Splix.io is arguably the least ‘cute’ or creative of the .io games. It is, however, also perhaps the most genius of all the .io games- and its genius lies in its simplicity. This is a game based on claiming territory, and on taking land from others. It’s a very basic game, that uses literal blocks as well as block colors. There are no avatars; no adorable characters and no colorful graphics for you to enjoy. splix.io is reliant on your primal need to guard your ‘land’, and on your instinct to grow your space by invading that of others.
Playing splix.io is very simple. You use your arrow keys, or WASD, to navigate a small dot across the board. Your dot will leave a trail, and colliding into your own trail will kill you. Likewise, if others collide into your trail then they will die as well.
In order to grow your land, you must connect your trail to the series of blocks you begin your game with. Anything within the perimeter created by your trail will become ‘your’ land, and will remain in your possession, until an opponent claims it. The aim of the game is to conquer the largest plot of land possible. This is heavily reliant on you invading others’ space, and creating a large yet manageable area that you can defend from other players.
While on this surface this all seems very simple- it’s actually very challenging. Avoiding suicide is, in and of itself, a difficult task. What’s more, invading land as you protect your preexisting space can prove very difficult to achieve.