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Today’s Spotlight is Autonauts, a sandbox colony management sim by Denki and Curve Digital.
Players are tasked with establishing new colonies on uncharted worlds. You’ll start by gathering natural resources, building a functioning economy and supply chain, and eventually creating an army of programmable robots to increase your efficiency.
Your worker robots can be fully automated using a simple but robust visual programming language, allowing you to focus on more important expansion efforts without having to do everything in your colony manually. You can check out the launch trailer above.
Autonauts is available on Windows PC via Steam for $19.99.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
Travel the universe colonising uninhabited planets with the sole goal of setting worlds in motion through the power of automation.
Fresh from your spaceship you must harvest stick and stone and begin your colonisation efforts. Create rudimentary crafting items from blueprints and slowly build a number of workerbots to aid in your efforts. Teach and shape their artificial intelligence with a visual programming language, then instruct them to begin the formation of your colony. Marvel as a planet you’ve shaped becomes home to a civilisation of workerbots, happy to do your bidding!
Expand further with the creation of colonists; beings that require your assistance to survive. Push your workerbots further by introducing fishing, cooking, housing, and tailoring and help the colonists into a state of transcendence.
- Playful Programming – Teach your workerbots requisite steps to complete tasks by asking them to repeat actions utilising a visual programming language. Designed to be easy to learn but with added complexity there are numerous possibilities.
- Automated Automation – Build an army of bots to automate just about everything in your colony, teach them what to do and expand both their brains and task possibilities with numerous upgrades and options.
- Various Ventures – From gathering to building, cooking, fishing, tailoring, farming, animal husbandry and more – the world of Autonauts is vast with limitless opportunities to automate and colonise.
- Charming Creativity – The world of Autonauts pops to life with a low-poly art-style married with a consistent and bright colour palette adding depth and scale, creating a relaxing and attractive play space.
Autonauts combines the very best of agriculture, simulation, crafting, building, production-line and resource management titles to create a brand new experience unlike any other. Create the automated world of your dreams! The future is now!
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