Thursday, 6 July 2017

Young and Old Fun in Paper.io


Video games have evolved drastically during the past few decades. When my husband and I were young, we played some of the first arcade games—you know, six-foot-tall gaming machines in actual arcades. Those seemingly ancient devices provided countless hours of fun. Then, at-home gaming consoles swept the market. Now, our children can play high-tech games on any PC, tablet, or mobile phone. Paper.io is one of the newest free-to-play games, and my review is below.
International Competition
Paper.io is one of many .io titles that feature online multiplayer action. There is no one-player mode, so all gamers must be connected to the Web. Currently, there are over 15,000 people enjoying Paper.io, so there’s no shortage of competition. Anyone can join the game within seconds, as no sign-up or registration is necessary. Thus, we don’t have to worry about our children sharing any personal information or linking social media accounts to the game.

No Graphic Violence
In Paper.io, players compete to own the entire board. Each character looks like a blockheaded snake. Players slink across the board and capture pieces to grow their base. In lieu of weapons, snakes can “bite” each other’s tails to attack. Paper.io is free of bloody violence, and it’s suitable for all ages. The graphics are bright, colorful, and kid-friendly.



Colors and Skins
Each player is assigned a random color at the beginning of their game. The color palette is very pleasing, featuring nice shades of red, blue, purple, green, and yellow. No two players look exactly alike, since each one has their own unique hue. These colors are also displayed in the leaderboard, so it’s easy to see who is winning.

Paper.io also includes unlockable skins. These designs are based on famous characters, such as Nyan Cat (an Internet meme), Freddy Fazbear (Five Nights at Freddy’s), and the Minions (Despicable Me). Each skin features a unique head and pattern for the character’s base. Younger children might favor these designs, since they add a fun flair to the game arena.
How to Win
Paper.io has a low barrier to entry. Absolutely anyone can join a game and compete instantly. Developing a winning strategy from scratch could take a while, so I offer a few tips to share with your children.

First, staying close to base is an excellent defensive strategy. No one can attack you within your base. Plus, you can fortify your base by adding one layer at a time. If you’re patient and don’t stray too far, you will be hard to beat.
Second, attack easy targets only. Some players get involved in scuffles that are simply impossible to win. If you only go after long enemy tails, you can knock out the competition rather easily.
Third, don’t focus on the leaderboard too much. If you take your eye off the board for just a second, you could become too vulnerable. Stick to the first two strategies, and you’ll top the leaderboard in due time.

Now that you know how to win, get involved in the family-friendly fun of Paper.io!

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