Candy Crush Soda Saga

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Just as fun as original, just as many in-app purchases.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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Ease of Play

Early levels of the game are fairly easy to complete, but the difficulty ramps up more quickly this time around -- and the game becomes quite difficult. 


The game very aggressively markets high-priced add-ons and power-ups -- which kids (and some adults) will want to purchase when difficulty ramps up. You can earn in-game credits by tying your account in with your Facebook account.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Candy Crush Soda Saga is the sequel to the extraordinarily popular puzzle game of 2013. Although the gameplay is different, the game still very aggressively pushes in-app purchases and Facebook integration. Players are given a limited number of lives -- and they lose one each time they fail to accomplish a puzzle's goals. Power-ups once again help players through difficult levels, but after using a limited number of free ones, they must be purchased. The license agreement for the app requires users to be 13 or older and to be at least 18 to make in-app purchases. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bytintinruaza July 24, 2015

Very good and addicting, but in-app purchases apparently ruin the game.

If there are no in-app purchases, I would really be addicted to this game. I wish there was some way to get rid of the in-app purchases.
Adult Written byNikalicious May 25, 2020

Candy Crush Soda Cheats the Winners

Ive noticed that Every time I’m about to win a level first with the new extra moves, the game goes black and takes the previously won bottle away, even though i... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat December 26, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byA.Critical.Character November 25, 2014

Turn off in app purhases

As long as in app purchases are turned off you will be fine. You can play the game without ever connecting to facebook. This game is appropriate for any age but... Continue reading

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 achieve one of several goals (such as letting a gummy bear float to the top or popping all the soda bottles). 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?

CANDY CRUSH SODA SAGA is more a continuation of the wildly popular 2013 game than a sequel. Although the gameplay is tweaked a little, the mechanics are still essentially the same, though that's not surprising given how successful the first game was. There are new block types, with new power-ups, but they're just as hard (if not harder) to achieve.

And the candy hammer is still there. The Facebook pestering of friends is still there. And the candy is just the same. Plus, the addiction factor is just as strong. If you managed to shake the Candy Crush bug once and don't want to get caught up in it again, Candy Crush Soda Saga could be bad news for you. For everyone else, it's a fun puzzle game even if it's nothing new. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to deal with in-app purchases. Is it always worth spending your money on? What does it feel like to hold out and play a game without any in-app purchases? 

  • Families also can talk about the importance of budgeting. Saving money and making wise spending choices may make resisting the temptation of in-app purchases easier. 

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