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2013-12-18 12:47:29 PM
Stupidity
 
2013-12-18 12:50:28 PM
That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.
 
2013-12-18 12:52:50 PM
My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE
 
2013-12-18 12:57:05 PM

Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.


Exactly. They took bejeweled and made it more addicting and put limits on how often you can play without paying. God help us if they ever figure out a way to add RPG elements to bejeweled as society might collapse from lack of productivity.
 
2013-12-18 12:58:26 PM
Heh, it's still not as bad as reality shows...I've heard they make their money...BIG money...on their dollar-to-vote-on-who-should win text schemes.
 
2013-12-18 12:59:03 PM
I've un-friended people who ask me repeatedly to play this game.
 
2013-12-18 12:59:15 PM

sure haven't: My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE


just gave me an idea.  poop darts.  a mini-game where you aim butts at targets and they shoot poop darts to get points.  but you have to buy better poop-making food, keep a balanced roughage diet to keep them solid so they'll travel better.  you can buy emergency stool softeners, one time use, for that crucial target.  i can see this game making $1m/day.  easy.
 
2013-12-18 12:59:53 PM

Carth: Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.

Exactly. They took bejeweled and made it more addicting and put limits on how often you can play without paying. God help us if they ever figure out a way to add RPG elements to bejeweled as society might collapse from lack of productivity.


might?
 
2013-12-18 01:01:37 PM

sure haven't: My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE



There's one born every minute.  Might as well make some money off of them.
 
2013-12-18 01:02:59 PM
i wanted to know how much they made, and now that i know i wish i could mindwipe myself
 
2013-12-18 01:03:28 PM

Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.


I can understand  the compulsion loop to a certain level, heck I was hooked for a while, but I cannot understand how some people can fight a level for a week or longer in order to beat it.  I did that for about two weeks and ragequit.  My mother in law is somewhere in the 150-175 level and gets stuck for weeks on end..... freak'n nuts or the patience of a saint,  I am not sure which.
 
2013-12-18 01:03:59 PM
 
2013-12-18 01:04:04 PM

Carth: Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.

Exactly. They took bejeweled and made it more addicting and put limits on how often you can play without paying. God help us if they ever figure out a way to add RPG elements to bejeweled as society might collapse from lack of productivity.


Puzzle Quest
 
2013-12-18 01:04:55 PM

Mad Scientist: I've un-friended people who ask me repeatedly to play this game.


I have un-installed apps that have hidden links that cause my Google Play Store to open right to the download page for this bullshiat stupid game. Pulse, I'm looking in your direction.....
 
2013-12-18 01:05:07 PM
I just got a Kindle Fire HD this week for my xmas present (to hell with leaving it under the tree!) and the first thing I did was download CCS so I could find out what all the fuss was about. Well, besides the constant prompts to connect to Facebook, which I don't have, the game is addictive. However, I have not spent a single penny for anything in the game and I won't.

Also downloaded a Mah Jhong game, which is also addictive.

I have no idea why, and the article didn't answer that question like the headline promised.

/welcome to fark
 
2013-12-18 01:06:28 PM
The only thing I know about CCS is that its makers, King.com, appear to have injected a number of advertising sites with malicious javascript that pops open the app store on Android and iOS when you land on an infected page.

So, basically, malware sold by criminals.
 
2013-12-18 01:06:35 PM
 
2013-12-18 01:07:24 PM

wcuservo: Carth: Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.

Exactly. They took bejeweled and made it more addicting and put limits on how often you can play without paying. God help us if they ever figure out a way to add RPG elements to bejeweled as society might collapse from lack of productivity.

Puzzle Quest


Came here to say that.  I love Puzzle Quest.
 
2013-12-18 01:07:24 PM
I hate that game. Damn near every free app for my phone has ads for it. There are loads of similar games out there, damned if I can tell why people get so hooked on that one.
 
2013-12-18 01:07:28 PM
Candy Crush Saga is a puzzle game with all the inner workings of a slot machine. It's deviously brilliant.

Saiga410: Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.

I can understand  the compulsion loop to a certain level, heck I was hooked for a while, but I cannot understand how some people can fight a level for a week or longer in order to beat it.  I did that for about two weeks and ragequit.  My mother in law is somewhere in the 150-175 level and gets stuck for weeks on end..... freak'n nuts or the patience of a saint,  I am not sure which.


The worst part about Candy Crush is that their difficulty curve (once you understand how they draw you in with the gimme levels in between) is essentially linear to infinity. At first you can get better and play more intelligently to get past the hard levels, but eventually it becomes a waiting game to get the right candy drops to satisfy some asinine goal and your reward is 3 easy levels and then the same level you just beat but now the possible number of successful candy drops is one lower.
 
2013-12-18 01:07:48 PM
I made it a principle to not play Bejeweled clones or Farmville clones.  (that's like 80% of apps out there).  Angry Birds, while a blatant ripoff of Crush Castle, is still ok.
 
2013-12-18 01:08:00 PM
Maybe they can explain how on my Android phone that anytime I click on a webpage it brings me to the Google pause to download.
 
2013-12-18 01:08:27 PM
Never played it, and in my experience ADD lends a little protection against getting addicted to things like these, but what always bothered me about the game was the damn name --

sa·ga
[sah-guh] Show IPA
noun
1. a medieval Icelandic or Norse prose narrative of achievements and events in the history of a personage, family, etc.
2. any narrative or legend of heroic exploits. Synonyms: epic, tale, history.
3. Also called saga novel. a form of the novel in which the members or generations of a family or social group are chronicled in a long and leisurely narrative.
4. a dramatic history of a group, place, industry, etc.: the saga of the transcontinental railroad.
5. any very long story with dramatic events or parts: the sad saga of her life in poverty.

- from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/saga?s=t

How the hell does 'saga' make any sense in this context?
 
2013-12-18 01:09:05 PM
 
2013-12-18 01:09:24 PM

The Flexecutioner: sure haven't: My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE

just gave me an idea.  poop darts.  a mini-game where you aim butts at targets and they shoot poop darts to get points.  but you have to buy better poop-making food, keep a balanced roughage diet to keep them solid so they'll travel better.  you can buy emergency stool softeners, one time use, for that crucial target.  i can see this game making $1m/day.  easy.


Call it "Angry Turds"
 
2013-12-18 01:09:35 PM

The Flexecutioner: sure haven't: My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE

just gave me an idea.  poop darts.  a mini-game where you aim butts at targets and they shoot poop darts to get points.  but you have to buy better poop-making food, keep a balanced roughage diet to keep them solid so they'll travel better.  you can buy emergency stool softeners, one time use, for that crucial target.  i can see this game making $1m/day.  easy.


That's... brilliant. Disgusting, but brilliant.

You could maybe get sponsorships from Metamucil and Imodium. Do spin-offs involving animal butts, too. Think road apples, buffalo chips, little rabbit droppings... The fecal possibilities are endless!
 
2013-12-18 01:10:26 PM

phaseolus: How the hell does 'saga' make any sense in this context?


The levels are laid out on a long path. You move along the levels in a vehicle as you beat them. Sometimes you have to overcome a series of challenges to advance to the next set of levels. There is a small, but flimsy "story" if you can call it that.

So Saga actually fits, technically.
 
2013-12-18 01:11:51 PM
Anyone paying to get extra lives instead of tinkering with the device's internal clock is a tax on the stupid.

/Level 184
//Never paid for lives
///Hell no on Facebook connectivity
 
2013-12-18 01:12:04 PM

Canton: The Flexecutioner: sure haven't: My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE

just gave me an idea.  poop darts.  a mini-game where you aim butts at targets and they shoot poop darts to get points.  but you have to buy better poop-making food, keep a balanced roughage diet to keep them solid so they'll travel better.  you can buy emergency stool softeners, one time use, for that crucial target.  i can see this game making $1m/day.  easy.

That's... brilliant. Disgusting, but brilliant.

You could maybe get sponsorships from Metamucil and Imodium. Do spin-offs involving animal butts, too. Think road apples, buffalo chips, little rabbit droppings... The fecal possibilities are endless!


So sort of Beavis and Butthead's Hock-A-Loogie but with poop?
http://www.y8.com/games/beavis_butthead_hock_a_loogie
 
2013-12-18 01:13:54 PM

theresnothinglft: I made it a principle to not play Bejeweled clones or Farmville clones.  (that's like 80% of apps out there).  Angry Birds, while a blatant ripoff of Crush Castle, is still ok.


There were DOS-based games in the 80's that did what Angry Birds does, sans collapsing structures. I don't get how it "suddenly" became a hot thing.
 
2013-12-18 01:15:11 PM

cgraves67: theresnothinglft: I made it a principle to not play Bejeweled clones or Farmville clones.  (that's like 80% of apps out there).  Angry Birds, while a blatant ripoff of Crush Castle, is still ok.

There were DOS-based games in the 80's that did what Angry Birds does, sans collapsing structures. I don't get how it "suddenly" became a hot thing.


Which ones are you referring to?
Games like these?
qbasic.parkdalien.com
 
2013-12-18 01:15:13 PM
LIVES DO NOT SYNC BETWEEN DEVICES! IF YOU RUN OUT OF LIVES ON YOUR PHONE, YOU CAN CONTINUE FROM YOUR TABLET OR PC!

/or take it as a sign that your break is over, and time to get back to work
//I only pay for extra levels on occasion, and that is to support the developer and because I perceive them as expansions - which are the traditional and fairest way to make extra money from both a B2P or a F2P venture
 
2013-12-18 01:16:15 PM

Saiga410: Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.

I can understand  the compulsion loop to a certain level, heck I was hooked for a while, but I cannot understand how some people can fight a level for a week or longer in order to beat it.  I did that for about two weeks and ragequit.  My mother in law is somewhere in the 150-175 level and gets stuck for weeks on end..... freak'n nuts or the patience of a saint,  I am not sure which.


I would assume that for those people the 'clicking things' game is more rewarding than the 'progression' game, if that makes sense.

Personally, I tried it, thought it was ok, till I accidentally made a 1$ in app purchase and then it was purged from my phone with self righteous fury. I don't mind buying things intentionally but I absolutely do not use products designed to 'trick' me into buying things (and subsequently turned off in app purchases entirely).
 
2013-12-18 01:16:25 PM
Can I shoot a giant evil snowman in the head many, many times with a gun that shoots fire and also heals me and then get a trainful of guns as a reward?  No?  Then I'm not interested.

/pick up the Christmas Headhunter Pack for Borderlands 2
//much better than the previous two, IMHO
///only $2.99
////we all have our addictions
 
2013-12-18 01:16:30 PM
Messing with the internal clock on the Kindle Fire is apparently a no-no as it messes with your wireless connectivity, or so I have gathered in the three days I've owned the thing. If the GMT isn't set right, the connection won't work...hmmmmm.....
 
2013-12-18 01:17:01 PM

The Flexecutioner: sure haven't: My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE

just gave me an idea.  poop darts.  a mini-game where you aim butts at targets and they shoot poop darts to get points.  but you have to buy better poop-making food, keep a balanced roughage diet to keep them solid so they'll travel better.  you can buy emergency stool softeners, one time use, for that crucial target.  i can see this game making $1m/day.  easy.


You joke, but that is brilliant. Make a bonus level with Poo flinging monkeys
 
2013-12-18 01:20:00 PM
ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE

I heard rockstars make millions too. Why haven't you learned guitar yet?
 
2013-12-18 01:20:22 PM
It's not a game, it's a Skinner Box with purty colors.
 
2013-12-18 01:20:42 PM
I have just gotten going in chapter 2 of Risen and I can say without a doubt that it is better than Candy Crush.  Candy Crush has probably made orders of magnitudes more money, however.
 
2013-12-18 01:21:18 PM

Carth: God help us if they ever figure out a way to add RPG elements to bejeweled


Puzzle Quest would like a word with you.
 
2013-12-18 01:22:46 PM

Treygreen13: cgraves67: theresnothinglft: I made it a principle to not play Bejeweled clones or Farmville clones.  (that's like 80% of apps out there).  Angry Birds, while a blatant ripoff of Crush Castle, is still ok.

There were DOS-based games in the 80's that did what Angry Birds does, sans collapsing structures. I don't get how it "suddenly" became a hot thing.

Which ones are you referring to?
Games like these?
[qbasic.parkdalien.com image 640x350]


That one and I also had one that had cannon firing back and forth at each other.
 
2013-12-18 01:22:51 PM
i'm at level 273. never paid for nothing. don't have it linked to facebook. play maybe 10-15 lives during the week...more than that if i am at home watching sports on the weekend.

still not as fun as angry birds.
 
2013-12-18 01:23:11 PM

The Flexecutioner: sure haven't: My wife was hooked on it for a while. Never spent money on it though, she thankfully thought that was pretty dumb. Fun game though, I tried it a few times. I can't believe this is still a thing, I don't know anyone that still plays it and-

ftfa: "Worldwide, Candy Crush Saga is estimated to make £610,000 ($1,000,000) per day from its users "

ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME?! I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE APPS OR GAMES OR SOME F*CKING THING ON YOUR PHONE

just gave me an idea.  poop darts.  a mini-game where you aim butts at targets and they shoot poop darts to get points.  but you have to buy better poop-making food, keep a balanced roughage diet to keep them solid so they'll travel better.  you can buy emergency stool softeners, one time use, for that crucial target.  i can see this game making $1m/day.  easy.


I would buy an iPhone or tablet just to play this game.

[shutupandtakemymoney.jpg]
 
2013-12-18 01:24:26 PM

Carth: Lumbar Puncture: That was a lot of words to say it's Bejewelled with a well designed compulsion loop.

Exactly. They took bejeweled and made it more addicting and put limits on how often you can play without paying. God help us if they ever figure out a way to add RPG elements to bejeweled as society might collapse from lack of productivity.


There's not a lot of difference between the Diablo 3 advancement system and Candy Crush in terms of math.  The differences are mostly about presentation and perceived investment.

That said, the reason CC is popular has little to do with the game and everything to do with indiscriminate, pervasive TV advertising.  Lots of people do what they see on TV. People who do what they see on TV are easily sucked into doing more things.
 
2013-12-18 01:25:57 PM

cgraves67: theresnothinglft: I made it a principle to not play Bejeweled clones or Farmville clones.  (that's like 80% of apps out there).  Angry Birds, while a blatant ripoff of Crush Castle, is still ok.

There were DOS-based games in the 80's that did what Angry Birds does, sans collapsing structures. I don't get how it "suddenly" became a hot thing.


Pretty much every mobile "game" is a rip-off of shiat that's been on Newgrounds for 10 years, only usually with even shallower gameplay and microtransactions.
 
2013-12-18 01:27:17 PM

cgraves67: Treygreen13: cgraves67: theresnothinglft: I made it a principle to not play Bejeweled clones or Farmville clones.  (that's like 80% of apps out there).  Angry Birds, while a blatant ripoff of Crush Castle, is still ok.

There were DOS-based games in the 80's that did what Angry Birds does, sans collapsing structures. I don't get how it "suddenly" became a hot thing.

Which ones are you referring to?
Games like these?
[qbasic.parkdalien.com image 640x350]

That one and I also had one that had cannon firing back and forth at each other.


I think this is a more recent version, but you're probably thinking of Scorched Earth.

www.techiewww.com
 
2013-12-18 01:27:29 PM
scifanatic.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com
 
2013-12-18 01:29:54 PM

Geotpf: Can I shoot a giant evil snowman in the head many, many times with a gun that shoots fire and also heals me and then get a trainful of guns as a reward?  No?  Then I'm not interested.

/pick up the Christmas Headhunter Pack for Borderlands 2
//much better than the previous two, IMHO
///only $2.99
////we all have our addictions


Yeah, I am quickly approaching 300 hours of Borderlands 2 and I still haven't even started a Psycho. Tiny
Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep is some of the best content that I have ever come across in a game.

Tina: Hey Mordecai, looooooove youuuuuuuuuuu.
Mordy: Don't be weird.
 
2013-12-18 01:32:27 PM

silvervial: Messing with the internal clock on the Kindle Fire is apparently a no-no as it messes with your wireless connectivity, or so I have gathered in the three days I've owned the thing. If the GMT isn't set right, the connection won't work...hmmmmm.....


Never thought of doing that...
 
2013-12-18 01:34:34 PM
I gave up after level 384; it just wasn't fun anymore.  The levels got to be so ridiculously hard that it turned into an exercise in futility, with a dash of anger.  Up to that point, the hard levels I viewed as a fun challenge.  The minute I started getting angry at the game, I decided I had gone too far.

/on to Tapped Out
//"cito109" if anyone plays
///something about slashies
 
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