Candy Crush addicts reveal they play for 12 hours a day and hide game from their wife to get their fix

IT’S the sugary fix with a staggering 270million players hooked.

But while Candy Crush has made its owners rich, the three-in-a-row matching game is blighting the lives of users who cannot put it down.

One player spent £2,005 in a day on Candy Crush’s in-game currency

Some 9.2million players use it three or more hours A DAY – with 432,000 people clocking up more than six hours.

Alex Dale, a boss at the game’s developer King, this week told MPs there is not an addiction problem – despite one player spending £2,050 in a day on game currency.

These four players beg to differ and tell Lynsey Hope about their Candy cravings . . .

‘I got addicted as I recovered from op’

SHENICE Binding, 21, from Taunton, Somerset, started playing while recovering from an op and now plays 12 hours a day.

She says: “My partner Chloe, 20, has been playing Candy Crush for years and years, but it’s not something I had ever been interested in. I always thought I’d be the one person who couldn’t get addicted. I was wrong.

Shenice Binding got hooked on Candy Crush while recovering from an operation
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Shenice says she plays Candy Crush for up to 12 hours a day while she’s recovering from an operation
Wayne Perry – The Sun

“Last month I had an operation and spent a week in hospital with not much to do. I started playing the game on her iPad — and now I can’t stop. I’ve been at home recovering and play for 12 hours every day.

“It’s incredibly addictive and I struggle to concentrate on anything else.

“It’s annoying when you run out of lives. This week I’ve spent £9 paying for new ones. It all adds up.

“My partner is addicted too. Sometimes we sit having dinner and we’re both playing instead of chatting. Or we play together until 2am. She does get annoyed sometimes, though, as it’s made me very lazy. I can never be bothered to finish household chores.

“I never bother doing any cleaning and I let the washing-up build up.

“It’s definitely caused a few rows.”

‘It must be better for the brain than watching TV’

MARIA Sinkins, 43, lives in Rainham, Essex, with her husband Lee, 43, a contracts manager for a painting firm. Mum-of-one Maria works in retail.

She says: “I enjoy playing Candy Crush and I reckon I spend a couple of hours a day solving the puzzles. I love that I’m at the top of my leaderboard against all of my Facebook friends.

Maria Sinkins believes Candy Crush keeps her mind active
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“It’s quite a challenge to make sure I’m always at the top, but I think it keeps my mind active. It must be better for the brain than watching telly.

“Sometimes I find it quite a relaxing way to sit and while away a bit of time if there’s not much else going on. When I play I use up all my lives, then I sit and wait for them to build up again. It takes half an hour for each life to build back up. Some of my friends send me lives so I can keep playing.

“My husband used to moan when I was playing on the laptop, I’d be on it all the time. But since I’ve been able to play on my phone he doesn’t complain as much. I just tell him I’m messaging my friends or looking on Facebook and he doesn’t complain. I guess it’s not so much in his face as it was.

“I try not to do it during mealtimes as I’ve often burnt dinner while I’m playing the game. It’s so easy to get distracted. I always have a go during the adverts of a programme. Sometimes I get so engrossed I don’t realise that what I was watching has come back on and I miss most of it.

“Right now I don’t see the game as a problem and I haven’t been tempted by any of the newer versions. I only play the original.

“It’s something I love doing and it doesn’t affect anyone else, so what’s the harm?”

‘I hide under bed covers to play in the night’

MICHAEL Clarke, 50, from Luton, works in internet security. His addiction to Candy Crush drives wife Amanda, 49, mad.

Michael says: “I’m self-employed and my brain is on the go all the time at work.

Michael Clarke secretly plays the game under the covers while in bed with his wife
Andrew Styczynski – The Sun

Michael Clarke secretly plays the game under the covers while in bed with his wife[/caption]

“When I have downtime I just want to do something mind-numbing, and that is what Candy Crush is. It’s a bit of escapism and allows me to forget everything.

“It’s definitely an addiction — I play for around four hours a day.

“It drives my wife mad. We’ll get into bed and I’ll play. I’ll still be playing when she falls asleep. If she wakes up at two in the morning and I wake up, I’ll be straight on my phone playing again. I hide under the covers so she doesn’t see, but she gets cross if she realises what I’m doing.

“We holiday several times a year and even then I play Candy Crush. I play it sat around the pool, on the beach, in the hotel. I could have the best view in the world but I’ll spend the whole time on my phone.

“I remember coming out of a cruise cabin in Dubai but I wasn’t looking at the amazing scenery around us. I was obsessed with ­getting to level 47.

“I first got into it in 2012, but since then different variations of the game have come out. Friends Saga is the new one that started in January. I play all of them.

“I juggle them and when I run out of lives on one, I move on to the next. Before there were different variations I probably spent £600 on new lives. When I’m travelling, I used to make the most of the time differences to try to get more lives.

“Everyone knows I love playing. I was even given a Candy Crush birthday cake last year. I’d say I’m obsessed with the game. I’m not even able to watch telly any more. I listen to it, but I don’t watch it. All I do is play the game.”

‘I’d play the game for hours every day’

JO Guile, 50, a nurse from Bournemouth, plays for three to four hours a day.

She says: “I’ve been playing Candy Crush since it first came out in 2012.

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Jo Guile plays Candy Crush on her phone and Mac and says it’s ‘incredibly addictive’[/caption]

“I’d be on it for hours every day and my addiction got so bad at one stage that I had to delete it from my phone.

“I’m a nurse and whenever I had a coffee break I’d sneak to my phone and try to finish the next level. I knew it was becoming a problem and I had to stop.

“When I was at university, I very nearly missed a deadline for a big assignment. If I’d missed it I would have had to repeat the whole year! Luckily, I managed to submit the piece with a few hours to spare.

“It’s back on my phone again now though and whenever I’m not on shift, it’s all I do.

“I’m not interested in watching telly or browsing social media. For me it’s all about Candy Crush.

“Sometimes I play on my phone, sometimes on my Mac. It’s incredibly addictive. There are so many levels that you can never get bored of it.

“My partner Richard doesn’t get annoyed. He plays it too, though I’m much better at it than him. I guess I’m quite competitive.

“At the moment I don’t see my playing as a problem. It’s just a bit of escapism and it keeps my mind active.

“I don’t see it as any different from sitting down to watch a soap or read a magazine.

“I enjoy doing it and I can’t wait to get to the next level!”


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Candy Crush addicts reveal they play for 12 hours a day and hide game from their wife to get their fix