We first reviewed Godville [Free] not long after it was released in mid-2010 and it instantly clicked with me. People love making comparisons to free to play games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] to virtual ant farms, as they require very little interaction and basically just exist as a virtual world to amuse you for a few seconds at a time. Godville is the most virtual ant farm-y of all virtual ant farms in that instead of logging on to manage timers or interact with whatever characters there are in game, you literally do nothing. It's a zero player game that you don't interact with at all beyond either encouraging or punishing your hero- Two things which both do whatever the next microscopic increment above "nothing" would be to the game world.

Instead, as mentioned in the review, all you do is check up on your guy whenever you remember him to see what he's up to. He'll go adventuring, fight monsters, collect loot, tame pets, join guilds, and everything else without any need of your attention at all. In fact, you can literally not even touch the game for a year at a time and come back to find your guy happily adventuring away, not even caring in the slightest whether or not you exist. It's incredibly clever, and while I sometimes forget about my guy for a few weeks at a time, it's always fun to come back and catch up on what he's been doing. I can say fairly definitively it's the only iOS game I've consistently played for nearly four years straight, as my character is approaching the age of 46 months.

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Godville recently saw a substantial iOS 7 makeover with its 5.0 update. In addition to looking all iOS 7-like, it has some new swipe gestures to make your play sessions even quicker, allowing you to spend even less time following what your hero is doing. Anyway, it's hard to think of many iOS games that have been maintained this long, much less iOS games I still actually play that are this old. With the semi-recent 5.0 update, it seemed worthwhile to remind people that Godville exists.

Give Godville a try. It's the best game you'll never play.

  • witedahlia

    Thanks for mentioning Godville on this site. I've been playing it since 2010, back when I had my iPhone 3G. I would love to see more people talking about it in the forums. Because even though you don't HAVE to do much in the game, there are things you can do, and it's fun to share some of the crazy antics that go on with your follower.

  • ste86uk

    Installing again even though I've had it on my phone many times. Tempted me into having a go again.

  • PallaZ

    I'm playing it 3,6 years straight. "Playing"

  • John Dickerson

    Ive been playing for 45 months, there are dungeons and boss fights, digging and trying to keep your pet alive. So there are some actual things to do. Also there are guilds (Im in Slaves to Armok). Also the developers keep improving the game with updates. Its one of my favorite iOS games. Give it a try you don't have to do anything. :-)

    • Frost

      If I don't have to do anything, I would rather go out and see the sunset...

      • John Dickerson

        Since you aren't doing anything you CAN go out and see the sunset.

      • Frost

        That was the best thing you came up with? Why so much negativity? I was suggesting something healthier and genuine...

      • zergslayer69

        In that case, best not to spend any time on video games, lots of places to go, things to see, activities to do. But I like my games because I get to do and see things that real life doesn't always offer.

      • Frost

        Why not play them anymore? You will limit yourslef so much... Videogames are awesome... They do what you say.

      • Frost

        Who said I dont have anything to do? I just were saying. God you are so full of negativity

  • Cleafus

    I've been checking in on my guy every day for three years, and now I'm 64th level. It does make a difference as far as your characters progress if you interact with him daily, performing miracles and protecting him in boss fights. It's one of my favorite games.

    • terryterryd

      Thanks Cleafus! Now I know how to play! I was only checking once every few months.

  • Kiltedsheep

    This sounds pretty interesting! Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out now.

  • Adams Immersive

    I'm one of those who never checked in for a year... thanks for the reminder! I'll go see whether I've won...

    • zergslayer69

      If you haven't checked in a year you get a specific achievement. I'd never be able to do that since I want to make sure my hero stays alive, and they tend to die every few weeks.

      • Adams Immersive

        Don't feel bad--I didn't touch mine for 45 months, and still didn't get the achievement!

        But I have resurrected my dead character. Progress.

  • jarland

    Never played it and feel like I've been missing something by your glowing review. Yet...you nearly lost me at 0 player game. What a strange thing to be a game you can't control that captures your attention for so much time. I can only assume it makes sense after going in, so that's what I'll be doing, but not before documenting my thoughts as an outsider.

    • Design by Adrian

      "Decided that this page should be intentionally left blank"

  • Cleafus

    Your character is constantly writing in his diary which is how you know what he is doing. Here is an example of the humor in the game.

    03:01: The doctor performed unnecessary surgery on me for free because I had a coupon.

  • TrencH

    I played it awhile ago and was getting beat up on a regular basis. Other then sifting through message boards is there a guide to surviving and tips for this game? It was fun and had good humor but I was obviously doing something wrong.

    • Cleafus

      You need to check in on your guy daily, even several times a day. Keep encouraging him and casting miracles. Set it to notifications so you know when you fight a boss. That way you can attend to him and defend him.

      • TrencH

        Thanks friend =]

  • Adan

    Wow, the screenshots look amazing... NOT!

    A game where all you see are menus... rather read a book, thanks!!!

    • nini

      You should check some of the CYOA type games, they're all text and menus!

      • Adan

        I reiterate...

    • xzeldax3

      I love ur opinion. Plz comment more!

      • Frost

        Same here

    • mlago9

      You are the type of person that always gets mentioned on the podcast because you were complaining about something you could've easily ignored.

      • Frost

        Then you dont know anything about a discussion and expressing an opinion

      • Adan

        I am the type of person that likes to have an opinion, and you are a comment-Nazi...

        This article got me all excited with its description of this 'game' and I was deeply disappointed when I learned what it really was.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        There's a difference between having an opinion and being stupid about it. Your original comment had a "...NOT!" as its comedic punchline and you followed it up by Godwin's Law-ing yourself. Step back from your computer and think about that for a bit.

      • Adan

        Oh Jesus... I do NOT want to be like you and over think everything over and over again. I have better things to do!

        Effing chill man!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        It's clear you have better things to do than think. :)

      • Adan

        Bye loser!

      • Frost

        Please tell me this is not a negative comment?

      • Frost

        Because this is so negative

      • Frost

        And this is no different from a regular discussion, just because its the internet and people take time to check their comments I should forget it and keep going? I like to track all my moves

    • Frost

      Well said Adan, better to do something productive than doing nothing. I would go out and see the sunset, hang with friends, go the gym, ... so many things to do to waste it here. Life is short, dont waste it

      • putermcgee

        Speaking of wasting time, how many more times are you planning on commenting on this one article?

      • Frost

        I work at a place that gives me so much free time in between to browse the internet and my iPhone tells me every reply I get . Done with your negativity for today? Take some deep breaths and embrace positiveness

      • Frost

        And also, I have so much free time that I know I am wasting it, so that's why I am giving advice, because I know what I am talking about. You seem to focus on the negative.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I just unexpectedly laughed so hard I squirt coffee out my nose. That's the first time that's ever happened in my entire life. I thought it was just a thing people said online.

      • Frost

        Another comment without any negativity again, right? ;)

      • Adan

        :-)

      • Frost

        Adan, people will see other points of view as negative if they dont agree with it. People needs to realize people has OTHER opinions than theirs.

  • Xotaku8106X

    Anyone have any text based rpg adventures they'd recommend? My friend had one he played with dice rolls and such..i have Sorcery 1 and 2

    • ramireo

      Check out "Choice Of Dragon" and more from the same developer, they are great!

  • DemoEvolved

    This game was fun for a bit 10 years ago when it was called progress quest and ran in your system tray

  • baelnor

    Like progress quest?

  • Cookies

    Honestly, WeRule was a thousand times better. The servers closing was the saddest day for the appstore.

  • putermcgee

    My hero is 43 months old, and still only 30% towards finishing the temple. This is one of my favorite iOS apps.

    • zergslayer69

      Check the godvile times and see how much gold bricks are going for. When you have that much on your hero, I think if you miracle you have a chance of melting that gold into a brick. Or was it encourage? I forget. Helps speed up your temple progress.

      • putermcgee

        I forgot about that! Unfortunately, it seems like whenever I remember to check on my hero, he dies soon after. That just happened today, and yesterday was the first time I checked on him in a couple months. He seems to live a longer, healthier life without a god in it.

  • TJF588

    I was hella excite to try this out. Got to the Store, punched in my password, then... Requires iOS 7. No prompt to download an older version.

    Just one more of too many apps (most so far being utility apps, like even Paypal) which my apparently ancient 4th Gen Touch is holding me back from.

  • riggysmalls

    Can we get an ios7 update with swipe gestures for the TA App?

    • TJF588

      Just so long as it's still compatible with iOS 6, ya?

  • zergslayer69

    Surprised to see this on the front page again after all these years. Since the introduction of arks, the dungeons have made interactivity more so between players and their heroes. I've been sending my hero down to dungeons quite often with a group from palringo who are all interested in getting a log and not just being grouped with a bunch of afk who die off. Add the god "Stan the Man" if you want another godville friend!

  • mutts

    Hmm a game that lets you actually do nothing except tweet,copy and raed funny lines. Can we still call it a game?

  • Spyder

    I had literally forgotten about this game and tried a bunch of old passwords before I found what it had been set to.

    Hero is 43 months old, only level 27.5 :)

    It said searching for hero in the haystacks, which I assume means he had been paused after I stopped checking in. He's only died 10 times, that's not much for years without help...