Although Candy Crush Saga might seem mundane to people who don’t play it, it’s actually a pretty challenging game that can sometimes make you want to pull your hair out. After playing it for a few weeks, I realized that there are actually life lessons that we can learn from this candy-filled 2D world.
1. Think of the best possible move.
In order to make the best out of your limited moves, you need to think about the best way to group the candies together. Sure, randomly pairing three of the same-colored candies can seem like you’re making progress.
But if you really want to achieve the goal in each level and move on to the next puzzle, you need to think of the best possible moves.
Usually, these are the moves that will create special candies like the striped candies and color bombs (which I used to call “donut”). The more special candies you create, the more chances you’ll get to have a higher score, clear the jellies, or bring all the fruits down.
In life, we also have to think of the best “moves” based on the “candies” that have been given to us. This requires creativity, imagination, and resourcefulness.
We are all trying to form “special candies”.
It might be your dream house, a business that you’ve always wanted, or going on a cruise.
Whatever your special candy is, you need to make the best moves in order to make it happen.
2. If at first you don’t succeed, try again (cue Aaliyah’s song).
If you’re playing Candy Crush, you know how true this trite saying is.
Sometimes it would take days to finish one level (it took me three days to finish Level 50). You have to keep on playing the same puzzle for hundreds of time until you clear it. Even if it means flooding your friends with requests for extra “life” (for the record, I only ask help from the friends I’ve already helped in the past).
In life, success is pretty much a numbers game. The more you try, the higher the chance you’ll succeed. Stephen King didn’t become a best-selling author overnight. He spent years in perfecting his unique style in telling stories. And he has amassed a collection of rejection slips along the way, too.
So, whatever goal you have, just keep on trying. Based on your Candy Crush experience, eventually, you’ll complete the puzzle.
And you know how good it feels to finally see “Level Completed!”
I’m sure you’ll infinitely feel a lot better when you reach your own life goals.
3. Shit happens. But accidental awesomeness happens too.
Sometimes no matter how much you carefully plan all of your moves, like saving the color bombs and pairing it with stripe candies later. Shit can happen. The color bomb will be used unexpectedly –throwing off your whole strategy of bringing down all the ingredients in the last three moves.
Other times, your random three-of-a-kind move unexpectedly forms a color bomb or a wrapped candy. In rare occasions, that random move can create a “Divine!” moment!
So, yeah, in life, shit happens too. The promotion that you’ve been working on for five years turns to an unexpected lay off. Or growing a beard like Brad Pitt never turned out as you expected (you discovered that you can only grow three strands of facial hair).
But the awesome thing is getting laid off is actually what you needed in order to have the courage to start your own business.
Or your body’s inability to produce facial hair is actually the very reason why you ended up with the girl of your dreams (I don’t know how that can happen, but it’s plausible). 🙂
4. See the big picture.
When I first played Candy Crush, I would simply pair three same colored candies together without thinking of how a particular move would affect the whole puzzle.
It worked quite well at first. But as the levels become more difficult, this way of thinking wasn’t very efficient. With the limited moves and the more challenging goals (like bringing down all the ingredients in 20 moves), there was no way I was going to clear the level.
But when I started analyzing how each move would affect the puzzle as a whole, I started to play better. I was able to make more special candies. More special candies mean that I can clear blocks of jellies a lot faster.
In life, you have to see the big picture too. How is one decision going to affect your long term plans? Is moving to a big house really going to help you achieve your goal of becoming a movie star? Or you’ll be okay in your small yet cozy apartment in the mean time?
5. No man is an island.
When playing Candy Crush, you have to rely to your friends in order to get to the next episode or if you need extra “lives” (but if you’re loaded you can always buy your way to the next episode).
I know I can count on a few friends to help me unlock the next episode. And it’s one of the things I love about the game.
The same thing is true in real life.
You can’t do everything alone. Yes, you can go to the toilet without any help. 😉 But if you want to achieve something great and mind blowing, you need help from other people. And you need to ask them. You can’t just sit and wait for someone to rescue you.
If you need help, then you must be brave enough to ask for it.
And the great thing about this is you’ll know who your real friends are. They are the ones who are willing to lend you a hand. They’ll be happy to send you a “ticket”. It might be in a different form like sending you an encouraging message, providing you with their expertise, or simply listening to you.
Now, you’ll have to excuse me as I try to finish Level 57. 🙂
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