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'Candy Crush' Host Mario Lopez Shares Tips For Winning Viral Game

It's been five years since viral app Candy Crush kept us swiping urgently at our smartphones and chasing line blasts. Below are five tips for climbing up the levels, courtesy of CBS game-show host Mario Lopez.

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BuzzFeed Community sat down with Mario Lopez to discuss the actor's new primetime-TV hosting gig. If you own a smartphone, chances are you're already familiar with the sugary-themed game.

If you didn't know, CBS is experimenting this summer by transforming one of history's most successful apps into the Candy Crush game show, where celebrities and reality TV stars interact with a gamified screen-floor, and dangle from cranes, to compete for a cool $100,000.

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Here's what a tough level looks like, in this case Level 1700.

Below are five tips for climbing up the levels, courtesy of Mario Lopez himself. He's become somewhat of an expert since he debuted as the show’s host on July 9 and has become "candified" in a mini-game inside Candy Crush Saga.

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1. Make Special Candies when you can. To create a Striped Candy match four regular Candies in a row. To activate it, match it with two Candies of the same color to create a line blast. Matching it with another Striped Candy will create a double line blast.

2. To make a Wrapped Candy match four Candies in either a T or L formation. To activate it, match it with two or more Candies of the same color. The result of this combination is quite powerful. The Wrapped Candy will explode (twice), clearing all Candies in its blast radius, which is nine square miles.

3. If there isn’t much movement on the game board, make matches at the bottom of the board. It will cause cascades and help you beat those tricky levels.

4. When you encounter levels involving the creamy Frosting Blocker, it helps to activate line blasts or double line blasts with the Special Candy combinations to clear the board.

5. Keep an eye on the Chocolate because it can easily grow out of control. This is where those Special Candies can come in handy.

Each week in Candy Crush Saga, players set forth to complete four mini-challenges, emulating the four King-sized challenges contestants face on the TV Show. As players complete each mini-challenge, they can claim a prize. If players complete all four challenges, they’ll receive a treasure chest full of rewards. (Here are older screen shots that show what it's like to advance in the game.)

Mario Lopez shared his thoughts with BuzzFeed Community regarding CBS's mobile-turned-TV approach. "Candy Crush is the first mobile app to be turned into a TV show, a fun element about it is that you can play along at home and get points. It’s innovative and family friendly," says the 43-year-old actor.

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Mario Lopez transforms into the familiar "A.C. Slater" character from Saved By The Bell.

Here's a winning team showing off their skills in the CBS live-game version of Candy Crush.

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So just how popular is the mobile game? In fall 2015, Candy Crush British developer, King Digital, got acquired by U.S. game-maker Activision Blizzard for $5.9 billion. That's more than what Disney paid for Lucasfilm ($4 billion) in 2012.

Here's what leveling up can feel like.

⚠️🍭 Warning: @MarioLopezExtra might steal your girl ⚠️🍭 #LevelUp

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