Clicker Heroes

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Clicker Heroes
Clicker Heroes Logo.jpeg
Logo for Clicker Heroes
Developer(s) Playsaurus
Publisher(s) Playsaurus
Platform(s) Web Browser, Microsoft Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release
  • Browser
  • 2014
  • Microsoft Windows, OS X
  • May 13, 2015
  • Mobile Devices
  • Aug 20 2015
  • PlayStation 4
  • March 7, 2017
  • Xbox One
  • March 10, 2017
Genre(s) Idle
Mode(s) Single-player

Clicker Heroes is an idle game developed by American indie studio Playsaurus, originally released in 2014 for browsers and for mobile devices in 2015. It is a spinoff of Playsaurus's earlier Cloudstone, using many graphics from that game.[1]

Clicker Heroes is free-to-play, with micro-transactions to buy a premium "rubies" currency. Micro-transactions are not required to progress through the game;[2] they were added some time into the game's life, and there are multiple gameplay mechanics centered around getting the premium currency in-game.

Gameplay[edit]

A screenshot of level 64. Notice the upgrade screen on the left and the enemy on the right.

In Clicker Heroes, the player clicks on the enemy on the right of the screen to damage it and eventually kill it. Once killed, it will drop gold (which can change depending on the level the player is at and if the enemy is a basic enemy or a boss) which can be used to upgrade and purchase characters. The game is similar to Cookie Clicker in the sense that, once the characters are unlocked they will do the player's job for them and increase the total damage per second the player does.[3] The game runs without the player needing to do anything.[4]

The goal is to obtain a currency called "hero souls", which is used to buy powerful heroes called Ancients and gives 10% damage bonus. And also to sacrifice hero souls into ancient souls, which are fed to super-ancients called outsiders to give even more powerful bonuses. Every fifth and tenth zone (level) is a boss zone. Starting from zone 100, bosses have an initial 25% chance to be primal, which means they drop hero souls once killed. Every hundredth zone up to zone 1000 has a guaranteed primal boss, which is also a unique monster not encountered elsewhere. Additionally, for every 2000 hero levels (total), the player will receive one hero soul. The collected hero souls are not immediately available. The player must buy the hero Amenhotep and buy his ability called 'Ascension'. Using this ability will cause the player to 'ascend', which resets the game and makes the previously collected hero souls available to be spent on Ancients. Ancients are permanent within a Transcendence, meaning that even though the player has to hire and level all the regular heroes again, the Ancients with their powerful bonuses will remain. So every time the player ascends and buys Ancients the game will be a bit easier, meaning the player can reach a higher level before having to ascend again. Given enough hero souls, the player can even "Transcend", getting access to Outsiders which can amplify the Ancients' power greatly.

Release[edit]

In August 2014, it was released onto Kongregate,[5] and in September 2014, it was released onto Armor Games.[6] It was later released onto the online distribution platform, Steam in May 2015 for Microsoft Windows and OS X.[7] It was also released for iOS and Android on Aug 20 2015.[8] Version 1.0 was released in June 2016 and included a feature called "transcendence". When a player transcends: they will keep their ancient souls (received by transcending), rubies, outsiders, lifetime achievements, mercenaries and clans but will lose everything else including gilds, hero souls, relics, ancients, and zone progress.[9]

Sequel[edit]

Playsaurus continues to update the game, and they are also working on Clicker Heroes 2.[10] Clicker Heroes 2 is currently in Steam Early Access, with a cost of $30.00 and no microtransactions.[11]

Recently, Gravity hired Playsaurus to develop a Ragnarok Online-themed version of Clicker Heroes, titled Ragnarok Clicker.[12]

Reception[edit]

Clicker Heroes received very positive reception from critics and from the gaming community; with the game reaching Steam's top 10 most played games, peaking at 56,768 players in-game on 26 May 2015.[13] Clicker Heroes' popularity on Steam initiated the release of other incremental games on the service.[14]

Kotaku's Nathan Grayson said the game "[is a] perfect office space distraction".[2] Eurogamer writer, Christian Donlan said the game was his "gaming secret" and was very addictive in its own way.[3] Forbes writer Paul Tassi said if the game gained traction in the mobile market, it could become the top mobile game of 2015.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kongregate: Play free games online". www.kongregate.com. 
  2. ^ a b Grayson, Nathan (19 May 2015). "Clicker Heroes Is Super Popular On Steam... For Some Reason". Kotaku. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Donlan, Christian (21 May 2015). "Going up? The mindless pleasures of Clicker Heroes". Eurogamer. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Grayson, Nathan (20 May 2015). "I Left Clicker Heroes Running All Night And Here's What Happened". Kotaku. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Play Clicker Heroes on Kongregate". Kongregate. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Clicker Heroes on Armor Games". Armor Games. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Clicker Heroes on Steam". Steam. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Clicker Heroes is now available globally on iOS and Android!". Posted on Reddit. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Price, Josh (10 June 2016). "Clicker Heroes Patch 1.0 is Now Out". The Gamers Drop. Retrieved 14 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Clicker Heroes 2". 
  11. ^ Grayson, Nathan. "Clicker Game Ditches Microtransactions, Becomes Steam Best Seller". Steamed. Retrieved 2018-07-19. 
  12. ^ "Ragnarok Clicker on Steam". store.steampowered.com. 
  13. ^ "Steam: Player and Game stats". Steam. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Grayson, Nathan (1 August 2015). "Clicker Games Are Suddenly Everywhere On Steam". Kotaku. Gawker. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Tassi, Paul (14 October 2014). "Why 'Clicker Heroes' Could Be The Top Mobile Game Of 2015". Forbes. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 

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