Top 5 Best Games Like Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga has been exploding lately. It seems like everyone’s getting in on some candy matching goodness. It can be a frustrating game, though. If you’ve gotten stuck and you’re looking for a break, or you’re just tired of bugging your friends so you can progress, allow me to suggest some of the best games like Candy Crush Saga for your puzzling enjoyment.

Candy Crush Saga is a “match 3″ game, the first of which was likely Shariki, released back in the good ‘ol MS-DOS days. The genre really took off with the introduction of Bejeweled from PopCap. That is to say, this is an old genre with deep roots and many games on offer.

Nowadays, there’s a thriving class of games that use “match 3″ as a core mechanic. Some are better than others, so I’m here to help you sort the good from the bad.

“Pure” Match-3

Bejeweled Blitz

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Honestly, how can we have a “best of match 3″ article without mentioning Bejeweled? Bejeweled Blitz is the current entry in the series, and it brings the core match-3 game that everyone knows and loves to a new generation of iOS and Android devices. You can compete with your friends and unlock new game modes just by playing.

It’s not as deep as Candy Crush Saga, but it’s still hopelessly addictive. I loaded it up to take screenshots and got lost playing for a good five or ten minutes. If you’re new to match 3 games like Candy Crush Saga, you really should take a minute and pay homage to the granddaddy of all match 3 games.

Bejeweled Blitz is available for Android here, iTunes here, and online via Facebook.

Smiles HD

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Smiles takes the traditional match 3 game and wraps it in a cute exterior, much like Candy Crush Saga does. It’s got a bunch of game modes and a charming exterior. You can’t really go wrong if you’re in the mood for a match 3 game.

The only downside is that there’s no free version. Most of the games on this list you can play for free, but this one you’re going to have to shell out cash for. You can grab it for Android here or iTunes here.

Match-3 “Plus”

If you like the puzzle/matching aspect of games like Candy Crush Saga, but you’re looking for something a bit deeper wrapped around it, there are many choices available to you. I actually prefer my match 3 with a bit of RPG mixed in, so I’m going to give you my favorites.

10000000

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10000000 (“ten million”) is a dungeon crawler RPG that uses match 3 elements as the core of its gameplay. You’re an Indiana Jones-style adventurer trapped in a dungeon littered with evil beings. However, you’re equipped with a sword and a magic wand that allow you to do battle, as well as a near-infinite supply of keys and defensive shields.

The goal of the game is to rack up score by surviving as long as you can in the dungeon. The more tiles you match, the more enemies you kill, and the more loot you find, the higher your score. Between runs of the dungeon, you can use your accumulated loot to upgrade your gear and your character.

The game’s got a simple retro aesthetic that is easy to love. It’s only $1.99 on Android or iTunes or $4.99 on Steam for you PC players out there.

I lucked out and picked it up free as one of Amazon’s “app of the day” promotions. You can follow them for Android updates here. They give away one app a day, typically, although not all are games.

Puzzle Quest 2

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Puzzle Quest 2 is another RPG-slash-match 3 game, but there are far deeper RPG elements on offer here. There’s more equipping, looting, a world map, actual experience “levels” and so forth. There’s also no time element, so this is a better one to pick up if timed levels in games like Candy Crush Saga stress you out. You can usually take as long as you want planning your next move.

It started out life as a console game and eventually got ported to phones and tablets, thus, there’s a “full game” of content on offer here. It’s a beautiful, deep RPG with match 3 elements that will keep you engaged for a long time.

There’s a “demo version” available, which includes the prologue to the game. You can grab it for Android here and for iTunes here. There are a myriad other versions for consoles and handhelds, though, so if the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP is more your speed, check for a copy wherever you buy your games.

Puzzles and Dragons

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Puzzles and Dragons (or PAD for short) seeks to combine the “gotta hatch em all” addictiveness of a game like DragonVale with the match 3 aspects of games like Candy Crush Saga or 10000000. It then throws in social interactions and cooperation like a special sauce. Best of all, it’s free to play!

You explore dungeons and fight monsters with your party of monsters and dragons. Combat is similar to 10000000 in that you’ve got to match 3 reasonably quickly in order to make progress and survive. It’s a bit less intense than 10000000, though. As you play, you unlock eggs that hatch into new monsters for your adventuring roster. You can also “borrow” monsters from friends to accompany you, and the game rewards you with “friend points” that can be used in various ways.

Apparently this game is huge in Japan, and finally made its way stateside. You can pick it up for Android here, or for iTunes here.

What did I miss?

Have you got a favorite game in the match 3 genre that I’ve missed? Let our readers know about it in the comments…

  • Joann Kanter

    love playing on my phone but the batteries run out to quick.

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  • http://crushcandysagasites paulette

    Would love to find more games like candy crush saga

    • https://plus.google.com/u/1/106821154503898033506/ agent86

      Well, you’re in the right place for finding games like Candy Crush Saga. If none of my suggestions above did the trick, you could check out EBongo’s recommendations. There’s also Farm Hero Saga, which is only on Facebook at the moment, but it is very, very similar. I posted a quick guide to that with screenshots and so forth that you can find at this link.

  • Norma

    the closest thing to Candy Crush Saga I found so far is a game called “Gems Journey” that can be downloaded from the google playstore for android. Great Game and good graphics!!!!!

  • Jen

    Farm Heroes Saga

    • https://plus.google.com/u/1/106821154503898033506/ agent86

      Yep, Farm Heroes Saga is very similar. I covered it in it’s own article over here.

      Unfortunately, it’s not a mobile game (yet…) but I find it far superior to Candy Crush Saga myself.

  • Kiki

    Jewel mania is a good one too

  • Rober

    Don’t forget Columns by sega. While being created in 1990, one can see it as a combination of Tetris(1984) and Shariki (1994). Tetris attack (1996) is another arcade-like match-3 game like Columns.

  • Elbio

    Gems Journey is like Candy Crush, but unlimited attempts on a level. I play it when I run out of lives on Candy Crush

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  • Lord William

    I think you should check out “Ring Blaster” if you are tired of Candy Crush :)

  • John Turk

    Take a look at Wizard Orbs (http://www.wizardorbs.com). It’s an entirely new take on match-3 style games that’s best described as a combination of Tetris, Columns, and Bejeweled.