The Art of Candy Crushing — How I Finished 395 Levels in Candy Crush Saga

The Candy Crush Saga — Level 391

“I never placed a game on my phone ever, and then I played Candy Crush.”

— becsophia

There’s a whole list of things that make Candy Crush Saga as addictive as it is:

  • You get 5 lives to progress, and lose a life every time you fail a level. While they do come back, it takes 30 minutes for each individual life to return, so there’s incentive for you to do as well as possible
  • The map showing all the levels is not only massive, but it shows the current positions of every Facebook friend you have that plays. So it gives you a strong incentive to prove that you can do better than everyone else you know.
  • But that’s not all — King didn’t only want you competing on the macro scale, trying to make it the furthest out of all your friends; they went right to the micro level, showing where you rank for top scores on each and every level! Talk about a shot straight to the ego!
  • And to anyone out there who thinks that Candy Crush Saga is just a jazzed-up Bejeweled clone, I’ve got news for you — where Bejeweled is  usually just a fixed grid with different modes of gameplay, King angled to blow PopCap Games out of the water, with 5 modes of gameplay in its levels combined with boards of different sizes and a bevy of obstacles that only grow harder to navigate and infinitely more frustrating as you advance through the levels. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!

But I assume you’ve come here today because you’re already a Candy Crush convert, so you already know this. You don’t want an overview that you could go get anywhere on the Internet — you want some concrete tips on how to beat your addiction by beating the game. So let me tell you about my journey.

Beating the Unbeatable

A screenshot of Candy Crush Saga Level 391
It might not LOOK so complicated, but it gets VERY frustrating, VERY quickly. Lots of keep an eye on!

I’d been warned about Level 391 well in advance by my longtime friend Justin, who told me that he might stop playing Candy Crush Saga because it was too impossible. Within 40 moves, they wanted you to get 77 yellow candies, 66 blue candies and 55 red candies, which were all relatively easy. The hard part? Getting 240,000 points in the process.

To put that in context, getting to level 391 is a pretty amazing feat by Candy Crush standards. Of my 1600+ Facebook friends, there’re only 4 of us who’ve made it that far, or only about 0.25% of the sample. I attacked 391 with the same powerful methods I’d used to get to that point — combinations of sprinkled candies (or “colour bombs”) with striped and wrapped candies for more points; combining striped and wrapped candies with each other when I needed to do so that I could last longer — but no matter what I tried, I consistently landed in the 120-150K point range.

As ashamed as I am to admit it, it looked like the end of my candy crushing!

Like I said though, I eventually figured it out. There is a way to make it even further, but  it’s not the method you were expecting! First, though, let’s build up with some basic tips.

Some Basic Tips

Let me put this bluntly — if you’re stuck on level 23, you’re either not trying hard enough or not playing well enough. In the early stages of Candy Crush Saga, there’s some quick things you need to know so that you too can crush all the candies:

  • Combining special candies is your new best friend. There’re 5 different types of special candies in Candy Crush, but the more common combinations are:
    • Striped Candy + Wrapped Candy = larger candy that clears the 3 rows and columns surrounding the spot where you activated it
    • Striped Candy + Sprinkled Candy = turning every candy of the striped candy’s colour into a striped candy, having them all activate simultaneously for some major damage
    • Wrapped Candy + Sprinkled Candy = destroy every candy of the wrapped candy’s colour, plus all those of another random colour right after
    • Sprinkled Candy + Sprinkled Candy = destroy every candy on the screen (as long as it’s not behind a barrier)

    I also recommend combining striped, wrapped and sprinkled candies with the other special candies (i.e. the jelly fish and coconut wheels) to see what happens when you combine them (or you know, just visit here:

  • Sometimes we set ourselves up for failure from the start. If you enter a level and the conditions don’t look well-suited to victory, if you haven’t made any moves yet, you can exit the level without losing a life. Gotta be economical with those lives — you only get so many!

But this is basic stuff — simply knowing how to mix special candies and reset levels will only take you so far. You’re gonna need a little more — so let’s take a look at…

Secret Ninja Art: Advanced Candy Crush Saga Techniques

There are three tips I suggest to have the best chance for success in Candy Crush Saga.

Tip #1: Don’t Be Ashamed to Let Your Facebook Friends Know You’ve Caved

Candy Crush Saga is becoming more of a household name every time the sun rises — a recent analysis estimated that it’s played 600 times a day, and doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down!

But I’ve come across a ridiculous number of people who try to hide that they’re playing Candy Crush!

People. It’s a social game. You’re SUPPOSED to tell people that you’re playing it.

Plus, King makes your life a whole lot easier when you connect Candy Crush Saga with Facebook:

later in the game, where you need to meet certain conditions to keep advancing, you only need to get 3 Facebook friends to send you a ticket to move forward (relatively easy since so many people are playing right now). If you choose to play without Facebook connected, not only do you need to either play Mystery Quests or pay to keep going, you can only play one Mystery Quest per 24 hours, meaning it either takes you 3 days to get new levels or $1 to advance in a game that’s supposed to be freeBITE THE FACEBOOK BULLET ALREADY!

Also, while extra moves from friends in Candy Crush never quite work as they should, extra lives do. You can stay disconnected from Facebook like a sucker if you want, but I can tell you that there’s no way I’d have made it through levels 370+ as quickly as I did without a stockpile of 50+ lives to help me through.

Why make things harder for yourself?

The Facebook connection makes life far easier, particularly because you can take advantage of Tip #2….

Tip #2: Never Play on One Device Alone

One of the great things about Candy Crush Saga is that it’s available everywhere. You can play it on an iOS or Android device, or straight through the app on the Facebook site. But as I played on my iPad and Galaxy SIII, I noticed something funny — while my progress synced between every device, my lives and charms didn’t. So when I’d play through 5 lives on my phone, all I needed to do was pick up my iPad and carry on from where I left off — part of the reason I could burn through 10+ levels a day without having to fork over any cash for it. But it was because of this tip that I came across the craziest tip of all — Tip #3 would change the way I played Candy Crush Saga forever.

Tip #3: Crushing Candies on Your Phone Does Not Crushing Candies on Your Computer Make

In the end, it all comes back to Level 391. I’d tried on my phone, I’d tried on my iPad, but that goal of 240,000 points wasn’t getting anywhere in reach.

But on the computer, I got 300,000… in 3 moves.

Wait, what?

That’s right, you heard me — the mobile and browser version of the game don’t score the same way!!!

If you Google about Candy Crush scoring, there’s no definitive guide to it — everyone knows that it’s complex and no one’s explicitly detailed how scoring works, but one thing I know is that it’s inconsistent.

So in short, if you want to play to progress, play mobile. If you want to play for points, you better get on that Facebook tip!

Game Over

Admittedly, one of the best parts of being barred from playing Candy Crush while on the go is getting to stockpile all the lives I used up while I was stuck in the 370s. But it is pretty sad to open the game to send lives, help others make it to new levels… and do nothing else. A friend pointed out that I could go back and get the top scores on every level before me, but now that I know about the scoring discrepancy, I’m more likely to do it on the computer at home than on my phone, so nuts to that.

With that said, the computer version has 440 levels compared to the mobile’s 395, so I’m still plowing through in preparation for whatever’s to come!

Anyway — I hope this helps you crush more candies, and I’m going to go do some of that myself!

Good hunting!


–case p.


Author: Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff. When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him. Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

8 thoughts on “The Art of Candy Crushing — How I Finished 395 Levels in Candy Crush Saga”

  1. Hey Case,

    LOL, BOB IS ADDICTED! He’s been moving from device to device, I remember the first time he did a sprinkle candy combo… OMG. lol It was Christmas Morning.

    I play as well but, not as often. (as you know -time, is at a premium these days), and I guess I’m doing pretty well. I try to go back to levels I’ve already completed with two or 1 star to get 3 stars. I’m kind of a perfectionist. lol

    Got my Sister In Law hooked. She was stuck on level 65 for 2 months and because she doesn’t have Facebook she couldn’t ask for lives. She finally beat the level and we haven’t heard the end of it yet. 😀

    Any how. great post. Thanks for sharing some tips… (glad you figured out how to create the directional candies you need), and keep rocking the crush. 😀


    1. Yeah, I’m the Candy Crush pusher man in my life. I need to learn to keep my big mouth shut, because now I have people constantly messaging me asking for advice on how to beat certain levels. HA!

      Candy Crush Saga is going to be one of those things that stays in the collective conscious for quite some time.

      When I get to 440, I plan to go back to all the levels and do some real damage on the scoreboards 😀

  2. Haha, I haven’t downloaded the game yet in fear of becoming addicted myself. I know my weaknesses, and one of my biggest weaknesses is an addictive gaming personally (luckily I get over them fairly quickly after I devote 2-3 weeks to it). I witnessed a friend play Candy Crusher every day for hours at a time for a few days, which was painful to see lol

    I am currently immersing myself in a new game actually. It’s called rymdkapsel – it’s like a strategy game with elements of tower defense but also RTS. Hard to describe, but if you’re curious check it out. It is $3 though which kinda sucks.

    Hope everything is going well with you sir.

    1. Nope. Not going to check another game out. Can’t do it. Invested way too much time already. Can’t make me do it!

      It took me 6 weeks to get to the point where I beat all the mobile levels, and now that it’s not as accessible, I tend to leave the game alone. But yeah, I’ve been sucked in to so many games in the past — Angry Birds; Infinity Blade; Words With Friends; Kingdom Rush; Snack Time; Flow Free; Spell Sword; Tiny Tower… ugh. So many of this ridiculous.

      I’m good man; hope the same for you!

  3. I gave up on this game after level 100. I think it has reached its popularity peak. I’m curious to see what King Games does for a sequel or if they’re just going to pump out new levels ala Angry Birds.

    1. You’re probably right, J — I got to level 417 and haven’t really bothered continuing since. I still get a lot of requests for tickets and lives and such, but I think people are starting to get their lives back after the vortex that was the Candy Crush Saga. I’ll have to admit that I do get a bunch of traffic due to this post, though!

      I see King putting out levels for a while yet, but I don’t see any blockbusters coming out ’til 2014. Critical mass achieved.

  4. I beat candy crush on Facebook there was 740 levels to play it took 3 months of intense playing to beat it. I had being playing off and on for 5 months. I did spend about $300.00 dollars on levels 600-740. It was worth it to beat the game.

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