Advice to Pass Along: Level 165 and Level 167 of Candy Crush
I am sort of proud of myself that I’ve moved into the realm of actually knowing enough about Candy Crush that I can pass along advice. As of a few weeks ago, I was begging for strategies from all of you. So since I’ve just passed and been asked how I passed these levels, I thought I’d throw it up here in case you need help passing level 165 or 167 of Candy Crush.
The hard thing here is collecting enough blue ones. Everything else will pretty much happen naturally as you match the blue ones. So ignore all other tasks and focus on blues. If you can get a speckled doughnut and combine it with a blue, great. If you can get a speckled doughnut and combine it with a striped of any colour so most of the board gets changed, great. And if you can get a speckled doughnut and clear a dominant colour off the board so more blues fall onto the board, great too.
That said, the order in which to worry about things is bombs first, chocolate second, blues third. In other words, take care of those bombs because you only get a few moves to do so. Don’t let the chocolate build up on top or no new candies will fall onto the board. So take care of those two things minimally and then concentrate on blues. That’s your focus: bombs, chocolate, then blues.
It took me a lot of tries to get a board where enough blues fell onto the board in the first place. Sometimes there is nothing you can do with this board because 99 blues don’t show up in the first place.
The first time I played this board, the first move made a speckled doughnut. “Easy board!” I thought in my head. LIKE A FOOL.
Here’s the thing: the chocolate won’t start until you break those four pieces that are in front of the four chocolate machines. So take your time and clear most of the center first.
Next, if you can, clear one side at a time. Once you’ve popped the jelly, it doesn’t matter if chocolate grows back over the space. You will still win even if you have chocolate on the board, just as long as that chocolate isn’t covering unpopped jelly. So clear one side entirely (if you can keep the other side closed off), and then pretty much ignore it while you do the other side. The hardest jellies to pop are the ones in front of each machine. The easiest jellies to pop are the middle three rows that run down the center of the board.
So for this board, your strategy is clear the middle, and then tackle each side, one at a time. If you can get a speckled doughnut and a striped, you’ll clear a lot of jelly at once. Or a striped/wrapped combo.
What do you do if a horizontal striped candy opened up both sides of the board at the same time? Then you have an issue of chocolate coming from two directions. In that case, zigzag back and forth, doing a move on the left side and then a move on the right to keep the chocolate at bay and the jellies popping.
Currently: I’m on Level 181, and I’m happy to go backwards and explain how I did any board before that. Sometimes it was stupid luck but other times, there was actual thought involved.