Cookie Clicker is an incremental game created by French developer Julien “Orteil” Thiennot in 2013. The game is simple in concept but addictive in nature.
The goal is to bake as many cookies as possible by clicking on a large cookie on the screen. Each click gives you one cookie. As you accumulate cookies, you can spend them on purchasing buildings like cursor upgrades, grandmas, farms, factories, and other facilities that will automatically produce cookies for you. The more buildings you have, the faster your cookie production grows.
The game quickly becomes about strategy, determining which buildings to invest in to maximize your cookie output. There are also random events like “click frenzies” that temporarily give you an enormous cookie output boost. You can also unlock new features like heavenly chips, seasonal/holiday cookies, and minigames.
One key appeal of Cookie Clicker is that you can play casually or invest a lot of time into meticulous number crunching to optimize production. It caters well to both casual players and hardcore gamers. The numbers keep growing into the trillions and quadrillions.
Fans enjoy competing to see who can bake the most cookies in a set period of time. The gameplay is simple and repetitive by design, which some find relaxing. But the increasing cookie totals and ever-growing options provide long-term engagement.
Cookie Clicker has inspired many similar incremental clicker games, but it remains one of the most popular and highly regarded of the genre. The classic cookie clicker gameplay loop provides a satisfying experience for both short casual sessions or extensive strategic play.
- Mouse: Use the mouse to click on the large cookie to earn cookies. As the game progresses, you’ll use your mouse to interact with various upgrades and buildings.
How to Play:
- Click for Cookies: Begin by clicking the large cookie on the screen to generate cookies.
- Purchase Upgrades: Spend your cookies on upgrades that enhance your cookie production rate. These upgrades can include things like grandmas, farms, factories, and more.
- Automate Cookie Production: As you accumulate more cookies, you can purchase buildings that automatically generate cookies over time. This allows you to earn cookies even when you’re not actively clicking.
- Unlock Achievements: The game features achievements that offer rewards for reaching certain milestones and goals.
- Experiment with Strategies: Explore different upgrade paths and strategies to optimize your cookie production and achieve higher scores.