King has announced the launch of Candy Crush Soda Saga on Facebook. The sister game to the company’s massively successful Candy Crush Saga sees users taken back to Candy Kingdom on a quest to complete new levels in new game modes, with all new tasks.
Each level of Candy Crush Soda Saga has a different overall goal and layout. One level, for instance, may ask players to clear soda bottle symbols by making matches with them. While this sounds simple, the gameplay has received a twist, as making matches with these bottles fills the background of the screen with soda. This causes symbols to fill the screen by rising from the bottom of the board, rather than falling from the top.
Other levels ask players to free gummy bears by clearing they ice cubes they’re trapped underneath. This is done by making matches on top of ice-covered squares, just as one clears jelly in the original Candy Crush Saga. Still other levels introduce candy necklaces to the game, along with gummy bears trapped in bubbles. In these stages, players must make matches to help the trapped gummy bear rise above the candy necklace, which pops the bubble. Even more level variety is introduced as players progress.Striped, explosive and color-clearing candies make their return from the first game, and a new symbol is available for creation with an equally new match type: squares. When players make a match of four symbols in a square, they create a fish candy. This fish, when activated, will “swim” across the screen and clear a symbol from the board.
Power-ups also make an appearance here, including the lollipop candy that clears one chosen symbol from the board.
Levels are move-limited, and players earn up to three stars depending on their final score. Players can replay stages to unlock missed stars, and can compare their high scores with their friends’ scores on level-specific leaderboards.
“We’re excited to announce that the next installment in the Candy Crush franchise is now live on Facebook,” said Sebastian Knutsson, chief creative officer at King. “Our long-term strategy is to develop global game franchises which are loved by millions of players around the world. Candy Crush Soda Saga offers fans new gameplay features and challenges to delight in, and has been designed to complement the original title, which we believe players will also continue to enjoy.”
Candy Crush Soda Saga is available to play for free on Facebook. A mobile version is currently in development.