Last April, I read a column in the Salt Lake Tribune from Vince Horiuchi about his addiction to Candy Crush, the ultra-popular game on Facebook and mobile devices that involves puzzles where users swap colored candy pieces to eliminate pieces from the board.
I tried the game after reading his column, found it to be very similar — if not an outright knockoff — of Bejeweled, and as such, I didn’t look back at the game. You see, years ago, I had a fairly strong addiction to Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook. I would spend hours playing the game, as some of us tend to do with Facebook games, and would find myself constantly saying “just one more round”, but seeing it turn into many rounds.
But these last few weeks, I started hearing people talk not just about Candy Crush, but Candy Crush Saga, a variation of the game with level advancements, perks, and lots of other little bits of addictive goodness to entice users to stick around the game for “one more round.”
I gave the game a try earlier this week, and was intrigued by the sheer number of friends and family I had already playing the game. I had to beat their scores. I became hooked.
It’s Bejeweled Blitz all over again.
So this afternoon, I went to Twitter and just searched “Candy Crush.” In what can only be described as looking for some semblance of a Candy Crush support group, I started looking for other people who were as hooked as I was (or am, for that matter).
Of course, the first thing in the search results for “Candy Crush” was the official Twitter account, @CandyCrushSaga, with what I can only describe as a hilarious (given the context) profile description: “Enjoy candies totally guilt free! Switch the sweets and if you match the right combination together, you will get special candies for bonus effects!”
Totally guilt free.
Yeah, I don’t have the guilt of downing a king size Snickers bar, but it’d be hard to say that I don’t feel a little guilt — or shame — for spending at least a few hours this week playing this game. And now in search of a Twitter support group, a veritable “Candy Crush Anonymous”.
— Mashable (@mashable) June 14, 2013
This article from Mashable actually intrigued me, as “hacking” Bejeweled Blitz was one of the things that years ago “cured” me of my obsession with that game. The best part of the Mashable piece was the link to this parody trailer of a Candy Crush movie:
I was delighted to see there was a “Candy Crush Problems” Twitter account, which does a great job explaining the pain I feel in a way that “First World Problems” just can’t. A few gems from @CandyCrushPrblm:
Candy Crush is the reason why I give up on life — Candy Crush Problems (@CandyCrushPrblm) June 14, 2013
You know who your true friends are by who sends you tickets the fastest on Candy Crush. — Candy Crush Problems (@CandyCrushPrblm) June 12, 2013
So judging by its map, I’ll be playing Candy Crush until I’m 2,542 years old. — Candy Crush Problems (@CandyCrushPrblm) June 2, 2013
I also tracked down a few other humans suffering from Candy Crush addiction. This user on Vine may be suffering some marital problems as a result of his Candy Crush addiction.
My favorite song is the one that plays when you beat a level in Candy Crush and my least favorite song is the one when I lose in Candy Crush
— Emily Donahue (@seriouslyemily) June 14, 2013
This is the moment we were always warned about in D.A.R.E. classes in elementary school:
Playing candy crush for the first time ever.
— July 23rd. ❤ (@lmc3_) June 14, 2013
If you’re a student, it’s probably best to avoid Candy Crush.
I’d say its safe to say, if I fail my exams it’s because of my addiction to candy crush…
— Heather Johnson (@heatherj_3) June 14, 2013
Of course the reason we keep playing, is the joy of beating a level. This guy knows.
Just finished level 65 on candy crush, feeling suave like Moses when he parted that sea
— Shen (@ShaniceCelest) June 14, 2013
What’s your Candy Crush addiction story?