Cookie Clicker is nice. Cookie Clicker is additionally an all-consuming nightmare. The browser-based traditional is now obtainable in a paid, ad-free model on Steam, and it’s already proving fashionable. Perhaps too fashionable. The sport has already caught over 10,000 people in its addictive net, and heaven assist me, I’m one.

The Steam model of Cookie Clicker launched only a few hours in the past as of this publish, and has already reached 13,494 concurrent gamers, as SteamDB exhibits. That places it in hanging vary of Steam’s prime 50, simply behind common favourites like No Man’s Sky, The Binding of Isaac, and Euro Truck Simulator 2. The in-game ‘herald’ characteristic provides a passive buff to all gamers based mostly on the present quantity of Steam customers. This buff has already maxed out.

Those numbers are particularly spectacular contemplating that this Steam launch, currently priced at $4.99 / £3.99 / €3.99, provides principally the identical options as the authentic browser model. It’s ad-free, it has cloud saves, music, and can help Steam Workshop, however in any other case it’s precisely the identical sport you may’ve misplaced your hours two again in its authentic format.

The format existed earlier than Cookie Clicker, however this sport helped usher in the recognition of idle games. You watch numbers go up, use these numbers to purchase issues that make the numbers go up sooner, and repeat the course of perpetually. It’s addictive, and whereas it’s straightforward to be snarky about – sure, together with the headline of this very story – it’s additionally nice.

Just please inform my editors that I’m, in reality, taking part in Cookie Clicker throughout work hours for analysis. Nothing else.

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