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1-> "A game which you can play when you idle, and when you don't."²--> -- Official description for ''VideoGame/AntiIdleTheGame''²²An Idle Game (also called "incremental game" or "clicker game") is a genre of game defined by the primary feature of its strategy: leaving 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" one, whether there's an actual end or you just got a [[ScoringPoints High Score]], most of your gameplay was likely in the form of letting it run while you were asleep, at work, or otherwise not involved. Because active play isn't the primary strategy, sometimes the best 'move' is counter-intuitive -- one that provides an immediate benefit to active play doesn't pay off as well in the long run during idle times as another one that has a less-noticeable immediate effect but is more effective during idle play.²²Idle Games usually have a concept of buying upgrades that enhance your ability to gain points (whether active, idle, or both), yielding exponential gains that PinballScoring can't begin to describe. Upgrade units also tend to have [[AbsurdlyHighLevelCap theoretically infinite]] levels, but their increasing cost causes DiminishingReturnsForBalance. More complicated Idle Games tend to have multiple currencies to make the purchasing decisions for upgrades more complex. Some games with these features may downplay the idling gimmick by having mini-games that drive the mechanisms for scoring andor upgrading, or just by having so many complicated upgrades that the player is constantly busy evaluating and choosing them, but if there is a concept of an escalating point total that goes up over time, it still falls under the "Idle" umbrella.²²Frequently, especially on mobile platforms, the game may provide some resource that "speeds up" the process. [[BribingYourWayToVictory Charging money to provide this resource]] or [[AllegedlyFreeGame slowing down the game very early on]] so as to require it is, of course, [[SarcasmMode utterly inconceivable]] to the developers.²²Note that certain games have an idle mode (sometimes also called observation mode) that allows the player to sit back and watch the AI play the game. Examples of this would be Unreal Tournament and Europa Universalis.²²Kongregate has [[http://www.kongregate.com/idle-games a tag]] for these.²²[[JustForFun/IReadThatAs Not to be confused with]] id'''ol''' games.²----²!!Examples of Idle Games:²[[index]]²* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest Dragons''²* ''VideoGame/{{AdVenture Capitalist}}''²** ''[=AdVenture=] Communist''²* ''VideoGame/{{Alchademy}}''²* ''Videogame/AlterEgo2018''²* ''VideoGame/AntiIdleTheGame''²* ''VideoGame/AntimatterDimensions''²* ''VideoGame/ArmoryAndMachine''²* ''VideoGame/ArmoryAndMachine2''²* ''Bar Idle''²* ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}} Tap'', a companion game that can unlock rewards in the main game such as skins for characters.²* ''VideoGame/BestFiendsForever'', though its predecessor, ''VideoGame/BestFiends'' has some idle elements as well (especially if you have an Apple Watch handy)²* ''Bitburner'' [[https://danielyxie.github.io/bitburner/]]²* ''The Button That Ruins Everything'', a spoof idle game created by [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]] as part of his Dev Diary project.²* ''VideoGame/CandyBox''²* ''VideoGame/CastleCats''²* ''VideoGame/CellToSingularityEvolutionNeverEnds''²* ''Choppin Wood'' [[http://choppin-wood.com]]²* ''VideoGame/ClickerHeroes''²* ''VideoGame/ClickingBad''²* ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'', which popularized the now-standard "clicker game."²* ''Cosmos Quest'' [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/gaiabyte/cosmos-quest]]²* ''Cow Evolution''²* ''VideoGame/CrabWar''²* ''VideoGame/CrusadersOfTheLostIdols''²* ''VideoGame/CrushCrush'', a cross between DatingSim and Idle Game genres.²** ''VideoGame/BlushBlush''²* ''VideoGame/ADarkRoom''²* ''VideoGame/DeepTownMiningFactory''²* ''Disco Zoo''²* ''Dont Shoot the Puppy''²* ''Endless Expansion'' [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/Volch/endless-expansion]]²* ''VideoGame/EternalSeniaHydrangeaAfterTheRain''²* ''VideoGame/FactoryIdle''²* ''Farm of Souls''²* ''VideoGame/{{Godville}}''²* ''VideoGame/{{GrindCraft}}''²* ''VideoGame/{{Hollywhoot}}''²* ''House Idle''²* ''Ice Cream Stand'' [[http://www.icecreamstand.ca]]²* ''Idle Apocalypse''²* ''Idle Blacksmith''²* ''VideoGame/IdleBouncer'' [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/almostidle/idle-bouncer]]²* ''VideoGame/IdleBreakout''²* ''VideoGame/IdleChampionsOfTheForgottenRealms'', an implementation of the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms setting.²* ''Idle Heroes''²* ''VideoGame/IdleRecruit''²* ''Idling to Rule the Gods'' [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/Ryu82/idling-to-become-god]]²* ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Kaguya Table]]''²* ''VideoGame/KittensGame'' [[http://bloodrizer.ru/games/kittens/]]²* ''VideoGame/LogisticsInc''²* ''Mirror Pond'' [[http://raldok.com/MirrorPond.html]]²* ''VideoGame/NekoAtsume''²* ''VideoGame/NGUIdle'' [[https://www.kongregate.com/games/somethingggg/ngu-idle]]²* ''[[Film/OfficeSpace Office Space: Idle Profits]]''²* ''VideoGame/ThePerfectTower''²* ''Pickcrafter'' [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fiveamp.pickcrafterapp]]²* ''Pingy the Ping Idle RPG''²* ''Plantera''²* ''VideoGame/PonyClicker'' [[http://blackhole12.github.io/PonyClicker/ponyclicker.html]]²* ''VideoGame/ProgressQuest'', one of the earliest examples, goes further than most. All you can actually do in this "game" is create a character, and optionally join/create a guild--after that it just plays itself, auto-killing randomly-generated monsters for experience, until you quit. Intended as a satire of [=RPGs=] and LevelGrinding.²* ''Potatoes Clicker'' [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.skarwild.potatoesclicker]]²* ''VideoGame/ReactorIdle''²* ''Reactor Incremental'' [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/Cael/reactor-incremental]] (not to be confused with ''Reactor Idle'' above)²* ''VideoGame/RealmGrinder'' [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/DivineGames/realm-grinder]]²* ''VideoGame/ReligiousIdle''²* ''VideoGame/SandcastleBuilder''²* ''VideoGame/ScreamCollector''²* ''VideoGame/ShopHeroes''²* ''VideoGame/SlurpyDerpy''²* ''Soul Harvester'' [[http://soulharvester.neocities.org]]²* ''Space Company'' [[https://sparticle999.github.io/SpaceCompany/]]²* ''Spaceplan'' [[https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devolver.spaceplan]]²* ''Spoon Pets''²* ''VideoGame/SquidInk''²* ''Star Tap''²* ''VideoGame/SwarmSimulator'' [[https://swarmsim.github.io]]²* ''VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}''²* ''VideoGame/TangerineTycoon''²* ''Tap My [[VideoGame/KatamariDamacy Katamari]]''²* ''Tap Titans''²* ''VideoGame/TimeClickers'' [[http://www.timegamers.com/TimeClickers/]]²* ''VideoGame/TimeWarpers''²* ''Tower Attack''[[note]]A browser game made for and playable only during the 2015 UsefulNotes/{{Steam}} Summer Sale.[[/note]]²* ''VideoGame/{{Trimps}}''²* ''VideoGame/UniversalPaperclips''²* ''VideoGame/VoidTroopers''²* ''War Clicks''²* ''VideoGame/WorldIdle''²* ''VideoGame/{{Zombidle}}''²[[/index]]²----

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