1. Candy Crush Saga originated on Facebook when it was released on April 12, 2012. It then made its way over to mobile smartphone devices on November 12, 2012. The original game, Candy Crush, is a browser based game that ended up becoming a slight variation for its successor.
2. To say that Candy Crush Saga is financially viable is an understatement. 9to5Mac reported that the game brings in a total revenue stream of $633,000 a day! The game could possibly bring in $230 million a year or more if this daily rate continues.
3. According to review aggregator website Metacritic, the game received an average review score of 79/100, indicating generally positive reviews.
4. As of June 2013, the Facebook version of the game contains 425 levels that are split up between 29 episodes. As for the mobile smartphone edition of the game, the first 365 levels are available for play. Every episode of the mobile version contains 15 levels per episode (except for the first two episodes, which only features 10 puzzles). In order to gain access to any episode after the first two, players have to invite three of their Facebook friends in order to play them. As for the mobile smartphone version, players can unlock new episodes by replaying Mystery Quests.
5. The basic version of the game is free. Players gain access to five lives at the beginning of the game, but they’ll have to purchase more in order to keep playing this addictive puzzler. Some folks became so hooked on Candy Crush Saga that they managed to hack the game for unlimited replayability. Mashable even did an article on the hacked version and actually posted a link on how to access it.
6. So far, Candy Crush Saga has more than 35 million likes on its app page. It currently holds the honor of being the most popular app on Facebook and the highest-growing app in the Apple and Google app stores. It garnered over 10 million downloads in the month of December in 2012.
7. Like other puzzle games of its kind, such as Bejeweled and Shariki, Candy Crush Saga is a variation of a match three puzzle game. The board size measures in at 9×9 and is filled with several different candies and other sweet assortments. Players succees at the game as they make moves around the board and try to align three candies of the same color. This is accomplished by swamping two separate candies/positions in a horizontal/vertical manner. Each puzzle features three target scores that players can attain and obtain stars from. Each puzzle throws in new wrinkles in so that players can deal with new approaches to dealing new obstacles. All of the game’s puzzles are contained in separate episodes. Players have to complete each puzzle by meeting the stage objective and the minimum score. If they don’t meet either goal, a life is lost (the player starts with five lives). Each life is restored after a half-hour of play, plus you can ask a social media friend for a life or just buy another one.
8. Want even more proof the game’s popularity? It made a cameo appearance in the music video for Gentleman, a song performed by PSY (a South Korean music artist).
. Candy Crush Saga is even more popular with the people of Hong Kong. Social Bakers reported that the game has close to 395k fans in Hong Kong alone.
10. The game has more than 132 million monthly users. In other words, one tenth of the 1.15 billion people on Facebook are connected to the app. By comparison, the population of the United States is about 314 million.