How to Play Pepper Panic Saga
How to Play Pepper Panic Saga – How Peppers Work in the Game
If you want to know how to play Pepper Panic Saga well you are going to have understand how the game’s pieces work. Pepper Panic Saga is a match-3 game that uses brightly colored peppers as its pieces. The object of a match-3 game is to match 3 or more pieces of the same color in an effort to complete levels which have predetermined goals. If you’ve played other King games, both Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga are examples of match-3 games.
If you have played those other games you might think you know what Pepper Panic Saga is all about. While it is similar in the fact that it is a match-3 game, you’ll quickly realize that peppers don’t work exactly the same as candies do in Candy Crush. The object with peppers is to combine them together to make them grow. Matching 3 or more peppers of the same color with cause the peppers to combine into one which will be one size larger. If you grow the peppers to their full size they explode, and this is where the fun begins in Pepper Panic Saga. Peppers do things that candies and cropsies never dreamed of.
How to Play Pepper Panic Saga – What Different Peppers Look Like
If you are new to Pepper Panic things might seem a little confusing at first. As mentioned the object of the game is to match and grow peppers of the same color. The peppers come in 6 colors and can be grown from their small size (stage 1) all the way up until they are ready to explode (stage 5). If you look at the following screenshots you will see that the peppers have the same number of dots on them as their stage size.
Stage 2 – blue pepper
How to Play Pepper Panic Saga – How to Match Peppers
If you want to grow your peppers you are going to have to match them. Matches in Pepper Panic Saga can be made by combining 3 or more peppers of the same color. Peppers can be matched horizontally or vertically by moving them together in the direction of the arrows in the following screenshots:
In the case of a horizontal match the three peppers will combine to create the larger pepper in the spot where you moved the third pepper to. In the case of a vertical match the grown pepper will drop to where the bottom pepper was due to the gravity that is on the pepper panic board. The example below shows the grown pepper placement after the 3 pepper match:
How to Play Pepper Panic Saga – 4 Pepper Matches
When you combine more than 3 peppers together at a time interesting things start to happen. When you combine 4 peppers of the same color together like in the screenshot below the match grows the peppers faster and sends out a shockwave across that row. Shockwaves that come from 4 pepper matches grow all the peppers in their path to their next size. To learn more about how to make shockwaves and how they work read our article about them by clicking here.
How to Play Pepper Panic Saga – 5 Pepper Matches
5 pepper matches are the most exciting matches in Pepper Panic and produce the best results. 5 pepper matches come in two categories that is based on their shape and both types do different things:
- Five pepper match in a straight line
- Five pepper match in a “T” or “L” shape
A 5 pepper match in a straight line creates a shockwave, and it grows all the peppers of the same color on the board by one size. These matches are great to clear out space on the board and help to grow peppers quickly in order to start pepper panics. These matches are rare and can be made by moving peppers together both horizontally or vertically like in the screenshot below:
5 pepper matches in “T” and “L” shapes also create shockwaves which go in both directions from the shape. These shockwaves also grow all the peppers in their paths. If you don’t understand exactly what I mean when I say “T” or “L” shape look at the following screenshots. You will see that the 5 peppers are matched in a way that makes those shapes.
How to Know if your Match will Create an Explosion
As mentioned you can tell what stage a pepper is by counting its spots, but what does that mean as far as explosions are concerned? There is a simple rule of thumb you can use to know if a match will result in an explosion after you count the spots. If the number of combined spots is 7 or more the match will cause an explosion. This can be helpful i situations where you need an explosion, or in places where you are trying to avoid them. Check out the screenshot below to see two examples of how this works. The first example won’t create an explosion, but the second match will.
How to Play Pepper Panic Saga – How to Start a Pepper Panic
The thing that makes this game the most fun is the thing that gave it its name – Pepper Panics. We’ve talked about growing peppers to their full size in order to get them to explode. Each time a pepper explodes it grows all the other peppers of that color on the board by one stage size. Once you get a lot of large peppers on the board you can create a “chain reaction” where peppers start to explode one after the other. If you can manage to get 10 peppers to explode in a row a Pepper Panic will start and clear all the peppers from the board.
So let’s say you have been growing a lot of orange peppers and now have a bunch of stage 5 orange peppers sitting on your board. Each of these orange peppers are ready to explode. If you explode one of them it will cause all of them to grow and start to explode as well. Each time one of those peppers explode all the other peppers of that color will grow by one stage and before you know it there will be peppers exploding all over the place.
It really is a fun feature and there is a little more to it, but since this is an article on basics I will leave it at that. If you want to read more about how to start pepper panics and view a more detailed video explaining them read our follow-up article by clicking here.
How to Play Pepper Panic Saga – Video
Watch the following video to see how the peppers in Pepper Panic Saga work. In this clip you will see how to make the various 3, 4, and 5 pepper matches, how to create shockwaves, and how to start a pepper panic. There is an audio track included to explain the basic ideas of the game and how things work.