Discovering the World of Idle Games: From Progress Quest to Cookie Clicker -

Discovering the World of Idle Games: From Progress Quest to Cookie Clicker

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Idle Games, Clicker Games, or Incremental Games: Where did this reasonably new genre come from, what are the biggest names in the industry, and why are they so popular?

Every few years a new genre of game appears, usually a refinement of some indie game. There’s a natural curve to these things, as the popular game becomes more popular and competitors begin to produce products that iterate and improve on the original.

One of the most popular genres in recent history is also one that tends to be controversial. Idle Games, Incremental Games, ‘Clickers.’ These titles are often dismissed immediately because they are too casual, too automated, not game-enough, and yet statistically speaking you’ve not only played one of these games, but you’ve actually got one installed on your phone or PC right now.

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0:00 The Genre You Don’t Play . History of Idle Games

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History of Idle Games



  1. Oh I miss the old Kongregate so much, anti idle was amazing, TICB was my chatroom; rip

  2. Feeling bad for afking while I study, runescape and so on

  3. NGU is better than most non-idle games. It’s like progress incarnate. So addicting it’s almost criminal.

  4. Wait! Not a single word about "idlerpg" game on IRC released 7/16/2003? It was very famous and probably the first big idle game, multiplayer as well, played by thousands at the same time. This game was serious business on all IRC networks and it still played today. There are multiple other games based on this source as well.

  5. Not to sound like "toe" (orteil) but cookie clicker is not just a "not game game" but a: achievement speedrun, speedrun.

  6. If someone plays Minecraft focusing on making automatic farms and not building or exploring but only making automatic farms, is Minecraft a idle game to that person with that play style?

  7. Is it weird that i want to play idlegame again after watching this video?

  8. No mention of Runescape? Literally the most addictive clicker ever

  9. A historia dos clickers anonimos, viva ao nosso líder felps

  10. “𝖶𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗄𝗅𝖾𝗋𝗌 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝖾𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝖼𝗈𝗈𝗄𝗂𝖾𝗌…"

  11. If you guys are interested in clicker games (but in 3D) play any roblox game with “Simulator” in the title. Basically a 3D clicker game

  12. I spent half a year to beat cookie clicker in school. Barely played but I checked in and upgrade the stuff once/twice a week.

  13. I very much understand and appreciate what you're saying here. My only disagreement is on when you say "You aren't a player, you're a resource – they give you the gems and you press the lever."

    Couldn't literally any business interaction ever be reduced in such a way? You're not a person to the company, you're a resource who buys their product and gives them money. That's simply how business works. It doesn't mean the product being given is necessarily low effort or unfair or predatory, but many idle games are these things anyway.

  14. Me:spams auto clicker
    Clicker games: am i a joke to you

  15. It was fun passing time with Cookie Clicker and Clicker Heroes back in the day. I've since moved on from those days, back into rhythm games, where I came from.

  16. I'd say Roblox's "XXXXX Tycoon" scene was my first experiences with what I would argue as idle games back in 2011-2012 ish.

  17. ngl i might be nostalgic/bias here but i am pretty sure clicker heroes was/is way more important to the clicker type of games than u made it be

  18. Realm grinder is quite the idle game, it takes quite a lot of time tho.

  19. Wow that was such a good video! Really glad I found your chanel

  20. When I was younger, “A Dark Room” was one of my absolute favorite games to play on my phone (it helped that it didn’t take data and I was often unable to connect to the internet). I loved seeing the story unfold through small hints in dialogue and interactions, the endings were interesting, and i liked to listen to the commentary. The prequel was super hard tho, never even got close to beating that 😛

  21. I'm grinding by auto battling in Digimon right now.

  22. It fascinates me that you talk about enframing. I actually created a "clicker" style game for a thesis I presented on Video Game Satire, Ian Bogost's work was the biggest influence for me in exploring that topic

  23. That's one high quality video, I am impressed!

  24. Very nice channel bro keep up the great work also I subbed and hit the bell so I dont miss out on any more videos definitely gonna support a great channel in growing

  25. I don't play these kinds of games, but Cow Clicker had me wanting to try one and then I found out the cows are gone and the genre is another untouched thing for me 🤣

  26. I don't have a compulsive problem with reddit. You do

  27. Omg how did he know I have a game like that

  28. Need to check out “Melvor Idle” it’s the next step into the evolution of idle games and is incredibly interesting

  29. what is the name of the game at 54 seconds i remember playing it when i was younger

  30. You know you're addicted if you have 5 idle games open at once.

  31. Got led to this video from my post on Reddit trying to find the oldest Idle game out there. It's roots are actually further back than it's made out to be.
    At around 1982, a game for the Commodore VIC-20 was released called Ganymede. It was a simple text based management game with the simplicity of early Candy Box. Currently, someone's making the game in JS using some found source code from a book from the time the game was made. We only have a screenshot and a broken ROM, but once the revised game comes out, you should leave a comment talking about how it fits in with the video.

    Also, I'm a little disappointed you focused a lot on the mobile market where there are tons of PC games that are much better. There's Antimatter Dimensions, Ordinal Markup, Prestige Tree and many others. Rarely do many of the "Good" Idle games have gem type systems.

  32. Our brains are turning to goo, from this sort of stuff.

  33. Where is king of incrementals – Realm Grinder?

  34. Ever heard of "SPACEPLAN"?
    It's a clicker game. Like you stated, it "unfolds" to be bigger than it originally was.
    Honestly, probably the best clicker game I ever played.
    …I've also spent way too much fucking time on stuff like "Adventure Capitalist/Communist" type games, lol.

  35. Neato! Also where's ma cookie.

  36. This explains a lot thank you for this video!

  37. I liked Universal Paperclips. It has an end goal so the temptation to play forever is easy to overcome.

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