It's been three years since the explosion of Candy Crush on everyone's iPhone. Although many of us have already broken our addiction at this point and moved to more varied, engaging games (see: Quizup), I still see a disturbing number of people battling the chocolates as I peer over their shoulders in the metro.
Seems like half the world is still stuck on the candy. And by stuck, I mean that I actually have a real live friend who's already finished all the levels and is waiting for the devs to add more. And then there's my very own mother, who still plays it every single morning while having breakfast. For those who want a way out of their crippling Candy Crush addiction (not my buddy or my mom, apparently), we've found that the best way is to check out other games that share similar characteristics but don't include those annoying Facebook invitations.
Here we go: our compilation of the best iPhone alternatives to Candy Crush, in case all that sugar's making you a bit sick to your stomach.
Candy Busters is an extremely well-designed alternative with the same mechanics and also provides similar candy items to match. The great thing about this game is that you purchase the power-ups with the coins you earn... and you also get a spin on the lucky wheel.
Download this one if... you still love candies and absolutely need your power-ups
Candy Blast Mania is another one with bright graphics and smooth controls. Advance through the hundreds of levels by collecting the necessary candy. If you collect enough points and diamonds, you'll be able to use power-ups in times of need.
Download this one if... you're looking for a long-term replacement that features candy as well
No candy this time; try ancient runes instead. Gemmy Lands is exciting and addictive, featuring powerful effects and gameplay that introduces magical totems and lets you build structures thanks to your efforts when matching three or more runes together.
Download this one if... you love the ancient runes theme and you also want to develop building skills
Forest Mania offers more than 400 levels to challenge your matching prowess. Instead of candy or food, here we match forest creatures and try to connect as many as possible in order to unleash magical effects. Stunning design and quite popular.
Download this one if... you love nature and have plenty of time to solve 400 levels
Bejeweled is perhaps the most classic game of the list, a traditional match-3 game where we try to connect jewels together. It has plenty of variants and four game modes: classic, zen, diamond mine, and blitz, where time is essential.
Download this one if... you want to play the most popular and classic match-3
If you like gummies, you absolutely need to try Gummy Drop, another alternative that is worthwhile for fans of matching adventures. Try to accomplish every objective in the fewest possible moves. Complete all the challenges while trying to achieve a higher score than your friends.
Download this one if... you love gummies and competing with your friends for a high score
From the creators of Angry Birds, we have Juice Cubes, as colorful and engaging as ever. This is not a swiping game - here you'll need to draw a path to connect similar cubes, which means it isn't that similar to Candy Crush, but it has the same level of addiction and flawless graphics as well.
Download this one if... you trust Rovio to bring you the best match-3 game ever