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An Interview with Simon Leung
Candy Crush is definitely taking the world by storm, with more than 66 million players worldwide.
But some guys might have reservations immersing themselves into this colourful candy world, because they see the game as being “girly” and female-dominated.
This is indeed true, as a study by newzoo.com (2013) found. According to them, 60% of Candy Crushers are females.
But there are actually guys who have fallen true victims to the colourful charms of the Candy Crush Saga game.
One of them is award-winning Internet entrepreneur and Internet keynote speaker Simon Leung, who has actually managed to complete every single level of Candy Crush Saga on his Android smartphone.
I spoke to Simon and asked him a few questions about his passion for Candy Crush Saga. Read on, for why this high-flying Internet entrepreneur loves the game.
Would you call yourself a “typical” Candy Crush player? Why/Why not?
Not really sure what defines a “typical” Candy Crush player, but I do notice that many people tend to play the game on the street, while on the MRT or bus, and even while with their friends when they really should be socializing. If that’s a typical player, then I’m not. I usually play Candy Crush when I’m alone and bored to pass the time – definitely not in public. I try to be more sociable then.
Why did you start playing Candy Crush? What made you keep on playing the game?
I originally started playing Candy Crush in the Fall (autumn) of 2012, before it became popular. I stopped when I reached level 35 and it asked for payment in order to continue. I resumed in April of this year in Hong Kong when my sister and brother-in-law asked me to connect the game to my Facebook to give them tickets, at which point, I began playing again after discovering you can request tickets instead of paying to proceed to the next stages. I continued to play because to me, the challenge of passing each level represented the every day challenges we go through in life. Sometimes, you will fail because you’ve made a bad choice or move. In the end, if you are persistent and don’t give up, even some of the most difficult stages in life can be overcome.
How long did it take you to complete all of the levels?
On the Android version, there are currently 365 levels. Starting from level 36 in April, it took me about two months while playing the game during my time off to complete all of the 365 levels. I don’t play it on Facebook, but I hear there are about 100 more levels if you play via the computer.
Did you spend money on Candy Crush in-app purchases?
Nope, never spent any money on Candy Crush.
How long did it take you to clear each of these levels?
I don’t remember which ones were the most difficult, but the most time it took me to pass the hardest levels were probably around a day.
Any useful tips for those who are struggling through the game?
The best tip I can give is quite simply to not give up. Each level may have its difficulties, but they are all very passable. Sometimes, it may depend on the luck of how your candies are shuffled, but none of them are impossible. Just keep at it, and you’ll achieve victory!
What types of levels do you consider the hardest and why?
Each type of stage has its challenges. It all depends on how difficult the stages themselves are. Once you start getting towards the end, they will all require you to think your way through the levels. Your challenge is not necessarily the type of level, but your patience is important in figuring out how to beat each stage.
And what sort of obstacles were the toughest for you, and why?
While each obstacle has its own share of difficulty, I will probably vote for the chocolate machines as the most annoying, simply because you can’t get rid of them, and they always seem to have a way to cover your planned next move in chocolate!
So now that you’ve finished Candy Crush, what are you going to do in your spare time?
Back to running my Internet Marketing businesses for now, maybe launch a few more websites and projects with a few partners. Been keeping busy lately with events and travels, as well, and have a few more countries to visit in the coming weeks. Of course, I could wait for some new levels in the game to be launched, but I would probably prefer to be more productive with my time instead of playing the new Candy Crush levels, at least for the next few months.