Pure Gelatinous Ecstasy

a·gar – [äˌɡär, āˌɡär] noun

“A gelatinous substance obtained from various kinds of red seaweed and used in biological culture media and as a thickener in foods.” (Google Dictionary)
steamworkshop_collection_1430638121_collection_brandingEvery now and then, a game comes along that defines a generation, turns the industry on its head, and becomes the new standard for excellence in game development. These games inspire us, move us, and even motivate us to be better people. Ok, so maybe that’s taking it a bit too far, but Agar.io is a hell of a lot of fun. If you haven’t had the chance to play Agar.io, you need to stop whatever you’re doing and go play it immediately. Well, first finish this article, and THEN go play it.

 Agar.io is one of the simplest yet most addictive online experiences I’ve ever had. A friend of mine had recommended that I give this game a shot, and I reluctantly agreed to give it a few minutes. 1 minute in, I was hooked. 3 hours later, I had to just close the browser because I wasn’t getting any work done. Agar.io is a simple game, but it is a surprisingly strategic and incredibly tense multiplayer experience.

You begin the game as a tiny ball of agar, and your entire objective is to consume other smaller balls of agar in order to grow larger. As you grow, you will also gain the ability to divide yourself into smaller parts in order to escape a predator or even give yourself a small boost in order to catch smaller yet faster prey. As you continue to grow, your abilities to  divide yourself will become even more useful, but you will also become much slower. Players will have to carefully plan which targets to go after, when to divide, and when to run. Every move you make can either send you soaring up the leaderboard, or lead you to your steamworkshop_webupload_previewfile_436491794_previewmicroscopic demise.

At the moment, the game has only one basic mode that all players can participate in via their web browser, but with the recent Greenlight on Steam, the developer is looking to add “more game modes, a skin editor, account stats, and many other features not available in the web version.” While the developer wants to keep the game as free-to-play, they are going to be exploring funding options such as cosmetic add-ons or possibly even renting private servers.

The original web version of Agar.io spread like wildfire across the internet after its launch, so I can only imagine how insane things will get once they launch on Steam. Personally, I sincerely hope the developer looks into a console version of this game, because it would be perfect if I could just sit back on my couch with my DualShock 4 and dominate the petri dish. Agar.io is the perfect game for gamers, non-gamers, or anyone who wants to waste 5 minutes to 5 hours of their life. This is a simple, yet brilliant game that everyone should look into.

Title: Agar.io
Developer: M28

About The Author

Derrick D
Editorial/Reviews Writer

Derrick has been an avid gamer since before he even started kindergarten. He is a video games enthusiast first and foremost and has a unconditional love for the gaming industry. His fun-loving personality, wide array of experiences, as well as his background in gaming and the film industry have helped him to develop a unique perspective that is always thoughtful and invariably entertaining.