Don’t let the art dissuade you. Browser game Candy Box 2 is a whimsical journey through a kingdom fueled by candy and a great game if you’re the kind of person who likes to see status bars and numbers go up.
Candy Box 2 is an RPG-ish adventure game with a simple concept: every second you generate one piece of candy, the game’s most elementary currency. Things start with a simple menu screen that lets you eat candy, drop it on the ground (because screw it, you’ll always get more), or use it to purchase basic game elements like an options menu or save files.
It isn’t long before you’re killing monsters, riddling with magic talking squirrels, and running a lollipop plantation that quickly grows to Cookie Clicker levels of profit. There’s even a game within the game, a simple turn-based RPG that allows you to bet on your performance to earn more candy.
If you’re in the market for a game that lets you alternate between playing and leaving it open in another window to get progress, check it out. I guarantee your computer can run it.