As coronavirus enters what feels like its third year of self-isolation, we’ve got a great way to stop you twiddling your thumbs as Candy Crush is rolling out unlimited lives. About as big as gaming crazes come, Candy Crush has been a staple of some people’s phones since 2012.
King’s addictive match ’em game may be a forgotten app lurking at the back of your phone, but with self-isolation giving us plenty of free time, now might be the time to dust off your colourful candies.
If you open up the Candy Crush app, you’ll be greeted by the friendly message: “Every day of this week, you get 24 hrs of unlimited lives. From all of us who make Candy Crush, we hope this helps out, even if it’s just a little bit.” See, it’s not all doom and gloom!
In fact, King is rolling out the promotion across Candy Crush Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Jelly Saga, Candy Crush Friends Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Bubble Witch 3 Saga, and Pet Rescue Saga. You just need to make sure you sign in every day.
Unsurprisingly, app stores have reported a huge leap in sales of mobile games. Thanks to closure of pubs, restaurants, and even Greggs *sob*, even those who are working from home have to find something new to do when they clock off.
Other games like Pokemon GO have also changed the way they work, to cash in on COVID-19 and everyone spending more time at home. Mario Kart Tour and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are also encouraging users to play from home.
Weirdly, the game called Plague Inc. (where you try and infect the entire world) soared to the top of the charts in the midst of coronavirus. Some eight years after it was released by British-based Ndemic Creations, Plague Inc. was the app store’s most popular game.
This obviously caused a bit of a backslash and led to developers introducing a new mode. With another ray of sunshine, Ndemic is releasing a new campaign where you actually battle to save the world from pandemics.
Plague Inc. creator James Vaughan explained said: “Eight years ago, I never imagined the real world would come to resemble a game of Plague Inc. or that so many players would be using Plague Inc. to help them get through an actual pandemic.
“We are proud to be able to help support the vital work of the WHO and CEPI as they work towards finding a vaccine for Covid-19.”
Elaborating how the World Health organisation spurred on the era of Plague Inc., Vaughan added, “Players will have to balance managing disease progression and boosting healthcare systems as well as controlling real-world actions such as triaging, quarantining, social distancing and closing of public services. We are developing this game mode with the help of experts from the WHO, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and more.”
Well, there’s plenty to. keep our thumbs busy and us mashing at our screens as there’s no end in sight for the COVID-19 outbreak.
[Featured Image: King]