Agar.io is an incredibly popular Android game published by Poki that’s not only addicting, but incredibly fun to play. Very few games hold my attention seeing as I’m reviewing them so often, but Agar.io is one that has stuck with me for months.
Concept and Gameplay
As mentioned above, I’ve played Agar.io for months before reviewing it here on Android Apps Review. Not only is it easy to learn, but it’s even easier to pick up and play anytime you feel like it. There’s no pressure to progress through levels or check periodically for bonuses. The real perk of Agar.io is being able to play when you want for as long as you want.
The goal of Agar.io is to navigate around the playing field by tapping and dragging your finger on the screen, much like a virtual joystick. In order to grow, you must consume smaller cells that are either randomly generated.
You can also chase down other players and gobble them up. As your cell grows, your movement speed slows and other players become significantly harder to catch. One thing I did notice about the game is that there’s a bit of lag when the board is very full, so this might frustrate players.
You can use tactics in Agar.io such as spitting matter in order to shrink your cell and increase movement speed, and you can also use the splitting option for even more self defense. No matter your play style, the goal is always to grow and survive the longest.
Even though Agar.io is an incredibly popular and successful game, it doesn’t include many of the features we’ve come to expect from chart topping games. You won’t find unlockable achievements, nor will you come across any in-app purchases (that I could find).
One feature I do like in Agar.io is the ability to give your cell a nickname, which adds quite a bit of humor to the game experience. As you can probably imagine, people get very creative and it’s not long before you’re being chased by 8 balls and the FBI. You can even unlock special skins if you use a certain nickname and a list of them can be found over at Agario Skins.
There’s also a leaderboard that can be accessed during gameplay, but it only tracks the top 5 players and changes constantly.
Personally I think the slim concept really works to the game’s advantage because players are enjoying everything Agar.io offers without going broke or getting frustrated with daily, monthly, and all-time leaderboards.
Agar.io can be downloaded from Google Play for free and though the game’s store page says there are in-app purchases, I couldn’t find any while testing the game for review. If you’d like to try the free online version, you can find it here, published by Poki.
Overall, Agar.io is a game that you absolutely must try if you enjoy games that can be picked up and played on a whim. You don’t have to stress over maintaining leaderboard scores (except while you’re playing), increasing player levels, and earning achievements. It’s the perfect addicting time-waster game for pretty much all platforms.
Agar.io requires Android 2.3.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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