Don’t play these games!
They will ruin your life! And possibly get you sacked if you play them in work time… Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
2048 is a game where you combine numbers to get bigger numbers and if you get the 2048 tile you win! It sounds really easy but I really suck at it and don’t think I’ve ever gotten higher than 512. You would think that because I studied Maths that I’d be good at this game – HA! I mean, it is just permutations, but for some reason this turns my rational brain into something that just wants to keep pressing buttons to see what will happen instead of y’know, thinking about it.
2) Candy Box
Possibly the least infuriating of the 3, Candy Box is a ASCII RPG game. If you are impatient, you won’t understand what this game is as it’ll just say “You have 1 candies” and you’ll just keep eating candies and nothing happens. But if you are patient you get the following things
– A merchant who sells stuff for candies
– A lollipop farm
– A RPG
Yep! You get to go on quests and buy weapons and cool things like that! It’s pretty fun, but infuriating because it’s a waiting game really. It’s not something you can actively play as such, but you can let it run in the background while you’re doing other things. For example, I’ve been typing this paragraph about candy box and I now have 245 candies and can buy a sword to go on adventures with – hooray!
3) Cookie Clicker
WARNING: This game is toxic! No really, if you have an addictive personality or any form of OCD you probably shouldn’t play this!
Cookie Clicker seems like one of those dumb games like “why would anyone play this” but then they play it and it’s addiciting. You start with a relatively blank screen and a cookie. You click the cookie and you get one cookie.
When you get enough cookies, you unlock things that automatically help you bake more cookies – grandmas, cookie farm, machines that turn light into cookies… and when you have more cookies, you can buy upgrades that make clicking more effective.
There is no goal of the game (except maybe “get all upgrades and achievements”) but you start to obsess over how many cookies you are baking a second and suddenly you just can’t stop playing. There is no end. Don’t play this game!
Honourable Mention: Flappy Bird
Flappy Bird is not really a web game, but you can play the MMO version above. The goal is to get the bird through the pipes. Simple, right? Not. You keep dying and think “one more go” and then you play once more, twice more and suddenly you’ve been playing Flappy Bird for 5 hours. Honestly, it was a serious conversation topic in the office for a while while it was “big”.
Does anyone else have any games that I shouldn’t play to add?