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Candy Crush Saga isn't your usual match-3 puzzle game. It is a thinking player’s game. While its goal is very similar to that of other gem-matching games, it compels players to think before they start destroying delicious candies.
Objectives vary from one level to another. Some require players to score X points in 20 to 30 moves, whereas others have to be completed by removing blank spaces filled with jellies. It’s all about matching the right candies to complete objectives, along with scoring points and ranking in online leaderboard.
The first few levels are easy to play, but players may find levels 35 and beyond quite challenging. Here are some tips and tricks to help you complete difficult levels in Candy Crush Saga.
Tips to Complete Levels
1. Always keep a mental note of all possible matches before you start matching candies. This way, you will be quicker in completing objectives. Remember there isn’t any time limit, only a limit on the number of moves.
2. If you don’t play for a few seconds, the game will automatically provide a hint; you will see some candies flashing, showing a potential match. However, it's not always best to take the hint; the hint system shows random potential matches, and you need to use your brain to make the correct matches, especially for objectives that require you to remove all jellies, or bring down some ingredients to the bottom of the board.
3. In levels that require you to remove all jellies, target those candies that are covered with jellies or are close to the jelly-filled candy. This way you will be able to remove most jelly-filled spaces in a few moves.
4. Like other Saga games, this game also has plenty of boosters or “power-ups” that help you achieve your objectives faster. Once you unlock a booster, such as Extra Moves, Jellyfish and Lollipop Hammer, it will be shown at the top-right corner of the screen. Click on any one of the unlocked boosters before starting a level.
5. When play starts, you will have all five lives. If your Facebook friends send you lives, don’t click on the "Accept" button right away; just close the window. Once you lose a life, then you should find the envelope icon (at the top left corner of the screen, in map mode) and click on it to accept the donated life at a time when you can use it.
How to Create Special Candies
Always take advantage of special candies. There are three special candies that can be created by matching four or more normal candies:
1. To get a special striped candy, you will have to match four candies of the same color. After getting this special candy, match it with a normal candy that is similar in color. The result will be a line blast that will remove all candies in the same line, horizontally or vertically.
2. Matching candies in an L-shaped or T-shaped pattern earns you a special candy wrapped in plastic. Match this special candy with candies of the same color to destroy a set of candies in one move. This can be very helpful in those levels that require removing stubborn jelly-filled spaces.
3. You can also match five candies to get a big chocolate ball that has small circular candies stuck on its surface. Combine this special candy with a normal candy of any color to remove all candies of that color. The strategy here is to choose the candy color that is most abundant.
How to Make Special Combos
Creating special candies is one of the best ways to solve tricky levels, but did you know that you can combine two special candies to create marvelous special effects and remove maximum candies from the game board? Here’s how to create those yummy game-changers:
- Combine two special striped candies to trigger a double line blast. Both striped candies get activated, creating a row and column blast for each of them.
- Swap a special striped candy with the plastic-wrapped candy bomb to create a cross-shaped blast that can easily destroy three rows and three columns.
- Combine the chocolate ball special candy with the striped candy to create multiple striped candies. Then, wait and watch all striped candies detonate one by one.
- A dream combo for a player, but not easy to create – swap one chocolate ball with the other to destroy all candies on the game board.
- Swapping the plastic-wrapped special bomb with the chocolate ball will trigger the latter, and then a random candy will be selected to destroy candies of the same color.
- Combining two wrapped candies will destroy the maximum number of candies on the game board.
Level 66 Hints
In this level, the objectives are to earn 40,000 points and bring down at least two cherries and two acorns to the bottom of the game screen. You will need to match candies to your right, and this will trigger candies and the required ingredients on the left screen to come down and disappear into four portals at the bottom of the game screen.
The best strategy is to create a vertical striped candy by matching four standard candies to your right, and then use it to trigger vertical line blasts to quickly bring down cherries and acorns. Don’t worry about the score objective, as bringing down cherries and acorns will by itself fetch you 40,000 points (each special ingredient is worth 10,000 points).
Do you have any tips and hints to solve those frustratingly difficult levels? Use the comment forum below to share your own unique combos and cheats.
Trick to Get Unlimited Lives
Losing those precious five lives can be frustrating. You will need to wait for 20-odd minutes before you get another set of lives. Twenty minutes? That’s like 50 years for a Candy Crush Saga fan. If you can't wait, here’s a trick to get back those lives. Note: This trick works only on the mobile app.
1. When you run out of lives, close the game app and access the mobile device’s date and time section in the settings menu.
2. Turn off the option that automatically updates your device’s date and time. Set the date and time manually by selecting a date ahead of the current date/time. For example: It’s 13 June, so manually set it to 14 June.
3. Close the settings and open the game app. You will see the countdown timer has disappeared and all five lives restored. No! Don’t start the game yet. Close the app.
4. Go back to the date and time settings and turn on auto date/time option. It will switch back to today’s date/time.
5. Now open the game app and start playing with all lives reset. Also, there won’t be any incorrect warnings.
Candy Crush Saga Dreamworld Expansion
The latest expansion offers a totally new way to try out previously played Candy Crush Saga levels. This isn’t another update, but a totally new experience, complete with 65 challenging levels and a cute owl called Odus. You can play these levels once you have completed level 50.
While matching candies, you will have to make sure Odus does not fall from the moon scale, or else you will have to replay the level. To keep the moon scale roughly balanced, avoid clearing too many candies of a single color; match candies of both the colors that control the scale. A balanced moon scale may trigger “Moon Struck” power, which removes, for a time, one or two colors of candy from the game board.
jordi13alwayshappy on November 16, 2019:
i played and reached level 129 but the best thing to do is play with your internet or wifi on so that u can get gifts,30min unlimited free life or a 4day unlimited life, candy ball, fishes or lets just say powerups but that just my advice .
Noreen bowie on February 21, 2016:
In level 149... What are the purple rectangles(1) ....don't understand how to find this?
R466 on September 02, 2015:
Whatever happened to the links on googles app on how to play each level.
Vinita agrawal on July 23, 2015:
How do I take orders in level 130
ssue on May 08, 2015:
how do I play level 109, getting the side jellies
Sangi on January 14, 2015:
I am not able to get to 156 after crossing 155. It is not giving me an option to play quest...only two options are given...ask friends and unlock now ie pay to get to the next level. Is there any way to get to quest without paying or asking friends??
Kathy on January 01, 2015:
Cant get past level 149 can anyone help?
diana on October 08, 2014:
I can't seem to conquer level 195 could someone help me out on how to conquer this level
firstname.lastname@example.org on June 13, 2014:
Now im doing level 123 there's order i've to fulfill, 5 bluster lolly pop white n chocolate color, i really have no idea how to get that lollypop, plz anyone teach me
Jill on May 22, 2014:
Aside from me never getting to spin lately.. Where is my mail!??? I get nothing, yet I see requests on FB! And it won't let me sign into FB.. Says I don't have access to the Kingdom.. Really? #thisgamesucks
Jill on May 22, 2014:
What irritates me is that I can never "spin the wheel"!!! It's blacked out most of the time! And if I can use it; it does not award me the icon!!
zula on April 23, 2014:
oh my goodness!!!! I'm soooooo stuck on 86 and I believe 56 Odus is not even right!!! ugh..... please help me I'm tired of those two levels. I was also wondering how to get the unlimited boosters and etc.... on mt iPad. help please ZulaCollins5@gmail.com thanks and I'll be your friend on candy crush , I mean who ever needs one.thanks and have fun with mean little Odus the owl. lol
Anurag Ghosh (author) on March 20, 2014:
Jade Griffin from Ohio on March 19, 2014:
Great tip on unlimited lives!
sandeep kumar on March 19, 2014:
I can't clear the level 98
rinku shah on February 09, 2014:
I cant completing the 391 level plzz help me
email@example.com on January 30, 2014:
When I use the lives that say I have extra lives or moves it doesn't count for a life. Only the lives with a heart that are given to me count to make the 5 lives. When can the extra lives or moves can be used
Layup3 on January 28, 2014:
How do you get pass level 130?
James Richton from USA on January 09, 2014:
I love Candy Crush. It really has been such a fun game to play. I have to go back and play it again. I totally forgot about it.
Amy on January 04, 2014:
How do I unlock to Dream World leval 66
Missy on December 27, 2013:
how do i get rid of center jelly in level 45? Help!
lynn on December 21, 2013:
i been at candy chruch so long i can get out .., what is going on it not rite. .
Hameed on November 23, 2013:
I am in level 70 of candy crush and stuck there for almost a week could give me any idea how to clear this level thanks
Tiffany on November 22, 2013:
Level 130 whats the trick
diane on November 17, 2013:
they cheated me a minute a go 85 level
Breatheeasy3 from USA on October 20, 2013:
Def. will past this info on to my wife. She is a Candy Crush fanatic. Thanks for the insightful article
Prashant Priyadarshi on October 16, 2013:
Hi, I stuck at level 184. Do you have any clue how to clear this level?
avni on October 06, 2013:
how to clear level 113 In candycrush ?
shirley on October 01, 2013:
Can't move to the next stage because I can't find no one connect to kingdom candy crush.
rodriguez paiva borrero on October 01, 2013:
I cant pass level 70, (two screens) ! need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TiggerH on September 23, 2013:
Wow I'm super impressed, I just started playing the, while hubby and son been playing for months, I'm the OCDD type, so been trying to catch up and beat them. Thanks the trick with the " lives" really works. U rock
Terry on September 04, 2013:
I don't understand level 130 . All it shows is +5 circles to clear the level once we got it down to +4 circles. Are we supposed to eliminate certain colors or certain striped candies?
Free Gamers on September 02, 2013:
Thanks for all the tips for candy crush. This game is stupidly addictive to say the least.
Ycotter@me.com on August 29, 2013:
I have been on level 50 now for about 4 months on level 49 I was 990 000 then on level 50 my score went up to 231 000 now I keep getting the fish but I can not get the score I went back and tried 49 again still 990 000 but 50 is still 231 000 I do not want to give up but I think I am waiting my time and I love the game please can any one help
Ez on August 12, 2013:
i use my iPad do the unlimited lives work this same on that like the mobile device. And how can I obtain unlimited lollipops without downloading . By the way stuck on level 133
Jason Benedict from Boca Raton, Florida on August 03, 2013:
Following your hub Anurag. Good articles, I play this game too almost to level 200 :)
doz on July 28, 2013:
Stuck on 35...for 2 weeks! I clear the jellies....make target and then have to reach the target I just got and clear again...and still on 35! I can't get past it! Any clues please.
monique on July 26, 2013:
stuck on level 77 for a while now, can't get away from getting all those chocolate squares on the right fast enough, very frustrating. But I have read that a lot of you were stuck on level 20, good luck. If anyone has any pointers for level 77, I would appreciate your comment thanks
Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on July 26, 2013:
I am playing that game too =)
Kim on July 21, 2013:
Which candies are jelly? How can you tell?
Anurag Ghosh (author) on July 20, 2013:
lesliebyars on July 20, 2013:
I enjoyed reading this hub of yours. The extra life trick is good to know. I voted up and useful!!
Clara on July 16, 2013:
Im stuck on 130 can not get it.
cdemots on July 14, 2013:
Please help! Stuck on level 137
Michelle Hillstrom from Texas on July 14, 2013:
Love Candy Crush, but hate Candy Crush! Haha it drives me crazy, but I can't stop playing! I'm currently on Level 142.
Geny on July 12, 2013:
I've been stuck on 153 for a week now. I cannot combined two of the chocolate balls together to finish this level. I tried & tried but one keeps blowing up then I run out of moves. I always make the target it's so frustrating :-[ grrrr pls help me!!!
Crusher on July 11, 2013:
omg, omg, OMG! The unlimited lives trick really works. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's ridiculous to wait, or buy more lives. This game should have a flat fee option. The developers are not treating the consumer right.
Kathryn on July 04, 2013:
If you can't get tickets from friends you can log out of facebook then click on play quest. You have to complete 3 quests to pass and you can only play 1 quest a day. But if you can't get tickets from friends you can pass in 3 days then recollect to Facebook.
tiffani on June 27, 2013:
When I'm playing on android tab and most of the tme when it says clear the jellies there are none there I mean they don't show up at all! This is so frustrating I have tried delete app and start over and cut off my tablet nothing work any tips or suggestions I am desperate :(
Karen on June 24, 2013:
I hate level 45!
Judy on June 22, 2013:
I have won level 35 five time, got the jelly fish and went beyond the required score but can't advance to lever 36, what is the problem?
Carol on June 12, 2013:
Im stuck on level 119 what can I do toget through it
diane154 on June 05, 2013:
I have been stuck on Level 30 for quite some time. How do you earn charms and boosters? Those may be what I need.
Jabe on June 03, 2013:
Snap stuck on 184 for several days now
Linda on June 03, 2013:
Stuck on level 184! Help!
Pamdenyer on June 02, 2013:
I am on 79 and there is only one move available. It involves moving the Sweet bottom right of the board, but there is a circle flashing over that Square and I can't move the candy from under it. I am therefore completely stuck. Any ideas?
Ron on May 27, 2013:
I can not get through level 109 don't know how to get the jellies on the sides and the flamming ball out never get any chocolate balls or wrappedcandy PLEASE HELP SOMEONE
Chris on May 27, 2013:
Patty how did you do it ?
patty on May 27, 2013:
im on level 137 and have not purchased anything!
Chris on May 27, 2013:
When I get all the jellies in level 35 it says level completed but doesn't take me to the next level. I had we'll over 200,000 points. The target on my game says 328,000. Why does the screen that comes up when the game is over say 130,000?
paperandcrayons on May 27, 2013:
How can I ask people to send me extra moves?
Levenson on May 26, 2013:
I have been stuck on level 165 HELP
cAROL on May 25, 2013:
hOW TO DO LEVEL 109 HOW TO BET THE BOOMS
paperandcrayons on May 24, 2013:
How can I ASK my fb friends for extra moves??? I get lives from them all the time (even though I didn't ask for them). I get asked to send extra moves and always give them, but I want extra moves too!!!??? I've read through ALL of these comments but couldn't find an answer to my question...
Joann on May 22, 2013:
What do you combine to make a candy wrap
Monica on May 21, 2013:
What is trick for 135? It is driving me crazy!!!!
holly on May 19, 2013:
im stuck on 33
REZ on May 17, 2013:
MY favorite level is 252 ...
Mona on May 15, 2013:
I won 5 lives and 5 lollipop on my pc but when i play on my ipad they dont show even though i play it through my facebook account
kelly on May 14, 2013:
I am at level 95 and wating to go to the next episode. Does anyone know how many episodes there are ?
Lulu on May 10, 2013:
Why cant I get past 35 even though I completed 35
Mary on May 10, 2013:
121 is killing me, not many of the candies match, so my time runs out way before I can even get to 20,000. I have played it for days, It only has the same configs of candy . Time after time the same combo shows up, if it didn't work 100'xs why would it work at all???
Ruth on May 08, 2013:
I am on level 30 and can't get past it. Several times I have had only 1 or 2 ingredients left, but no ingredient comes down from the top onto the board, so there is nothing I can do about that. There should be some special move a person can make to make those ingredients appear on the board so we can bring them down.
Liz on May 08, 2013:
Does anyone ever answer these questions?
Jaime on May 06, 2013:
Is there a way to earn boosters instead of having to buy them?
Leondo on May 06, 2013:
How do I get to the next level without buying or asking for tickets? I hate waiting for my friends to reply.
Dani on May 03, 2013:
And I refuse to spend money to pass a level...
Dani on May 03, 2013:
I can't get enough points to pass level 110. It's driving me insane and I'm close to quitting. This is TOO long to be stuck on a level when I play it at least 10 times a day.
Jade on May 02, 2013:
How do you send a ticket to a friend?
Kim on May 02, 2013:
Need help on Level 109 please!
lau on May 02, 2013:
need help on level 147!!!! please
Kim on May 01, 2013:
Help I am stuck on Level 100 ~ any tips or is it just luck?
elle on April 28, 2013:
How do you get out of charges? 12 credits = 5 lives? You only get 5 turns as well. It costs too much, it's misleading and too easy to buy more.
The rich (and credit card lovers) get cheats, and get good, and poor - not really fair and way too expensive. Should be free standard addition, or upgrades to more of a life band for a once off charge of like $5 - forever.
Julie on April 28, 2013:
I am past level 100 and still can't figure how to get the free life my friends send. Nothing I do will show me how. Someone said to ignore them and get out of the game and log back in but they disappear then.
Georgie on April 28, 2013:
When on 135 it asks to complete orders...what orders?? and how do I get them??
Yvonne on April 27, 2013:
Help been stuck on level 135 for just over two weeks I am ready to destroy my iPad I must have played this level so often it is really doin my head in has for friends sending you lives guys if you already have 5 lives don't click on them save them for when you have used your full lives
Moma J on April 27, 2013:
I can't get passed level 21 because it says I need tickets. How do I get the tickets I need. I have 5 lives but not sure how to get the tickets. HELP!!
olga on April 27, 2013:
I am in level 184.I play the game for the whole winter and i must say that I enjoy it a lot.The only thing i can not underestant is why on hell it has to be so difficult to pass a level.Its just a game,you are not going to win the prize of your life!!!!!!
B williams on April 25, 2013:
I am on level 35. they said I passed it 2 times. ...but.. Would not let go to 36 .. sasSa
Tara on April 25, 2013:
Ok!! I have beat level 305 on my iPhone and it has a wrench on the next level and won't let me move on I've tried to reinstall it and still won't let me more ahead! When I'm playing on fb on my computer I advanced and beat the next levels and now am on 307 but my phone won't let me go ahead!! Grrrrr
Viola on April 24, 2013:
Can some one help by answering my comment
Viola on April 24, 2013:
I am on level 76 and don't understand I have bring more than three of the ingredient down and it still don't register.it is so forstrating
shamcakes on April 23, 2013:
Level 76.... You have to be able to see the puzzle in it's full form. It's 4 blocks wide and taller than the screen. So they broke it up in pieces. The bottom left, is actually the very top. Then the whole right side is the middle and the top left is the bottom. You will notice that the fruit falls from the bottom left and ends up on the top right. Then it eventually falls from the bottom right and ends up on the top left... then it falls away and is captured. It's really a fairly easy level once you realize what your trying to do. Just move the fruit down no matter where they are and they will eventually drop off.
Erica on April 23, 2013:
Pls help stuck on level 76 I don't understand what to do the fruits just keep going from section to section.
orange on April 23, 2013:
hi....you can in fact combine 2 chocolate balls and the result is like how a chocolate ball usually electrocute any and all kind of normal candy compared to it..this time, when 2 chocolate balls are combined...they almost wipe out ALL candies on the board... it's hard to maneuver chocolate candies to be beside one another...but the outcome is totally sweet like candy.... :)
siva on April 23, 2013:
I am playing on iphone 5,in level 151. I dont find the option extraq moves. Is not jail break! I want them sobadly. Pl help! I tried to update the app but stil cant get extra moves option!
Kay on April 22, 2013:
I have been on level 35 for several weeks. I have achieved it several times, but I have not advanced to level 36...... any ideas?
Ashley on April 21, 2013:
How do you get tickets when it won't load names for you to ask people???? All it does is say loading.......
Siva on April 20, 2013:
I cant get extra moves option to request fr extra moves. I tried so many timesupdatingthe application pn myiphone 5. In level 130. How now?pllll help how to fix the' extra moves' option. Where to find?
Amy on April 18, 2013:
I cannot play level 36. I've had 4 people send me tickets and only 1 will show up. I've shut off my phone and closed out the program. Help!