If you have an Instagram account, you must have seen an ad for a game featuring a black hole that is somehow disguised to look like a hungry hamster, with a caption that somehow manages to mash up two memes that shouldn’t go together (I believe that “If you eat Big Ben, you are officially allowed to leave”) is the latest one. If you know a thing or two about games that are being advertised – and I do believe you do – you must have guessed that there must be a better game than this one is knocking off, and you would be right. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you – Hole.io
Hole.io is a simple enough game: you control a black hole that gets bigger and bigger the more things, people and objects you manage to devour. The game takes place in an unnamed metropolis that has everything that a big city should have – buildings big and small, cars, cabs, ambulance and police vesicles, people going around and minding their own business, trees, trash cans, and so on. Clearly, some things are easier to eat right away, while for others you’ll have to grow larger. And that is all there is.
The game has you playing against random opponents from all over the world, but fear not – it is super easy to get a grip on the controls, as the hole follows your finger as you drag it across the screen, giving you a bit of an extremely satisfying haptic feedback each time you manage to eat someone or something (though there is no in-game music).
There are different game modes – time trials, where you have two minutes to create the largest black hole out of the ten players and win, Last hole standing, where your goal is to remain the last player on the map, a mode single player mode where your aim is to eat the entire city in under two minutes and local multiplayer mode via Bluetooth. You can also customize your experience a bit, either by changing your hole’s aura or by changing its shape (this is the option which is the reward for returning players).
Hole.io from Voodoo is a simple game, but a highly satisfying and addictive one. I have tried out the free to play version which has – rather long – ads after each game session (you can also pay for the ad-free option). Despite that, I believe that this is one of the rare games that will stay on my phone even after the reviewing period, as the perks of this game far outweigh the annoying ads (yeah, I’m cheap and I’m not paying unless I have to).
The game requires iOS 8 or newer, and there is also an Android version of it.