Cookie Clicker is great. Cookie Clicker is also an all-consuming nightmare. The browser-based classic is now available in a paid, ad-free version on Steam, and it’s already proving popular. Perhaps too popular. The game has already caught over 10,000 people in its addictive web, and heaven help me, I’m one.
The Steam version of Cookie Clicker launched just a few hours ago as of this post, and has already reached 13,494 concurrent players, as SteamDB shows. That puts it in striking range of Steam’s top 50, just behind regular favourites like No Man’s Sky, The Binding of Isaac, and Euro Truck Simulator 2. The in-game ‘herald’ feature gives a passive buff to all players based on the current number of Steam users. This buff has already maxed out.
Those numbers are especially impressive considering that this Steam release, currently priced at $4.99 / £3.99 / €3.99, offers basically the same features as the original browser version. It’s ad-free, it has cloud saves, music, and will support Steam Workshop, but otherwise it’s exactly the same game you might’ve lost your hours two back in its original format.