Top 5 Idle Clicker Games

Idle clicker/incremental games seem to have become very popular over the last few years. It’s enjoyable for a lot of folks to have the simple concept of clicking = progress, and watching your gold/gems/levels increase as time goes on is extremely satisfying.

So once you’re addicted – what do you play next? (Or perhaps you want your life to be over and want to know where to begin…)

 

5. Cookie Clicker

Cookie Clicker Idle Browser Game

Cost:

Free (Web Browser, Mobile App)

Mini Summary:

Possibly the most famous of clicker games. You have a giant cookie which you click to make more cookies and you buy upgrades to increase the amount of cookies per second which can then be upgraded themselves. You know how it goes. This game is an oldie but a goldie.

Paying attention loot boosts:

Golden Cookies appear randomly with a random amount of cookies or other cookie boosts.

Idle Play:

Your cookie generation continues if you leave the browser open, or continues for a set amount of time when the app is closed on the mobile app version.

Long-term play factor:

You can reset your game for permanent upgrades so in theory you can go on forever.

Visuals:

It’s not the prettiest of games but the UI is fairly self explanatory compared to other games (looking at you, Sandcastle Builder…)

Extra fun:

I enjoy the little quotes at the top of the web browser page. It’s also great/scary to see your grandma army expand.

My enjoyment:

 

4. The Monolith

The Monolith Idle Clicker Game

Cost:

Free (Web Browser, Mobile App)

Mini Summary:

Again, a fairly standard incremental game. You control a civilisation and help them progress through the ages. All praise the monolith! You buy your upgrades to progress through technology as well as increase your army size/specs to attack the Beast.

Paying attention loot boosts:

Random icons give you extra EVO points when clicked on.

Idle Play:

You must leave a tab open in your web browser to continue to get EVO points. I believe you can upgrade your offline production in the mobile app.

Long-term play factor:

You can reset your game for permanent upgrades so in theory you can go on forever.

Visuals:

Pixel graphics but the way you civilisation changes as you go through the ages is great to watch. UI is pretty straightforward and there’s some nice bits of text on the upgrades, I actually cared what I was upgrading for the most part!

Extra fun:

Nothing jumps out for extra fun part, but I do like how some upgrades at an icon to your screen, it’s nice to see the visuals build up.

My enjoyment:

3. AdVenture Capitalist

AdVenture Capitalist Idle Clicking Game

Cost:

Free (Steam, Web Browser)

Mini Summary:

A game that pokes fun at capitalism! Whilst AdVenture Capitalist has the same notions as other idle incremental games (buy more buildings to increase money per second, upgrade buildings to make more…) it has a fun notion that different buildings take a different amount of time to produce coins so, before you automate them, you need to keep an eye on the progress bars on buildings and time your clicks. Of course you do eventually automate everything but it still makes you plan for that big boost of cash that happens in X minutes. You do not benefit from spamming clicks in this game.

Note: Micro-transactions in this game for real $$ but they’re not at all necessary to progress.

Paying attention loot boosts:

Nothing.

Idle Play:

You continue you earn pennies whilst offline.

Long-term play factor:

You can reset your game for permanent upgrades so in theory you can go on forever.

Visuals:

Quirky retro style graphics, everything easy to understand straight away.

Extra fun:

They an event in the game normally every month for that extra incentive to return.

My enjoyment:

2. Plantera

Plantera Clicker Game

Cost:

£1.99 23/4/16 (Steam)

Mini Summary:

Who doesn’t love a good old build-you-own garden game? Plant trees, crops and bushes and buy animals to profit off the produce. You have worker blobs that harvest for you but you can speed things along with, you guessed it, clicking. There are bad animals that appear to steal your items so watch out as you need to scare them off (or have your dog pals do it for you). Plantera has cute graphics and the ability to expand your garden and watch it grow is a lovely addition to a clicker game. It’s unfortunate that there’s not a super amount of content in this game but it’s still completely worth the price.

Paying attention loot boosts:

Random Loot Hero character which grants a nice boost in coinage, very satisfying. One click butterflies too, not overly satisfying.

Idle Play:

Not like usual clickers which carry on, in Plantera you purchase time where your workers keep working offline for you in 1hr increments. I don’t mind this as another aspect of the game but might not be everyone’s cup of tea. You can of course just leave it on in the background instead.

Long-term play factor:

I feel that you hit a point in Plantera where the game loses out on its fun level. You get max levels of trees etc after a few hours of play and whilst expanding and improving your garden is fun, it eventually trails off.

Visuals:

I love the cute graphics in this game, everything is easy to grasp too in terms of UI.

Extra fun:

I love charming music in this game.

My enjoyment:

 

1. Clicker Heroes

Clicker Heroes Steam Game

Cost:

Free (Steam, Web Browser, Mobile App)

Mini Summary:

In Clicker Heroes you click on monsters to a.) get gold and b.) to kill the monster (optional c.) because we are addicted to clicking). When you defeat a certain number of monsters you progress to another level with a different monster. Every 5 levels are bosses. You purchase heroes to help you fight as your main upgrades, and can level these heroes for boosts in DPS or sometimes for special abilities which can increase DPS or gold or do other extra things for X amount of time. There’s a lot to Clicker Heroes compared to normal clicker games, the concept of working through levels is great, and the scenery and mobs change as you progress which is lovely to keep it fresh. There are a lot of heroes and the abilities you get from levelling them are extremely useful and add an extra aspect to encourage you to be online. Relics, quests and clans are just some of the other features which will keep you entertained. Overall the game has a lot going on and will immediately suck you in, 100% addictive.

Note: Micro-transactions in this game for real $$ but they’re not at all necessary to progress.

Paying attention loot boosts:

Random one-click characters for extra pennies and rubies. Satisfying for the rubies. Also occasional multi-click character.

Idle Play:

You carry on getting gold whilst idle and can have automatic level progression on. You do get a lot of gold whilst offline but obviously hit a standstill where your building up loot but making no progress. Quests take a certain amount of time too, anywhere between 5mins  – X days to finish.

Long-term play factor:

You can reset your game for permanent upgrades so in theory you can go on forever. There are a ton of heroes to go through and working through the levels is a great long-term motivator if you’re so inclined. The Quests keep you coming back for more.

Visuals:

Great interface with awesome cartoon characters. Easy to understand.

Extra fun:

I am addicted to the lotto mini-game in this game. Send help.

My enjoyment:

Other mentions of clicker games that got my attention:

Clicking Bad Idle Incremental Game

Clicking Bad (web browser – free) was the first clicker game I played. It’s not anything different to Cookie Clicker in terms of game play but it’s entertaining if you like Breaking Bad…or meth.

 

A Dark Room Incremental Story Game

A Dark Room (web browser – free) – It’s not a clicker game per se but definitely an idle incremental game. I really enjoyed the story text and the adventuring. A nice game to get lost in. Similar to this is Candy Box, but I didn’t enjoy as much. Don’t play if graphics are important to you.

Time Clickers Idle Game

Time Clickers (steam – free) – I played for an hour or so and didn’t find it that different from anything else, but the graphics are nice. You may like it if you like the idea of shooting things.

Idle Web Tycoon Idle Incremental Game

Idle Web Tycoon (web browser – free) – a clicker game where you build a website and profit from the views by increasing the amount of ads and refreshers. Unfortunately RJScanlon spoiled my play of this by pointing out we could spend the time we play on this building a real website that makes cash…killjoy.

 

 

Have we missed any of your favourite idle incremental games? If so let us know what we need to try next!

 

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I mostly play PC games with the occasional mobile game too.

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I like a range of game genres, my favourites being RPGs, sims and visual novels. I mostly play PC games with the occasional mobile game too.

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