Candy Crush Saga

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
Candy Crush Saga Game Poster Image
Candy-themed match-3 offers variety & challenge.
  • Facebook
  • Free With Microtransactions
  • 2012

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about decision making and perseverance as they complete varied match-3 puzzles. There's an element of randomness to the gameplay, but strategy is also involved in choosing the most beneficial moves as well as in deciding which power-ups to take into each level. For example, in a level with jellies, players should choose the fish power-up, which clears three extra jellies from the board. Gameplay is a well-balanced blend of luck and strategy.

Positive Messages

Players can spend money on power-ups, one of which grants extra turns. This sends a message that players can buy their way out of a tough spot instead of persevering.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There isn't much of a story and only minimal dialog among benign characters as players explore a colorful and surreal set of candy-themed worlds. For what it's worth, the "plot" shows a young girl coming to the aid of the various characters she meets.

Ease of Play

Easy to learn. Levels gradually become more difficult. The symbols blink to suggest possible moves. Some of the levels are timed, but the majority are not.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can spend real money to buy power-ups and extra turns and to instantly unlock new levels instead of having to ask friends for help. When you fail a level, you will be offered a chance to buy power-ups that may help you on the next go-round. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Candy Crush Saga is a match-3 puzzle game played on Facebook. It's free, but players can spend real-world money to buy extra moves and power-ups and to instantly unlock new episodes. Offers to buy such goodies pop up frequently. Players are regularly prompted to invite friends into the game, share status updates on Facebook, and ask friends for help.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBean777 February 5, 2019

Rigged so you spend money

I've noticed that as you get harder, the game seems to be rigged so you will spend money. Or you have to play til you get past the level. But its a chance... Continue reading
Adult Written bydlowens777 @gma... November 11, 2018

Just a money ploy

From an adults point of view, as you get higher, the games make less sense. You either have to be lucky or spend money. I guess thats the goal as is most things... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2013

Love This!!!!!

Best game ever. Very addicting!!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byBeepBeepBeepBoop27 February 6, 2020

eh

Its a fun and easy game and great puzzle game. Problem is that it basically pushes you to buy stuff. Someone young could sneak to get your credit card or someth... Continue reading

What's it about?

In CANDY CRUSH SAGA, players swap candies of the same color to clear them from the board and complete the level goal. Goals are varied, such as scoring points in a certain number of moves or within a certain time limit, clearing away sticky jelly squares, or moving ingredients down to the bottom of the screen. As players clear levels, they advance along a game map where they can track their friends' progress and compare high scores on a leaderboard.

Is it any good?

Candy Crush Saga draws players in with its cheerful candy theme, interesting power-ups, varied challenges, and the unique ability to create special candies and combine them for interesting effects. The game currently boasts more than 450 levels. Players can see which levels their Facebook friends are currently playing, which is a superb motivator to play "just one more game" to leapfrog past them on the leaderboard. Assistance from Facebook friends is required to unlock new levels, but, with 133 million active users at the time of this review, odds are good there'll be a few friends in your Facebook feed who will be willing to help you out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a familiar game can seem fresh again with a new theme -- in this case, a match-3 game with a candy theme. What other themes would work well with a match-3 game?

  • Is it fair for players to be able to spend money to gain an advantage in a game?

  • Talk to kids about the dangers of overspending on in-game purchases.

Game details

For kids who love to think strategically

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