In my constant search to find games to play when I don't want to play a game, I have embraced idle games. I got in a bit too deep last year and it has been a few months since I last lost myself in the euphoria of ever increasing numbers. I have found a new zen gardener, however, in the form of Doomsday Clicker.
Without going into the depths of what makes or breaks idle games for me, let's just say that Doomsday Clicker is completely made up of my favorite parts of the genre without any of the fat. There's nothing to infinitely click. Doomsday Clicker is all about managing the idle resource meters instead of tapping on some meaningless object just to get things started. Getting right to the multipliers is the best way to play an idle game because it skips another step until you don't need to do anything at all to make progress.
Of course, there has to be a bit of a payoff to making those numbers larger. Every idle game has its moments where progress slows down and you have to restart just so you can surge past that wall even faster the next time. Those resets aren't always obvious in other games, but Doomsday Clicker's aesthetic is completely designed around that reset. You start the game and reset your world by hitting the big red Doomsday button. This triggers any of a number of charmingly animated cutscenes to show the destruction of the world, and then you are off and running again.
The numbers in Doomsday Clicker are driven by accumulating resources to build out your underground shelter that draws in humans that want protection. In turn you get bigger profits until production slows and you need to hit the big red button again to reset with plenty of mutant multipliers in tow.
I've only been playing for a few days, but the feeling of progress in Doomsday Clicker is almost immediate and much faster than other idle games I have played. As long as I see progress I'm going to keep playing. At least until my device overheats or some outside force makes me stop. The numbers will multiply and if they do not, I will destroy this world until only the most efficient humans survive.
Doomsday Clicker is available now on iOS and Android from PikPok Games.