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Idle

Description

Idle games are mostly persistent titles that continue in the player's absence, without player interaction or when the game is closed entirely. They usually contain optional or minimal interaction. They are often closely related to Incremental games such as clicker games (PC) or tap games (mobile), but they only receive Idle as a genre when there is progress without user interaction.

Most of these games are based around grinding: there is incremental gameplay or exponential growth where an in-game currency or meter increases at a steady rate or progress is made steadily without player interaction.

Goals are provided by reaching certain milestones or achievements. Some games allow the players to play indefinitely, while others feature endings after a certain amount of progress is made.

Optional player interaction is often based around clicking to gather items or speed up the progress, selecting or activating items or abilities, or spending a currency on upgrades.

The first idle game is attributed to Progress Quest (2002) by Eric Fredriksen.

Limitations:
  • Games with a strong focus on social elements and time-limited events set in a persistent universe are not considered idle games when there is a lot of interaction (e.g. MMORPGs, live service games or titles with seasonal content).

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AdVenture Ages iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2021), Android (2021) and iPad (2021)

Clicker Heroes Macintosh Front Cover 1st version

Windows (2015), Macintosh (2015), Browser (2014), iPhone (2015), Android (2015), iPad (2015), PlayStation 4 (2017) and Xbox One (2017)

Clicker Heroes is an idle game about defeating monsters with the help of heroes. Most of the game is played...

Clicker Heroes II Macintosh Front Cover
Cookie Clicker Windows Front Cover

Windows (2021), Browser (2013) and Android (2019)

Cookie Clicker is an endless game where the entire point is to gather cookies, then use them to buy items...

Darkzone Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2021), Macintosh (2021), iPhone (2020) and Android (2020)

Endless World: Idle RPG Windows Front Cover 1st version
Godsbane Windows Front Cover

Windows (2022) and Browser (2021)

House of Sin Windows Front Cover

Windows (2021), Browser (2021) and Android (2021)

Idle Bubbles Cannon iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2019), Android (2019) and iPad (2019)

Idle Planet Miner iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2019), Android (2019) and iPad (2019)

King of Kinks Windows Front Cover

Windows (2022), Browser (2021) and Android (2021)

Loot Box Quest Windows Front Cover

Windows (2017)

Monmusu: Monster+Musume Windows Front Cover
Mountain Linux Front Cover

Linux (2014), Windows (2014), Macintosh (2014), iPhone (2014), Android (2014) and iPad (2014)

Mountain is described by the author as a mountain simulator, or an "ambient procedural mountain game". The player gets to...

Ninja Prime: Tap Quest iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2019), Android (2019) and iPad (2019)

Pacifish Windows Front Cover

Windows (2022)

Browser (2015)

Pony Clicker is a fangame based on the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It is an "idle game"...

Primitive Brothers iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2020), Android (2019) and iPad (2020)

Progress Quest Android Front Cover

Linux (2007), Windows (2002), Browser (2010) and Android (2014)

In what some might dub the logical conclusion of the statbuilding RPG genre, Progress Quest is a game that plays...

Realm Grinder Macintosh Front Cover

Windows (2017), Macintosh (2017), Browser (2015), iPhone (2017), Android (2016) and iPad (2017)

Simple RPG iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2019), Android (2019) and iPad (2019)

Simple RPG is a simple idle RPG. Choose your character class, set out on a quest, and slay countless monsters...

S.T.E.: Save The Earth Linux Front Cover

Linux (2018), Windows (2018) and Browser (2017)

Tap Ninja Linux Front Cover

Linux (2022), Windows (2022), Macintosh (2022), iPhone (2021), Android (2021) and iPad (2021)

Underworld Idle Windows Front Cover
Zombie War iPad Front Cover

iPhone (2021), Android (2020) and iPad (2021)

Zombie War is an idle tower defense game with shooter elements. Set during the zombie virus outbreak of 2113, the...