Since Agar.io‘s release on April 28th, 2015, .io games have gained popularity through accessibility and exposure through Let’s Play videos. Notable YouTubers, including Markiplier and Jacksepticeye, have made series revolving around these games. Within the past 4 years, .io has expanded out of Agar.io into countless other games. Some are zombie-themed, others have war robots. Some lag like crazy, others run smoothly and extend their reach to mobile devices.
Sifting through the hundreds of titles available, here are the 10 best .io games worth wasting your time on.
Updated by Madison Lennon on March 2, 2020: If you’re someone who has always enjoyed playing games online, particularly free ones, then you should definitely check out the many IO games available. You can play them on your phone, both Android and Apple, or from the comfort of your laptop.
The games tend to be very simple, yet addicting. We thought now would be a great time to revisit this list and update it with more options. There are hundreds of IO games out there and it’s easy to struggle between which one is worth your time or not, hopefully, this list will narrow it down.
If you’re a fan of flight simulator games or anything where you get to fly around in an aircraft and attack your opponents then Wings.io should be the perfect fit for you. You fly jet around and aim to shoot your enemies out of the sky.
It’s a multiplayer game and you get to play against tons of people worldwide and collect various weapons to enhance your jet in the process. You can play it on a computer or you can play the app version of the game on your phone or tablet.
Eatme.io is a massive online multiplayer game where players play as a fish with the goal of trying to eat their enemies and stay alive. It is similar in style to other IO games like Agar.io and Slither.io.
You will need to eat smaller fish to become stronger and survive and then you’ll fight against your enemies in a quest for long life. The entire game takes place underwater and your main goal is to become the new leader of the water kingdom which you and the other fish inhabit.
Hole.io is an intriguing game where you play as a literal black hole trying to consume everything in your path. To beat the game, you have to consume players, cars, trees, and more in your pathway as your hole expands. The bigger it gets the more of the city you can consume.
However, you have to utilize real physics to make sure you’re not trying to consume something too big for you that could potentially cause a blockage. Other black holes in the game will be able to swallow you if they’re bigger.
Mope.io is a game of hunting and survival. Decide what creature you want to begin the game as always a small and relatively harmless being like a mouse — then slowly forage for food and water as you struggle to stay alive. You’ll need to avoid the other players who are outlined in red to keep from getting eaten.
You will slowly be able to grow bigger as you keep yourself alive and aim to collect and discover all the different monsters available in the game.
Surviv.io is a battle royale-style game. Players fight on a top-down perspective and can team up in pairs to battle it out on the field. In the process, they can also scavenge for items and weapons. Some of the different weapons in the game include shotguns and SMGS.
They also have long-range snipers and assault rifles available in addition to multiple melee weapons. While it may not be as popular as other battle royale games like Fortnite, it still has a very strong fanbase and can be played on multiple platforms.
Kind of like Agar.io with a fidget spinner. Collecting dots increases your fidget spinner’s speed, allowing you to ram into and eliminate other players. Whirlpools can help launch you at another player or help you get away when someone else is spinning so fast you that you can’t see the fidget spinner shape anymore.
It’s definitely fun and addictive but does pander to the now somewhat dead fidget spinner hype. No judgment, feel free to enjoy fidget spinners! And it runs pretty well on iffy internet service. But why play this over Agar.io?
One of the more relaxing .io games available, Paper.io is all about creating your own paper empire. Move by using WASD or the arrow keys. Your goal is to create the largest area possible with your paper color. Eliminate other players by running into their incomplete sections.
The worst drawback is probably that you can eliminate yourself if you run into your own paper trail. The round can be over in a matter of seconds, but there’s something very aesthetically pleasing about the game’s art style. It’s the slowest fast-paced game you’ll play.
With a cute exterior and unsettling interior, Deeeep.io calls to anyone who enjoys underwater adventures. Choose the fish that calls to your heart and begin your adventure under the sea! Different fish give different perks. For example, playing as a clownfish allows you to hide in anemone without taking damage. You know, like in Finding Nemo.
You’ll also be able to switch your fish at certain points in the game. Other fish allow you to explore the depths, turning darker the deeper you go. It’s unclear whether damage taken by fish is from someone else trying to eat you or you’re ramming into another fish with such force that it creates damage, but either way, bumper fish is a fun idea. Unfortunately, the game doesn’t offer other playable modes, so it ends its reign at #5.