The Particles of the Yeast
If Jack London’s Wolf Larsen needed an illustration for his philosophy, he would have selected something like this game. In his Nietzschean views, he compared people to particles of the yeast trying to eat each other; and Agar.io is just about this. In this game you start as a little round particle of agar, and then, eating the smallest dots, you become bigger and eventually the biggest if you are lucky.
There are some nuances in the agar’s behavior. For example, you can split your big ball into a swarm of smaller balls to collect all the pellets around, and then get back together. To provoke others, you may shoot little pieces of matter and stimulate division. There are also tools like ejection that stimulates ejection from all the players towards it. Then any ball that’s near in the right moment can eat that mass and grow bigger. It’s just one of the tactical tricks possible on the field. Finally, there are big green inedible balls you can hide behind to avoid being eaten.
This world has its complications, and that makes the game much deeper than it seems. The controls are simple in this game. You direct your ball of agar with swipes, or with taps. There are also buttons for splitting your ball; you can select where they are located. That’s all about controls when on the field.
But, unlike other .io games, there is a lot to upgrade beyond the field. For example, you can unlock potions that give you extra powers. There are DNA coins that let you buy more extras than regular coins.
Last but not least: the game supports skins, and they make a great impression when selected right. Players can even draw their own custom skins and write their nicknames upon them. That’s why any ball may look individual in the game.
There is more than just agar you consist of. You can enhance your DNA to get more fit. There are potions that make you more powerful or let you resurrect. You can have a mass bonus as an advantage at the respawn. Or you can buy some bonus to your experience. It all costs virtual coins, and they can be bought for real ones.
Like most multiplayer .io games, Agar.io is ad-supported. Of course, its developers also want to become bigger particles of the yeast. And they even leave no option of paying to get rid of ads. Instead, they offer you many ways to spend your money on upgrades. Well, it’s fun too to reach new levels faster and enjoy richer gameplay. But the ad-free version is what Agar.io needs the most now. If there is one around, we’d take even two.
• Vivid gameplay;
• Constantly keeps you alert;
• Lots of tactical moves;
• Low system requirements;
• Custom skins that make the game brighter.
• One cannot turn off the ads even by paying;
• The gameplay needs mastering.