Come on admit it. We’ve all been there…
We all remember that feeling of being the newbie in an established environment, right? Whether it was moving to a new neighborhood, transferring in the middle of the year to another school or starting the first day of a job, we all can recall that feeling. Yes, being the newbie is always lonely in any place where you don’t know anyone yet.
In the gaming industry, several big companies have decades of experience in developing the most popular and profitable games that users know and feel familiar with. So just imagine being the newbie in such a competitive industry and somehow managing to become a virtual overnight success!
This is the story of the IO games: The newbie game genre who suddenly became the popular kid in the gaming industry!
The definition of an IO game is…
Wait, wait, wait. Let’s take a step back first.
First, we need to talk about where the “IO” came from in the term IO games. The interesting origin of IO games may surprise most seasoned gamers who started playing on handheld consoles. IO games had a unique start.
With everyone being on the World Wide Web for over two decades now, it’s fair to say that we all have heard of a .com website or what’s formally known as a domain name, right? A domain name is basically like a parking space for all files on a website server. No website can be seen without a domain name first. Eventually most of the easy to remember, recognizable or popular .com domain names were all taken by registered website owners so, new domains were created. For example, another type of domain name is .net and in recent years, .io was created and quickly became known for gaming.
Now…. We can talk about IO games now that we know where the IO came from: The .io domain name.
In short, IO games can be defined as games that can be played on the internet by multiple players around the world. However, because they are easy to access yet, they aren't always easy to beat other players, IO games grew in popularity very quickly amongst gamers.
Ya know... There IS one great thing about being a 'newbie'. Anytime someone or something is new, there's an instant level of curiosity and intrigue around the unknown. A new person or thing has to be introduced to people and their surroundings grabs our attention. So for international gamers, IO games automatically caught their eye for being different than the other types of games.
Their secret to their success? They are simple yet, VERY addicting to play!
So how did it all begin? Who developed the first IO game?
If IO games had a founding father, the big daddy of them all would be creator Matheus Valadares. In April 2015, Matheus released Agar.io. In a virtual online petri dish...
Yes, you read that correctly. That was a PETRI DISH game!
In a virtual petri dish, players compete to take control of cells in the Agar.io game. So what's main objective to the game? In a word: Dominance! The goal of Agar.io is to take over one cell at a time.
Believe it it not, in a world of high tech, complex and expensive games, the simplicity of the graphics of these free IO games is what hooks the players. They think "I'll just try one more time" or "How hard can this game really be"? That's the subtle seduction that brings in millions of IO gamers around the world.
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Did that last paragraph just say that IO online games are FREE?
With the prices of other popular games going up, some even costing over $100 per game, gamers have fallen in love with the idea of IO gaming at no cost.
Ok so petri dish and cell domination may not float your boat. No worries, there's other popular IO games to try. If this type of gaming sounds good, let's move on to more IO games.
Let's start with Deep.io: The one with 2 E's —
Deep.io is another cool IO multiplayer online game. Players choose an animal to play and all the fun begins when they go into the darkness of the waters hence the title, 'deep.io'.
Depending on how many animals and how much food that the player eats while swimming in those deep, dark waters, the more powerful they become in the game. A few fun abilities may be poisoning others, earth digging skills or just mastering the art of not being EATEN by others animals!
Next, we can add another 2 E's and suddenly we have a brand new game, Deeeep.io. Why does this IO game need to go SO deep? Like in Deep.io, in the game Deeeep.io players are also in the deep water however, its about the marine creatures getting bigger and bigger by eating other creatures. Players begin Deepio.io as a tiny creature with the potential to grow big as they continue to chomp along little by little. Here's the hard part: As the creature gets bigger and bigger, it becomes harder to play the game. If one creature is bigger in the same species, they can EAT you! However, this isn't the case if you happen to be a shark. There are other problems as players get bigger. For example, if a species of creature needs oxygen, they cannot stay underwater but so long without the player needing to check their air supply.
Diep.io — Ready to get out of all the water, stop eating creatures and just shoot? If so, Diep.io may be the best game for you. Unlike the underwater intensity of Deep.io and Deeeep.io, Diep.io is all about the sheer simplicity of firing tanks. As players continue to destroy other tanks, their tank gets bigger. The goal is to eventually have the biggest tank of all!
Sometimes simple fun is the best kind of fun, right?
Not into the deep waters, animal eating or tanks? No worries, we have more IO games to mention. Let's try something a little more explosive next!
There's a BIG reason that the game Slither.io has its name. There's a lot of slithering going on because players are bright animated worms. Yes, you read that right: Worms! Slither.io is about worms but not just about any ordinary slimy useless worms. No these are SUPER worms! Why so special? Because if one player's worm happens to touch another's head, the worm EXPLODES! Best of all, if the main player can get others to explode, they can eat the remains for survival. Developed by Lowtech Studios LLC, this is an IO gamer favorite.
Ok, so maybe all of the exploding worms and slithering around isn't the way to go, for you. Ready for a few zombies?
Zombs.io is about exactly what it sounds like: Survival being around a bunch of ZOMBIES! Imagine finding items to help you live by taking your necessities and daily resources from the zombies. For example, let's say your player needs to build a house to survive. If so, if a zombie has tons of bricks, it'd be good to somehow acquire those bricks from the zombie but, not die in the process. Daytime is the best time for building because, after dark, staying alive is the hardest part! Zombs.io is scary but, fun.
Now let's try to fly for a bit...
Wings.io takes players up, up and away to fly a jet and shoot at other players along the way. Players earm points by taking down opposing planes. But of course, like most IO games, survival is key so not being shot down is also important!
Not interested in flying but, you still like to shoot? If so, welcome to the fun of playing Shooters.io!
Enjoy this amazing shooter game. Shooters.io is based around players attempting to take over spaceships by shooting down other players. The objective is to build a huge fleet. So if shooting and drifting deeper into outer space is your thing, Shooters.io may be your game.
Or maybe it'd be more fun to play a carefree game flying with the birds instead.
Ahhh... kudos to the retro gaming days of simplicity. Flaap.io takes players back to the fun of flying birds and trying to keep them in the air. As simple as it sounds, Flaap.io can be addictive! Who knew that flapping around could be so fun!
There's several IO games for every kind of player out there. Whether it's a hardcore combat lover who need a great shooter game to zone out, a deep water savage who eats other creatures underwater or maybe a lighthearted player who wouldn't kill a bug who may just want to fly in the sky, IO has variety for every kind of gamer.
How do you know what kind of gamer you are? Let's have fun imagining...
Here's a few type of gamers who may surprise you at what IO games they choose to play:
- The Introvert —Zombs.io to steal gold and food from zombies! She enjoys the drastic difference between her placid daily lifestyle compared to the excitement of dodging zombies to survive. The contrast is the main appeal.
- The Socialite — In and out of parties, dining with friends and constant travel can be time consuming for a socialite person so they may need a special kind of gaming experience that's NOT like their social life. Instead, they may secretly like to break away to play a messy game like Slither.io where worms are exploding. Why? Because sometimes it's nice for a gamer to relax by playing nothing like their real life. Imagine the prom king passing his time playing Worm.io!
- The Stressed Out Person — Sometimes in life, we need simplicity to calm the daily storms of life, right? Imagine a criminal attorney gaming between intense, high pressure court cases. It wouldn't be surprising to find that the game of choice would be something simple like Flaap.io. It's an instant stress reliever!
Which free popular IO games are free?
There are several free IO games to choose from. Here's a short list of a few great free IO games that are popular to play:
What are the comparisons between free vs. shooter IO games?
Good news for IO gamers...
A free IO game can sometimes also be a shooter game and vice versa since free IO games only means that they have no cost to play. However, since there are several types of free IO games to play, a few in the batch happen to be shooter games to play free.
Hey you know....
Life can be stressful AND expensive sometimes but, in the IO gaming world it's always a place to release those frustrations and imagine a world where gamers can be anything they want to be. Why spend tons of money on an expensive game when there are great free IO games? And who needs all of the modern graphics when IO games can take players back to the simple pleasures of retro fun? Frustrations can even be released from time to time playing those awesome shooter IO games. From the quiet introvert to the glamorous socialite, there's an escape in IO gaming for us all!