UPDATED: Unsurprisingly, King have now (June 22nd) ‘nerfed’ the level, making it much easier.
At time of writing, there are currently 1,790 levels in King’s Candy Crush Saga; plus another 665 in the hateful ‘Dreamworld’ section. At this moment, I’m up to level 1,779 which is not a boast, more an admission, like an alcoholic braving an AA meeting.
Unfortunately, as with a lot of recent level additions, King seem to have lost the plot when it comes to to difficulty and so seem happy to use
addicts regular Candy Crush players such as myself to help test their levels for them. When they realise that virtually no-one can pass a level, they then ‘nerf’ it, or make it play how it should have done in the first place. The Wikia page for that level currently says “This is probably caused by a design error, glitch, or an objective which requires extreme insane luck to fulfil.” which is a polite way of saying that King have ballsed things up once again.
Now I appreciate that it can’t be easy to churn out steadily more difficult challenges for a game once you reach 1,790 levels without making it impossible, although I’d question why a game needs that many levels in the first place. I guess having a ‘casual’ game with microtransactions that can actually be completed is a financial no-no these days. Personally, I’d rather they call it a day after maybe 2,000 and give people more of a reason to go back and improve their scores on previous levels. After all, if they through in a new level now that was exactly the same as an earlier one, I wouldn’t notice (although you just know that someone out there would.. there’s always someone).
I get that it’s a business rather than some fun public service and King want people to buy more lives and boosters to
line King’s coffers help players progress, but when you’ve got no option to spend money to beat a level, then something’s gone badly wrong somewhere. In time, the level will no doubt be made easier and then I’ll be able to progress further, but I don’t play games to test them for their developers.. they are meant to be fun. Oh look, I’ve just gained another life.. back in a sec.