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Video GameAutomatoys Review
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Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: Joe Eaton, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Automatoys is a puzzle where you manipulate 3D mechanisms to direct a ball to the goal. You interact with contraptions on each level with a single press that flicks, whacks and nudges the ball past obstacles, gaps and timed jumps. It looks simple, but it can be tricky to get the ball to go where you want it to. Its nostalgic, pinball machine style and retro coin dispenser sound effects evoke the feel of a real life plastic toy.

Each level acts like an on/off switch. When you tap the screen, pieces of the level move or tilt. Tapping once again resets those pieces back to their position. You need to tap at the right times to make sure your ball doesn't fall down gaps.

As you progress, you get used to the pinball machine-like flicks and bumps. There's a surprising amount of control and nuance from this simple input. Still, the levels become more intricate and complex to maintain the level of challenge. For example, later stages introduce more reliance on magnets, which feels unfamiliar and challenging.

Each level has a star rating of up to three, based on how long you take to finish it. That means there are reasons to go back and try to master levels you previously finished. It's a satisfying puzzle game that offers a polished, colourful experience through fun and challenging mechanics.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/08/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Traversal

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Idle Friday (@IdleFriday)




Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Some aspects of Automatoys may be challenging for younger players, such as timed jump sections and dealing with setbacks.


There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can try three levels for free but then need to purchase the rest. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Automatoys Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
You play the game with a single untargeted tap, but to choose levels you need to swipe.

Although you are rewarded for time, there's no penalty for not completing the level quickly.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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