Created By: billybobfred on April 6, 2012 Last Edited By: billybobfred on July 30, 2012

Idle Game

Win by leaving the game running

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(We have to have this one already, right?? There's no way we really missed it.)
Idle Game is a genre of game defined by its gameplay, the primary feature of which is "the easiest way to win is to leave the game running by itself for long periods of time". This is not necessarily the only way to win. Some Idle Games allow and even reward active participation, but if you "win" an Idle Game, whether there's an actual end or you just got a High Score, most of your "effort" was in the form of letting it run while you were asleep, at work, or otherwise not involved.

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Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • April 6, 2012
    elwoz
    Don't Shoot the Puppy: exaggerated -- the only way to win is to not touch the computer at all.
  • April 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
  • April 8, 2012
    Koveras
    ^^ Actually, you have to start the round 15 before the ghost puppy arrives, so you can't just wait through all of it.
  • April 8, 2012
    elwoz
    ^ I may have lost interest before getting that far. It has an end?
  • April 9, 2012
    billybobfred
    ^^^ I think you're majorly misunderstanding either what this YKTTW is or what a subtrope is. ... Probably not the latter.

    Idle Game is a genre of game defined by its gameplay, the primary feature of which is "the easiest way to win is to leave the game running by itself for long periods of time".
  • April 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    And the way to win those particular portions of games covered by my suggested subtropes are to leave the game running for a period of time shorter than a "long period." But whatever, if you don't think they fit then they don't fit.
  • April 10, 2012
    Stratadrake
    This sounds Too Specific; if it's only one element of a larger game, that's vanilla Waiting Puzzle.
  • April 10, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    A few minigames in the Mario Party series can be won by doing nothing at all, though this usually involves either the laughably incompetent computer players, is exceedingly unlikely to happen, or both. Here is a collection from Mario Party 2.
  • April 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^Which is why it'd be a subtrope of this.
  • April 11, 2012
    billybobfred
    Waiting Puzzle is not a subtrope of Idle Game, because every Waiting Puzzle is not necessarily an Idle Game.

    ^^^ Yes, that's true. If it's only one element of a larger game, though, it's not an Idle Game.
  • April 13, 2012
    ScanVisor
    Metal Gear Solid 3 is pretty much always running, even when the game is off. If you're fighting The End, and you either don't play the game for about a month (or just set your clock ahead a month), the guy will be dead when you turn the game back on. Your food will also be rotten.
  • July 30, 2012
    billybobfred
    Did someone launch this? Despite the complete lack of hats, even from the sponsor?

    And then not even do it right?
  • July 30, 2012
    henke37
    Idle RPG - Best game you never played There is also a table adventure.
  • July 30, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Several mods for Doom2 have large arenas filled with huge numbers of demons; often the best strategy is to stir up as many demons as possible, and then find a place to hide for several minutes while the demons engage in fratricide.

  • July 30, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • Fable 3: The best way to win the good route of the game is to buy up all the real estate you can and then just leave the game on overnight.
  • July 30, 2012
    Rognik
    I think Virtual Villagers has elements of this. The game keeps running in the background, but if your villagers run out of food, they will all die. A mix between this and interfering is what will ultimately achieve the primary goals.
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