Despite being more than a year old, and racking up more than half a billion downloads, it seems that the world is still not bored of Candy Crush, the match-three game that has players of all ages addicted.

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Recently, the Candy Crush Saga app and its developers, King, have hit the headlines, first for attempting to trademark the words 'candy' and 'saga', and more recently for trying to sue the developer of the app it appears to have copied.

Developer Albert Ransom recently published an open letter on his website, sparked by King's attempt to rid him of his trademark by purchasing the rights to an older game called Candy Crusher. The letter accuses King of copying his app, and claims Candy Crush Saga is a "knockoff" of his 2010 game CandySwipe.

Ransom points out that the Candy Crush Saga icon, the candy itself and the written encouragements within the app are all very similar to those used in his CandySwipe app, which was released two years before Candy Crush Saga existed.

"You have taken away the possibility of CandySwipe blossoming into what it has the potential of becoming," Ransom writes. "I have been quiet, not to exploit the situation, hoping that both sides could agree on a peaceful resolution. However, your move to buy a trademark for the sole purpose of getting away with infringing on the CandySwipe trademark and goodwill just sickens me."

CandySwipe is still currently available to download free from the iOS App Store, and many reviewers of the game seem to have boycotted Candy Crush Saga after reading Ransom's open letter and downloaded CandySwipe instead. It needs a bit of a update when it comes to the visuals, but overall it's a fun, free match-three app that's worth a try.

We've also listed 14 other Candy Crush alternatives below.

Other Candy Crush alternatives


iPhone 69p/iPad £2.49

The Bejeweled app (from the developers of Plants vs Zombies and Peggle) is one that had us addicted for ages. With five different modes to play and lots of achievements to be won, you'll soon find your evening commute flies by. Our favourite mode is Diamond Mine, in which you'll need to race against the clock to find buried treasure.

Treasure of Montezuma 3

iPhone £1.49/iPad £2.99

Another match-three game to try is The Treasures of Montezuma, which currently has three instalments. The latest tests your speed – try to score as many points as possible within one minute.

There are hundreds of levels to play through, and you can download a free version of the app first to try before you buy.

Jewel Mania


Made by the developers behind Bubble Mania, the Jewel Mania game has more than 400 puzzles, in which players need to match three or more jewels to create combos and win levels.

Puzzle Quest 2


Puzzle Quest is a match-three game with an RPG twist. Customise characters, and choose between Sorcerer, Templar, Barbarian or Assassin. Those characters can then help you earn treasure, learn new spells and forge equipment to help you in the match-three puzzles.



Dots is a beautifully designed app that uses simple, colourful dots and subtle animations. Connect as many dots of the same colour as you can in one minute or a set number of moves to beat your high score. There are power-ups available, too, and additional levels that can be unlocked through in-app purchases.



You'll need to match five in Hexbee, a line puzzle game with a flowers and honeycomb theme. This one's addictive, though not level-based. Simply beat your high score and make your way to the top of the Game Center leaderboards. There are three difficulties to choose from, so it'll always be a challenge.



By God, 10000000 is addictive. It's a blend of match-three games and dungeon-running roleplaying games like Diablo or ORC: Vengeance.

As your little pixel dude automatically wanders through a retro dungeon, he'll encounter assorted obstacles, and have to arrange trios of matching blocks in the bottom half of the screen to defeat them.

Read our full 10000000 review

Zookeeper Battle


Catch animals by matching three of the same species to build up your zoo and battle against other zookeepers in this Zookeeper Battle game.

Toy Balls

Free (£1.49 to unlock full game)

Toy Balls is a nicely designed matching game that has 13 free levels and an additional 82 levels if you unlock the full game in-app. Match up balls of the same colour to stop them from getting zapped.

Jelly Splash


Jelly Splash is super-cute. Connect lines of Jelly characters in this game that spans 200 levels. Aim for three stars in each level and find out how well your friends are doing.

Cursed House

Free (£1.99 for full game unlock)

Big Fish, one of our favourite games developers, has a spooky match-three game for iPad called Cursed House. There are more than 100 levels, and magical power-ups available to collect.

Disco Bees


Full of adorable characters, Disco Bees is a matching puzzle game designed for iOS 7. With ninjas, hippies and even zombees, Disco Bees is great fun.

Frozen Free Fall


To coincide with the launch of its new Frozen movie, Disney has released Frozen Free Fall, a match-three game that's princess and ice inspired. There are 75 levels to play, and you can unlock new characters with unique power-ups the more you play.

Juice Cubes



This match-three game, called Juice Cubes, comes from Rovio, the makers of Angry Birds. It features 165 fruit-filled levels complete with pirates, mermaids and witches.

Wizard Orbs


With gameplay that feels like a cross between a bubble shooter, match three game and Tetris, Wizard Orbs is something a little different that's bound to keep you entertained. It's free to download, but there are some in-app purchases.

Mystic Marbles


Mystic Marbles is a match-three game that has a bit of a twist, making it refreshing to play and reengaging your brain. There's also a fun local multiplayer mode that lets you play with up to four people on one iPad.