Idle games are one of the many guilty secrets that live in the windows and tabs that accompany me through a working day*. There’s something comforting about clicking across to a series of steadily climbing numbers, particularly when there’s a narrative involved.
Exoptable Money is Cookie Clicker without the clicking and, indeed, without the cookies. The closest analogue I can think of is Little Inferno, a game that I formed a powerful bond with for the few hours that it smouldered on my screen. Exoptable has two forms of input – the first is a lever that activates the Money Machine, causing it to spew dosh, and the other is a pull rope that brings down a shop menu. Your goal is to make as much money as possible. How you’ll make it and why are revealed as the story unfolds. It’s grim.