I’m addicted to hole.io.
I have a Google Pixel phone, so I have the Android version of the app, which I gather is different than the iOS vsn, as my kids said their friend with an iPhone had what I call “the pirate islands world” months ago. It just came to my app during an update a week ago. And unfortunately, in the process Voodoo Games screwed up what I’m now calling “cityscape;” the original (and formerly only) world. It’s now all jittery and lags to the point of un-playability. Now when that world comes up, I immediately close the app and restart it until it goes to the pirate islands world again (since it’s random and you can’t choose which one to play).
The Most Satisfying Game Ever
Anyway, there’s something about this game that I’m addicted to–apparently I like “Process-Oriented Completionist” games. I just made that genre up…I think…I’ve heard gamers on podcasts rattle off crazy game types descriptions, so maybe it’s a real thing.
Saying that ‘genre’ reminds me of those “Most Satisfying Video Ever” movies that are collections of factory automation porn, touching/cutting/peeling/extruding/scraping/filling/melting weird materials, and time-lapse video. I don’t like the medical ones, where people remove stitches or pop whitehead zits, because gross–and therefore definitely not ‘The Most Satisfying Videos Ever’. But since the former are something people watch, maybe you’ll like seeing these recordings of me playing hole.io.
Watch me play hole.io
Is 100% really possible?
I saw a video of someone getting 100%, but it seemed edited. I’ve gotten 99.67% on the islands, and around that on city, but no higher. Can it be done? Does it seem like you might get 1/2 a percent for swallowing a huge building at the 1-minute mark, but then at 2 seconds left on the clock, you might get a quarter percent for swallowing a car? It can seem arbitrary is all I’m saying.
Update 01/2019: Hole.io is Unplayable Now
This is a blessing in disguise, as I spent way too many hours playing this game. But some genius at Voodoo Games released an update for Android that included an entire new world that doesn’t work (something like a future space colony theme), and everything else failed too.
Hole movements are too slow–like the gravity to the ground is too strong now–I can’t move fast enough to get more than 60% of the stage eaten, where it used to be a score below 95% was odd.
Also, the graphics stink now. I believe they used to use Unity environments and objects (or something like that). The worlds looked more realistic–a palm tree looked like a palm tree, a 3-mast wooden ship looked like a ship. Now everything looks cartoonish, which makes it less fun for me.
The Self-Destruct Update
I don’t know if Voodoo decided if it ain’t broke, let’s break it beyond repair or what–but this has gone from 5 stars to zero stars in one “update” release. The day after the release I read many similar reviews on Google Play, confirming it’s not just me. I wonder who at Voodoo Games is responsible for apparently sending out major releases untested?
I finally uninstalled the app after un/re-installing several times to see if there was some dependencies or files I was missing that would fix the gameplay. Apparently not. At least I got more free time now.