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Candy Crush Saga, the wildly popular offering from developer King, has made Facebook a popular platform for game enthusiasts. Unless you are one of those who has successfully managed to wrestle free of Facebook’s addictive grip, you would have heard of the game.
Candy Crush Saga has become a source of needed entertainment as we travel on the busy subway.
King has not waited for the candy to turn sour before introducing improvements. Candy Crush Soda Saga is the long-awaited sequel to its immensely popular, saccharine-sweet distraction.
The follow-up is familiar, with a few charming improvements.
A.Candy Crush Soda Saga: Similarities with the prequel
Candy Crush Soda Saga has a similar structure compared with the original game, to the relief of many who worried that it would have too many differences. Thankfully, it merely builds on familiar mechanics. King designed it to complement the prequel.
- The game works on the same principles
Candy Crush Soda Saga is still a match-3 game. You still combine three or more pieces of candy that have the same color.
Players still navigate through the Candy Kingdom levels, arranged on a map. In this regard, King has not been radical.
The layout of Candy Crush Soda Saga is familiar, though everything appears more stylized than the original.
- Identical main pieces
The pieces of candy we have come to know and love look the same, though developers have shaped the blue candy slightly differently. Orange pieces and yellow drops stay as they are.
Blue lollipop tops still appear on some levels. The special pieces of candy still show themselves when you have joined four or more candy pieces.
- Multiplayer Mode
You can still play Candy Crush Soda Saga in multi-player mode. Invite your Facebook friends to play and aim to beat their scores.
B. The main differences
- More game levels/modes
To make the game more engaging and challenging, however, King’s developers have built on this already successful formula.
Destroying jellies within a number of moves is already daunting. King introduces game modes in Candy Crush Soda Saga that will force you to put on your thinking cap. In the “Frosted Bears” or “Frozen” levels, players have to find a set number of frosted bears trapped under ice before their moves run out.
You will find “Soda” levels a stretch of your mind. In the beginning levels, players have to pop a given number of soda bottles within a set number of moves. “Bubble Bears” make an appearance in level 16. Candies, submerged in soda, float up and have bubble bears trapped in them. The goal is to get the bears to move up to a string of candy stretched across the screen. There is a given number of bears that need rescuing within a specific number of moves.
Those who have played Candy Crush Saga are already acquainted with the sometimes irritating chocolate that covers the screen if you do not rein it in. In the “chocolate” levels of the sequel, you will have to get rid of all the chocolate before you run out of moves. These levels are the ones players will feel most accustomed to.
- Different graphics and combinations
King has also introduced new graphics that put Candy Crush Soda Saga above other games. The ice that covers the frozen bears replaces the jellies players had to remove before.
There are new candy combinations as well. Candy sometimes moves in different directions. King has also introduced a fish that appears when you link four pieces of candy in a square.
Sequels to movies or games tend to disappoint, but Candy Crush Soda Saga does not. It is, in fact, a surprisingly successful complement to the original.