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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Slither.io (2016) is a traversal action game where you control a snake that needs to eat coloured pellets to grow in size. You play by directing your snake to both collect the pellets but also to get opponents to run into you - as they then die and you can steal their pellets. It stands out for being really popular because you can easily play it in a browser or smartphone.

It's a game that has periods of viral popularity. Although it's now less popular it's still a really enjoyable game. Although play starts as a simple task of avoiding other snakes and collecting pellets, you soon need to develop tactics to trap and trick other players. You might quickly guide your snake in front of another player. Or you may encircle another large snake and then slowly constrict your path until they have no space left.

The result is a simple game that requires a surprising amount of skill and perseverance to do well at. There are a large number of similar games on this theme:
  • Agar.io: Control cells trying to absorb each other.
  • Paper.io: Control a square of paper trying to turn the playfield into your colour.
  • Diep.io: Control a tank to outgun other players.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Slither.io 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Traversal game with Action, Collecting and Race elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 500-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and half an hour to play a round of this game.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
This game includes adverts on some platforms that are watched to unlock additional content. Note that these adverts are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.

Skill Level

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. You need some dexterity to control the movement of the snake, but particularly on touchscreen this is simple enough for very young players.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

Slither.io

Android Store Android Free
App Store iOS Free
Web Free
This game is free to play, but there are other costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • Advertising: Smartphone or Tablet version of this game includes adverts. This varies in form but watching ads is often incentivised by unlocking additional content and progress in the game. Note that these are not covered by the age rating and may include older-rated content.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/03/2016

Price: Free

Out Now: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1 (500 online)

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Action, Collecting and Race)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Slitherio Game (@SlitherioGame)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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