Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Tips & Tricks #3 Tips & Tricks #3

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#1 Avoid getting eaten!
If somebody is heading right at you for 3 seconds without swerving, expect them to fire. If you're a good player, you should be able just to snipe them without regret. What you can do to avoid getting eaten, is try to make it as awkward as possible for them. They're not going to fire at you when you're at a 30-degree angle, or whatever is hardest. This primarily works when they are doubled. Usually, this works, because most people are noobs with noob aiming mode. Adopt a habit of skittishness in Make it a policy of running from all players on screen.

#2 Don't hesitate to eat!
One of the biggest mistakes people make in is hesitating. They wait for the perfect opportunity. A good player can snipe people without hesitation. How? Don't calculate. Remember one rule here: "If it looks like you can, you can. If it looks like you can't, you can't." Keep that rule in focus, and avoid calculations at all costs. As you play more, your ability to calculate will become perfect. Your greatest chance to eat somebody in is within the first few milliseconds of the encounter when they're still on a collision course with your character. Remember that rule, and you're golden. Don't be afraid! Practice aiming at low levels to get good at this.

#3 Focus on the enemies!
I tried both strategies, cell eating, and dot eating. However, dots eating is painfully slow in comparison. You're not a gatherer, and you're a hunter! Don't be afraid to take a little loss over a few cells, because doing so will make it, so you're more focused, faster runner, far more difficult to eat. When people see you're not going for the dots, they can't predict your movement! They lose interest very quickly. A stronger player who can eat more people and find better opportunities, then suddenly will appear in the leaderboard. Secondly, go try playing team mode for about an hour. After going through this torture for an hour you'll see that you simply can't focus on the dots, and you have to run from everybody! If you take this mentality to FFA mode, you'll dominate.

#4 Eject a small amount of mass!
Trying to lure an enemy by ejecting some mass into their direction can be a surprisingly effective way of fooling them into getting eaten. This works especially well in Teams Mode when you have your allies as a backup. Only eject a small amount of mass towards a cell significantly smaller than 1/2 your mass. If they come towards you to take it, split to get them. If they don't, eject more mass. If they still don't take it, eject some more mass and split towards them. You will be using your ejected mass as a mass booster for splitting. When you split it, half of your main cell will almost instantly absorb the ejected mass while boosting you forward a significant amount towards the cell you want to eat. Now you can split again to eat that cell.

#5 Mind trick your targets!
One method you can use to catch cells easily is to fake playing passively. Often you'll find smaller cells zooming around your cell or dodging your cells split attack when you telegraph your intent to split towards them. You can trick them by simply going in another direction and as they get near, instantly turn your direction and split towards them. If your aim is accurate, you can catch someone off guard with a very easy split attack as they will not expect or be able to dodge your sudden movement. This trick can work at all levels of mass, but is best executed by cells with a mass less than 1000, due to bigger cells having slower instantaneous movement. Often larger cells cannot dodge cell attacks due to slower movement.

Monday, August 29, 2016 Tips & Tricks #2 Tips & Tricks #2

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#1 Avoid virus cells at all costs once large!
Any player who's been at it a while knows how easy it is to topple even the biggest cell with a simple obstacle, and some people go out of their way to try to break up large cells. It's best just to avoid obstacles once you reach a certain size threshold unless you're running from a larger cell. In these instances, you need to think quick and try your best to spawn another obstacle on them before they can corner you. It's a dog eat dog.

#2 Don't stop gathering the food cells!
You are consistently losing size. The larger you are, the faster you lose it. The tiny cells that spawn all over the map are a critical part of your diet, no matter your current size. You need them to get big when you're small, and you need them to supplement player cells once you're big. Don't think you'll be okay avoiding them once you're huge. For an idea as to how much mass you lose per second once large, click the gear before getting in-game and turn on 'Show mass' to see just how much you need those tiny cells to survive. You will be surprised! Gather food cells when searching for next feasting targets!

#3 Bait targets before your cells rejoin!
Some people are thirsty, and if you play your cards right, you may be able to take advantage of that. Your cells can't join back together unless you let them touch, meaning if their size difference is significant enough and you're pointing in the right direction, you can move around without allowing your cells to join back together. You can quickly change directions (or stop moving) to let them join quickly after keeping them apart for a while. This is perfect for baiting some players and has a few uses when escaping. Always be aware of your cells' locations and whether they're about to join again or not.

#4 Move around to find victims!
When you're a large cell, seek out those higher than you on the leaderboard. If they are divided, and your singular cell can eat a component of their split cells, then chase after it and absorb their split into your cell, which in turn grows you, and so you're able to eat their other components, and effectively, you have fully absorbed your target, and rise to the top of the leaderboard. You're not going to lose! Occasionally you may find a player with one cell much larger than the other. If the smaller cell is facing you and the larger cell is considerably larger than you, you will be easily able to catch and eat the smaller cell because the larger cell will block the smaller cell from getting away. Keep in mind that if the larger cell is more than double your size, he may kill you to save the smaller cell.

#5 Trust or don't trust?
Be careful in FFA, even though some cells might seem passive towards you that doesn't mean that they won't consume you at the first chance that they get. Some people have names that try to be friendly: "LoveOverHunge", "Let's Team Up”, etc. Since there's no way to communicate, expect betrayal without hesitation, especially from larger cells. You can depend on smaller cells to be nice since they have no way of hurting you. I've noticed that people do team up, by prefixing their name with a team name (e.g., [UOA] or [HKG]). Team members help to feed smaller members, defend split members, and help to rejoin split members (by eating half of them than feeding the mass back in). Teams do far better than lone wolves but should you trust them? It's up to you to decide.

Saturday, August 27, 2016 Tips & Tricks #1 Tips & Tricks #1

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#1 Use the boundary to your advantage!
Hugging the boundary is important for when you want to escape from a predator cell - particularly when there are solid virus cells that you know can protect you. At least 1/3 of your cell can overflow outside of boundary lines, which leads to an easy escape otherwise seemingly impossible. You cell does not burst, or pop when you hug the borderline, and hence becomes a crucial strategy to know to survive. On the other hand, the game space does have its limits, and if you know where those are, you can use them to trap or corner your opponent. If you corner a smaller blob into the edge of the game, you'll be able to absorb him easily because he'll have nowhere to run. Learn to use it to your advantage

#2 Time your splitting carefully!
I know it's tempting to split your single cell into two to go after smaller prey, but it's not always worth it. And you need to be able to gauge the size difference between yourself and whatever you're thinking about eating because you go down to half your size when you split. Only split when you can guarantee that you'll not only be able to hit your target but that you won't be too small to eat them once you do. It's also almost always best to split when you can eat more than one target, making your splitting extra worth it. After you split kill and are in a corner, try to focus all your mass in one cell by pressing W. That way, if someone kills the small cell, the loss is not so great, and if they are small enough, you can eat them.

#3 Be extra careful when more than two cells!
You almost never want to split up too many times at once, unless you're trying to get away from bigger cells or it is guaranteed that you'll get much larger. This is particularly the case once you've gotten enormous. Each time you split, your cells are halved in size and doubled in amount. This means you're less capable of hunting down smaller cells, and you're very vulnerable until your cells join back together. Splitting too many times is one of the biggest causes of falling off the leaderboard, second only to getting cornered and trying to juke through virus cells or having someone spawn a new one on you. Only split when last resort, to save your life. By doing that, all your cells will be very small, and you'll have a hard time controlling them, giving your enemies an opportunity to finish you. Other than that, the more cells you split into, the more hostile cells will be able to consume you.

#4 Hide behind viruses!
So, while you're small, you'll often see the aggressive larger blobs coming after you to eat you up. If one is in hot pursuit and you think you can't get away, but a virus is nearby, that may be your best hope of survival. Big blobs don't like viruses because once a blob is larger than the virus the virus can split it into pieces if they collide. By hiding your blob behind the virus, you'll keep the larger aggressive blobs away from you.

#5 Virus cells as a weapon!
Those spiked virus cells aren't just there to make life difficult when you get big, you know. They can also be used as hiding spots when you're smaller than they are, and they can be used as weapons against larger cells. When you're larger than an obstacle cell, and you collide with it, you split into several smaller cells which are what makes them the number one size-ruiner; but you can use them to your advantage by shooting mass towards them. The 'W' key expels mass in the direction you're pointing the mouse, meaning you can aim mass toward an obstacle cell. And what happens when you shoot a bunch of mass into one? It spawns a brand new virus cell in the direction you were aiming. This is something you need to take advantage of when there are several large cells on the map, or when you are large and are trying to defend yourself from an even greater cell.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 Lag Fix Lag Fix

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#1 Choose the nearest server to your location!
Choose a server that might be the nearest to your location, or at least near in the broadest sense. If you are from Singapore for instance, check the East Asia Server in the options menu. This method is the most important one because it will reduce ping time (aka lag) directly.

List of Servers in
- US West: California (USA)
- US East: Atlanta (USA)
- South America: Atlanta (USA)
- Europe: London (UK)
- Russia: London (UK)
- Turkey: London (UK)
- East Asia: Singapore
- China: Singapore
- Oceania: Singapore

#2 Stop downloads, stop other network consuming operations!
Reduce your traffic. Free your internet bandwidth by closing downloads, online streaming, buffering of long videos, other websites open in other tabs. Just imagine what these internet hogging operations can do to you when a sudden delay turns your unresponsive for a few milliseconds to seconds? Your efforts are wasted to drain.

#3 Disable browser plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions!
The extensions installed on your web browser cause extra network traffic and may slow your network connection for game. Shut down everything that nips your computer performance; especially browser plug-ins can be significant. The simplicity of the game doesn't imply high performance, do not be fooled by the look of things. Turning them off will increase your game performance and fix your lag problems.

#4 Close all other tabs!
Close all the tabs and restart browser. Browsers of nowadays have too much trash in their cache and takes a little of the internet's memory away, which is collected when you open new tabs. Closing tabs can squeeze you some free memory which is helpful in the long run!

#5 Incognito mode and refresh your browser frequently!
When playing in incognito mode, your browser does not keep and cache information like browser cookies. Effect of this method is less compared to others, but it may be worth to try. Some players indicate, the longer they play, the more the game stutters and spikes. Simply refresh your browser frequently. A good opportunity is after every death. This also puts you into a new room with a different set of players after refreshing.

#6 Try out different web browsers!
Try playing in a different internet browser. High-security browsers such as Tor browser do not handle Agar well. Firefox is playable but tends to freeze up at the worst of times. Safari is slow and jittery. Internet Explorer is surprisingly smooth for Chrome is my browser of choice; however, browser compatibility will vary between people due to different platforms and connection speeds.

#7 Avoid playing during peak hours!
There are times when Agar is laggy purely because of all the people playing it, meaning you won't be able to do much about lag until the developer buy better servers and internet services. If this is the case, make note of the time and simply try to avoid playing during peak hours. Playing in the morning generally, have lesser players than any other timing.

#8 Restart your modem and limit your user on your Wi-Fi!
If there are other people on the same Wi-Fi network as you using the internet at the same time, consider playing at a different time from them so you can take full advantage of the available bandwidth. Activities that require a large amount of data transfer (e.g., downloading files, intense gaming) will have an impact on your connection speed. Or maybe you're just too far from your WiFi source, try moving closer, it will give you more internet speed, and it might just be the fix for your lag problems.

#9 Enabled no skins, and dark theme!
Play without skins and everything you can go without. Yeah, I know everyone loves skins but this setting may make your game faster. Sometimes you have to sacrifice for something. Some players also mentioned they have better performance with the dark style. I guess the white background can be quite too much for our eyes if stared long enough.

#10 Lower your graphics quality!
Lag can occur when your computer does not have the power to handle it. One easy way to smoothen out your gameplay is by lower your graphical quality. Setting it to 'very low' will save your computer from using a little bit more CPUs and GPUs power to run Remember there are hundreds of player cells with/without skins, and also, all the pellets scattered around... Your computer needs to process all these objects, not only your cell alone.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Facts Facts

Facts on
- You pick up food cells or aka pellets to grow. Each pellet gives you 1 point in mass.
- The bigger your mass, the slower you can move.
- At Size 35 onwards, you can eject a blob of size 16 to increase your passive movement speed or feed a virus.
- At Size 150 onwards, you can create another virus by feeding an existing virus 7 times.
- At Size 150 onwards, you are large enough to explode an existing virus.
- At Size 400 onwards, due to a passive loss of mass (about 20/s), it becomes nearly impossible to retain size by eating neutral blobs which only contribute a single point of pass each.
- The maximum size limit is 22,500.
- Going over 22,500 will get you split in 2 automatically, and cannot be combined if two or more cells adds up to a 22,500.
- The more pieces you are in, the more zoomed out the map is, and the further off you will be able to see cells that want to eat you. Of course, the smaller your cells are, the more quickly you will be eaten.
- The space bar key divides you in half. One-half shoots forward, the other backwards a little. Doing this is great for getting out of tight situations and also eating other cells.
- After a minute or so of being in smaller pieces, your pieces will go together to form a large cell again.
- You can only eat other cells that are smaller than you.

- Without dividing, you must be at least 10% bigger in diameter (and hence slower), so you have to pin the smaller cell somehow into a corner, virus, or larger cell.
- By hitting the spacebar and dividing yourself in two, you can shoot forward and catch the smaller cell. The cell you're shooting half of your mass at must be less than ~1/3 your original mass, or you'll go through it or worse yet, eaten.
- The W key shoots out mass in the direction you were moving. You can use this to feed your friends, temporarily lighten your mass to move faster, or feed the virus cell (the green spiked circles).
When in 4 or more pieces, you can self-feed by pointing your cursor to the blob you'd like to grow and pressing W.
- The green viruses, pop larger cells into many tiny little pieces and especially rewarding for popping large cells.
- The ejecting mass feeds the green viruses into them. After being fed 7 times, they shoot a second green virus out. The projecting virus goes in the direction of the last cell added to it.
- The only moderation that names have is that they're limited to 14 characters. For some reason, the people who choose to play tend to pick somewhat descriptive names. There's an option to have “no names” in the settings menu if you don't like seeing profanity.
- If you want to have a “skin”, choose one of these names. They are automatically applied.
- Also, mods are allowing you to connect to the same server are your friends ( mod). I haven't done this personally.
- You cannot split into more than 16 pieces. This means that once you're in 16 pieces if you're big enough to pop a virus, it will feed you and make you bigger without cutting you up more.
- There is no sound in, which means you can talk with your friends, listen to podcasts, or jam to electronic dance music while scooting around eating other cells smaller than you.
- Every blob loses mass passively with time. The larger you are, the more mass you degenerating.
- Your score corresponds to the largest you have been in your current life.
- There's a 50% chance for cells to spawn on ejected blobs.

Sunday, August 21, 2016 Walkthrough Guide Walkthrough Guide

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Size #10-200
First of all, is rather a slower paced game than a skill based game. You have to take its time and you have to be patient, because your success depends on the other one's failure. That's the cruel fact! You don't have much to lose but to win, go full speed ahead. For me, the basic idea is to take advantage of the foolish people trying to take risks to get ahead faster. The first thing I always do on competitive maps is either look for the #1 blob and stick to him, or go into a virus field. Try to move in the same direction as him, so you can get more dots than behind him. The fastest way to do this is to collect as many dots as quickly as possible, using the shortest distance between dots. Do this until you're around 200. Or another way is when you get to 35 mass, split immediately. This way, you'll have a significantly larger view, a wider area for collecting pellets, and a higher speed. At the size of 200 might seem like a pretty high mass to collect from dots, but it takes about 2 minutes, and it is much less risky than trying to split yourself to capture a smaller cell. Be careful in FFA, even though some cells might seem passive towards you, shoots mass balls by clicking "W", that doesn't mean that they won't consume you at the first chance that they get.

Size #20-700
At this stage, the food pellets still come in handy, but it's not that leads you to success. Take it easy, you have to stay safe! It took you a couple minutes to get this far, and you are the perfect food. You will get shot at by anyone that's 3x bigger than you since they can use spacebar. Any actions you do here will determine whether you be up on the Leaderboard or not. You are basically 'food' for all Leaderboard's players. These people are someone who's 1/3 the size of you, you can shoot at them, but you're probably best off just taking it easy for a little longer, just collecting the colored dots and corner blobs that your size. Split eating is very risky at this stage, but take opportunities to swallow your opponents if they split two for whatever reason. That's your biggest chance, but your most significant less. You do not want to split, at least frivolously. There are three fundamental rules to splitting. The first rule is never split unless you are sure no viruses or big players are ahead. The second rule is to be sure that you know you are at least 166% bigger than they are before splitting. You need 33% more mass to eat them when split. The third rule is to be sure you are splitting for someone worth it. Small cells are tough targets and a risky choice. If you are ever cornered by a cell that is about or more than twice your size, and persists in eating you split off to one side. This will give you a chance to escape, as the larger cell will either decide that you're not worth eating or will only eat half of you, allowing you to escape. Make the best out of a bad situation, however, you'll need to give up at times.

Size #700-2000
Yo're still not big enough to go out on your own, so you can do one of two things... Stick to cells are identical sizes, and if both have at least 700 mass and become his friend, or find happy hunting grounds. Happy hunting grounds are areas like the corners with lots of viruses, where the mega size and general blobs will be too scared of to enter. There should be many people smaller than you in this area. I always go to these quiet areas to get my mass up before I'm ready to head out onto the main stage. This can be a short reprieve from a big catch after you've split to eat a cell. However, lingering in these area's for long periods, will often lead to your decaying mass and not making much progress, due to the lack of competitive feeding. This can be completely dependent upon your player style. Do this step until you start peeking onto the top 10 list. Then you're ready! One of the coolest moves you can do is to find two cells lined up and eat them both in one shot. The closer one should be less than 1/3 your size. Then, if you hit the space bar and swallow the small close cell, you will increase in size, and be able to engulf the second cell, too even if it's larger. This gives you more mass than you had before even in case you would to lose your smaller cell. It's like hitting a combo and is really fun if you can pull it off! However, try not to split into more than 4 cells, unless it's in order to save your life. By doing that, all your cells will be very small and you'll have a hard time controlling them, giving your enemies an opportunity to finish you, either by splitting or just cornering you. Other than that, the more cells you split into the more hostile cells will be able to consume you. In this case, try and circling around randomly, so that it will be harder for them to catch you.

Size #2000 and beyond
You can head out into the open to begin feasting, as you will also start losing mass quickly. No opportunities popping up, start chill and wait. Sometimes the best move could make is do not move at all. There are only a handful players who can threaten you at this point. Your biggest enemy is virus cell. If you're big, you're very promising to other players who can wait to green spike someone into pieces. During this time, there's a lot of intense slow-speed chases. Basically, you want to be peeking onto the top 10 list. You should be mainly trying to look for good opportunities. Some opportunities could be like a splitting mega size or chase after a blob of 4 or more, or even it itself. Someone running out of space, then squishing people, and yes! Another big chance to swallow others without splitting yourself is to push them into the corner of the map. Frankly, the only way you're going to make it to #1 is to devour a mega size, but keep a high watch out for virus exploits! I can't emphasize this point any much more! Blob #2 will be chasing you once you split.

The games competitiveness will slow down quite a bit as the majority of cells you're around are not worth the profit of you splitting. At around the top 5 player slots, the game will slow down for you immensely, and you may find yourself roaming to find more action. Go ahead and play with smaller cells, such as giving mass out to keep the game rolling, as they'll most likely play with or possibly befriend you. Feeding one person until they feel completely indebted to you gives you a loyal ally that will make virus exploits, give you the mass in the case of an eclipse, or draw in people as bait. This is huge! However, your primary source of energy will come from squishing enemies. Don't be afraid to chase people endlessly, and they'll run into viruses or other player soon!

Congratulations! Reaching to such fleet is what you've been playing for over hours, being the biggest. Floating through a check room with no further purpose at all. Hope you enjoyed this walkthrough guide!

Friday, August 19, 2016 Settings & Modes Settings & Modes

Settings on comes with some settings that users may enable to modify visual aspects of the game. To access these settings, the player must click the gear icon next to the 'Play' button from the menu. The player can either do this before he starts playing or mid-game by hitting ESC. Note that modifying setting while playing can be dangerous. Please don't say I've never warned you! :P

Currently, the following settings are available:
1. No skins - This setting makes it, so the player does not see the skins of any player, including themselves.
2. No names - This setting makes it, so the player does not see the Nick of any player, except themselves.
3. No colors - This setting makes it, so all cells, including food cells, virus cells, ejected cells, and player cells appear as white. Note that skins still have color.
4. Show mass - This setting makes it so the player can see their mass below their Nick (if they have one). Mass will be displayed for all cells belonging to the player, but not for other players.
5. Dark theme - This setting makes the background grid appear solid black.
6. Skip stats - This setting disables the statistics page after death, going straight to the main menu.
7. Graphics - This setting is to set your graphical quality.

Modes on
Free For All
Free For All (FFA) is the first game mode that was made available on The objective is to obtain as much mass as possible by eating smaller cells and to avoid being eaten by larger ones. The top ten players in an instance given a position on the instance's Leaderboard. Currently, there is no real way to 'win', as matches go on indefinitely until the instance restarts. For most players, the objective is to hold the top position for as long as possible.

- Avoid blobs that can absorb you if they split. It may seems obvious. If another blob looks like they are within the size to split and still be able to absorb you, run. Of course, you shouldn't avoid every giant blob on the map. If you are near the largest blob on the map, and you are freshly spawned, then you shouldn't be afraid (unless they specifically hate you and only you). Splitting carries risk and not every blob will split to kill you unless it is worth it to them. Sure, the largest blob on the map can split to kill you when you're size 15, but will they? Doubt it.
- Hide behind viruses to defend. If you're small enough and are running away from a larger blob, you can hide behind viruses. Smaller blobs can go into viruses with no adverse effect, but larger ones will split into many smaller blobs if they touch a virus. Use this to your advantage.
- Split at the right time. Be patient and wait until you get an excellent opportunity to be sure that you will absorb the mass you're targeting. If you split and you're too far away from another blob, you may end up missing and have split for no reason.

Do not's:
- Do not go near a virus if you are big. You will have to avoid actively touching the viruses since if you touch them, you will split up into many smaller blobs and other blobs can take advantage of that by absorbing you. Other players can also try to press w to feed a virus, and once a virus is fed enough times, it will split to spawn a new virus, in the direction it was being fed at. The virus can be directed towards you, and you don't want that, do you?
- Do not press w if you don't need to. Sometimes players will have their name be "press w" or "press w for the chat" to trick you into pressing w. If you press w, you will launch some of your mass towards the direction you were headed, and other players can absorb the mass that you ejected.
- Don't split every time you see a blob smaller than you. If your blob is gigantic, do not split to kill a blob that is much smaller than you. Once you split, it will take a while before your blobs join back together and during that period, you are vulnerable. Another blob can come in to absorb your split blobs.

Teams are the second game mode introduced to Their rules are fairly similar to the original Free For All mode, with just a few differences. In Teams mode, the Player is randomly assigned to either the Red, Green, or Blue team. This is represented by the color of their cells. The Leaderboard, instead of showing a list of top players, is a pie chart showing the distribution of mass amongst the players of each respective team. Players cannot pass through or absorb their teammates, although mass can still eject towards your teammates to feed them.

- Feed your teammates if necessary. If you see a team member trying to eat another blob and is unable to do so because his blob is not big enough, press w to feed him. Since you have to be 125% of another blob's size to absorb it, your team member may not have enough mass even though his blob is bigger. By feeding him and sending some of your mass to your team member, you may give him enough mass to absorb the opponent's blob.
- Be courteous. If a team member feeds you and you're able to absorb an opponent's blob because of it, return the favor. Feed your team member back by pressing w a couple of times. I always like to do this as it helps establish a relationship with the team, in a game with no chat.
- Feed your team members if you're leaving. If you are done playing or need to leave for whatever reason, find someone who's on your team and feed him all of your mass by spamming w into his blob. If you end up leaving without doing this, another team's blob may come by and eat you.
- Stay close to your team members for protection. If you venture out alone, you may end up getting cornered by opponent blobs. By staying with your team, you will have an added level of protection, and you can also protect your own team's blobs as well.

Do not's:
- If you see your teammate running away from a larger blob, do not stand in their way (Unless you like seeing your teammates die, of course). You may end up slowing down your teammate or trapping him, allowing the larger blob to absorb your teammate.
- Do not be selfish. If you see your team member being chased and you can feed him some of your mass to make him large enough to not be absorbed, do so. If you do not, you may end up paying the price if the opponent's blob gets big enough to absorb you.

Experimental is the third game mode added in It is pretty much the same as FFA, except that it introduces some new mechanics, for testing. Based on feedback, the developer may implement new experimental mechanics or remove them, or even create a separate game mode using those experimental mechanics. As progresses, new mechanics and general improvements will be made to the game. Experimental mode is a great way for that to happen. These features do change quite a lot, but at the time of writing this, the spawners that look like recoloured viruses, which shoot out mass. If somebody goes into the spawner, even more, a mass will shoot out. You can also shoot mass into it to make it bigger.

Party Mode is the fourth game mode in To play this mode, you have to create a party, and you'll get a 5-character code (for example that you can use to play on the same server with your friends. There are no rules here - you are free to team or eat viruses. Party Mode was designed as a way for players to play with their friends and help prevent "Teaming" in other similar modes. However, people have been taking advantage of this and using bots to gain mass.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Controls Controls

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PC Controls
Players' cells constantly move in the direction of the cursor with a slight delay. If the player is split into many cells, all cells will still move toward the cursor. Because the player's cells can vary in mass, and smaller cells move faster, while larger ones move much more slowly. The player will create a distance between their cells if they position their cursor in front of a smaller cell. Split cells will be drawn together if the player's cursor is placed in-between them.

Splitting is an ability which can be used both offensively and defensively. For example, you could split onto a smaller cell to eat it, or you could split away from a larger cell. By hitting the spacebar, the player can split their cell into two smaller cells, both half of the original cells mass. When splitting, all cells that are big enough will send half of their mass in the direction the cursor is facing. To be able to split, a cell needs to have at least 35 mass. One cell will remain where the splitting cell was, and the other will project forward in the direction of the cursor. For example, You could split onto a smaller cell to eat it, or you could split away from a larger cell.

The split cells will be able to merge back together after a particular time. Steering one into the other is how to merge them back, generally by placing the cursor in the middle of the two. There is a cooldown on merging cells together meaning that a certain amount of time has to pass before two cells can join together after splitting. The cooldown time is calculated as 30 seconds plus 2.333% of the cell's mass. For example, if the mass is 50, cooldown time is 31 seconds.

Ejecting mass is an ability which can be used to donate cells. The player may eject mass by using the W key. When you eject, all of your cells which that are large enough, will launch small lump of mass towards your cursor similar to splitting. The ejected mass acts as a larger pellet and can be eaten by any cell which is large enough. To be able to eject mass you need to have at least 35 mass, and cells lose 16 mass per ejection; however, the mass of the ejected piece is only 75% of that, so cells that eat it only gain 12 mass. Only 87.5% of the mass lost is ejected, making efficient teamwork more challenging as mass exchanges are wasteful.

Ejecting can be used to transfer food between your cells or feed allies. It can also be used to create more Viruses. As you can see in the picture, ejected mass has an angle of spread, meaning that viruses you create may veer off course by 20 degrees. This spread can be lessened by getting closer to the virus, although that increases your risk of accidentally eating the virus. Ejecting mass can be used strategically in team modes to slow down other cells, help an allied cell engulf an enemy, or to prevent an allied cell from being eaten.

If ejected mass is left alone long enough, it may function as a spawn point for a new player. They will be the same colour as the ejected mass. Please keep in mind that any cell can consume the ejected mass, so it is important to make sure that the target cell is close to the ejecting cell. Lastly, in a pinch, ejecting can be used to speed up a player's cell as a less loss-heavy tactic than splitting.

By scrolling up your mouse wheel up and the camera will zoom in. I don't know if you want to use it or not, but in zoomed in mode, you feel the game as faster. By scrolling down on the mouse wheel, the camera will zoom out. This is all up to your preference.

Mobile Controls
Movement on the Mobile version of functions similarly to the PC Version. However, instead of using the mouse, the player must tap on the screen where they wish to move. You can customize the controls to match your playing style. There are several important options to choose. The first one is Stop On Release. If you turn this off, the blob will keep moving when you take your finger off the screen. This can be handy if you need to re-adjust or to tap a button. You can also choose to use Direction on Touch. This option is handy as you can touch the screen and immediately start moving in that direction. Perfect for fast changes and narrow escapes. There is also an option to change the location of the buttons to right, left or corners. Additionally, instead of hitting the space bar or the W key, an on-screen button is pressed to eject mass or split instead.

Monday, August 15, 2016 Cells Cells

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Player Cells
Player Cells are the cells controlled by players of the game. Players can name their cell, the name of a cell is referred to as a 'Nick'. These cells spawn as a random color and may use skins, and your goal is to become the biggest cell out of all of them. They start with 10 mass originally, while those players who log in to Facebook can level up to start with as much as 43 mass, and can eat any cell including other player cells, provided that they are large enough. The speed of these cells decreases as they grow larger. All player cells are subject to a gradual loss of mass whose rate increases with cell size. Because of this, Player Cells must eat in order not only to grow but to avoid losing the gains they've already made. Very large cells lose mass at a frantic pace, making maintaining a very large mass challenging. The lowest amount of mass a Player Cell can have is 9, at which point they will stop losing mass. Player Cells will not exceed 22,500 mass.

If a Player Cell splits via the use of the space bar or the split button in the Mobile version, they will be divided into two smaller cells, both equal to 50% of the mass of the original cell. This mechanic functions in that each original cell remains in its previous position, loses half its mass, and a new cell with equal mass are projected from its position in the direction of the cursor. Split cells will start to merge back together semi-randomly if they are touching each other.Players can also increase the size of their cell by consuming other players' cells, however, to do so, their cell must be bigger than that of their target by 10%, or 30% if a split cell is fired, and overlap it by a majority. Consuming another cell adds its mass to their own, similar to consuming a food pellet. Consuming other cells adds their mass to the player's own, similar to consuming a food pellet. Cells lose mass over time based on their size, the rate of loss increasing with the mass of a cell at an exponential rate. A good strategy to counteract this is splitting into two or smaller cells when not under threat from other players to gain pellets faster.

Food Cells
Food Cells aka pellets are the main way of growing in the game. They are tiny passive cells that frequently spawn across the realms at a random location. When spawned they are the size of 1 Mass and slowly over time they can grow to become up to 5 Mass. Food cells at maximum size can be distinguished by having a dark pulsing outline, making them more visible to players. Consuming a pellet adds its mass to your own. All food cells can be eaten by Player Cells of 10 Mass. Note that food Cells are not consumed by Viruses.

Ejected Cells
Ejected Cells are cells of 14 mass that ejected by Player Cells, which behaves similarly to a food pellet. Take note though that although the ejecting cell loses 16 mass, the resulting lump will only give 12 mass to the cell that consumes it (25% of the mass is lost), therefore making this a lossy process. They can be consumed by Player Cells and Virus Cells. This mechanic is especially useful in Teams mode, as it can be used to increase the size of an ally to allow them to consume a larger cell on an opposing team. They do not consume any cells. Keep in mind that any other cell can eat what you eject, so make sure you are in close range of the cell you'd like to eject too. Also, ejecting can also be used as a speed boost.

Virus Cells
Not to be confused with Virus, which is a skin. A virus is a green cell that can be used offensively and defensively. Should a cell consume a virus, it will "pop", sending out 15 or less bite-sized bits of the cell in different directions. This only happens when a cell of 133 mass or greater consumes a virus, and it will gain 100 mass at the cost of splitting into many pieces, making them easy targets for other cells. Cells not large enough to consume a virus will pass through it harmlessly, making it a haven for small cells. Small cells can use viruses to hide from large cells or plot a sneak attack against smaller cells. When a cell reaches 100 mass, it will be seen in front of the virus instead of behind it. Once a player has 16 independent cells, running into a virus with a cell of over 132 mass will result in the virus being consumed without additional splitting, only gaining 100 mass. Keeping in mind that a cell with a mass of 266 or more can split into a virus such that the player left with one cell of mass 133 or greater and (ideally) 15 other cell fragments. The large cell can then gobble up any nearby viruses with impunity. This is a high-risk strategy that can easily backfire but can yield massive gains very quickly provided there are enough viruses packed closely enough and there aren't any other players immediately nearby to gobble up any of the 15 smaller cells.

A new virus can be created by a cell by ejecting a maximum of 7 blobs by using the 'W' function. When the virus are given the seventh blob, it will eject another virus in the direction the player is moving. This mechanic is often used to attack larger cells which would otherwise be impossible to consume for the player. Keep in mind that when a cell is in range to give mass to a virus, it is also in range for the ejected virus. Ejecting viruses at other cells has a considerable risk of counter attack. Viruses that are closer to ejection appear swollen and have more spikes. Whereas Viruses are no longer able to be duplicated in Experimental mode. Instead of launching a second virus hurling in the opposite direction of the oppressing cell, the virus will move a small length forward for each amount of mass given to the virus. This can be a lot more mass-consuming, and makes it a lot more challenging to launch a successful virus into a cell.

Mother Cells
Mother Cells were temporary additions to Experimental Mode. At first, they seemed to be simply a larger version of the virus, but with a few differences. Located in the center of the map, it was the size of a 5000 mass cell and ejected 1/7 of the map's food in random directions around itself. The mother cell could not be pushed or moved through. A large amount of food surrounding the mother cell led to a high concentration of smaller cell activity, which brought larger cells to the mother cell as well. Using the mother cell for food/hunting was a high risk, high reward activity. The Mother Cell was eventually removed from Experimental Mode, replaced by a similar mechanic named Spawners.

Spawner Cells
Spawners Cells are crimson colored viruses that can be found only in Experimental Mode. They periodically spawn pellets, similar to the removed Mother Cell. The spawner is slightly larger than a regular virus, roughly the same size as a 240 mass cell, and requires a mass of ~300 to consume. A cell of 160 mass or less will be consumed by a spawner. When a cell is consumed, its mass is turned into pellets and distributed around the Spawner. Spawners can also eat viruses. It spawns varying amounts of pellets, presumably taking a portion of the map's food spawning (like the mother cell). The spawner also refunds all mass it gains as pellets, either from ejections or by consuming smaller cells. So, beware! If given more mass than it can eject as food immediately, it swells up and subsequently shrinks over the course of the next few seconds as it releases pellets. When consumed, the spawner has the same effect as a virus, splitting the cell into a lot of cells. If you run into one, you will be eaten, and the Spawner will gain your mass and slowly throw it out over time.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Why Am I Dead?: Walkthrough Guide

Why Am I Dead?: Walkthrough Guide

Walkthrough Guide on Why Am I Dead?
A Closed Circle
- Start by heading north and possessing Cricket (Purple Hair), then move around the corner and talk to Randy (Bald Guy). Whatever question you ask, he will leave the room, leaving you free to explore the rest of the hotel. Move to the south.
- Once into the main foyer, still, as Cricket, talk to Ted (Hawaiian Shirt). Ask him if anyone seemed out of place last night. The conversation will lead to Cricket suggesting that Ted checks to the restroom to verify Cricket's alibi.
- Depossess Cricket, and possess Ted. As Ted, head north to the hallway. Enter the center door of the hallway, and start a conversation with the Men's Room door on the left. During the conversation, the man inside will confirm Cricket's alibi. Head out of the room and back to the foyer. Talk to Cricket and let him know his alibi checks out.
- Depossess Ted, and possess Cricket. Ask Ted about the others here at the hotel. Seems like he has some suspects in mind. Head to the door to the west and enter Randy's room. Ask Randy about who would have a reason to kill the hotel manager. Ask if Randy and the manager had a history. It seems like Randy has a secret...
- Depossess Cricket and possess Randy. Head south out of the room, then backs up to the hallway. Enter the room second from the left. Talk to Iblis (Little Girl) and mention how Iblis reminds you of someone.
- Depossess Randy and possess Iblis. Talk to Randy about his daughter. It seems like Randy has made up his mind to speak to Cricket.
- Depossess Iblis and possess Randy. Return to Randy's room, and tell Cricket that there's something you need to tell him. It seems that Randy had every reason to want the manager alive. Randy suggests that Cricket talks to the blonde.
- Depossess Randy and possess Cricket. Make your way back to the hallway and the second room from the left. Talk to Morgan (The Blonde). Ask if she knew the hotel owner. Tell her that it's hard to believe she doesn't have any more information. Ask her if she was trying to get some dirt on the owner. It seems you aren't nearly imposing enough to get her to spill. Leave the room and enter the far left door. Talk to Rose (Old Lady). Huh. She's much more imposing.
- Depossess Randy and possess Rose. Leave the room and return to Morgan's room, second from the left. Talk to Morgan and tell her that you cannot stand to look at her. Continue the conversation until Morgan offers to confess. Of course, Rose is a mean old lady and doesn't care, so leave the room, and return to the room on the far left, where you left Cricket.
- Depossess Rose and Possess Cricket. Leave Rose's Room and go back to Morgan's room, second from the left. Talk to Morgan. Ask if she knew the hotel owner. Tell her that it's hard to believe she doesn't have any more information. This time, she'll spill a little bit more. Talk to Morgan again and ask her what she noticed. Hmm. It looks like the manager was caught up in something big. Still, blackmail requires the victim to be alive...

The Finale
- As Cricket, exit Morgan's room and enter the room third from the right, Lucille's room. Talk to Lucille (glasses) and you will accuse her of the murder. She tells you that you need to speak in private, in the owner's room.
- Head back to where it all began, the owner's room. Head around back to where the body was found and talk to Lucille. It's time for some answers.