The live-action Candy Crush game show debuts Sunday at 9PM Eastern on CBS. Along with guiding show contestants through the live-action casual puzzle game on the show, host Mario Lopez will also be appearing in each of the three Candy Crush Saga games for weekly TV tie-in events.  

Yeah, it’s Candy Crush Saga, one of the most infamous time-sinks in mobile gaming history. It’s also a pioneer, tying together mobile games and television shows in a way that’s never quite been done before. Cartoon Lopez will appear in special weekly events across the Candy Crush game portfolio, hosting special events with virtual prizes. Here’s the break down:

  • Candy Crush Saga: Each week, players will be set four mini-challenges to complete, imitating the four King-sized challenges contestants will face in the TV Show e.g. collect 60 red candies. 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.
  • Candy Crush Soda Saga: Each week, players choose between four teams – these will feature the show’s contestants from that week. Each team is then set a target e.g. to collect as many green candies as possible. Players continue with the game as normal, while an in-game tracker keeps track of how they’re doing. The winning team can then pick between a range of different prizes.
  • Candy Crush Jelly Saga: In a set amount of time, players will be faced with a single challenge; collect as many cupcakes as you can! If players reach the goal within the time limit, they are rewarded with a gift.

What an interesting way to tie together the games and the television show. And have you seen the show trailer? This is going to be some interesting television.