Video Games You Can Play While Multitasking

Whether you’re working from home, studying, taking online classes, watching your favorite TV show, or prioritizing anything else important in your life, there are plenty of games out there that you can play and progress in that don’t require much of your attention.

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If you’re a multitasker at heart and need that extra bit of stimulation to make your work more tolerable, or your leisure time more interesting, these partially to completely “AFKable” games are worth checking out. Just… try not to get too sucked into the gameplay if you can manage it; that does defeat the concept of multitasking.

10 Runescape

While you certainly won’t be bossing, raiding, or hopping into the wilderness for some PvP, there are plenty of activities you can do in Runescape, whether you’re playing the old school or modern versions, that only require a few clicks here and there.

From barbarian fishing, cooking, smelting, and woodcutting, to flipping items on the Grand Exchange or mining Amethyst, there are tons of low-attention activities you can do that will passively net you skill XP and gold. If you’re lucky, you might even get a skill-related pet while you’re grinding.

9 Bloons TD 6

A grassy beginner map showing a red ninja monkey and a yellow tack shooter on Deflation mode.

You might need to bump the difficulty down to easy, but BTD6 can absolutely be played on the side, especially if you refrain from turning on fast-forward mode and leave the auto-start next round function disabled. Usually, you’ll only have to upgrade your towers every few rounds.

If you want to make the game truly AFK, you can play the Deflation game mode on easy difficulty, place all your towers with the budget you’ve been allotted, and let each round play out to see if the setup you chose makes it through to the end.

Many farms, mines, factories, and other layers set up for Cookie Clicker, with this game sitting at over a trillion cookies

It’d be hard to leave out the idle game classic, Cookie Clicker; you can’t get more AFK than this. If you’re just starting out, you’ll have to do a little bit of clicking, but once you get cursors, farms, mines, and plenty of other cookie-generating structures, you’ll be raking in that sweet, passive income.

While the game is quite cheap on Steam, you can still play the original browser version completely free. Although, if you’re an achievement hunter that likes to show off games you’ve fully completed, you might as well dish out a few bucks.

7 Baldur’s Gate 3

A feminine-presenting character looks out at a mountainous, wooded expanse at night with lights in the distance.

While Baldur’s Gate 3 might not be the first option that comes to mind for games that are multitask friendly, the turn-based combat and oftentimes lengthy conversations you have with NPCs and key characters let you play the game as slow as you want.

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As you grind away at your main task at hand, you can keep who you’re going to romance in the back of your mind, occasionally glance at the battle you’re in to plan your next move, or find synergies between your party members and the gear you’ve acquired.

6 Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Red units and blue units are seen clashing on a grassy battlefield.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, or TABS as the community likes to call it, is a silly puzzle game with a top-down perspective. You’re given a specific, limited amount of points for each level to buy units and defeat your AI opponents.

While thinking, planning, and familiarity with the game will determine how quickly you beat each level, you can also try unconventional strategies or try to brute force levels with various units. Once your units are placed, you start the battle and watch in anticipation to see which side wins.

5 House Flipper

House Flipper gives you an arsenal of tools to renovate and furnish homes however you’d like, although listening to the needs and wants of your clients is probably a good idea. Depending on what you’re doing, you might not even need to look at your screen.

If, for example, you’re breaking down walls with a sledgehammer, painting surfaces, or mopping floors, you don’t need to be that accurate. Plus, since this is a casual, single-player game, you’re free to go at your own pace, unlike in real life.

4 Idle Champions Of The Forgotten Realms

A six man party fighting a giant red and blue bird in Idle Champions Of The Forgotten Realms.

You’ll enjoy Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms if you like the idea of blending an idle game with the Dungeons & Dragons universe. The game is completely free on multiple platforms, like Steam and the Epic Games store, and can be played completely AFK.

Choose your champions, strategically place your party on the battlefield, and let them handle all the fighting for you. As you play, you’ll unlock new champions and upgrades, and explore iconic DnD locations in your adventures, like Neverwinter, Baldur’s Gate, and Icewind Dale.

3 Slay The Spire

A player plans their next attack through a card UI against a multi-limbed, shadowy creature with glowing yellow accents.

You can drag this enthralling, roguelike deck-builder to your second monitor, choose from one of four characters, each with their own unique cards and playstyle, and plan your next card combo one turn at a time.

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The game is single-player, so you won’t be pressured to take your turn like you would in an online match of Hearthstone. With over 300 cards and 200 items, dozens of enemies and unique combat encounters, and plenty of events and modifiers, there’s a ton to learn and discover.

2 League Of Legends

Seven players locked within golden circles wait for their turn to choose a champion.

Unless you’re playing as Yuumi, normal matches likely aren’t the best idea to play in League of Legends while you’re trying to multitask. If you’ve ever played a MOBA game in the past, you’re probably aware of how competitive it can get, especially when you get lectured by your teammates or mocked by your opponents.

The good news is you can play Teamfight Tactics instead, a relatively simple auto battler game mode that mainly requires you to pay attention to item and champion synergies. The more you play, the more you’ll understand the meta, and the more you understand, the less you’ll have to think.

1 Faeria

Five cards are seen in the foreground, with a hexagon-based, mostly blue board in the background.

While you can face off against other players online, Faeria’s unique blend of strategy deck-building and a dynamic, tile-based board where units can manipulate the environment offers rich single-player and co-op experiences through skirmishes, puzzles, and missions

Plus, if you don’t feel like you have the attention span or energy for a regular match, plenty of time can be spent building and optimizing your custom decks; there are all kinds of synergies you can discover between specific cards and the game’s four different elemental types.

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