New Feature: Soda Squad



  • candysodacrushercandysodacrusher Posts: 203 ✭✭✭✭
    Made it to the 320 mark and received 30 minutes of striped candy and 30 minutes of a coloring ball.  In the process I earned over 20 points for my team—the hard way, one replayed level at a time.   The unlimited lives I’d won playing on BGH we’re done, so I had 4 lives to play on my hard level with the 30 minutes of boosters.  Didn’t pass the hard level and about 20 minutes of the free booster time is totally wasted, as I won’t get another life until after the booster time runs out.  😢
  • LauraLMasonLauraLMason Posts: 340 ✭✭✭✭
    @candysodacrusher's message is a good example of why timed boosters should have the option of being saved to use later. Another game I know rewards various amounts of unlimited lives. Each time a segment is rewarded it is put in an "envelope" for you to use when you want to. This is what would work best for the timed boosters. 
  • Kathy_ShattuckKathy_Shattuck Posts: 40 ✭✭
    Please bring back the individual  quests. The time boosters are frustrating because you can't save them for later.  And I have earned more points than the rest of my squad combined,  so it's  frustrating that  they get rewarded for my work. Please  no more team challenges like this or MTF. 
  • YoscaYosca Posts: 311 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 3
    @Xarly Is it an option to have the BGH levels count towards the points? I have reached the highest level and to be able to collect points for the squad I have to replay levels. If I don't do that, my contribution to the squad is low because I can only collect at new levels. And therefore I can be put into a team that is less active. So before new teams are created, it should be considered at which level each is. The levels at the start of the game are much easier to pass than the highest levels. For me the squad is important (even though I think the reward is a joke) so far because I have no other possibility to collect boosters. As mentioned here before, it would be more fun if you can store these boosters. But the best thing would be to do only individual challenges and thereby collect boosters.
  • XarlyXarly Posts: 2,153 Community Manager
    edited June 3
    Hi all, I'm very glad to see that you are coming and letting myself and the rest of the community your impressions on the feature. As mentioned multiple times, the teams will improve over time as you get placed with other active members. As also mentioned several times, this is the first iteration of a very new and different event for Soda. This means that there are improvements and other elements on the way for upcoming updates. Some will be coming very soon and other features that are major improvements will take time. This is the very first iteration of a feature that we expect to have for long, so please take that into account when providing feedback about the current version.

    @Xarly, I have a few questions about the composition of the squads that I hope you can give some insight into.
      You mentioned that if a squad gets the 800 points, the team gets to stay together, correct?  So what happens if a squad  earns the 800 points thanks to the productivity of one or two players?  Are those two productive players still stuck with the two inactive ones for the next series?

    I’ve found this to be a game of streaks.  There are times when I’m able to really make a good productive run of levels and other times when I’ve been stuck in an episode for weeks.  So, let’s say I’ve had a few of those really productive runs and get bumped up into a group of equally productive players.  Then I hit a dry streak and am unable to contribute as much.  Do I get bumped back down into a group with less productive players?

    Also, can you provide some insight into why the developers are putting so much focus on the team events?

    Last, but not least, I appreciate all the work you put in managing these boards.  Acting as a liaison between the developers and the players can’t always be an easy task.  Thank you for your efforts.

    @Candysodacrusher, thank you a lot for your words! Although challenging, I love doing what I do and being that bridge between both sides. Regarding your points:

    what happens if a squad  earns the 800 points thanks to the productivity of one or two players?

    I do not know for a fact if that would be the case, in regard to players' productivity in a successful team, but I believe all players need to do a minimum in order for the team to stay as such. I will forward the question to the team and will keep an eye to see what happens in the future (you might have thought of a scenario that maybe does happen and needs to be improved!)

    Do I get bumped back down into a group with less productive players?

    No, you wouldn't get bumped back down. There aren't tiers of productivity per se, but there is a minimum threshold of points (which is not absurdly high) that a player needs to do in order to be placed in teams with other active members. That is the way the system currently works, but that does not mean it might not need tweaks.

    why the developers are putting so much focus on the team events?

    This is a difficult yet great question. I think it comes down to multiple elements. One of them is that the game is turning 5 and, although it's doing great, this is a very fast-paced industry and the team is looking into ways of making the game as successful for the next 5 years (Candy Crush Soda is one of the most successful puzzle games of all times, but we want to make sure it keeps being so for a long time). Another point is that games nowadays are very social. Mobile games have been more and more social and there is a high demand for all these games to allow people to team up and play together. Soda is just starting with these different features, but there is a lot more to improve in order to be truly social. This does not mean we plan on enforcing social, but there is a general tendency to improve that aspect of the game. And last, there is a big demand for social even between our players. We run a lot of Surveys, Events, Interviews, etc and we can see that within our own player base, people do like to be able to socialize and play together (again, with the option of choosing not to).

    I hope these answer your questions! Keep them coming  B).

    Is it an option to have the BGH levels count towards the points?

    Hey @Yosca, very good question! It's currently not, but I agree with you. For those of you that are our top players, it makes sense, otherwise it is way harder for you to collect as many points as, let's say, a player that is level 100.

    All feedback is being addressed, and I take a note regarding the first and second chests' rewards to make sure the team is well aware.

    Cheers to you all and please keep the feedback (in ways that follow our House Rules) coming,

  • marscrushinitmarscrushinit Posts: 2,536 Legend
    I have the best team 😊 . We're moving right along and I hope to keep an active team . I like this a lot 

    Keep crushing it 🍭
  • YoscaYosca Posts: 311 ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 3
    My team, marching to the 3rd box :)

  • marscrushinitmarscrushinit Posts: 2,536 Legend
    Nice @Yosca 😁

    Keep crushing it 🍭
  • debo23debo23 Posts: 9
    Love it&\%#:%%
  • LizzyLemondropLizzyLemondrop Posts: 413 Superstar
    Question: I don't have Soda Squad yet, but does it replace MTF or work beside it?
    Please Vote here for adding a 500 point Treasure Chest to Soda Squad! Thanks.

  • debo23debo23 Posts: 9
    Question: I don't have Soda Squad yet, but does it replace MTF or work beside it?
    Me either
  • YoscaYosca Posts: 311 ✭✭✭✭
    I have both, mr. Toffee and squad.
  • debo23debo23 Posts: 9
    Im barely learning
  • Crimson_DawnCrimson_Dawn Posts: 1,956 Superstar
    I just got this feature a few days ago and I love it! My squad is close to the second chest! Let's get those squad wins!

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  • CandygramCandygram Posts: 6
    I didn’t authorize being put in a squad.  Please remove me immediately and do not put me in any group, squad, team, etc. This is the second time you have put me in a group.  Please cease doing this immediately.
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