Candy Crush Saga can be really educational if you think about it. Being a casual game most would think educational aspect is not there, but here are several things that crushing candies can teach you.
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Here I was thinking why is Candy crush Saga so popular. Tons of positive feedback and over 500 million downloads sure has to mean something. It’s just another of those match three things game was my first thought. After playing the game for few days I realized there’s much more to it than just crashing colourful candies.
Microtransactions, also known as in-game purchases, are earning a fortune the King company that developed this casual game. All that can help you finish a level faster. You have 5 lives and those are replenished with time, but some levels are hard to complete without good strategy. It is meant to be that way, or the developer wouldn’t have you addicted to the crushing candies saga, thus spending $ would be pointless.
That is the first educational thing that the Candy Crush Saga can teach you. In every serious RPG or shooting game you will need good strategy to progress. Tinkering on your next move is crucial, but keep in mind that crushing candies is just like the beginner’s guide to planning a good strategy. With serious games, I am not underestimating the candies but the fact is that this is a casual game, surviving is only possible if you use your brain.
After playing with candies for four hours I finally lost all in-game lives. Along the way just when 5 moves were left in each level, the offer was popping-up to buy an extra 5 moves. Although this can be very useful with hard levels, I seem to miss the point of why anyone should buy the moves. The level can be completed after retrying and eventually you will get it done.
If you are not connected through Facebook, there will be no option to ask friends to send you lives. You can buy them though and this is another thing I can’t understand. Each life takes 30 minutes to replenish so in 2 and a half hours you will have all 5 of those back. Is it worth waiting that long and not spending money to quicken the process? Of course it is.
Another educational course by the Candy Crush Saga. Instead of buying lives to be able to continue your addiction with crushing tasty candies, you could use that money and buy a game that can be played for days without any Microtransactions needed. For example, Morrowind and TES games can all be bought for under 60 euros. These titles can have you entertained for months, even years. The new Skywind mod will combine both games and is completely free. There is also Minecraft or Call of Duty: Ghosts, or Assassin's Creed, any type of game that you might like can be bought for less money than what an average user spends on in-game purchases with candies saga.
Daily Saga users are spending an average of $33 according to the statistics. Maybe you’re not much into serious gaming so let’s have a look what you could have got for the money spent in this game. To instantly replenish 5 lives you will spend $0.99 and how long will that last? Might be as long as few hours, but for most players it will be gone within minutes. For that money you could have got a book, install it on your tablet and read for hours. Then once your lives have been updated, continue with candies if you like.
You could also watch something on TV without spending anything, or go for a walk, meet with friends, read a magazine or something on the net. The options are numerous, there is really no need to feed your game addiction with real money.
Again, the Candy Crush Saga is a casual game and should be played as such. I agree these can be addictive as hell, even I spend an hour or two trying to crash candies and clear all jellies from a screen every day. What I do more though is playing other games such as RPG titles and adventures. I like them more due to the simple fact that they have a good story and interesting characters. You can’t say that candies have a good story with combat, romance and other stuff that is unique to each game.
OK, so graphics are cool and sexy. Sweet food is addictive on its own, combine it with a game and you’ll have people stuffing themselves with chocs while looking at them on the screen. This is not really a good thing with the Candy Crush Saga as you will pile the weight up in no time. Might be why so many gamers are into zombie survival concept. Seeing zombies can only make you lose an appetite, it certainly won’t improve it.
Music is fine enough, but that voice saying tasty, sugar crush, and that sort of messages is rather annoying. I can’t have my speakers on while playing this game, makes me want to shout at that guy to keep quiet.
So why is the Candy Crush Saga so popular? It all boils down to marketing. They had a superb marketing strategy for the game that makes you wanna eat sweet food all the time. As you can see we can learn a lot from a simple title like this. I might continue with candy crushing for a while, but will certainly not spend any money on it. An hour spent on a game like the Candy Crush saga is fine by me.
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