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Why is Candy Crush Saga an Addicting Game?

Posted by Anthony Mango Monday, July 8, 2013
Candy Crush Saga is an app you can find on Facebook as well as iOS and Android...and you should avoid it at all costs if you want to maintain your social life.

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Just look at these evil characters

For those that don't know, it's a simple puzzle game in the spirit of classics like Tetris and Bejeweled where you have to match up certain patterns by moving things in a particular way. You'd think that there would be an overabundance of these games out there, but for some reason, every so often one of them catches on. Look at how well Words with Friends ended up doing despite the very obvious fact that Scrabble still exists.

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Poor Upwords, nobody ever remembers you

A while back, I remember looking for various games to download to my new phone. I naturally gravitated to Angry Birds Star Wars, being a fan of the film franchise and then tried out some others (none of which I kept...Fruit Ninja was just boring to me). But then Candy Crush came my way, and goddamn it, I haven't been able to stop playing it since then.

It's incredibly frustrating and the 5 life limit makes things even worse. It's understandable to try to get people to pay for more lives, as that's the whole point why companies make these games, but isn't it a bit of a detractor when you hit the harder levels and you have to wait hours to refill your lives, just to fail again?

I can't count the amount of times that I've been stuck on a level for days at a time and reached that point where I just want to quit the game entirely. Those stupid bombs? The levels where you have to get a certain amount of paired combinations and they blow up JUST when you get them next to each other? How many fucking chocolate+stripe+wrapper pieces do I have to explode to get that amount of points in that time limit?!

Yet...for some reason...I find myself sitting here, waiting for my third ticket to advance to level 186.

This is less of a sweet tooth and more of a disease.

Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer and podcast host of Fanboys Anonymous as well as all other A Mango Tree branches including Smark Out Moment. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, fiction writer and more. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.