Cookie Clicker is an idle browser game that you can play today. However, it’s also coming to Steam as a remastered version of the same game on September 1, and it even has cloud saves. But what exactly is this game? It can be hard to get your head around it at first if you don’t understand what an idle game is. That’s why we’ve put together this little guide on what the game is and how it plays. Hopefully, this helps you make a decent decision on whether you want to purchase it or not.

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What is Cookie Clicker
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The premise of Cookie Clicker is pretty simple. You click on a cookie and get a cookie for that click. Cookies are the currency that you can use to buy things, so you need to click lots of times to earn more. The faster you click, the better use you’re making of your time. However, it could always be a little bit easier to earn more cookies. After all, it’s a pretty terrible idle game that makes you engage with it for long periods of time. That’s where your cookies come into play.

Buy Upgrades

The core of the game is about buying every upgrade possible so that you can move forward and earn more cookies for your efforts. Initially, these upgrades take the form of click upgrades. For example, you’ll earn two cookies per click instead of one. There’s a track of upgrades that maximizes the number of cookies per click, and you can double down until you’re clicking for hundreds if you want. However, this is still a very engaging game, and you want to be able to leave it to run in the background.

This is where the idle element comes into play. You can buy items that will click for you every so often. These can be upgraded to click faster, and they’ll earn more cookies if you upgrade your clicks. All items play into each other like this, and you’ve got to set yourself up with the best combination if you want to make the most of your time in the game.

Items get really quite complex towards the top end of the game. This happens after a few hours. You’ll be buying dragons and unlocking minigames before you know it. Again, this makes the game very engrossing, but you can still leave it to run in the background while you’re doing something else if you like.

Leave it Alone

The key to success in this game is not having to play it. Sure, there are times when you’ll want to sit down and put some clicks in for yourself. You’ll need to catch up on some of the items and automated tools that have been working hard for you as well. The real best way to play is to leave the game alone though. Load it up, get to the point where it’s clicking for you, and leave it running in the background. This way, you can come back to it between tasks to buy upgrades and do a few of your own clicks. It really is the ultimate idle game, and one that’s stood the test of time for almost an entire decade.