The fact that you are reading this article probably means that you do not know much about the game of Agario. You will find a lot of Agario titles, but it is officially referred to as Agar.io. It is a massive multiplayer action game developed by Matheus Valadares. Players of this game control their own organism in a petri dish which will be running around on a map.
The main goal of this game is to gain as much mass as you can by eating up other organisms which are smaller than your own. The fun part of this game is that you must keep amassing your size while escaping from others that want to swallow you.
The reason why the game is called Agario is because the media that you find in a petri dish comes from a substance called agar, used for culturing bacteria. Other reasons include how the name agar.io came to be because the term “agar” is a jelly in Malay, which also possesses a similar meaning to the cell like which many players think is jelly like.
To get more scientific, Agar is a substance in a form of a jelly coming from algae. It is usually used for microbiological purposes and for preparing a food ingredient. The agar plate is the petri dish where the growth medium is placed where allows any microorganisms present to grow. Just think of the game like you are doing some sort of science experiment.
When the game was first released, it received critical reception, mostly positive ones. The critics praised the game’s simplicity, mechanics, and competition, while the criticism is focused on its repetitiveness.
The success of the game was largely due to ‘word of mouth’ through social media networks. It quickly became one of the most popular mobile and web games in its first year. A downloadable version through Steam was revealed on the 3rd of May 2015, while its mobile version for Android and iOS was released by Miniclip on the 24th of July 2015.
At first, the game never had any name at all and its initial purpose was that it is only going to be accessed through an IP address. However, a user from 4chan suggested the title. While many of you see this game as Agario, it is actually referred to as Agar.io, with the ‘.io’ part the domain of where the game is being hosted since you need to access the game online through http://agar.io/.
A week later after Agar.io was released, they entered the Steam Greenlight together with the developer, announcing their free-to-play variant of the system. He even gave more information about how they are going to include more features for the Steam version that is not in the browser version.