I also usually try the #1 recommended character first, and depending on how close to success I came, switch to the #2 recommended character next, and finally if both #1 and #2 have been utter failures, I’ll try character #3 (which will change over time). The design team has said that the #1 recommended character seemed more effective to them, but I certainly have encountered levels where the #2 or even the #3 character was the only way I could finally succeed at that level.
I'm with you @Uncle_Bob , I use the recommended friend first and if I'm not having any luck with that recommend friend I'll switch it up. The only time I never go with a recommend friend is if.. I feel like a different character will be more useful, example: If it's a dunk the cookies level and the recommended friend is Tiffi I'll go with Dach or the Nutcracker, they're more useful in that type of level... Let's be honest Tiffi is a weak friend IMHO I usually never choose her to play with recommend or not.
I have already commented on this because it is misleading. Therefore it should be omitted. It's not always true. You should choose your own character. I tented to decide for myself.
I have two screenshots of levels, where the third!! character helped me pass the level, while playing with the recommended I was stuck!
It is a coinsidense that this character is the Jelly Queen! She is not my favorite character, but is one of the characters I think as very helpful!
Super Hard Level 1600
This screenshot shows recommended characters!
1st recommended character is Yeti!
The 3rd character varies from time to time:
I was lucky to have the Jelly Queen as 3rd character when I won this level. Unfortunately I have not a pre- game screenshot, only the screenshot after my win:
Hard level 1604, recommended character Olivia and 3rd character in this screenshot is the BBG Troll:
When I won, 3rd character was the Queen and I selected her after numerous unsuccessful tries
with Olivia, a character that I always prefer on "octapus" levels!
I mostly used the recommended character! After a long time I started using the best character, according to my experience about the level's type! ( jam, hearts, dunk cookies, ... )
Favorite helper for different CCFS tasks (in order of preferences):
Fill Hearts: Tifi, Misty, Yeti
Free Animals: Yeti, Misty, Odus, Troll
Free Octopuses: Olivia, Odus, Misty
Spread Jam: Odus, Jelly Queen, Yeti, Misty
Dunk Cookies: Dachs, Nutcracker, Misty, Odus
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