Every once in a while, a game slips its way into the market (whether F2P or otherwise) that makes you rethink an entire genre. Odd as it is to say, Clicker Heroes did that for me in terms of idle and clicker games. After shaking the addiction a few months ago, I thought I was free — until today.
Clicker Heroes is now available on Steam, completely free to play and free to devour your entire life. It really is a life killer.
Everyone’s first thought when they think of clicker games is Cookie Clicker. That’s all find and dandy, but Cookie Clicker is fundamentally simple. You click when you feel like it and otherwise let it run idle between purchases. The end!
Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) Clicker Heroes has actual progression, not only in pushing through enemies and bosses in a single playthrough; but also in the Ascension and Ancient system that gives you some flexibility in gameplay options. Want to use your abilities more often, occasionally get double gold, or skip a floor or two between bosses? There are Ancients for that.
In a way I loathe Clicker Heroes because of how addicted I’d gotten to it in the past. But I also love it for that very reason. If you’re in the market for a clicker or idle game (whichever you lean toward can be specced into via Ancients), this is the one. Give it a shot on Steam, Kongregate, or Armor Games. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.