The Simplest Survival
The setting of MooMoo.io is quite typical for a survival game. You are in a strange wildland, with a narrow set of tools to use. You need to eat to recover your health. Wild animals, like bulls and wolves, are dangerous, so you need to fight them or escape. By gathering resources and crafting items, you can build your own village with windmills.
But it’s initially a browser game! Of course, many things are simplified here. New items unlock automatically, without intended crafting. There is only one button to interact with various items. Apples heal any wounds. And – the most characterizing for MooMoo.io – the game is in 2D, and you see the events from above. It’s all also very schematic and primitive, though you can tell a wolf from a bull, and any of these two from another human player.
It’s a very popular survival game, though. The servers sometimes get full of players, accepting no new ones. No wonder: building your village and protecting it is made very addictive in this game.
How to Play
The original browser version required both mouse and hotkeys; in the mobile version, everything is touch-based. Wherever you place your finger, there is a virtual joystick for moving your character. The button for interacting with objects is logically in the lower right corner, though it’s hard to see it: it’s overlaid with top players, or ads, or whatever. The real game looks much more crowded than what you see on the screenshots on Google Play.
Select the tool and tap the button when you are near an object to interact with it and collect apples, wood, or stone. If you select, say, apples, just tap the same button to eat an apple and heal your wounds. When you see a potential enemy approach, you have the seconds to prepare your weapon. Details are very numerous, and they are better learned as you play.
Alas, you lose all your items, all the materials, and even the hats you collect to customize the character when you leave. So try to stay in as long as you can. That makes a casual game a wonderful long hardcore experience.
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Update It
The game was last updated in May 2017. Yet, as for November 2019, it works quite correctly, with no bugs except for arguably bad design. For example, the top players list is almost half the screen, so you cannot see the field under it unless you try hard. It would have been good to have this fixed in an update, but the answer is negative.
Another thing the game lacks is disabling ads. They are everywhere in the game, and .io game fans are okay with an option to spend three or four bucks for a clean version. But not this time.
• Simplest visuals with quite a deep gameplay;
• Low system requirements;
• Many players constantly online;
• Controls well transferred to touch devices.
• Design is a bit strange and illogical;
• No option to turn off the ads;
• No updates since May 2017.