An idea is like a resilient parasite. A statement that is fully formed – fully understood – that sticks is highly contagious. Such an idea is at the core of this game known as Paper.io. A single cell block on a limited area where you move around the screen to claim as much territory as you can while avoiding running into your opponents. It’s a simple enough formula that’s easy to pick up. It’s a concept that any young – adult, even non-game savvy person, can understand right away.
The graphics are an eight bit aesthetic that’s pleasing to the eyes, and the background music is reminiscent of the arcade games that were once part of all our lives. Paper.io offers three different types of control, which include joystick, which you opt to select on either right or left-hand side, and touch control, where you can navigate by clicking on your cell. There are twenty-five challenges ranging from easy to extreme in difficulties to complete.
It presents a steep learning curve that can only be scaled by repetitive plays among the collectibles. There are numerous avatars that can be unlocked only by completing specific challenges. However, in hindsight, it suffers from some simple problems, which was fixed or more relaxed in its successor Paper.io 2. Such as the player’s death when you hit the wall or cross your own tail. The ads can be intrusive when they pop up every time you die and you cannot skip it until it runs its course. A simple solution to bypass it would be buying the premium version of the app.
Similar games have ventured into the same .io genre following the same principle. These games play the same but follow different metagames and challenges. Paper.io 2 online is available on both mobile and PC platforms. However, it’s web-based version offers slightly more variations to the available game modes. It includes different maps, mini-games, and similar challenges to its app counterpart. Despite its simplicity and ads, at its core, it’s still a fun game that continues to allure new and returning old players.
It’s more control and freedom over the management of the participant’s movement. These days, there are around five classic game-mode – Classic newspaper: io2, Little Map, Fast Speed, World Conflict, and Teams. The first release date of the game was released on 9th August 2018. This game is available on platforms such as iOS, Android, and Microsoft windows.