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Advice to Pass Along: Level 33, Level 65, and Level 97 of Candy Crush

Once again, here are three more levels that people keep emailing me about — level 33, 65, and 97 of Candy Crush. I really enjoyed going back and playing them again now that I’m farther away from them. Back when I played them the first time, I got stuck on each of them for a while.  So it’s either distance or skills picked up in later boards that made me see these boards differently this time.

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.

BUT WAIT, BEFORE YOU READ ON OR CLICK AWAY: Could you take about thirty seconds to fill out this questionnaire if you play Candy Crush to prove a point in my mind?  I’ll post the findings next week.  And pass along the link to the form to friends who play too.

Yes, I am this frivolous with my brain space.

Level 33

Candy Crush Level 33

I don’t know why, but I actually liked this level. Maybe it was because there were so few moves, so you could play the board quickly. I liked knowing that it wasn’t going to work out without having dedicated multiple minutes to the round.  See, silver lining!

That said, the key here is cascade, cascade, cascade. Start with the bottom two squares because you may be able to pop some of the top ones inadvertently with a cascade. If you can get a horizontal or vertical stripe, use it, but the cascade will pop just as many jellies as the stripe.  So don’t be tempted to make a stripe when there are perfectly nice moves you can do on one of those bottom two levels to create a cascade.

The cascade is key!  Don’t get distracted by making stripes that may pop nothing in a row.

Level 65

Candy Crush Level 65

This level sucks and there isn’t any nicer way to describe it.

Unlike level 33, where you should ignore making striped candies, you cannot win this level without making vertical and horizontal stripes.  There is just no possible way to break through the licorice, break through the chocolate, AND clear all the jelly without plenty of stripes (unless you’re purchasing boosters).  So above all else, make the special candies.  If you can get a striped and wrapped combo, excellent.  If not, make striped candies and explode them around the board.  It’s just a matter of making enough of them and using them before chocolate covers them.  So to that end, never leave a striped candy sitting there.  Use it!

In terms of the chocolate, treat it like clutter in your house.  You don’t want it to get out of control, but clutter isn’t the same thing as filth.  Don’t focus so much on cleaning up the chocolate in this level: focus more on keeping it at bay.

Good luck.  Really, it’s not you.  This level just sucks.

Level 97

Candy Crush Level 97

Whoa, there is a lot going on here.  Bombs dropping (and they go off after 8 moves), weird cascading, and a minimum point collection quota.

So let’s look at it this way first: you will go far in reaching your quota just by taking care of the bombs.  You can’t only clear the bombs and make enough points to win, but you can collect at least half the points you need just by playing and making sure you always take care of the bombs before they go off.

You can luckily make a lot of striped candies on this board for whatever reason, so they will help you to collect points (though I found they rarely helped me take care of the bombs for whatever reason).  And when I re-played this level to remember how I did it, I got two speckled doughnuts during the round, one of which landed next to a green striped candy (when the board felt full of green candies).  I collected tens of thousands of points through both of those moves.

So focus on the bombs first and foremost.  Secondly on making and using special candies (striped, wrapped, and speckled doughnut).  And thirdly on just gritting your teeth and saying to yourself, “well, at least I don’t have to deal with chocolate on this level too!”

Currently: I’m on Level 201, 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.


1 mrs spock { 09.22.13 at 10:42 am }

I knew there was a reason I’ve never tried Candy Crush. This looks like shiny internet crack. I already have a Facebook problem. I need to find an FA meeting, stat!

2 Kasey { 09.22.13 at 8:45 pm }

Level 97 is when the game stopped being fun. The only reason I didn’t delete it after several weeks of being stuck is that Candy Crush is an easy way to fill time when waiting for the bus. But honestly, I would have gotten more enjoyment from standing and waiting – addiction to my devices I say. But then, without trying I passed the level on Friday. Now I am on level 100, but there is much less enjoyment overall.

3 Jessie { 09.22.13 at 8:50 pm }

I’ve been stuck on Level 410 long enough that Candy Crush actually made it easier for me…and I still haven’t passed it!

4 trish { 09.22.13 at 10:58 pm }

Thanks for giving me hope I will ever get past the never ending level 65. Seriously, I am about ready to either give up or give more $$ for boosts. I hate having to pay for a boost. Every other game out there gives ways to earn them. UGH, wish I never would have started this game. Totally addicting but so frustrating when you can’t get past. I’m super scared after reading Jessie’s post. Good Lord, I thought this game stopped at 250!!!
Thanks for the hints!

5 Tiara { 09.23.13 at 7:53 am }

You know what I find funny, I don’t play Candy Crush, but I still feel compelled to read these posts because 1) you may make a profound comparison between the game & life & I don’t want to miss it & 2) just in case I do take up the game…lol!

6 Rico { 10.02.13 at 7:04 pm }

Here are my tips for 97. Often times 2 bombs will drop together. Eliminate them both and you get 6060 points instead of 3030 for a single move. Now, 2 more bombs should drop together. Keep trying to do this as often as you can. Finally, a striped+wrapped candy that also eliminates a bomb in the process is worth BIG points. At one point, it gave me 15K. Good luck!

7 Lollipop Goldstein { 10.02.13 at 7:06 pm }

Oh! Rico, I had no clue that if you eliminated two bombs at once, another two bombs would drop. Good trick!

8 Susie { 10.22.13 at 6:50 am }

I have cleared level 65 3 times with over 220,000 but it keeps “upping” the points required. It now says I have to clear 310,000? When does that end???

9 Esther { 10.27.13 at 2:28 pm }

Level 65 finally let me pas with 310,000. I went back and replayed every level to get 3 stars but will stop at level 97 (without boosters). As someone else said, it stopped being fun. Tho I passed 97, it just isn’t fun anymore.

10 Shirley { 10.29.13 at 10:11 pm }

I am on level 97 and I get half way through and it stops and says the game is over. very discouraging. please help.

11 Megan { 11.02.13 at 6:45 am }

I already pass level 65 what do I do next it won’t let me continue

12 Julia { 11.02.13 at 9:34 pm }

I am on level 13.

How do i pass that hard level????

13 rhonda { 11.10.13 at 2:40 pm }

Before I joined Facebook, these certain levels would give me three missions to complet before advancing to next world. But after the clerk at my mobile store erased my phone, I joined Facebook. I was at 74 then. So now I’m at level 65; once again. Even though I’ve cleared it at least three times, it won’t advance me. And like others, I’m about to stop playing this game. It’s not fun anymore, when your forced to keep playing a level that you have completed so many times.

14 Linda Harris { 11.15.13 at 11:11 am }

Why am I getting only 3 or 4 plays before it ends?

15 christa { 12.02.13 at 2:34 am }

Level 97 get halfway through and the game says its over please fix

16 christa { 12.02.13 at 2:36 am }

Level 97 halfway thru and it says hame over i never get to use all my moves

17 dee { 12.06.13 at 5:25 pm }

Same problem level 97 you get half way through it says game over. Frustrating

18 kkidd { 12.17.13 at 8:49 am }

Level 65 is a tough one! I’ve been on it for weeks. Very frustrating

19 Tommy { 03.17.14 at 5:10 pm }

I finally beat level 33 after reading your post. THANKS YOU SOOOO MUCH. I was close to quitting until i read this post and watched a instructional video i found on a website. The video is great cause there is a commentary and basically covers everything listed on your site. Thanks again.

20 sharlene { 05.21.14 at 7:24 pm }

I have completed level 65 and am now in 1st place with a score of 556, 000. Now it tells me I have to beat my own score to go further. Can anyone help?

21 Gloria { 06.23.14 at 6:24 pm }

I’m having the same problem with 97 as the others. I get about 5 or 6 moves and the game is over. Why is that?

22 Crushed { 10.05.14 at 5:11 pm }

Stuck on level 33 not because I haven’t shattered the score requirement, but it won’t let me pass. Why would I bother anymore? This game is another pos app.

23 Paulette { 11.09.14 at 6:49 pm }

Pass level 65 6 times with no problems. It will not let me go to level 66.what do I need to do to get to level 66 without playing twenty-five thousand more times

24 Paulette { 11.09.14 at 6:51 pm }

Pass level 65 6 times with no problems. It will not let me go to level 66.what do I need to do to get to level 66 without playing twenty-five thousand more timesif I’ve already said it how come no ones fixing the problem

25 Molly { 01.29.15 at 11:10 am }

I have completed level 65 umpteen times….but no level 66 ! Is there a level 66 ?????

26 linda { 05.21.15 at 1:23 am }

How doni get off 65 without $$ or friend’s, if no way, then think will just go on 2 a diff game where u can earn your way to next level. Disgusted with it

27 Mikala { 06.25.15 at 8:46 pm }

i don’t know linda

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