Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.
You play an entity whose sole purpose it is to make paperclips. It starts by clicking on a box to create a single paperclip at a time but soon develops into a mechanised process to automatically churn out ever more paperclips. As you go on, more options open up. Soon you are investing the profits in the stock market, and investing the stock market profits into computer upgrades, all for the sake of making paperclips at the cost of all else. Steadily everything else is commodified in pursuit of more paperclips.
It's as much a thought experiment as it is a game. But it succeeds at being both. It's enjoyable to play, and just as much fun to talk about.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's the silliness and novelty of this endless-clicking game that appeals to really young players. Provided you have enough numerical understanding to parse the large numbers this can be a game that gets kids laughing.
VoiceOver works well as all the buttons are clearly labelled. You do need to use VoiceOver gestures including three-finger swipe up/down to navigate between pages. You also have to drag your finger over the screen to read the numbers and text.
The Split Tap VoiceOver setting can be helpful to reduce the strain of a large number of clicks. Instead of selecting an item and double-tapping, split-tap enables you to hold an item with one finger, then tap the screen with another finger.
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