Mobile developer King adds free and unlimited lives to Candy Crush Saga and a multitude of other games this week, removing timers that make players wait or pay if they fail too many levels. The change lasts until April 5 and is part of a Partnership with the World Health Organization called #PlayApartTogether, which promotes awareness of safety and social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.
Seven games are updated with free lives: Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, and Pet Rescue Saga. I can’t say if these last six are worth your newly unlimited playing time. But Candy Crush Saga is a truly captivating version of the classic match-three genre. Under its theme treacly and sort of disturbing mascot, there are thousands of very difficult puzzles. (Yes, I can personally guarantee “thousands” – candy Crush was my favorite metro game for years, even if I haven’t played for a long time.)
As Nellie Bowles writes in a New york times test today, the pandemic has prompted many to reassess their relationship with technology, turning a reflexive disdain for “screen time” into a critical consideration of what is going on. sure these screens. Likewise, candy Crush falls into a category of often-maligned free phone apps – but it’s the perfect puzzle game, and King has temporarily removed its most annoying feature.