It only seems like yesterday that Candy Crush Saga first appeared on our mobile platforms but King have today announced that Candy Crush Saga is celebrating its 5 year anniversary! Happy Birthday Candy Crush!

Games within the Candy Crush universe have been downloaded a staggering 3 billion times and the game has a social media base bigger than that of Pop SuperStar, Katy Perry. Quite the achievement for just a game!

It has returned to the #1 spot in both iOS and Android stores in the US, many thanks to the record-breaking third quarter. King has also had two of the top 10 grossing games in the US for four consecutive years. Candy Crush Saga was first introduced to players back in 2012, with over 1.1 trillion rounds being played across the world! There are now over 2,800 levels available. Take a look at some stats with an impressive looking infographic:

To mark this special anniversary, King have released a new update, the Party Booster. This will give players two free party boosters giving a series of special, never-before-seen effects, removing all the candies from the board and damaging each blocker once. Secondly, when the board settles, the booster then goes on to release a further round of tasty treats – a striped candy, wrapped candy, Colourbomb and a fish. Each of these then explode immediately, further helping players to progress through the Candy Kingdom and giving that sweet feeling of success. You will need to be level 29 at least and it is available now until November 23rd. Sebastian Knutsson, Chief Creative Officer at King stated:

We’re excited to be sharing this very special milestone with our players across the globe. The past five years have been incredible and we’re fortunate to have so many loyal fans. The King team work hard to constantly innovate and create original gameplay to attract a wide audience and keep the game interesting. From seasoned Candy Crush fans to those new to the game, players will find fresh and new challenges whatever the level. We hope fans old and new enjoy the Party Booster and we look forward to celebrating many more birthdays to come.

Are you still enjoying Candy Crush Saga 5 years on? Take a look at the videos celebrating its birthday and showing off the Party Booster before letting us know your thoughts via the comment section below.