Agar.io

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Dot-eats-dot arcade game tame except for racy usernames.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 31 reviews

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.

Violence
Sex

Some of the usernames contain sexual innuendos or words.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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 Agar.io 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.

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User Reviews

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

Agar.io - Scam

Stay away from this game. I have been playing agar.io for over 8 months now. Loved it in the beginning, they kept offering promo coins and skins and i kept buy... Continue reading
Adult Written bysuehal March 10, 2016

DONT LET YOUR YOUNG KIDS PLAY AGARIO ON THE INTERNET

My kids had been playing this game on the Ipad and on the web browser for a while and I thought it was a harmless game. That was until I was watching the bubbl... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 10, 2016

Worst

I just hate this game It doesn't let me even eat the stupid food i just hate this game don't play it
Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2016

Fine for anyone

this game is just dots eating dots and getting bigger, the only reason why i didn't rate it 4+ is because 4 year olds probably don't know how to play... 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: Miniclip.com
  • 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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