Updated: Jan 16
I thought it was time I started a listicle, sort of. I didn’t want to write another skincare post, since we’ve all seen so many of them recommending products and whatnots, so I thought maybe it’s time we looked at technology instead.
More specifically, I’ll be talking about my five top idle games, since the lockdown started, in the UK. So, here we go. A listicle for you guys! Hope you enjoy!
Number 5: Bakery Story by Storm8 Studios
I feel compelled to add this one to the list, because I’ve been playing this game for more than 10 years. I got my first smart phone when I was 15/16 years old, and one of the very first games I downloaded was Bakery Story. Granted I tried some of their other games, including their revamped version Bakery Story 2, but nothing quite compared to Bakery Story.
Of course, like any other gamer, I did get tired and bored of it easily. Especially, at the beginning, when you don’t have enough coins and gems to buy all those cool decorations, or upgraded stove tops and coffee machines, but as time went on, and after a changing phones a couple of times, I always found myself redownloading the game. It’s not so much now a game but a habit now. I’m always aware that I have cakes and drinks to serve, and even though I don’t always pay attention, and they spoil, I still come back every time I get the notification.
The only difference I find with this game, compared to the new versions or other versions is that it’s simple, and once you get the hang of the wait time, you don’t actually have to pay attention. It’s literally a few quick taps, then you can close the game again and move on to something else. You don’t have to pay attention to the customers, or cater to their needs, it’s literally just keeping your eye on the timer, so that you know when your dishes are done, or if you’re going to make it in time for the quest deadlines.
It’s a simple game, and if I have to recommend an idle game, I’d recommend this one. Not only are the decorations outrageously impossible (like giant teacup tables and chairs), but it’s very simple and colourful. It’s very reminiscent when games first came to Facebook with Farmville and My Restaurant.
Number 4: Cat Game by Mino
This one’s another colourful one that I actually adore. I’ve only recently started playing this, but I’m already hooked. Basically, all you need to do is collect as many cats and as many decorations as you can, and the thing is, you don’t have to watch over it diligently.
You won’t spoil the game, because you’re not careful, nor will your cats run away. Once you finish a room you don’t even have to touch it again, unless you need tools to make more furniture, or a bank mission requires you to collect those tools. Just like Bakery Story, all you need to do is tap the screen a few times, and you’re ready to close it, because you just need to wait for those baskets to deliver your goods for you.
I really like this game, because I don’t have to concentrate on it. I can just quickly carry out the routine checks, and then be on my way. I don’t have to wait on that screen to get what I want, nor is it required of me to complete those missions, because the passive income of coins is enough to get you buy.
As an idle gamer, passive coins are the way to go. If you don’t get enough, you won’t progress as far as you want, and that’s a shame really, because sometimes games don’t give you enough, and the rate you want to progress is severely stunted. You’ll have to wait for a very long time, before you can actually start building up your game, or you have to pay the developers, just to get enough coins to get to where you want to be.
Number 3: My Spa Resort by Cherrypick Games S.A.
This is another one that I somehow fell into, it happened a few years ago, while I was looking for another idle game to play with, since I just couldn’t get into the other Story games by Storm8. I wanted something along the lines of a world builder, and I found My Spa Resort. As you can probably tell, I’m a colourful person. I like the bright and shiny colours of Cat Game and the pastel palette of Bakery Story, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that My Spa Resort is a very colourful game.
Like Cat Game, you don’t have to keep watch over this one, but it does make you fall into that trap where you do watch it. It’s because, when start producing the products, you need for your services, the wait time is so short you might as well stay on the page before you close it. Not only that, there are so many different aspects to the game, you’ll want to stay on the page, just so you can get to that comfortable level, where you don’t actually have to watch it anymore.
Now, while I might sing the praises for my first two games, I do have some criticism over this game, but it’s because of these criticisms that My Spa Resort is such an addictive game. First off, the wait time for these products are unbelievably short, that I do end up staying on the page, just to wait that last 30 seconds, before I can move on. While that’s not so much of a bad thing, I am a busy woman, and I get really anxious and guilty whenever I find myself just staring at my phone, for these games. So, if you’re like me, I’d play this game with some restraint, because it’s going to get to you.
The second thing I’d say is that the daily VIP guests and treatments are very difficult. Some days, yes, I manage to complete each one, but three in one day can be overwhelming sometimes, especially because you also need to think about the regular services too. I think if they were to lengthen the time needed for the VIP treatments, and maybe stagger them, that would make it a whole lot easier for players, so they won’t be as overwhelmed, especially if they’re playing these games at work, or during a break, and just want a quick fix.
The last thing I’ll say is probably the amount of notifications you get. While you can cater them for yourself, by unticking some of the boxes, because of the really short production times, you’ll get like five notifications, just to say one product is complete, or your plants are ready to harvest. It’s like a constantly hyper child. You can’t easily turn it off, because you still want those notifications, especially when your products are ready for your VIP treatments.
Having said this, I still go back to the game, over and over again, because it’s just so user-friendly. I really do love the colours, and the fact that the missions they give you are untimed. Seriously, you can follow them as diligently as you want, or do your own thing and they don’t expire. It’s a brilliant game, if you’re a visual person like me.
Number 2: Hotel Empire Tycoon by Digital Things
This was a toss-up one, with my top game, purely because it’s the first one I downloaded, at the start of the lockdown. It’s a lot more muted than the other games I’ve talked about, but it’s probably a good theme, since it’s all about hotels and luxury. To be honest, the graphics are very simple, like pixel people and block furniture. It’s all very reminiscent of Minecraft.
Like My Spa Resort, there really aren’t any timed missions for this, as long as you upgrade your hotels, you’ll be able to move on to the next one. It’s very simple, and I love how, every time I open up the app, I see just how much I earned, while the app was closed. It’s a great little app because, like all the other games I’ve listed, it’s a tap-and-go kind of situation, and you don’t have to spend too much time on it. Of course, if you do, you can see your coin bank go up, and upgrade your furniture and decorations as soon as you reach the amount you need.
However, like My Spa Resort, there are a few constraints with the game. First, if you’re low on coins, you can watch ads to add to that bank, but those adds can be quite long, and repetitive, so if you’re on an upgrade spree, you’re going to have to go through ten repeats of the same ad, just to get enough to finish upgrading your hotel.
The other thing I don’t really like about this game is that, when you’re doing the Event Hotel, you can’t really concentrate on your own hotel, because you want to reach those star goals, to get those customised managers for your hotel’s services. While I do love the timed challenge, it does get confusing when you go back to yours. Your earnings in that hotel, make you believe that your earnings from your standard hotel would do the same. I mean, the earnings at the Event Hotel can get to 7 million in one night. The standard hotel might get as much as 500 000 for the same amount of time.
Finally, there are a limited number of hotels you can purchase. So, once you’ve got all of them, there’s nothing left for you to do. I think they should have more options about these hotels, like have them in recognisable countries, or maybe be able to customize your own. I only hope they update the game with more levels and designs soon.
Number 1: Idle Theme Park Tycoon by Digital Things
This one beat out its sister/brother app, purely because there is a lot more going on with this game. You don’t only just upgrade the rides, or the island your theme part is on, you get a branch of other theme parks, like an aqua park. That’s why it beat out Hotel Empire Tycoon. It has so much more to it than that game, and it’s a constant upgrade, so I don’t have to close down any of the parks individually, because it always starts with a new one.
I would highly recommend this game, because, again it’s colourful, and you don’t have to keep watch of it to be able to earn the in-game money. Plus, you also get extra cash from watching those adverts, and they’re enough to last you for that last upgrade you just couldn’t do with what you had. It really is a great game to stave off boredom.
Like its sister/brother app, there are a few constraints, but again, they’re not enough to keep me off the game. For example, you’re constantly asked if you want to add more customers to your park (with a cruise liner), or if you want to speed up your attractions.
Not only that, every time your helicopter for cash comes in, you don’t always get the standard money, you sometimes get the premium coins, which you could use to get figurines that help your park’s profits by a percentage, and sometimes you just don’t need them. It’s not a big deal, so it doesn’t affect the game too much, and the buttons for them don’t overwhelm the game, so you can still enjoy it.
Well…It’s Game Time
I hope you guys enjoy that listicle. Sorry it took a while to ready, but hey, that’s what you came here for right? Anyway, let me know if you’ve downloaded these games for yourselves, and tell me what you thought of them. I would really love to your thoughts!
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time!