already know how to play this game. Matching colors three at a time scores you points and cleans out the screen for more points. The objective of the game is to finish off all the candy pairs within a limited amount of time. As you go further into the game, you are greeted by even more challenged in the form of special blocks.
Those jelly blocks don’t give you score, but should destroyed immediately because they block your progress. Eventually more and more of these things will pop up on each level which then increases the difficulty of the game. There are also levels, which have different kinds of objectives, and those usually involve destroying the rest of the candy to bring special ingredients to the bottom of the screen. What really makes this game challenging is that there is only a limited amount moves per level, and that really ramps the challenge towards the later levels. You are also limited in the number of lives you can use before you have to take a rest from the game, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds.
The in-App Store
Since the game is totally free on the iOS, you can expect that there is an in-App store with all manner of boosters and power-ups. This is a part of the mobile gaming scene, and keeps a lot of developers alive for long enough to continue making games. In this title, the iAP isn’t intrusive or bothersome, but it is also necessary to continue your streak. In the market, there are unique power-ups like jellyfish that swim through the tiles and eat candies, to the hammer that breaks any block you want. The thing about this game is that it takes a long while before you need to buy anything as the difficulty curve ascends very naturally. However, as you progress towards the 25th-30th level, you’ll find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer number of challenges on the screen at any one time. This is where the store becomes an important part of the app, as perfectionist will probably turn to the store so that they can complete their achievements.
Candy Crush on Facebook: The Social Aspect
Another unique feature in Candy Crush is that it is directly tethered to Facebook, which might imply that it is one of those spam ridden titles requiring many friends to play. In reality, this little feature is used to enhance and introduce the game in a new a way. You see, there are a lot of promos and advantages to having other buddies play this game with you, as you are rewarded with coins and even extra lives if you fail a level. Inviting people to play the game will also give you a little boost if they join you. However, having more friends does not mean that the game gets any easier; the social aspect of the game is limited to introductions only, and the rewards only benefit the player who asks for help. Another great social feature is that you can continue your game on any device at any time. As long as you are connected to Facebook on all your devices, you can pause and continue through your PC or on whatever you play this game through. The seamless connection between devices makes this game a fun little experience to share with your friends.