Match at least three peppers of the same color to make them grow. When a pepper begins to sizzle, it will explode the next time it is part of a match. When this happens, the exploding pepper sends out shockwaves that makes peppers that are the same color grow larger. When ten or more sizzling peppers explode in a chain reaction, it starts a Pepper Panic, which results in extra points and are useful to complete levels.
Match four peppers to clear a row or column, depending on its orientation. Match five peppers to cause peppers of the same color to grow by one stage. Match an L-shape or cross-shape will clear the row and the column.
You have a limited number of moves in each level. You can send moves to friends who are also playing, and they can send moves to you. You can also purchase five more moves using gold bars. You will lose a life if you fail a level and do not spend gold bars to continue. Lives will slowly refill over time.
Mr. Claws steals peppers with his mechanical hand on a certain row when you make a move. If a Pepper Panic is started, Mr. Claws will become temporarily stunned.
Concentrate on growing only two or three colors. By doing this, an exploding pepper will work towards a Pepper Panic faster.