King has today announced the launch of Candy Crush Soda Saga on iOS and Android devices. The game was released on Facebook in October, and is a sister title to the company’s massively popular Candy Crush Saga. In Candy Crush Soda Saga, players are presented with new symbols, a new way to make matches, new level goals and more.
In Candy Crush Soda Saga, players complete each level by making matches of three-or-more like symbols in horizontal and vertical rows. New to the game is the square match, which also allows players to clear symbols by making a match of four symbols in a square. This particular match results in a fish symbol, which, when activated, will clear a random square elsewhere on the board.
While similar to its predecessor, the game does has five new level types. One level may ask players to fill the background of the board with soda, by making matches with special soda bottle symbols. This adds a unique element to the game, as the board fills from the bottom of the screen, rather than new symbols dropping from the top. Another level type asks players to help free gummy bears trapped under ice blocks, while yet another challenges players to help a floating bear reach a certain height on the board with the help of soda. Two final level varieties see players working to free bears that have been stuck in honey, and clearing all of the chocolate from the board.
Making a match of four or five like-symbols still results in the striped candies and color bombs players are used to, and another power-up has been added for making matches of seven symbols in a row. This boost changes the color of random symbols on the board, potentially causing large combos in the process.
Players can purchase power-ups to help them in tricky situations, and users can compare their high scores on each level with those of their friends. A lives system limits the length of a single gameplay session, but players can purchase lives with premium currency, or exchange them with their friends for free.
“We’re excited to offer our players the chance to experience the next installment in the franchise now that Candy Crush Soda Saga is available on mobile devices,” said Sebastian Knutsson, chief creative officer at King, in a statement. “We continue to be astounded by the global success of Candy Crush and the initial response to Candy Crush Soda Saga, since it launched on Facebook last month, has been positive. With the mobile launch, fans will be able to play the game anywhere, anytime, and on any device and we hope they have as much fun playing it as much as we have had making it.”