Advice to Pass Along: Level 350 and 356 of Candy Crush
Yes, another one. Skip it if you don’t play Candy Crush. If you do, you understand the frustration Level 350 and Level 356 bring. I have a very specific way for winning both of these levels.
Both are awful. For me, until I figured out how to do it, 356 was actually worse. Read on if you’re also stuck.
Level 350 of Candy Crush
I had heard awful things about this level. It seemed a place where everyone got stuck, so I went into it knowing that I would likely be stuck there too for a bit. It probably helped to anticipate that it was going to be awful. I liked having the knowledge that it was going to suck, and it was going to suck hard.
This is a board that you will want to play from a device that will allow you to exit without wasting a life because there is only one type of board worth playing, and that is one where an opening move breaks three pieces of whipped cream, like the board above. I know what you’re thinking: before reading that last sentence, you would have made a striped with those four red in a row, but you’d be wrong. You actually want to break downward, ignoring all else.
Drill down, drill down through that whipped cream, and only focus on that whipped cream, preferably the middle of it. If you get too close to the edge, you’ll set off the bombs. And you’re not ready for that yet. Don’t set off speckled doughnuts if you can help it. Only use stripes or bombs if they clear whipped cream and nothing else. Think of yourself as a worker ant with one task: clear the whipped cream. Everything else is a distraction meant to mess you up.
The only time you want to use a striped/wrap combo is AFTER you’ve cleared most of the whipped cream and you can use it very low down on the board. Same with a striped/doughnut combo. Play it before you’ve cleared that whipped cream, and you’ve created a bomb nightmare. Play it after you’ve cleared the whipped cream, and you can pop a lot of the jelly at the top of the board.
Get it? Don’t get distracted. Just focus on the whipped cream.
The reality is that once you clear the whipped cream, you’ll leave a big chunk of the board open and will likely make a lot of combos. So break that whipped cream as your sole focus, and you’ll clear the board with combos after most of the whipped cream is gone.
Level 356 of Candy Crush
The first few times I played this board, I only made one striped combo. Most rounds ended without making any. Then I was teaching Hour of Code (see, I do erudite things too) and I realized that I was going about this wrong. I had to think about this board as I would rethreading a drawstring that has gotten pulled out of a sweatshirt hood. You don’t focus on trying to move the string insomuch as you try to move something else (like a ballpoint pen) through that drawstring area.
So it helps to know how the candies move. The ones in the top left only fall in the top left. The ones in the bottom left move the ones in its own quadrant and the one above. The top right quadrant moves the candies in the two quadrants on the left, and the bottom right quadrant is rock bottom. That quadrant is the least helpful place to have a striped candy. I’ll explain that in a moment. But the board reads like a two-column article. You get to the bottom of the left column and your eye goes to the top right and starts to read down again. Same with the candies.
When you make a striped candy, let’s say, in that far right row in the top right quadrant (with the orange ones), you will now want to make your next striped candy in either that row (far right, any quadrant) or the one right next to it (second from right row, any quadrant). Let’s pretend you made one in the second-from-the-right row in the bottom left quadrant. What you’d want to do to pull it toward your other striped candy is to make any matches in that SAME ROW (second-from-the-right) in either of the right quadrants. Because that will gently pull it — like a drawstring — toward the one that is already in the top right quadrant.
Did that make sense? Essentially every row moves as one with others in the same placement regardless of quadrant. So if you make a match in the far left row on the bottom right quadrant, it will affect every left row. But only every left row (unless it inadvertently makes a match along the way). So, back to that striped orange candy you made in the top right quadrant. When you did that, you also made a vertical three-way match with the yellow ones in the second-from-the-right row, correct? That is going to move all the other candies in the second-to-right row that are above it. So it will move that green one down and it will also move the yellow-blue-green-yellow-yellow-blue-yellow-orange (read that going downward) in the second-from-the-right row in the two left quadrants.
Be prepared that striped ones will accidentally be detonated before you can use them. And that’s okay. Because you’ll make a bunch of them. And you’ll work slowly and patiently to slide candies through like you’re rethreading a drawstring. Don’t stress too much about the bombs; they usually get taken out as they travel down the board. Only deal with them if they’re about to go off. And yes, you can also bring down candies that will match that bomb and get rid of it using this same method.
A hint: it is easiest if you can make the striped candies on the left side because then you can gently tug things down on the right side. They don’t have to travel as far on the left.
Also, look for places where you have two of one colour (let’s say, red), one of another colour (blue), and then another red. Make a match in another quadrant to gently pull down another red in that blue row. That will form a stripe for you. If nothing else, make a match in the bottom right quadrant because it will mix up all the quadrants for you and give you a new chance to create a stripe.
And that’s how it’s done. I passed it in two tries when I changed the way I was thinking about playing this board to my rethreading method.
Currently: I’m on Level 361, 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 (here are the other advice posts I’ve written). Let me know the level you’re struggling with.