video game is an easy cell

16 Jun 2015

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a cell living in agar? If you’re anything like me, and presumably the rest of the world, the answer to that question is no. But who cares, because now you can find out anyway! is an MMO with a simple aim: players must increase the size of their own cell by feeding on small agar pellets and by engulfing other players’ cells. All while dodging the cannibalistic attempts of their competitors.

The premise is essentially ridiculous, but the game play is damned fun.

Play takes place on an ‘agar plate’, a limited-area field that prevents players from escaping detection for too long. The cell is controlled with mouse movements, and keyboard interactions allow players to split cells or release some of their cell’s mass.

Team play is possible. All players that opt to play in team mode are divided into three groups (represented by three distinct colours). In team mode, players are safe from cells of the same colour.

And, if you find this all just a little dull, players can also spruce up their cell – custom skins are available, activated by using hidden keywords as a nickname.

To try your hand at the addictive game, head to Divide (geddit?) and conquer… gameplay

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Agar plate image, via Shutterstock

Kirsty Tobin was careers editor at Silicon Republic