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Out Today, Autonauts vs Piratebots Combines Base-Building and Coding

Autonauts vs Piratebots

Like the idea of managing your own base of automated minions while learning coding at the same time? You might want to give Autonauts vs Piratebots a try.

Out today on PC via Steam, Autonauts vs Piratebots is the latest game from Dundee-based developer Denki. And, if you’re a fan of management sims and base-building, it’s well worth keeping on your radar.

It sports some deep mechanics, but thanks to Autonauts vs Piratebots‘ cute visual style, it’s very easy to get started in without getting bogged down in too much detail early on. A straightforward tutorial walks you through the basics, and we mean the basics: pan the camera, zoom in and out, pick up an item. It’s necessary though, as there are a lot of controls to get your head around. And by starting off easy before ramping up, the tutorial ensures you have all the knowledge you need before you jump in with both feet.

And while you might start by issuing commands to your Autonauts one by one – pick up a log, craft an item with it – the real fun of the game comes in creating your own automated programs. That’s right: hidden underneath its cute exterior is a system designed to teach players the fundamentals of programming. The sneaky thing. Using a Scratch-style coding system, you’ll eventually be able to automate every move your Autonauts make, with the goal always being to protect them from the invading Piratebots.

Denki has designed Autonauts vs Piratebots to be a game that almost anyone can jump into. Whether you’ve never even thought about coding before, the game provides everything you need to get started. And if you’re already something of a veteran? Well, you can skip through the tutorial and hit the ground running.

What’s particularly cool is that the developer has pledged to provide schools in the UK with 5,000 free copies of the game, to be used as a tool to help youngsters get a start in programming. We’re big fans of games as educational tools, and think the initiative is a great idea.

So: whether you’re looking for a new base-building game with a twist or want to learn programming, Autonauts vs Piratebots is well worth considering. It’s available now on Steam, priced at £15.99/$17.99. And if you buy it before 4th August, you’ll get a 10% discount.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.