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App Chat: Which non-Candy Crush games you should be playing

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Now it's time for App Chat, a new segment where regular contributors come on to give you their app recommendations.

Today we're talking games, specifically, alternatives to one of the highest grossing mobile games of all time, Candy Crush. It has over 45 million monthly active users and is currently the highest grossing app on iTunes. But maybe you don't want to be one of the crushing masses. 

Joining me now is Devindra Hardawar, national editor for Venture Beat.

What is Candy Crush Saga?

It's what we call a "Match 3" game. It's a game where you line up three similar candy-shaped objects, and once you do that, they clear out. It's similar to Bejeweled, a really popular game from a while back.

The actual game mechanic is so simple that it's really easy to pick up; you can learn to play it in 30 seconds. It gets to be kind of complicated pretty quickly, but it's also pretty rewarding. It's a good dopamine hit because as you make these matches, there are all sorts of sounds, there are lights going off and it feels good. It feels like you're actually accomplishing something, which is the key for a lot of these social and mobile games. -- Devindra Hardawar

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a game where you basically help Homer and Lisa rebuild Springfield. It's a lot of fun because you can set tasks, you can have them do things, sort of like The Sims, then close the app and walk away for a couple hours. When you come back, things have actually happened. It's a great game that sets itself up for the mobile experience. -- Devindra Hardawar

Puzzle and Dragons/Clash of Clans

They're games that are popular all over the world. Those are interesting because they make a lot of money. The weird thing about mobile games is that these games come in waves. A popular title can't stay up there for too long, but Puzzle and Dragons, it's basically a role-playing game that's also puzzle based. That one and Clash of Clans, they've managed to stay on the leader boards, in terms of revenue, for several months, which is pretty phenomenal. -- Devindra Hardawar

Punch Quest

This is a game that came out last year for iOS, and it just recently hit android. It's one of those games where you're always running and have to survive for as long as you can, but it's a lot of fun because it reminds me of those 2D brawler games where you're punching things and everything is bright-base. It's a lot of fun, and I think it's a lot more interesting than Candy Crush. -- Devindra Hardawar