Incremental games, or idle games, or simply clicker games, have seen a rise in popularity over the last couple years. Here we take a look at some of the more interesting ones.
If you haven’t played any other game on this list, you’ve probably played Cookie Clicker. And if you have played Cookie Clicker, you know what to expect from here on out. Cookie Clicker gained popularity in 2013 and in its wake followed a plethora of imitations. Cookie Clicker is simple, you bake cookies by clicking on a cookie and… buying more cursors to click on your cookie.
You can play Cookie Clicker at http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/.
This one has been around for a little while now. In Cow Clicker, Ian Bogost parodies the monetization of gaming. The game was originally created in response to the rise of Zynga circa 2010. After going viral in September of that year, the game earned a following and Bogost continued giving it updates.
Checkout Cow Clicker on Facebook.
Candy Box and Candy Box 2 are a pair of games that came out a few months before and after Cookie Clicker in 2013. Over time you’ll accumulate candies, which can be used to buy weapons, quests, and game features.
Candy Box: http://candies.aniwey.net/
and Candy Box 2: http://candybox2.net/
Progress Quest takes the concept of an idle game to logical absurdity. Firing and forgetting since 2002, this may have started it all.
Begin your quest now at progressquest.com.
Come and stoke the fire in A Dark Room. This little sapling of a web game blooms into a beautiful flower with the right care. Once I started, I couldn’t get enough. Exploring for yourself is the best way to experience A Dark Room, so I’ll leave it at that.
Play A Dark Room at http://adarkroom.doublespeakgames.com/
If you’ve got any questions after playing A Dark Room, you may want to check out it’s prequel The Ensign on iOS.
When we don’t understand something, we get scientists involved. Understanding the popularity of clicker games is no exception, and the folks at CERN are on the case. Particle Clicker was developed by a group of grad students over a weekend at CERN Webfest.
Pay grad students in beer at http://particle-clicker.web.cern.ch/particle-clicker/.
Finally we get to the real stuff, the stuff that takes over offices for days while managers not in-the-know wonder why productivity has slowed to a halt. Clicker Heroes has combined RPG mechanics, adorable monsters, and fountains of gold to create one of the most addictive incremental games out there.
Play it before IT blocks the site at clickerheroes.com.