Egg, Inc. is the FarmVille of Idle Clickers

Egg, Inc.

Egg, Inc. is yet another idle clicker to light up the App Store and it's exactly what it sounds like; there's usually a repetitive task you can complete by clicking quickly and endlessly, upping some specific stat in the process (more often than not, currency).

The "idle" half means that you can buy upgrades that will continue to improve your stats while you're away.

Eventually, you'll come to a point where you can restart an idle clicker game, losing everything you've earned so far, but earning something exclusive in return. This is called "prestige," a term and concept that found its start in first person shooters like Call of Duty

Idle Clicker In Egg, Inc.

A surprisingly zen-like experience, the goal of Egg, Inc. is to build the most profitable egg farm you can. You'll do this by clicking to send chickens from the hatchery to the hen house, where they'll work hard all day and night to lay eggs for fun and profit. 

Beyond this, players will be able to upgrade every element of the gameplay. You can buy upgrades to make your eggs more valuable, improve your clicking multiplier, and up the speed of your delivery vehicles. There are upgrades for your hatchery refill rate and upgrades to speed up egg laying.

In a bit of a twist, the "idle" portion will only continue so long as your silos are full of feed. By default, you can have two silos (each providing an hour of idle play), but if you want to spend some real-world cash, you can have 10 silos to keep things going a whole lot longer. From a design point, it's a smart move. Either players will spend money, or return to the game every two hours to keep their farms going.

Double Prestige

Egg, Inc.'s prestige system is a bit different than anything I've seen before in a clicker, and it may very well be what keeps me coming back. Rather than simply dangling a single incentive, Egg, Inc. uses its prestige as something of a leveling system. Everyone starts with a basic egg, but after your farm reaches a certain value, you'll be given the opportunity to start over with a newly unlocked egg of greater value.

Eventually, after a number of prestige achievements, you'll start to feel stuck, but there's a little button in the menu labeled "Prestige." Tapping it truly resets your progress, sending you back to the first egg, but awarding you a crazy huge earnings multiplier as a result.

How long before an egg goes bad?

If you've never been a fan of idle clickers, Egg, Inc. might be the one that turns you. It's a shining example of how to do idle clickers well. If you're a game developer who has written off the genre as mindless schlock, you owe it to yourself to take some notes from this one.

Get Egg, Inc.

Egg, Inc. is available on the iTunes App Store. Android users can get in on the fun by download Egg, Inc. from Google Play.