YMMV / Cookie Clicker

  • Acceptable Inevitable Targets: Elderly women, portrayed here as stereotypical cookie bakers that get upgrades like better dentures and prune juice, and eventually turn into wrinkly, tyrannical, cosmic Humanoid Abominations that take over the planet, become the embodiment of mass cookie production, and play bingo.
  • Discredited Meme: After its heyday in 2013, interest in the game began to wane rapidly. The total absence of updates from October 2014 to December 2015 didn't help matters.
  • Fridge Logic: overlaps with Fridge Brilliance and Fridge Horror - Players who develop enough cookies-per-second are informed that their universe is now made of cookies. Portal Devices import cookies from alternate-universe-Cookieverses, and Alternate Grandmas have a resemblance to Grandmapocalypse Grandmas. Clearly someone is importing their cookies and grannies from other players.
    • Additionally, historians deem cookies produced from time machines to be "unfit for human consumption". These cookies are explicitly being taken from the past, so they might very well be the cookies you were making at the very start, long before you ever started bending natural law to your whims.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The game has become stupidly popular in Japan, with the CookieClicker and Cookie Clicker (katakana) tags on Pixiv having sizable numbers of results. Someone has even come up with a Grandma figure and a fan video / theme song. There's also been a Cookie Clicker-only doujinshi event. While not quite to the same extreme, the game is also much more popular in the United States than Orteil's home country, France.
  • Good Bad Bugs: It has been reported that if one clicks very fast or the browser lags, it is possible to register multiple bonuses from a single Golden Cookie in succession. It is also possible to occasionally get two reindeer at the same time. Only one crosses the screen, but two are counted.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2010, SMBC Theater segment "MMO" focused on a highly addictive game revolving only around clicking a button over and over again spreading across the world as an epidemic. Orteil has noticed.
  • It Was His Sled / Late-Arrival Spoiler: The Grandmapocalypse is hardly shocking anymore, especially since it was long under way by the time it reached most of its audience.
  • Junk Rare: "egg."
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Moist cookies."
    • That creepily funny face the grandma makes is also memetic in its own right.
  • Nightmare Fuel: You thought this was a simple "make a number go up" game? Guess again.
  • That One Achievement:
    • The Speed Baking III achievement, which require you to get to 1 million cookies within 15 minutes of starting a new game, without using any Heavenly Chip multiplier. Doing so relies on getting the right combination of Gold Cookies and having two Golden Cookies both show up in the shortest possible interval.
    • Version 1.0418: Dr. T, requiring the purchase of 400 cursors. Going for this requires spending over 100 septillion (10^26) cookies just on cursors. Even with upgrades across the board that could over quadruple production once unlocked, the sheer number required is staggering.
    • As of the Easter update there is now an achievement for resetting with one octillion cookies baked, outstripping even Dr. T by a factor of about 10. Worse yet, there's even one for resetting with one nonillion, but that's a shadow achievement.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Some preferred the Stylistic Suck of the original cookie clicker and feel the new version lacks some charm.
  • Ugly Cute: Crumb, one of the girl scouts who was horribly scarred in a baking accident.
    • The Christmas update gave the Wrinklers little Santa hats and added white stripes to their design, somewhat counteracting their usual Nightmare Fuel-esque appearance