Using ChatGPT to make an Idle Clicker Game – Let’s Make
Cookie Clicker was first released back in 2013 and I started playing around 2015. Soon after release, the creator made a website: Idle Game Maker, which turned the cookie clicker code into an engine and allowed users to make their own idle game. It’s really intuitive and easy to use; and you can host your game for free using their website.
Whilst messing around with that engine recently; I realised a lot is hidden away from the user. Being an engine programmer, I wanted to know more about how clicker games actually function but I have next to no knowledge of web development; enter ChatGPT.
The above video is me sitting down with Chat and trying to get it to create the bare bones of an idle clicker with as little coding from me as possible and I’m amazed at the results. I filmed for 50 minutes and by the end of that I had a clicker game with 2 buildings and a lucky button that appears randomly. I edited about 3 lines of code in total but used ChatGPT to generate everything for me. Even asking it to move CSS elements to different places.
I don’t think I would continue trying to get it to create the entire game as that would get a bit tedious; but now I’ve got the bare bones, I’ve got a solid starting point to tinker with. I would probably start making it look prettier first before adding anything else.
You can find all the code generated from this video over at my github: