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Level Design Needs You! Tell us what you think about scrolling levels!

MystraMystra Posts: 1 Kingster
edited February 2020 in Discussions

Hi everyone!

My name is Darasimi, but you can call me Daras! I’m a Technical Level Designer from the Candy Crush Friends Saga team over here in our London Studio.

You might remember that some time ago our team’s lead, John asked you some questions about the length of our levels to help us refine and improve the quality of the levels we make for you. 

We found your feedback super helpful and now we would love to hear from you again! We are always looking for ways to improve what we do, and your responses from last time proved to us once again just how passionate you are about our work.

This time we would like to hear what you have to say about the levels we make that scroll through multiple screens. 

  • How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them?
    • Do you think they go on for too long compared to our standard, one screen levels or do you think they should go on for longer, or are they fine the way they are?
  • We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?
    • Would you like to see more per episode, or do you think have it right as it is?
  • How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?
    • Would you prefer that the first screen was super easy and each screen afterwards get more difficult?
    • Would you prefer the opposite? Having a difficult first screen and have each next one get easier?
    • Would you prefer a mix of the two?


We can’t wait to hear what you have to say! Thanks for being awesome and see you all soon!

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  • AbhinavSargarAbhinavSargar Posts: 3,726 Level 5
    edited February 2020

    Hi @Mystra

    Congratulations on joining 'King' & especially 'Candy Crush Friends Saga' Team.

    Congratulations on becoming 'Kingster'.

    • About the first Question - It takes longer longer time as we move further.

    • About the second Question - Yes, you should make a New world of 20 Levels with Night View on it.

    • About the third Question - It takes 7 minutes while moving from level 1400 to level 301. So Candy Crush Friends Saga should have a window like we saw in Candy Crush Soda Saga where we can select the name of '20 Levels' World. Like -

    •......

    •Lemonade Lake <----- Selecting This World Directly

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    •.......

    I hope this helps for Feedback on Difficulties while navigating through levels.

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  • firebombmarkusfirebombmarkus Posts: 13,120 Sweet Legend

    Hi there, Darasimi 🤗 @Mystra and welcome to our adorable Community 😊 I am so happy to see that players' feedback is appreciated and helps you with further designing of the game.

    Now, let's answer your questions :

    How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them?

    According to my experience, I am pretty much fine with the current length if the levels so I wouldn't change anything.

    We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?

    I am not quite a fan of scrolling levels and I enjoy more one screen straight forward levels where I am aware of the goal instantly. On the other hand, I understand that there are also the players who enjoy them and you have to design those levels too.

    How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?

    Regarding the question about the difficulty of the first screen, I would prefer to see the first screen harder and the second one easier. The reason for it is that I am not able to see the second screen and sometimes it comes as a surprise to me when I see the second screen is even more difficult than the first one.

    That's all from me so far. I hope this will be helpful. Thank you one more time for the opportunity to give the feedback 🙏🏻

  • KingChewyKingChewy Posts: 13,713 Sweet Legend

    Thank you @Mystra for letting us provide feedback 💪🏻 Here are my answers

    • How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them?
      • I like the 2-3 screen levels but often don’t get to see the full preview of a level when I run into one of these so often I lose my beat it on the first try streak
    • We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that? 
      • perfect as it now 💪🏻


    • How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?
    • i would prefer a mix of the two for variety



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  • wafercookieflipperswafercookieflippers Posts: 4,638 Legend

    Hi @Mystra ! Thank you for being here and for allowing us the opportunity to provide feedback. I really appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day!

    • How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them? There have only been a few that come to mind as being too long, meaning--they are not able to be completed without multiple attempts. I know there was one in the 1500s? with licorice blockers in multiple square formations on the second screen (licorice on the first too) and the last wasn't easy either. It felt too long. Otherwise I enjoy them sometimes. in fact, if the "scrolling issue on the map" were fixed so that we could replay older levels again, I have a few of these multiple screen levels that I like for completing quests for the simple reason they are so long.
    • Would you like to see more per episode, or do you think have it right as it is? Fine as is, thanks. 😊
    • Would you prefer the opposite? Having a difficult first screen and have each next one get easier? I would prefer this over a progressive difficulty and over a mix of the two. Generally, it's hard to know what to save for the end of you don't know more screens are coming. If you have 6 moves left, sometimes that is a lot for the last screen and sometimes it's never enough. Having an idea that the difficulty is going down makes it an easier decision on whether to use certain candies or boosters.

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  • Crimson_DawnCrimson_Dawn Posts: 2,766 Level 5

    Hi, @Mystra! I don’t think the scrolling levels need to go any longer, but probably not much shorter if it gets shorter at all. Probably only two or three scrolling levels per episode, and make the screens go from easier to harder.

  • ShannaSkywolfShannaSkywolf Posts: 714 Level 3

    Hi @Mystra, and Hi @ Darasimi , it's a pleasure to meet you! Welcome to the Candy Crush Friends Family!!!

    I appreciate you and King taking the time to ask us players what we think.

    • How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them?

    I am legally blind and only have some close up vision. The scrolling levels take me a few tries to complete due to my missing moves. I will typically miss a move if its a scrolling level, with the jelly squares with a red candies on top. All of the other colors stand out form the jelly squares but the red. Overall, I don't mind that it takes a few tries to pass the level as I like the challenge!

    • Do you think they go on for too long compared to our standard, one screen levels or do you think they should go on for longer, or are they fine the way they are?

    I think the scrolling levels are fine the way they are. It is fun to have a level or two within a world that has the scrolling level!

    • Would you like to see more per episode, or do you think have it right as it is?

    I like the fact that there are only one or two scrolling levels per world. It gives us players something different to work at.

    • Would you prefer that the first screen was super easy and each screen afterwards get more difficult?

    I know I can't speak for others players. but your question seems to match how the scrolling levels work out for me. Regardless of how the scrolling level is set up, it will prove to be difficult as it depends on the choice you make and the way the candies fall into the next tier of the level.

    • Would you prefer the opposite? Having a difficult first screen and have each next one get easier?

    Making the succeeding screens easier as you go along, i feel, would take the challenge out of the level.

    • Would you prefer a mix of the two?

    hmm, this question is interesting. Alternating the level tiers from challenging to easy, might be fun. Perhaps King could make a test level where players can try it out?

    • We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?

    I like the fact that you only include one or two scrolling levels per episode. It is fun to have a challenge!

    • How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?

    I am bit confused about whether this question is pertaining to only scrolling levels or travel within a certain world of the game. So I will answer for both.

    I saw that @AbhinavSargar stated that, "It takes 7 minutes while moving from level 1400 to level 301. So Candy Crush Friends Saga should have a window like we saw in Candy Crush Soda Saga where we can select the name of '20 Levels' World." I really like their idea and I feel it be an asset to the Candy Crush Friends Saga game.

    As for difficulty changes in scrolling levels and going from screen to screen, scrolling levels that move from left to right a lot is overwhelming for someone with a decreased visual field. I rather like the scrolling levels that drop straight down,, getting narrower, then becoming wider.

    Again, it's a pleasure to meet you Darasimi, and @Mystra! I hope my answers help in some way! Thanks you and the rest of the CCFS Technical Level Designer team for all that you do! Have a wonderful day, Everyone!! 🐺💗

  • 8657Lisa8657Lisa Posts: 4 Newbie

    I like how it is at thw moment not sure what its going to be as you move along

  • Sofia1992Sofia1992 Posts: 2,526 Level 5

    Hey Daras and welcome to our sweet community.

    It's my honor to meet another one Level Designer from the team. Oh wow!

    As a Game Expert that I am, I will gonna give you answers in your questions. So, let's get started with this:

    • How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them?
    • Do you think they go on for too long compared to our standard, one screen levels or do you think they should go on for longer, or are they fine the way they are?

    Alright. According to my game experience, the levels with 2-3 screens are a bit hard and especially if you have few moves plus you can't review them and see the whole layout of those levels completely and that's so confusing so it will take more time to complete them than the original one screen levels.


    • We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?
    • Would you like to see more per episode, or do you think have it right as it is?

    About that, I love that every episode has 20 levels. Thanks to it, the progress of the game continues faster and faster so I think it's really fine as it is now.


    • How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?
    • Would you prefer that the first screen was super easy and each screen afterwards get more difficult?
    • Would you prefer the opposite? Having a difficult first screen and have each next one get easier?
    • Would you prefer a mix of the two?

    Nice question. Actually, I would a mix of the two because in those levels, it depends of the moves and if it has blockers on them so, a middle difficulty would be ok. Not so easy but not so hard too.


    Oh and as my final answer since you ask and for scrolling levels from portal to portal, I think that in CCFS should add a list with all the levels and episodes just like in CCSS.

    I think that it would be easier for the players to have a fast access though levels so yes, a list would be perfect for all of us.


    That's all. I hope my answers helped you Daras and if you need more help, you can ask me and all my friends around in this community.

    Thank you and as I said earlier, welcome you to our community again!~


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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 32,686 Community Hub Moderator

    Hi @Mystra!

    How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them?

    They should definitely not be longer. Sometimes I don't even get to the last set because I have run out of moves. I would leave them as they are now.

    We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?

    Definitely don't add more. My preference is more for the one screen but I don't mind going to another screen.

    How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?

    I would prefer the first being more difficult and get easier as I move on. As I mentioned in my first response because of the difficulty I don't always make it to the last screen, unless I buy extra moves.



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  • AshrafAshraf Posts: 8,481 Sweet Legend

    🥰 Hi..

    Thank you for your work 🌹

    and thank you for asking us 😁💕

    How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them?

    • I think they go on for too long compared to our standard, one screen levels 

    I dont like it to be too long.. 🤯

    We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?

    One is good 🤗😅

    How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?

    I would prefer that the first screen was super easy 🤓and each screen afterwards get more difficult🧐



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  • Sharon_LooseSharon_Loose Posts: 1,826 Level 5

    Hi Daras thank you for asking for our feedback,

    I think the length of the multiple screen levels are fine as they are and I also think one to two per 20 levels is okay, I certainly wouldn’t want more. I would prefer the harder screen first and to get easier as you progress but a mixture is okay.


  • flew66flew66 Posts: 2,361 Level 5

    Hi Daras, Nice to meet you! Here's my feedback for your questions.

    • How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them

    I think the level with multiple screens or boards should be around 30-40 moves. Each screen would take about 10-15 moves to clear.

    • Would you like to see more per episode, or do you think have it right as it is?

    I don't mind seeing a few more multi-screens levels per episode. It is good to mix things up.

    • Would you prefer that the first screen was super easy and each screen afterwards get more difficult?

    I think it should be progressively difficult. However, each screen should still be challenging. Otherwise, it would feel like routines / work, and all we are doing is trying to get to the last screen to solve the puzzle.

    • Would you prefer the opposite? Having a difficult first screen and have each next one get easier?

    Not really. I think it should be progressively more difficult. For example, the last screen of level 2000 (the heart) is super easy and it is a bit anticlimax. I understand that it is done in purpose to promote the firework and it is ok.

    • Would you prefer a mix of the two?

    To be honest, I really don't mind as I need to learn the board to formulate a strategy to complete it. I typically count how many moves are optimal for each screen and trying to finish it within the number of moves. Using level 2000 as an example, I know I will be fine if there are 3 moves left coming into the last screen. It is all part of the strategy.

    • We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?

    I wouldn't mind to see a bit more of scrolling levels.

    • How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?

    Like I mentioned earlier, I need to learn the pattern and formulate a strategy. It is all part of the fun in developing strategy to complete the level.

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  • BlazinLBlazinL Posts: 4 Newbie

    I like scrolling levels. 3 or 4 every tier would be cool. I feel the difficulty is def harder on the last screen than previous ones but it's still fun. However my issue is only seeing the screens for a moment before I start. I'd like the option to see the next screens at any time during the level. (Maybe a button to toggle zoom?).... Or to go through the screens just like in the intro (after a 6 second idle?). Please consider it.Ty! 🍬💪

  • PummyRajPummyRaj Posts: 13,945 Farm Moderator

    Hello Darasimi @Mystra 😍

    First of all, Thank you very much for asking our opinion to improve the levels! It is very sweet of you and all the "Level Designer" team for spending your valuable time with us 🤗 🙏


    Feedback about the levels that scroll through multiple screens:


    1) How do you feel about how long it takes to complete them? Do you think they go on for too long compared to our standard, one screen levels or do you think they should go on for longer, or are they fine the way they are?

    ** I love when the long levels appear every now and then -- especially "the Octopus" levels. They are so much fun! Jam levels are also fun 👌

    ** But, I am not too fond of "Fill the Heart" levels with multiple screens! We have to scroll up and down again and again as only 1 heart gets filled at once!

    ** To answer your question -- they are just fine as they are. Please don't make them any longer!


    2) We typically don’t make a lot of scrolling levels per episode (usually one or two per twenty levels). How do you feel about that?

    ** I like the number of longer levels as it is right now -- I feel 2 per episode are more than enough!


    3) How do you feel about the difficulty change as you go from screen to screen?

    ** I feel the levels are fine as they are now.


    4) Other Requests:

    ** Will it be possible to add more moves in these "multi-screen" levels? Most of the times, I loose the level just because shortage of the moves. So, a sweet way to add the moves would be "to insert the Chocolate Eggs";

    ** Will it be possible to keep the screen till all the special candies explode on each screen (just as how it happens in the end of the game)? Till now, it is possible only on the 3rd screen! Keeping each screen till the Special candies explode help us to gain more score!

    Hope I have not confused you with my extra requests! Thank you once again for asking for our opinion! 🙏


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  • Nat09Nat09 Posts: 10,189 Ambassador

    Hi Darasimi @Mystra, it’s very nice to meet you, welcome to the community, I’m happy to share my opinion to help you guys. 😊

    1- I like having a different challenge once in a while. I think the length of them are fine as they are. I wouldn’t want them longer. I really enjoy the octopus, they are my favourite.

    2- I think 2 per twenty levels is good, they are usually a bit more challenging, which I don’t mind, but I think it might discourage some that have a hard time with those levels if you added more.

    3- I would like a mix of both. It would be fun to start with the hardest sometimes, you know, get the worst one out of the way, but I also enjoy the challenge of doing the hardest last, then I have to strategize and figure out how many lives should I keep for the last one.

    4- Overall, I think it’s great the way it is, once in a while it’s different and challenging and I love it. I have one suggestion for when you do easy screen to hardest. Often by the time you get to the 3d screen you don’t have a lot of moves left, so maybe adding a bomb or combination, something that encourages you to keep going. You guys do such a wonderful job, keep it up, your friend Nat.




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