It was only a matter of time before someone reduced Zynga’s FarmVille to its gaming essence: Click, wait, and click again for a reward. Satirical Facebook app Cow Clicker does just that. You have a cow – click it, wait six hours, then click again!
Just like FarmVille, you can invite your friends, or just bug the hell out of them by publishing news stories about it. Don’t want to wait? Just buy in-game currency – mooney – with real money and you can get clicks quicker, and fancier cows too!
Cow Clicker is a great joke, and seems to be getting pretty popular already despite being a critique of the social click-a-thon games. Creator Ian Bogost has a really interesting post about how he came to make the game, and why he sees games like Mafia Wars as problematic.
As a pretty old school gamer, I can’t understand games that don’t have a skill element to them, and I agree with Bogost that they seem to be compulsive in very negative ways. Still, I think Cow Clicker’s pretty cool! I hope I don’t get sucked in…