Cookie Clicker
File:Cookie Clicker Screenshot.png
Cookie Clicker's game interface
Developer(s) Julien Thiennot, Template:Abbr Orteil[1]
Release date(s) 10 August 2013

Cookie Clicker is a JavaScript-based incremental game written by French programmer Julien Thiennot,[1] who is better known as "Orteil" (Template:IPA-fr, literally toe), and released on August 10, 2013. The aim of the game is to bake cookies at as great a rate as possible; as such, there is no true end to the gameplay. To start the game, the player bakes cookies solely by clicking on a giant cookie, gaining one cookie each time it is clicked. Cookies are used as currency to buy items that bake cookies without user input and upgrades that increase the number of cookies per click and unit time.[2][3]


At first, the player clicks on the cookie on the left side of the screen to earn one cookie per click. With these cookies, the player can purchase items, such as grandmas, farms, and cursors, that automatically make cookies at an improvable rate. Golden cookies, smaller cookies that appear and fade away over several seconds, appear periodically and grant bonus cookies or increase the rate of production for a short time. The player may also purchase upgrades to increase the number of cookies produced per second or click. For the most part, cost scales with cookies-per-second; Javascript add-ons are frequently used to choose the most efficient purchase at any given time.

The aesthetics of the game change suddenly during the "Grandmapocalypse," as the end-game is referred to by fans. This is an entirely avoidable state which, if triggered by the purchase of specific add-ons, causes golden cookies to have detrimental effects and "wrinklers," which decrease the rate of cookie production, to spawn. However, given some knowledge of the game mechanics even these may be exploited.

Because of the game's relatively simple code, cheats and add-ons are widely available and simply implemented by using browser consoles and bookmarklets.

The game is under active development and, besides functional patches, may be updated to change its aesthetics for holiday seasons.


In 2010, game designer Ian Bogost created a social network game on Facebook that utilized the worst mechanics of social games and raised them to the level of absurdity. Named Cow Clicker, the game's objective was simple; every six hours the player would click on the cow in order to receive a point. The game was made as an attempt to refute accusations that an earlier Facebook social game called FarmVille lacked the mechanics and complexity needed to be considered an actual game. Despite being created as a parody, Cow Clicker quickly became popular.[4][1]

In August 2013, Julien "Orteil" Thiennot created a different game called Cookie Clicker. Featuring similar mechanics and objectives as Cow Clicker, it also included new gameplay features.[4] Orteil announced his game through social media sites. By Template:Date, Orteil had announced that his game had been receiving an average of 200,000 players per day.Template:Fix

Idle gaming

In an IGN article, Cookie Clicker is credited as one of the few games to have played a major role in the establishment of the genre of idle gaming.[5]

This genre involves games that orient the player with a trivial task, such as clicking a cookie; and as the game progresses, the player is gradually rewarded certain upgrades for completing said task. In all, these games require very little involvement from the player, and in most cases they play themselves; hence the use of the word "idle". This process of rewarding a simple action, or positive reinforcement,[4] is what causes idle games to be commonly known as “super addictive”. The design is such that, with each reward, the player feels a sense of pride as if they have accomplished something important, thus creating the urge to continue to play.

However, due to their mockingly simple mechanics, idle games are also considered by many of being relatively simple or, as stated in the IGN article, "super dumb".[5] Games such as Cookie Clicker have used this blend of simplicity and complexity to create a new genre that some may not even consider as actual games. Orteil himself described his works as "non-games".[1] However, even though idle games, or "non-games", do not contain many aspects typically associated with games, they have still had a prolific presence on the Internet. In early 2014, Orteil released an early version of Idle Game Maker, a tool allowing customized idle games to be made without coding knowledge.[6]

In late 2014, Orteil collaborated with Artix Entertainment to release an idle game for mobile devices called AdventureQuest Dragons.


Polygon has described the game as "intriguing", and its fan base as "obsessive",[1] states that it is ultimately a "Skinner box".[4]

Destructoid emphasizes that it is "centered around the pursuit and accumulation of vast wealth", providing players with "the illusion of progress, without any substantial advancement actually being made."[2]

See also


  • Incremental game
  • Progress Quest
  • Cow Clicker, a game where a player clicks on a cow
  • Candy Box, a web browser-based ASCII role-playing game


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Crecente, Brian (September 30, 2013). The cult of the cookie clicker: When is a game not a game?. Retrieved on November 1, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Makedonski, Brett (25 September 2013). Cookie Clicker gets inside your psychological kitchen. Destructoid. Retrieved on 29 September 2013.
  3. Hogarty, Steve (19 September 2013). You must never ever play Cookie Clicker. PCGamesN. Retrieved on 29 September 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Schultz, Warren. Milk and Cookies: Cow Clicker and Cookie Clicker. Retrieved on 2 April 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Davis, Justin (10 October 2013). Inside Cookie Clicker and the Idle Game Move. IGN. Retrieved on 2 April 2014.
  6. Idle Game Maker Documentation. Retrieved on 2014-07-10.

External links

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