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Auto Chess Review

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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @JonahMonaghan and @GeekDadGamer.


Auto Chess is a strategy game where you set-up automated actions to gain a competitive advantage. As you play you purchase units that will battle for you, each unit has different attributes that can collaborate with other units. The goal ultimately is to create a team that not only works well together but can counter your opponent's team.

Despite many interactions being based on luck or automation, as a player, it is your job to weigh choices based on the odds you're presented. Will you accept defeat to save your money? Or will you invest in order hopes of stopping your opponent?

In a single player game, you will face opponents many times with each encounter only lasting a few seconds. It is your job in these interactions to see who your threats are and prioritise how you can adapt to defeat them while not creating new weaknesses for the other players to exploit.

While the game has a steep learning curve for ranked play, the basic interactions are simple and the game is able to walk you through basic formations and strategies, reducing the barrier of entry.

Auto Chess goes by two different names:
  • Auto Chess: Origins (Mobile)
  • Auto Chess (PC)

Despite the different names, Auto Chess provides cross-play between the PC and mobile versions. A PS4 version was scheduled for an October 30th release but has been delayed with no new date.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 18/04/2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Strategy

Developer: @DrodoStudio


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Duration: It takes between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.
Players: You can play this with 8 players online. Players can make parties of up to five players, this makes sure that the game isn't fixed for one player.

Single-player may be offered through user-generated content, however, user-generated content is not representative of the official game.


This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. Some of these purchases (known as 'loot boxes') are for a chance of getting rare/higher-value items although common/lower-value items are more frequent. These in-game purchases also offer a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game. Auto Chess provides a variety of in-game purchases both individually and as a part of a battle-pass (called the Chess Pass). However, all of these purchases are cosmetic and do not provide players with an advantage.
You don’t need a paid subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7+ for Violence. This game features unrealistic combat between fantasy characters or unrealistic human-like characters. The violence found in this combat is unrealistic, as are reactions to it. Damage is indicated by health bars, characters flash when hit and disappear when defeated. Violence is mostly seen from a distance, although the player does have the option to zoom in.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with Fantasy violence, Mild blood.

User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:


How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.


Assistance With Controls: You can get the game to assist aiming, steering, reloading, jumping, running etc.

Rubber Banding: Trailing players are dynamically given an advantage, or the game gets easier if you die frequently.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

No Unlocking Required: Access any mode, location, character, weapon or vehicle from the start.


How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.


How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Mouse And Keyboard

Keyboard Alone: Can play with just the keyboard.

Mouse Alone: Can play with just the mouse/mouse button/mouse wheel.

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

One Motion Targeted: Play with touchscreen, tap and swipe or hold gesture.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.


How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Outline Interactive Elements: Characters, platforms and enemies can be outlined for visibility.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.


How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well


How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Communication

Preset Chat: Communicate with other players with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

Text Chat: Chat to other players by typing text.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @JonahMonaghan

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