Candy Crush Saga

Common Sense Media says

Addictive puzzle game is pushy with in-app purchases.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Early levels of the game are fairly easy to complete, but when the difficulty ramps up, the game becomes quite difficult. 

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game very aggressively markets high-priced add-ons and power-ups -- which kids (and some adults) will want to purchase when the game's difficulty ramps up. There are no ways to earn in-game credits to buy those advantages, though you can earn the add-ons and power-ups in games if you're lucky. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. The game constantly asks players to link to their Facebook accounts, though this is not a mandatory feature. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Candy Crush Saga is a puzzle game that very aggressively pushes in-app purchases. Players are given a limited number of lives -- and they lose one each time they fail to accomplish a puzzle's goals. Power-ups are also offered to help players through difficult levels, but these must be purchased -- and typically cost a lot more than a dollar. The game also pushes for Facebook integration to get users to act as its marketing arm, but this is not required of players. The license agreement for the app requires users to be 13 or older, and to be at least 18 to make in-app purchases. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • motivation

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The app puts a spin on the match-three genre to make itself unique. It's hard, but you'll want to keep playing. 

Learning Approach

Kids learn through studying the board and strategizing the order in which to match candies. 

Support

The app doesn't have timed puzzles, letting players take their time to think things through. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • motivation

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Kids can learn about decision making and perseverance as they complete varied match-three puzzles. Candies are scattered in different ways each level, keeping the game fresh, but strategy is critical in choosing the most beneficial moves. There's also the possibility of choosing a power-up to take into each level -- should players choose to purchase and utilize them. Be warned, they can be expensive, but choosing the right one makes many levels easier. Candy Crush Saga is partially about luck, but players can also use a bit of strategy as they solve the puzzles.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players attempt to match three similar candy types to eliminate them from the level and bring others into play. When four or more are matched, players earn one-time power-ups. To clear a level, they must either reach a point requirement, clear certain squares, or funnel certain elements to the bottom of the board and off the screen in a limited number of moves. If the goal is not achieved within those moves, you lose a life -- and you only have a limited number (though they regenerate over time). 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Candy Crush Saga is one of the more addicting games to ever hit the app store -- which is a good and bad thing. It's incredibly fun and engaging, bringing enough of a new twist to the match-three genre to stand out from the crowd. But the game's aggressive pushing of in-app purchases (and expensive ones, at that) and increased difficulty in later levels make it a trap for parents, whose kids will want grab the power-ups to clear a level. 

While early levels are easy, it's virtually impossible to clear later ones without that help. And the game's pressure to incorporate Facebook (so that you might best your friends on high scores) gets a bit old, even if it's not mandatory. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 7, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:34.30 MB
Version:1.05
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android varies by device

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheBombFunn June 7, 2013
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8
QUALITY
 

Just like Bejeweled, but more addicting!

This is a good game. Its very addicting, more than bejeweled and you'd wanna be keep playingit untip you win it. Good.

Kid, 11 years old June 21, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Good, but isn't my favorite.

This isn't my favorite game. If you know what bejeweled is, its basically bejeweled but candy themed. A lot of my friends are addicted to it. I say age 7 because you need to understand the concept and the object of the game. Otherwise good.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old July 23, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Love It

It's awesome. I recommend you allow your kids to download it. It's 100% free. Have fun.

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