Candy Crush Saga just got a cool free upgrade

To celebrate its 10th birthday, Candy Crush Saga is adding fun new features

Candy Crush Saga
(Image credit: King)

Candy Crush Saga launched in November 2012, which makes it a whole decade old. I know, I can barely believe it either. And to celebrate that landmark it's adding some cool new features to keep people on playing. Like a self-celebratory birthday party, except everyone is invited.

While many may assume this guilty pleasure mobile game had already passed its heyday, Candy Crush Saga is still ongoingly popular, having accrued more than three billion downloads over those years. Three billion!

In an almost Bond movie-like fashion, Candy Crush Saga's makers, King, went to Abbey Road Studios, London, and recorded new audio tracks with a live orchestra for the game update. Yup, those in-game sounds aren't fakies. In addition, the 10-year-old Candy Crush Saga adds 12 (yes, twelve, not ten!) entirely new audio tracks to keep things fresh.

King has also given the game a revamped user interface based on user feedback, plus new animated backgrounds for added variety. Not that the gameplay's striking simplicity has changed: this is still your favourite match-three kind of puzzler available right on your phone. 

It's enough to make me want to dust off the old download and dig back in on my Android device. But there's no time as Black Friday Deals are upon us, and I'm more likely to be buying a new TV. But for a bit of casual downtime, it sounds like Candy Crush has still got the goods. 

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 years and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone too (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech and audio aficionado his beat at T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a tech stone unturned he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.