The end of the office-based work-week draws near, so what better way to kill time than to pretend that you are the leader — nay, the god — of a cookie-forged empire?
Enter Cookie Clicker.
The premise is simple: You start out clicking an on-screen cookie. This, somehow, produces more cookies. From there, you create a cookie empire, using your click-based earnings (this might sound like a weird Craigslist ad, come to think of it) to create "buildings" ranging from extra cursors to click the cookie for you, to grandmothers to bake for you, all the way out to portals to some dimension that is apparently based on cookies.
The only way that Cookie Monster would love this game more is if it actually shot out cookies, directly into his om-nom-nomming mouth.
As for its addictiveness, I'll say this much: I began playing this game, on a whim, at 10:30 last night. I realized at about 1 a.m. that I was somehow creating more than 10,000 cookies per second, and that I had started to rewrite laws of the universe, using cookies as both pen and paper. By the time I woke from a cookie-filled dreamscape, I had become a titan, surveying the universe as my machinations produce more than 13 million cookies per second.
I'm thinking of joining some sort of help group now, to shake the cookie habit.
In other words, it's a perfect way to destroy an hour or two at work before you head home to get ready for the Kathleen Madigan or Chief Keef show (or both), or whatever else you're up to tonight. Just, y'know. Tone it down on the clicking, lest your boss and coworkers realize you're all wasting time doing the same thing.