This has been an article long in the making, but despite how long it took me to write this article, my addiction has not waned.

If you are on Facebook, along with the other billion people, or you have perused the app store, you have probably managed to find your way to this game. Plastered in neon colors and sweet treats, this game has taken a bit of my soul away in the past six months.

Candy Crush Saga, produced by King.com games, has a simple enough concept of being a “connect three” game. When I first started playing, I was under the impression it was much like Bejeweled, and initially it was. However, the endless game, escalated into something much more. Implementing the base of the “connect three” game allows for the player to enjoy a game that is easy to learn, but as the player advances they slowly begin to introduce new obstacles to the gamer.

The game has a Candyland themed set up, though don’t let the cute aesthetics fool you, this is easily one of the most frustrating games out there.

Don't condescend to me, Candy Crush.
Don’t condescend to me, Candy Crush.

Candy Crush Saga has risen in the ranks and become the most popular game, beating out FarmVille 2 with 45.6 million users. This game has no cheats or short cuts, rarely does strategy play a large part of the game, and most of the time dumb luck is more helpful than memorizing patterns.

The game has featured in PSY’s Gentleman music video, people have complained about it on youTube, I have friends who have had to go “cold turkey” from it during finals, people who quit out of sheer frustration, players who break under pressure and give in to the ploy and purchase some help.

PSY, this game is a trap, GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN.
PSY, this game is a trap, GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN.

Personally, the best and worst parts of this game are the same. It’s never ending, and therefore always there to keep me company but also takes away a lot of the hope in finishing the game. There’s no quick way to cheat out the game, no walkthroughs. Just diligence and some sacrificial lambs. The continuously creative new obstacles that one has to go through, I thought chocolates were bad, but chocolate makers are much worse.

It’s a game that has made me curse profoundly at one moment, and screaming in victory the next. It creates desperation, either for lives or for tickets. It’s something that literally anyone can play but no one can truly win. It is the most popular app on Facebook and the highest-grossing app in the Apple and Google app stores. So, have you played it yet? And if you have, want to give me some life?

Desperation at it's finest, featuring Jane texting Sam for life. Yes, the Nerdophiles staff is obsessed with this game as well.
Desperation at its finest, featuring Jane texting Sam for life. Yes, the Nerdophiles staff is obsessed with this game as well.

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