AdVenture Capitalist

If you like idle simulator games like CivClicker and Cookie Clicker, you’re bound to like AdVenture Capitalist.

Summary

You start by owning a single lemonade stand and work your way up to donut shops, hockey teams, and oil companies. Increase your revenue by buying more stores and upgrades. Hire managers to run your businesses for increased efficiency.

AdVenture Capitalist

Review

AdVenture Capitalist
Hire managers to run your businesses

AdVenture Capitalist is very similar to other idle “clicker” games, but with a capitalist theme. For how simple these games are, they’re surprisingly addicting. I installed AdVenture Capitalist and before I knew it, an hour had already gone by. Derp.

You might like this game if you like…

  • Cookie Clicker, et al.
  • Optimization
  • Idle simulator games
  • Collecting virtual currency from virtual shrimp boats
  • Free-to-play games
  • Capitalism

Want to play?

Free on Steam, Google Play, iOS, and web

CivClicker

Do you like clicking things and building your own civilization? CivClicker is a new browser game (based on Cookie Clicker) that lets you do just that!

CivClicker

Click to gather each of three resources: food, wood, and stone. Once you have a shelter and enough food, you can start creating workers to do the clicking for you. You still need to manage the civilization, though, by hiring specialized workers, creating buildings, purchasing upgrades, worshiping a diety, raiding other civilizations, and trading resources. Randomly-triggered events like wolf/barbarian attacks and disease keep you on your toes, too.

I first heard about CivClicker from a tweet by @notch (creator of Minecraft):

Don’t Google CivClicker if you value your free time.

Of course, I couldn’t resist. 😛 For being a simple clicking game, it really draws you in. It doesn’t work well on tablets, though; while playable, the text overlaps and gets hidden under buttons.

Want to give it a try? Play CivClicker!

2048

The other day, I was introduced to a brilliant and simple game called 2048. The concept is so simple and I’m kicking myself for not having thought of it myself. 😛

Summary2048

You start with a 4×4 grid in which two of the tiles have 2’s on them. You use your arrow keys (or swipe) to move all of the tiles on the board as far as they can go in the given direction. If any two tiles with the same number touch when moving, they merge into one and the number on the tile doubles (ex. merging two “4” tiles results in one “8” tile).

The goal is to get a tile with 2048 on it.

Variations

You can play the official version of 2048 for free in your web browser, which works great on both desktops and mobile devices.

If you’re looking for an app, there seem to be lots of unofficial copies, like this one for Android and this one for iOS.

There are also some goofy themed variations like: DOGE2048, 2048-Tetris, Flappy 2048, and 2048: Doctor Who Edition.

BrowserQuest

Starting Area

BrowserQuest is a cute, simple MMORPG made by Mozilla (the guys who make Firefox). It was created in HTML 5, so all you need is a modern browser – no plug-ins required. In BrowserQuest, you wander around the world and fight monsters to gain armor and weapons. There are funny pop culture references along the way (to things like Portal and Rickrolling) and there are 20 different achievements players can get. It’s a short enough game that you can complete it in under half an hour. If you’re wondering how it works, the source code is available on GitHub.

Play it now: BrowserQuest

Achievements

Adventuring

Assorted Casual Games I Used to Play

I used to play most of these games at a call center job I had while I was in college. In between calls, we were allowed to do homework, study, read, play games, or whatever as long as there weren’t other jobs to do. Because I had to be able to drop what I was doing to answer a call at any moment, I had to find games that didn’t require my constant attention.

Shakes and FidgetShakes & Fidget

http://www.sfgame.us

Shakes & Fidget is a Flash-based role-playing browser game. You can go on quests to gain gold and experience, buy gear from shops, battle other characters, join guilds, and fight bosses in dungeons. The characters are pretty autonomous, though; they do their own fighting and you control their gear and tell them what to do. It’s not a challenging game, but it was a nice way to pass the time.

GodvilleGodville

http://godvillegame.com

Godville caught my attention when it claimed it was a massively-multiplayer zero-player game. I wondered how the heck it could be a zero-player game. Kind of like Shakes & Fidget, your character is autonomous, though Godville takes it to the extreme. You have very little control over your character’s actions. They fight things, go adventuring, buy and sell gear, learn skills, join guilds, adopt pets, fight other characters, etc. all on their own. As their god/goddess, all you can do is use your limited “godpower” to make suggestions, encourage and punish them, and resurrect them when they die. Godville is available as a mobile app and a browser game.

Lord of UltimaLord of Ultima

http://www.lordofultima.com

I was really excited when I heard about Lord of Ultima, a massively-multiplayer real-time strategy game. It is reminiscent of Age of Empires – you start with one small town and build an empire. New players’ cities are protected for the first week, but after that, other players can attack you. You can join alliances for protection, though, and you can trade goods with other players. I had a lot of fun playing Lord of Ultima for a while, but things became too difficult to manage once my empire got too big, so I gave away my cities and stopped playing. Lord of Ultima is done in JavaScript, rather than Flash, which I thought was pretty impressive.

Kingdom of LoathingKingdom of Loathing

http://www.kingdomofloathing.com

Kingdom of Loathing is a silly primarily text-based humorous MMORPG playable in web browsers. Unlike Shakes & Fidget and Godville, you directly control your character’s actions. Kingdom of Loathing uses a turn-based system and incorporates a lot of humor through word play, pop culture references, and goofy ideas. Players can complete quests, join clans, and fight each other in PvP combat.

Corporation Inc.Corporation Inc.

http://armorgames.com

Corporation Inc. is a browser-based strategy game. You start with a little money and the goal is to build the world’s most profitable company. You can build offices; hire, fire, and promote workers; add decorations to improve workers’ moods; etc. It’s a fun game, but, like Lord of Ultima, it becomes difficult to manage once you have a large corporation. I recently started playing a similar game, Tiny Tower, on my phone. Tiny Tower is different in that you can only build your tower vertically and you can move the workers (called “bitizens”) between different jobs. Bitizens also have dream jobs and vary in how good they are in certain types of jobs. So if you like Corporation Inc., be sure to check out Tiny Tower (or vice versa).

Kingdom Rush

I really like strategy games like Age of Empires, Risk, and PixelJunk Monsters… so I got really excited when I heard about Kingdom Rush, a free online tower defense game.

Kingdom Rush

Kingdom Rush is very well done. The difficulty increases at a good rate and although some levels are pretty challenging, they’re not impossible to overcome. I also like the heroic and iron challenges for each level, which require players to rethink their strategies. The achievements are another smart way to keep the players having fun (it took me forever to figure out how I was supposed to make the sheep explode!). I really enjoyed playing Kingdom Rush, so why don’t you give it a try? Play Kingdom Rush! 🙂