Every few months, I hunt down a new incremental game and spend some time with it until I either beat it (if it’s possible) or get tired of it. There’s no thread on the forum for these games and it would be nice to have some tribal knowledge for next time I want to click on something for a few minutes, then automate the clicking. Here are a few of my favorite clickers:
Universal Paperclips - browser-based game which uses local storage. Completely free, with no IAPs, no ads. It has an endgame (though you can prestige at the end if you want to.) In this game, you make paperclips… really a lot of paperclips.
Spaceplan - The “prototype” game is a browser-based game. Totally playable, free with no IAPs or ads. There’s a app/Steam version that costs a couple bucks and adds some new features (still with no IAPs or ads) and doubles the length. It famously has an ending. This is probably my favorite clicker ever. Funny game about conquering the solar system with potatoes.
Kittens Game - Link is to the (free/no ads) browser version of the game, but there’s an app version as well. The mobile version costs a couple of bucks, but it’s a one time purchase and has no ads or IAPs. It’s about a village with kittens. Lots of cat puns. Multiple prestige levels. Months of content.
Trimps - A free/no ad/no IAP browser game that is broadly similar to Kittens Game except that it has a quest/combat mechanic that is central to the game and is about trimps instead of kittens. Multiple prestige levels. Months of content. The offline progress system in this game is pretty unique. There is no mobile app version available.
Antimatter Dimensions - Free browser game. There’s a mobile version as well. The mobile game has both ads and IAPs, but I just paid I think $2 to get the ad bonus permanently and then totally ignored both ads and IAPs. (The game never puts ads in front of your face; you have to seek them out.) This is a pretty clever game–about as stripped down as a clicker can get; it’s about making numbers bigger–but the way that the gameplay changes in each prestige level, the achievements, challenges and options, keep it consistently interesting. It’s waiting for a major update that will add an endgame, but what’s there will give you 30-60 days of entertainment. There are a bunch of mods available for the browser version that add content as well.
Armory & Machine - This was the first clicker I played all the way through. (It has an endgame.) It’s free, but has ads. There’s a sequel in development, with an early access version available.
Clicker games I’ve tried and hated: Adventure Capitalist, Swarm Simulator