Advice to Pass Along: Level 180 and 182 of Candy Crush
Once again, here are two more levels that people keep emailing me about — level 180 and 182 of Candy Crush. Thank you for emailing me or sending me Facebook status with level requests. There is a lot of happiness that comes from the straightforward simplicity of crushing candies when the rest of life feels amorphous, twisty, and difficult.
For people who have already emailed me about these, I don’t think there is anything new in this post that I didn’t already tell you. For everyone else, the tips are here if you want them.
Many fewer people have emailed me about level 181, but that one seems straightforward to me: just make a lot of horizontal ones in the right place. At some point, you will make that happen. It’s annoying level, but it’s at least clear what you have to do in order to make the ingredient drop.
This level is so trick-sie. You think you need to clear the bottom, so you waste valuable moves clearing all that licorice and whipped cream so you can explode the bombs. But look at that — they are set to 35 moves, and you only have 35 moves. In other words, they’re a distraction and don’t really matter.
Only clear the lines that have ingredients in them.
Here’s my advice: play this level on a mobile device, since you can exit when you don’t get a good starting board and try again without losing a life. What you’re looking for is an opening move that either (1) creates a horizontal break against the whipped cream (three across) or (2) makes a doughnut. That’s it: if you don’t see one of those two opening moves, exit out and try to have it reshuffle and present a better board.
This board you would play, right, because you can make those three reds pop the whipped cream? NO. Because that moves opens up whipped cream that isn’t under an ingredient. See, I told you it was trick-sie. Exit the board and try again until you get one that has a decent opening move.
This is one of the worst timed levels ever.
You have four quadrants. The one on the bottom right is the “lowest” (meaning, the candies will cascade there). The top right is the second “lowest.” The top left is the highest, which leaves the bottom left as second “highest.” In other words, the candies move from top left to bottom left to top right to bottom right. If you want to create a cascade effect, make matches in the bottom right.
So you have three bits of craziness all demanding your attention at once PLUS there is a timer. For the love. So here is how you need to focus your attention: break the chocolate, explode the colour bombs, and then break the whipped cream. Once the chocolate is gone, it’s gone for the rest of the level. Same with the colour bombs.
But the big thing to get points is to break that whipped cream and have those candies cascade. Without that, you won’t be able to make enough matches and build up enough points to get to that 40,000 point target.
So, your focus is chocolate (bottom right), then colour bombs (top left), then whipped cream (bottom left), and then cascade, cascade, cascade from the bottom right or top right.
You may need to use my timer trick once again, which only works on a mobile device. When you can’t instantly see a move, give yourself a break by double tapping the home button at the bottom of the device. This pauses the timer and slides the game up on the screen to make room for the apps row at the bottom. You can then scan the board for a moment and look for the best move that will net you the most points. Then touch the screen to make that move and the screen will drop down and return to normal.
Currently: I’m on Level 213, 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. Let me know the level you’re struggling with.