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Dot-eats-dot arcade game tame except for racy usernames.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 40 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Players use the touchscreen to move their character around, but it takes some strategy to play for any length of time.


Some of the usernames contain sexual innuendos or words.


Players can have sexually explicit names that include all manner of profanity, including versions of "s--t," "f--k," and "d--k," though there's no profanity generated by the app itself.


In-game currency can be earned by playing or bought with real-world money to level up faster or buy skins to decorate a character.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Users can use drug references for their usernames.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that is a simple but addictive arcade game that was originally available for Web browsers. By moving your finger, you move your character -- a decorated circle -- over smaller circles to eat them, which makes you bigger, but you also have to avoid being eaten by larger players. While the game itself is devoid of sex and violence, there's nothing that prevents other players from using curse words, sexual terms, or drug references as a character's name. Players can also use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to buy character decorations and experience points. Be aware that if you sign up through Facebook, the app can collect personal information such as your gender, location, and email address. To learn more about the types of information collected and shared, read the app's privacy policy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byObito N. May 2, 2017 - Scam

Stay away from this game. I have been playing for over 8 months now. Loved it in the beginning, they kept offering promo coins and skins and i kept buy... Continue reading
Parent of a 9, 12, and 18+-year-old Written byLinzi February 5, 2016

Addictive but be wary of usernames

Fun and simple to play, appealing to all ages, but, as CSM says, be wary of the fact that there is no stopping sexual themed or language full usernames.
Teen, 14 years old Written byTypical Type September 8, 2020 has many cons.

Honestly, it's 2020 now. I've been playing this game since 2016. It was a lot of fun back then, but after a short break and trying to return to the ga... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGAMINGPRO1912 November 21, 2019

It is the best game ever and can play with friends and family

this game is the best game i ever played and there is a little nudity just eat them up and get over it lol

to all parents, i understand the safety of your chil... Continue reading

What's 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 username that will appear on their circle, or they can buy special "skins" to decorate the circle. On the grid, which serves as the gameboard, 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 cutthroat nature and iffy usernames might not work for younger players. While the game itself is rather innocuous, you'll undoubtedly run into someone whose 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 OK 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 gameplay 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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and your family's rules around them. Is it OK to spend real money on level-ups?

  • Talk about the appeal of this type of game. Why is it so popular?

  • Since there's no clear end to the game, talk about time limits or other ways to know when to stop playing.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Release date: January 27, 2016
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 43.40 MB
  • Publisher:
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
  • Last updated: April 13, 2020

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