App Review Feature Spotlight:
Common Sense Media says
Simple dot-eats-dot arcade game with racy user names.
What parents need to know
Ease of use
Violence & scariness
Drinking, drugs & smoking
Privacy & Safety
What Kids Can Learn
Whats it about?
As a super simple arcade game, AGAR.IO doesn't have a story: You simple move around, absorbing smaller circles so you can get bigger, all while trying not to be eaten by players who are bigger than you. Players can choose a user name that will appear on their circle or they can buy special "skins" to decorate the circle. On the grid which serves as the game board, players absorb dots and smaller players and can hide behind static, green circles called "viruses" -- but only if they are smaller than the virus. Because you get slower as you get larger, bigger players can split into smaller circles to more easily chase and absorb smaller players. There's no winning level or end to the game, so players who have logged in can save progress and play continuously across devices.
Is it any good?
Though really simple, this arcade game has enough challenge to make it super addictive, but its cut-throat nature and iffy user names might not work for younger players. While the game itself is rather innocuous, you'll undoubtedly run into someone who's name is a curse word, or is sexually explicit, or makes a drug reference; however, there are no racy visuals, so if the words alone are okay in your family, then there's nothing to fear. Also, it's very easy to lose again and again, and it takes a lot of game play to level up and get really big, which means kids could play for hours with no clear end in sight. Parents may want to set limits before downloading and know that the game is also available online, which means kids could turn off the phone and continue to play on the computer.
This rating and review provided by Common Sense Media.
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