October 15, 2020 – Publisher CMON announced this morning that they will be a new board game that looks to us like a real life Candy Crush. The board game is called “Sugar Blast” with a box that asks you to “Swap Candies and Create Blasts”. If that sounds familiar, it should, it is the premise for the massively succesful mobile game Candy Crush.
Good for them. Someone needed to figure out how to convert the Candy Crush app into a board game experience, and based on the description, it appears they have put something together that could do it. There is a long description from them at the bottom, but here is the gist:
- There are different tiles and they are shuffled in a bag.
- You randomly take from the bag to build the board.
- Players get secret goal cards.
- You move for the turn is swapping two tiles that are next to each other.
- The goal is to get three of a type in a row creating a “blast”
- When blasts happen, tiles come off board and 1 tile is kept by blaster.
- The board tilts in the direction of the player to fill in gap, repeating as necessary with new blasts.
- Refill the top of the board with new tiles from the bag.
- This happens until someone reaches their secret goal.
No release date yet but we know it is for 2 – 4 players, games run 30 minutes, it is for ages 8+ and the MSRP is $29.99.
Sugar Blast Overview from CMON
Setting up the game is quick and easy. Players take all the Candy tiles and put them into the cloth bag, making sure to give them a good mix. Place the tilting game board in the middle of the table, in reach of all players.
Then, take tiles from the bag and place them onto the board, filling it up completely. If, during setup, there is a group of three or more of the same color of candy in a row (horizontally or vertically), mix them up until there’s no such groups on the board (you’ll be making those yourself, later!).
Take one of the Goal Cards randomly from the pile. That’s the collection of candies that players will be trying to get in order to win the game. From there, the game’s ready! Candy really is sweet and simple like that.
On a player’s turn, they’ll be trying to make a Blast! They’ll do this by swapping two neighboring candies on the board with the goal to create a set of 3 or more candies of the same color in a row, horizontally or vertically.
Players only get one swap per turn, so it must create a Blast. If no Blasts can be made, the player will take a candy from the bag and use it to try and make a Blast instead. After swapping/placing their candy to create the group, a Blast happens!
The player will remove the grouped candies from their Blast, keeping 1 and setting the others aside. They’ll then tilt the board their direction, sliding all the other candies on the board down to fill in the spaces. After that, they’ll refill the board using Candies from the bag.
After the board’s full again, there may be more Blasts that were created! Check again to see if any were made and if they were, repeat the process again of collecting candies, keeping one, and sliding and refilling the board. And, if more Blasts are created, great! Keep going until no more are made!
After a player has made all the Blasts they can with their one swap and collected their candies, play moves on to the next player who does the same. This continues until a player has collected the required ones to match the patterns from the Goal card. That player’s the winner!
Source: A Sweet Treat Of A Game