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Idle Games

What kind of game lets you stand up and walk away? These games will keep going even when you're not watching. But that doesn't mean they'll play themselves! You'll need to think strategically if you want any hope of winning!

About Idle Games

What kind of game lets you stand up and walk away? These games will keep going even when you're not watching. But that doesn't mean they'll play themselves! You'll need to think strategically if you want any hope of winning!

Some of us get tired of all the hustle and bustle of action-based games, where you are constantly on the move and just don’t have much time to think about what is going to happen next. That’s not meant to say that these idle games aren’t thrilling – games like Learn to Fly and Idle Breakout are certainly exciting to play. It’s just that you have time to create a well-thought-out strategy before doing anything else. 

What’s the appeal of Idle Games?

Idle Games are all about managing what you are doing with your resources. Making sure that you have a good strategy before going into whatever you are doing is key. For example, in Learn to Fly, players have to start prioritizing which upgrades they want to make quickly, or else the game will take ages to complete. 

Any tips for Idle Games?

You have to spend money to make money. Oftentimes, people try and save up all of their resources to save up in an attempt to get the most expensive item. However, you’ll likely do a lot better if you are trying to spend your money almost immediately in order to do better right now rather than in the future. 

In a way, the Idle Games Playlist is a subsection of the Strategy Games Playlist. They are both all about planning on what to do next, it’s just that Idle Games give you more time to prepare if you want to. We recommend playing games on each of the playlists, and figuring out which kind you like. 

Check out our Coolmath Games blog to hear about some of our favorite Idle Games on the site.

Do Idle Games have endings?

It really varies from game to game. Many idle games just have players going from stage to stage, slowly leveling up. For example, Tiny Fishing has players progressively catching more and more fish that increase in value. There isn’t really a defined ending, but it will take you a long time to get to a point where progression gets very slow and boring.

On the other hand, there are some games on the playlist that have very defined endings. For example, the goal of Learn to Fly is to take out the iceberg that is several thousand yards away. Once you have enough upgrades to make it to the end and destroy the iceberg, that is pretty much it. While players have the option to continue through the game and see how far they can make it, most just end there and go on to find another game.

Both styles can be extremely fun, it just kind of depends on which kind of gamer you are. Some people prefer a clear and defined ending, while others are just playing idle games to get upgrades and tons of points. There is no wrong answer.