Simon’s Cat Crunch Time – Tips and Strategies to Get More Treats for Your Kitties

Simon’s Cat Crunch Time – Tips and Strategies to Get More Treats for Your Kitties

Strawdog Studios' Simon’s Cat Crunch Time is made for lazy Sunday afternoons. Amazing artwork, lovely kitty animation, adorable cats and a simple, yet addicting gameplay will go very well with casual gamers, especially those who like relaxing puzzle games. Your goal is to feed your kitties by linking three or more treats of the same color. And because you will be connecting food items instead of swapping them, there will be no fixed matching pattern required in this game. There’s only one requirement – treats should be "linkable", i.e. placed in a way that you can drag your finger to connect them. This unique link-to-match feature will definitely appeal to match-3 puzzle fans.

Check out our gameplay video below to know how to play Crunch Time:

When matching colorful food items, focus on a cat’s food needs. Kitties on the top of the game board will have a speech bubble above them. Each speech bubble will show what type of food a kitty wants. So if a cat wants a heart-shaped item, then you will have to connect all heart-shaped treats to feed her. Along with feeding the right food type, you will also have to collect a certain number of items to fully satisfy a kitty’s hunger. Once all foods are collected, the cute little animated cat gorges on food, which is probably the most gratifying sight on Earth.

If you have just started playing Simon’s Cat: Crunch Time, then these quick tips and strategies will help you feed all kitties. You will also learn how to make the most of special treats to collect food items faster.

1. Keep Calm and Match Treats

Feeding cats is super easy. You just have to create a chain of items by dragging your finger over cat food. However, as you progress, levels will throw various challenges towards you.

Simon's Cat Crunch Time

Game board layouts will be designed in such a way that it will force you to jog your brain cells before creating a chain of treats. Thankfully, there are no timers, so you can take your time hunting for a bigger chain for your hungry kitties. Patience is the key to complete all puzzles, so think before creating a chain.

2. How to Make Special Treats

Special treats will help you clear more number of objects on the game board. To make a special item appear on the game board, you will have to create a long chain. You will have to link at least 6 treats of the same color to create a line blaster. The longer the chain, the more number of special treats you can create all at once. So if you link 10 or 11 items of the same color, you will be able to create two line blasters.

In Simon’s Cat Crunch Time, there’s only one type of special treat – line blaster. You can create a horizontal and a vertical line blaster. When a special treat line blaster is linked with two or more common treats of the same color, it clears a row or column of items depending on the line drawn on it. A horizontal line on a special treat suggests that it will clear a row of objects, whereas a vertical line indicates that it will clear a column of objects.

3. Match a Special Treat Carefully

Yes that’s right. A special treat can help you collect the much-needed food type for your kitty. Simple speaking, you can take advantage of it to collect those foods that you need. Here how you can do this:
Once a special treat is created, you can activate it by linking it with two or more common treats of the same color. When you drag your finger to link them, keep in mind that a special treat clears the last line you touch.

Example: There’s a special treat on row 3, another on row 4 and the last one on row 5 and all three of them can be linked diagonally. When you drag your finger from row 3 to row 5, the fifth row will be cleared as the last treat was placed on the fifth row. If you want to clear row three (which may have more number of treats for one of your cats), just link all three, but you will need to drag your finger from row five to row three.
Along with the placement of the last treat, check the line drawn on your special treat and then make your move. The line suggests whether your special treat will clear a row or column (explained in Tip No. 2)

4. Don’t Run Out of Moves: Look for a Long Chain of Treats

While there are no time limits, there certainly is a move limit. You will have to feed all cats before running out of moves. The move counter is displayed at the upper-left corner of the screen. If you want to finish a level with a few moves still remaining, then the best way to do this is create a long chain or treats. So if cat no. 1 wants 8 fish-shaped food, then try to create a long chain of at least 4-5 fish treats in one move. This way, you can feed him in two moves. Also focus more on creating special treats as they will help you clear an entire row or column in one move. Remember: The longer the chain, the faster you can finish a level before the move counter hits zero.

5. How to get Rid of Rodents

To get rid of rodent(s), just remove all burrows as soon as possible. You will have to match treats close to burrows to remove them. You will have to do this before running out of moves, so aim to create longer chains.

A rodent scuttles from one burrow to another. When he peeks from a burrow, just match treats that are near the rodent to stun him. He won’t move for one turn. This way you can constrict his movement while removing all burrows one by one. You will defeat him once you get rid of the last burrow.

6. Complete Achievements to Get Gold

Gold coins are premium currency. You can buy boosters using gold. You will have to spend real money to buy gold, but there’s one free way to get them. All you have to do is complete achievements. Tap the trophy icon on the bottom of your home screen to see a list of achievements, which range from finishing a certain boss level to reaching a score target.

Number of gold coins can be seen just beside each achievement. Just complete an achievement and tap the claim button to collect gold.

7. Send and Receive Lives from Friends

Have you run out of lives and want them right now? Well, I can understand your impatience given that this game is so addicting. What you can do is connect to Facebook. Chances are that your Facebook buddies are playing this game. You can request lives from them via the app or send them to your friends if they run out of lives. There’s another advantage of connecting your game to this social networking site: You get 5 bonus lives. Just tap the envelope icon and connect to Facebook to get lives for free.

32 thoughts on “Simon’s Cat Crunch Time – Tips and Strategies to Get More Treats for Your Kitties

    • You can easily get the first star but not the subsequent stars because the blue bar from the first star needs to be connected to the second star and once it connects, the second stars slowly fills ups when you match treats. You will collect the second star when it fills up fully.

      Noticed the three empty stars on the upper-left corner of the screen? The first star fills up bit by bit when you match treats. To fill the first star faster, you will have to create long chains, make more special treats and link two special treats with others to clear several objects at once.

      Once you get the first star, you will have to make sure the blue bar reaches the second star faster. The only way to do this is to create long chains and use special treats to clear more objects from the game board. Now when the blue bar links to the second star, you must keep clearing more number of treats using special treats or create long chains to fill up the second star and when it fully fills up, you get another star.

      The stars you collect are by points, but since there are limited a number of moves plus the blue bar (which has to be connect to the next star and only then you will be able to fill it by matching treats), it becomes difficult to reach the second star and collect it.

      Here’s a trick to know how many points you will need to get to the next star. Replay a previous level in which you got one star. Tap the level on your map. It says you will need to reach a score target to get the next star. For example, on Level 9, I got only one star. I tapped the level on the map to replay it and it said that I will need to score 15000 to get the next star.

  1. How do you find the free gifts? It says I still have 5 free gifts but none will open when I touch them. The leve indicator says 5, 15, and 30 and I am passed those levels

  2. What’s the strategy with the fox and treat jars? I would create long chains and clear colors only to have the jars remain unchanged or even seemed replenished at times. It was a hugely frustrating level and I used many precious coins to finish the level. Clearly I’m misunderstanding the object/strategy

    • You will have to connect the treat inside the jar with treats of the same color. The number of treats inside the jar reduces when you connect an “X” number of same-colored treats with it. For example – In the screenshot below, the jar displays “34” orange treats. This reduced to 19 when 15 more orange treats were connected to the orange treat inside it.

  3. Hello,
    I have a very hard time to get rid of the rodent(s). I’ve tried it by hitting them directly but I can’t find the clue that works…….
    Can you give me a hand, please ?

    • Did you figure this out? There are 3 cats on the fence but at higher levels there are one or more waiting on the other side of the fence. So once one of the first three are satisfied it jumps down and a new, hungry cat takes its place.

  4. How do you “beat the Villians?” What is the object? The squirrels throwing acorns… what am I trying to do. I need a hints button 😣

    • Hi for this level the little square at the top shows the treats you need to use to get rid of the squirrel /gardener/ etc. The order of the treats show the value so if it lists yellow, blue , red try to make chains of yellow first. I always find these levels hard. If you can combine some of the special treats together. You have to watch out for them throwing out more acorns, that block your chains. The squirrel will do his angry dance the move before he is about to throw more acorns.

      Hope this helps
      Good luck

  5. I need help with the squirrel and acorn levels. I don’t understand the objective. I assume we need to line up the pieces shown in the box, but how does that work? What about all the acorns? Why is there a box with special treats at the bottom?

    • I’d like to know the answer to your question too Joanna, and I can’t work out why sometimes acorns repopulate, but sometimes they don’t!

      • Hi for this level the little square at the top shows the treats you need to use to get rid of the squirrel /gardener/ etc. The order of the treats show the value so if it lists yellow, blue , red try to make chains of yellow first. I always find these levels hard. If you can combine some of the special treats together. You have to watch out for them throwing out more acorns, that block your chains. The squirrel will do his angry dance the move before he is about to throw more acorns.

        Hope this helps
        Good luck

  6. I am at the level where there are milk bottles and I do not understand how to break them or get them off the board. It might be nice if you put an icon up to tap on for helpful hints for each level. Btw I adore this game. The graphics are incredible and amusing and never boring

    • Hi Gale. If this is early in the game you simply have to get the milk bottle to the bottom. There should be a little arrow pointing down on the bottom row you need to head the bottle towards that. Easiest way is to have it on the second bottom row then use one of the treats that will delete a whole row to delete the bottom row. Hope this helps. This does get more difficult later when some of the rows start to move.

      Good luck

    • The Bee – goes after all the some color/shape kibble and knocks them off the board.
      Paintbrush – changes color of several kibble to allow you to connect longer chains.
      Rainbow Catfood – connect the matching colored kibble to the can and all the kibble around the can changes to that type of kibble (temporarily) so you can add them to your chains. Changed kibble will stay that way. Note that you can cross over between a chained pair of kibble.
      I think you can understand the others.
      Good luck.

  7. I can’t get past the screen where the “wizard” says “the cats are hungry.” I tap the three treats highlighted and nothing advances. Any tips for getting past this part?

  8. Love this game but I don’t understand how the points /scoring works. I have played many boards over and over but just can’t seem to get enough points to earn the third star. Are different colored treats worth different points? Do you score more points after you break the flower pots?

    • You earn a total of 150 points when you match 3 treats of the same color. A single treat carries 50 points. However, when you create a long chain, you get a +20 points increase after every 3 matched treats. Example: If you create a long chain of 9 blue treats, then the first 3 blue treats will carry 50 points each, followed by 70 points each for the subsequent treats and finally 90 points for the last 3 treats.

      To score more points make sure you have several moves remaining at the end of a completed Simon’s Cat level. These remaining moves will be used to make more matches and you will receive bonus points, which will be added to your final score.

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