Agar.io is a massively multiplayer game developed by Matheus Valadares. Players control a cell in a map representing apetri dish the goal is to gain as much mass as possible by swallowing smaller cells without being swallowed by bigger ones.The name Agar.io comes from the substance agar, used to culture bacteria.
Initially advertised on 28 April 2015 on 4chan as a browser game, Agar.io was a quick success; the agar.io website (for the browser version) was ranked by Alexa as one of the 1,000 most visited websites, and the mobile versions were downloaded more than ten million times during its first week. Reception of the game was positive; it received particular praise for its simplicity, competition, and mechanics; while some disliked its repetitiveness. A downloadable Steam version was planned and announced on 3 May 2015, and the mobile version of Agar.io for IOS and Android was released on 8 July 2015 by Miniclip.
Official Agar.io logo
28 April 2015
8 July 2015
Agar.io gameplay this shows only a small fraction of an Agar.io map. Shown here are four cells. The cell named “doge” shows the game’s custom style feature; in this case, the username “doge” causes a player’s cell to show a drawing of the dog of the Doge meme .The objective of Agar.io is to grow a cell, a circular player-controlled object, by swallowing both pellets and smaller cells without being swallowed by larger cells. It can be played in a deathmatch or between teams. The goal of the game is to obtain the largest cell; players restart when all of their cells are swallowed. Players can change their cell’s appearance with predefined words or phrases.
Agar.io contains three entities: pellets, cells and viruses:
- Pellets, or food, are randomly scattered among the map. When swallowed, they slightly increase a cell’s mass.
- Cells are controlled by every player. Only opponent cells that are smaller can be swallowed; they can be swallowed directly, or by splitting, as described below. Cells move slower with heavier mass and gradually lose mass over time.
- Viruses split larger cells into many pieces. Smaller cells can hide behind them for protection against larger cells. They can be fed to create another virus launched at a direction the player chooses.
Players can split a part of their cell, flinging one of the divided cells at the direction of the cursor. This can be used as a ranged attack to swallow other cells, to escape from a difficult situation, or to move more quickly around the map. Split cells eventually merge back into one cell. Players can also release a small fraction of their mass to grow other cells, to bait enemies so that they can be eaten, or to feed viruses, which splits them when done several times.