Want a Cookie (Clicker)?

Margaux Hannewyk, Editor

Got a case of the munchies (or the most extreme boredom you’ve ever experienced)? Well, here’s a game for you!

It’s a game you may have heard of, since some of your classmates might have mentioned it before. It’s the perfect game to have running in the background while you do…literally anything else.

The game is, of course, “Cookie Clicker”.

“Cookie Clicker is an incremental game created by French programmer Julien “Orteil” Thiennot in 2013. The user initially clicks on a big cookie on the screen, earning a single cookie per click…The goal of the game is to produce as many cookies (by clicking on the Big Cookie and buying buildings to produce them) as you can.” – the game’s Wikipedia

The game’s creator, Orteil, coded the original release of the game in one night, only intending for it to be a silly little joke game that a few people would probably only play for an hour, and then never touch again.

This is not what happened, though. The game became this weird, addictive internet hit that many players ended up pouring days, weeks, and evenĀ months into. They clicked enough cookies and bought enough buildings and upgrades to produce billions, trillions, even…octovigintillions…what?

Besides manually clicking the cookies and buying different types of buildings to manufacture them for you, you can also upgrade building tabs to unlock “minigames” to also increase your cookie production! Upgrading the farms gives you a minigame where you can plant and harvest crops for more cookies, and upgrading the wizard towers gives you the ability to cast spells that have a couple different effects. Perhaps the most useful one of all comes when you upgrade the banks. That one gives you access to the stock market. Yes, the stock market, where you can buy things and hope to profit off them later!

You will get no emotional, physical, or mental benefit from playing this game, but that’s not going to stop anyone. I just thought it was weird that so many people were playing this stupid little game, so I had to write about it. Have a good day.