Candy Crush Soda Saga is Now Live Worldwide on Facebook, Android, and iOS!
Candy Crush Soda Saga
If you were wondering what King, the maker of one of the most popular game apps of all time – Candy Crush Saga, would release as their next game you probably would have never guessed that it would be another sequel. Fresh off the release of their first sequel Bubble Witch Saga 2, King soft launched Candy Crush Soda Saga which is a brand new version of their most popular game. The soft launch version of the game was only available to players in select countries, and served as a testing phase to work out all the bugs.
King Releases New Candy Crush Saga Sister Title – Candy Crush Soda Saga Worldwide on Facebook and Mobile
We pay a lot of attention to King and their games because we make videos and popular sites based around some of their other titles. That said we were more than surprised when we heard about the Candy Crush Soda Saga soft launch. While we love most of the games they put out, we just couldn’t understand the reasoning behind releasing a new Candy Crush while the original is still so popular.
Unless you have literally been under a rock for the past couple of years you’ve at least of heard of Candy Crush Saga. For scale the app surpassed 500 million in total downloads in December 2013, and was also downloaded more than apps such as Facebook and YouTube in that same year by iPhone users. Using the word huge here would be an understatement. While popular game apps usually come and go somehow Candy Crush has remained in the number one spot for what seems like forever just ahead of another King made match-3 game named Farm Heroes Saga.
Given that Candy Crush is still ranked number one for game apps across all platforms, that King has already expanded their number one app with the add-on of Dreamworld, and that they had already developed a better standard match-3 game in Pepper Panic Saga it was hard to envision where Candy Crush Soda Saga would fit in. With the Bubble Witch Saga sequel it made a lot of sense since the original game had lost popularity, and was really not up to par with their new releases as far as its look or mechanics. The release of Diamond Digger Saga also made a lot of sense because, like Bubble Witch, it is a departure from the swipe style match-3 and offers players variety. But, like us you are probably wondering why does the world need a new Candy Crush game so soon?
We set out to play the new game to see how it works, and to find an answer to that question. We’ll admit that even as huge fans of King and its games that we were a little skeptical about Candy Crush Soda Saga, but soon began to get an idea of why they went with this game, and why they decided to do so now.
Candy Crush Soda Saga Review
King refers to Candy Crush Soda Saga as a sister title to Candy Crush. In our opinion it is more of a sequel that builds off the familiar mechanics of the original. The main pieces are nearly identical outside of a slightly different basic blue candy (although the blue lollipop tops make appearances in some levels), and the game is still a match-3 game where you have to combine three or more pieces of the same color together. It also features many of the same special candies from the original which you can create by matching four or more pieces together. So for the most part when you first start you will already have a good idea of how things work.
Players navigate through levels which are arranged in episodes to move along through the world map. In this respect King hasn’t reinvented the wheel with Candy Crush Soda Saga, and has followed their normal formula. Many of the layout features are similar as well although the overall look of things is much more polished than the original.
Where things get really interesting is the soda that gives Candy Crush Soda Saga its name. Some of the levels have this fizzy purple liquid on them which causes the candy pieces to float up instead of falling down. This adds an element that we have never experienced in any other match-3 game, and makes this game interesting, and unique.
Check out this video of Candy Crush Soda Saga level 73 to see what a tough “Frosting” level looks like:
The second big change that you’ll notice in Candy Crush Soda Saga are the different game modes which are all unique compared to the original. The new level types that have been revealed thus far are as follows (click on the level type names to read a more detailed guide about it):
- “Soda” or Pop the Bottles levels – Soda levels are the first levels you will run into when you start playing. In these soda-soaked levels you have soda bottles that you have to pop to collect. Pop the bottles levels can make you scratch your head at times, and make you really think about where pieces will end up after you make a match.
- “Frosting” or Find the Bears levels – In Candy Crush Soda Saga jellies are replaced with ice which covers sections of the board. In find the bears levels there are gummy bears trapped under the ice which you have to release to complete the level. Frosting levels have a set number of bears you have to find before you run out of moves. These levels are fairly simple to understand, but get really difficult as you move through the map.
- “Bubble” or Get the Bear Above the Candy String levels – Bubble levels have bears that are trapped in bubbles that you have to move up through the soda. The goal in bubble levels is to get the bubble bear to move up until it reaches a string of candy stretched across the board. Each level has a specific number of bears that need rescued before you run out of moves. This level type can have multiple boards or layouts that stretch across several screens which makes Candy Crush Soda Saga even more unique. Some soda levels also feature the game’s new pieces, soda bottles, which you have to match to get the soda level to rise. On these bubble bears levels you will have pieces that fall down above the soda line until you can eventually fill the entire board up.
- “Chocolate” Levels – If you’ve played the original Candy Crush you are already familiar with the sometimes annoying chocolate that expands to cover the board if you don’t control it. In chocolate levels you have to remove all the chocolate on the board before you run out of moves to move on to the next level. These levels will feel the most familiar to players, and could be considered to be like jellies levels from the original game.
- “Honey” Levels – Candy Crush Soda Saga also has honey levels that come into the game in level 76. These levels are like frosting levels, but the honey squares sit on top of the tiles like blockers which means you have to make matches next to them to get to the honey bears. Honey levels also have scrolling screens with multiple boards like the bubble levels do.
Check out this video of Candy Crush Soda Saga Level 29 to see a very interesting “Bubble” level with soda bottles:
Why You Need to Try Candy Crush Soda Saga
If King had only added these new level types to Candy Crush Soda Saga it likely still would have been a huge hit. It is enough variation to make it interesting to the game’s faithful, and a better offering than Dreamworld. The game would have done well, made a lot of money, and in a year or so they could repackage the whole thing again to rekindle interest. This was our fear when we heard about the release, and why we began to worry that things might take a turn for the worse for King in the future.
As we played the game though we quickly realized that they have released something that we had never seen before. While they have successfully built on the things we love in their traditional match-3 games with little additions like creating a fish with a square match 4, they have also added elements that are brand new which put Candy Crush Soda Saga in a league of its own. On some levels the pieces move in multiple directions, and several levels break away from the standard one screen board. They have also added a new bomb called the coloring candy which is even better than the color bomb. In truth there are far too many new features to mention them all in this article, but we can confidently say that players will be pleasantly surprised.
Now that King has released Candy Crush Soda Saga worldwide for players on Facebook and mobile we expect it to take off. There are some notable things missing at the time of writing this article such as boosters, but overall the game play and level design is developed. It’s a nice sign that the game was released on Facebook and mobile at nearly the same time, and think that once players try it they will love it.
We’ll be writing more about the new features and how to play Candy Crush Soda Saga in the near future. If you find that you are skeptical about whether this game will be up your alley like we were, all we can say is you have to try it before you pass judgement. You won’t be disappointed.
The Candy Crush Soda Saga Tips Complete Level Index
If you need help getting started in Candy Crush Soda Saga, or find yourself stuck on a level please visit our complete level index. We have guides, videos, and tips for all the levels in the game, and are adding more all the time. We keep it updated when new levels are released so that we can continue to be the best resource for Candy Crush Soda Saga anywhere on the internet.
Check out this video of Candy Crush Soda Saga level 96 to see what happens when the normal match-3 gravity goes out the window, and how honey levels are set up:
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