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Candy Crush Friends Saga

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Addictive, clever, match-3 puzzler still brings sweet fun.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls but gets increasingly more complicated as you progress.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

Players can purchase gold bars and other power-ups, though bars are also earned through playing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Candy Crush Friends Saga is a match-3 puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. It has no objectionable content, though it may prompt some to eat candy (or want to eat candy) while playing. Players can earn gold bars and power-ups by playing, or by spending real-world money, and these bars are used to keep a game session going when players run out of turns. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Like most puzzle games, CANDY CRUSH FRIENDS SAGA doesn't have a story. Sure, the objective of this match-3 puzzle game is to uncover the animal candies, which will make a little girl, a yeti, and the other characters hanging around very happy. But overall, there's no explanation about why they're in the game, why they were trapped, or any other details. All you need to know is that matching three or more like colored objects clears the candies, allowing you to attempt to clear more and complete the puzzle for each level.

Is it any good?

Though treading familiar territory, this match-3 puzzle game does add some new mechanics that make it feel reasonable new. In Candy Crush Friends Saga, you once again have to line up three or more of the same kind of pieces of candy, which causes them to disappear from the board or, if you link a bunch, combine into a different piece with special abilities. Though unlike some similar games, the objective here is often less about getting a bunch of a certain kind of candy and more about uncovering sections of the board to free the candy animals trapped beneath it. This also adds some new mechanics, like a yeti who tosses snowballs that make some candies more powerful, and a little girl who uses water to make fish-shaped candies swim across the board and take out unrelated pieces. As helpful as these characters may be, though, their cutesy audio cues make them a bit annoying, especially if you're an older player. Still, with the puzzles getting increasingly more complicated and challenging, and this adding some new mechanics to a familiar but still fun form, Candy Crush Friends Saga is one sweet deal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about managing your money. When you run out of turns in Candy Crush Friends Saga, you can use gold bars to keep going, but since can just get these gold bars from playing, does it make sense to spend a lot of real money for them?

  • In Candy Crush Friends Saga, you match different pieces of candy, but does playing this make you hungry for candy? Do you think this was intended by the game designers?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 14, 2018
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 222.30 MB
  • Publisher: King
  • Version: 1.1.9
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.3 or later; Android 4.4 and up

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