Best Idler Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,644 Idler games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Idler game rankings were last updated on 5/27/2024.

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2. LIZARDS MUST DIE

The great exploits of the Ancient Rus in the war with the lizards. Immerse yourself in the world of Hyperborea and defeat hordes of Lizards and other unholy who encroached on holy places Ancestors. Choose a blessed hero and go save the world from the green plague.

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LIZARDS MUST DIE has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,210 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 23,506 positive reviews and 704 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play LIZARDS MUST DIE on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 9/27/2023
Franchise Agafonoff Official Group
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Steam App Id 2532550

3. Virtual Cottage

Virtual Cottage gives you a comfy place to rest and be productive without any distractions. Open the game, set yourself a goal and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Virtual Cottage has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,246 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,043 positive reviews and 203 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Virtual Cottage on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/7/2020
Franchise DU&I
Developer DU&I
Publisher DU&I
Steam App Id 1369320

4. Outpath: First Journey

Outpath: First Journey is a prologue chapter of the main game, Outpath. An experimental clicker base building game. Craft, gather & manage resources, build your base and buy more islands to exploit and expand!

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Outpath: First Journey has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,704 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,590 positive reviews and 114 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Outpath: First Journey on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/17/2022
Franchise Davii Projects
Developer David Moralejo Sánchez
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Steam App Id 2237980

5. shapez

shapez is a game about building factories to automate the creation and processing of increasingly complex shapes across an infinitely expanding map.

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shapez has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,267 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,867 positive reviews and 400 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play shapez on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $3.49
Release Date 6/7/2020
Franchise Doyoyo Games
Developer Tobias Springer
Publishers
Steam App Id 1318690

6. 英雄黄昏-文字三国志&曹贼模拟器

这是三国玩家的童话世界,新奇而独特,虽然其貌不扬,但内在很丰富。在游戏里扮演着类似穿越者的角色,在三国世界可以自由地实现各种幻想,甚至可以体验当曹贼的乐趣,另外还可以挂机摸鱼。它的缺点除了没有画面和上手较难,还没有团队,只有业余的作者一人,因热爱而坚持,若有反馈可以联系作者。

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英雄黄昏-文字三国志&曹贼模拟器 has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,789 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,729 positive reviews and 60 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 9/29/2021
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Steam App Id 1754720

7. NGU IDLE

NGU Idle is a Free To Play Idle game that's full of weird humor, tons of upgrades and hundreds of hours of content! Try out NGU Idle today and experience the joy of Numbers Going Up!

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NGU IDLE has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,087 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,656 positive reviews and 431 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play NGU IDLE on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/1/2019
Developer 4G
Publisher 4G
Steam App Id 1147690

8. Rusty's Retirement

A relaxing idle-farming simulator that sits at the bottom of your screen while you do other things.

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Rusty's Retirement has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,881 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,688 positive reviews and 193 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $6.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rusty's Retirement on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $6.99
Release Date 4/26/2024
Developer Mister Morris Games
Publisher Mister Morris Games
Steam App Id 2666510

9. Spirit City: Lofi Sessions

Spirit City: Lofi Sessions is a gamified focus tool, set to a soothing lofi soundtrack. Discover and collect Spirits, customize your cozy virtual space, and facilitate your real-life tasks with a collection of handy features designed to improve concentration and ease stress.

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Spirit City: Lofi Sessions has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,598 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,499 positive reviews and 99 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Spirit City: Lofi Sessions on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $11.99
Release Date 4/8/2024
Developer Mooncube Games
Publisher Mooncube Games
Steam App Id 2113850

10. Garden Galaxy

Discover, collect and organise to create your own unique garden in this relaxing idle / creative sandbox!

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Garden Galaxy has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Idler games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,710 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,682 positive reviews and 28 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Garden Galaxy on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 12/14/2022
Developer Anneka Tran
Publisher Anneka Tran
Steam App Id 1970460

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9/1/2021
95
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9/27/2023
95
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382
10/7/2020
95
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8
12/17/2022
94
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398
6/7/2020
94
$3.49
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35
9/29/2021
93
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NGU IDLE steam charts
3,538
10/1/2019
93
Free
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Rusty's Retirement steam charts
2,934
4/26/2024
93
$6.99
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Spirit City: Lofi Sessions steam charts
990
4/8/2024
93
$11.99
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Garden Galaxy steam charts
40
12/14/2022
93
$9.99
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372
12/14/2023
93
$6.99
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WorldBox - God Simulator steam charts
1,404
12/2/2021
93
$19.99
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Farmer Against Potatoes Idle steam charts
2,075
8/25/2022
93
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Leaf Blower Revolution - Idle Game steam charts
1,723
12/4/2020
92
Free
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Long Dream steam charts
1
4/11/2023
92
$6.99
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Ages of Conflict: World War Simulator steam charts
240
2/17/2023
92
$6.99
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Bitburner steam charts
566
12/10/2021
92
Free
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Kukoro: Stream chat games steam charts
32
2/2/2024
92
$5.99
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Soda Dungeon 2 steam charts
290
7/9/2020
91
Free
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75
2/7/2017
91
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). shapez on Steam. Steam Store.
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