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Candy Cruncher, by Pyrogon, $9.95 for Linux, $14.95 for Palm
Reviewed August 2002, updated May 2003 to include the Palm version ported by Astraware.

I don’t usually describe a game as Yummy, but I can guarantee you won’t find another game that’s tastier. Even though there are many renditions of the sliding puzzle game, this remake will make your mouth water and your stomach growl. Originally developed by Pyrogon and ported to Zaurus by Eon Games, Candy Cruncher has you playing with your favorite candies as the game pieces.

The objective of the game is simple: slide the candy pieces around so that you can complete the rows and columns with same kind of candy pieces under time limits. Different candies are worth different points. As the levels go higher and you’ve proved that you are a worthy “candy cruncher”, you will get introduced to more delicious candies and chocolates. You will also run into the Black Jellybeans which can’t be moved and therefore reduce the number of lines you can work with. You will get a bonus if you clear the levels under the time limit. The number of lines required to clear a level increases and the time to complete the level decreases as you advance. You won’t miss out on seeing all the candies though since you can pick the starting level at level 1, 6, 10, 14, 18 and 22.

You can tell crazy candy lovers designed this game! The craze sparks the creativity. The graphics looks so real that you will for sure want to munch on some candies after playing. All visual effects are represented in some form of candy. The time limit bar is a red vine licorice, the loading bar is a candy cane, and the game title is always surrounded by candy dots. The sound effects add fun and crunchiness as well.

Pyrogon gets A+ for candy eating and for designing such delicious game.

Playing Hints and Tips
1) Have your favorite candies handy before you play.

2) Look at the big picture before picking one kind of candy to complete a line, especially in the later levels. Sometime, there are only one or two kinds of candies will have enough pieces to form a line.

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Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):

Graphics Who wouldn’t adore the graphics in this game? Even if you are not a sliding puzzle kind of person, you will like this game because of the great looking candies.
Sound Cool candy crunching and other funny sound effects. Who did the voice for “One more to go?”
Fun Meter I’m a sliding puzzle fanatic and have played many renditions of the game. But this game belongs to the top group, as I’m a frequent visitor to the Godiva Store.
Addictivity I still have not beaten every level yet, but I will! This thing is so addictive!


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