If you played and enjoyed games like Candy Box and A Dark Room, you've probably been itching for a new, similar game to play in the downtime. Deeply inspired by Candy Box, Polish developer Michał Rawdanowicz has released Gold and Gems: a fantastic tribute to the ASCII game and yet a deep and absorbing game in its own right. Switching out ASCII graphics for tile ones, the game has you focusing more on questing, with a significantly smaller amount of resource management.
Gold and Gems is more of a standard heroic fantasy game, dropping the the kitchen-sink plotting prominent in Candy Box. You start off in an empty landscape with only a few options, but soon enough you'll have a flourishing kingdom. Every new structure you build will aid you in preparing for your next excursion. Manage your resources, increase your production, upgrade your equipment, and then fight your way through the next location.The satisfaction of progressing after spending time preparing yourself is abundant in Gold and Gems, and is meant to be played in short bursts. Therefore, you can have the game open in the background while you do other things during your day, and check on it every once in a while. There's a ton of places to visit, so Gold and Gems should keep you occupied for a good while.
Play Gold and Gems in your browser here, but be sure to remember your ID number when you save, as you'll need it to load your file.