Colored balls in motion. That’s the first thing you’ll see in Autonomy, a free Android game that has more to it than first meets the eye. In this title you face the worst possible enemy: yourself. Every move you make gets replicated in the near future and you’ll have to avoid touching it. Now we’re not “just” talking about colored balls, but about testing out your memory and skills to unexpected extremes.
You’re in charge of moving a small blue ball around with the mission of collecting the green and yellow balls. Your aim is to hold out as long as possible doing this job. All while dodging the red balls, too, and the longer you do it, the better your score. Like any arcade game worth its salt, as you go you’ll get more points and the levels get harder and harder. And here’s a hint, by way of preview: it’s not going to be easy.
The gameplay in Autonomy involves copying your moves. The red balls imitate your own trajectory until reaching one of the balls you have to pick up. That means the simpler your moves, the easier it will be to deflect them as the game goes on. But it’s not going to be a bed of roses – the opposite of that, actually. It’s hard to remember your own moves when you’ve got 3 or 4 red balls copying you all around the level.
The controls are at first glance super simple. Move the blue ball by tapping and sliding your finger. What happens is that the cutesy ball seems to have a life of its own and controlling it is way harder than is ideal. This was probably an intentional decision by the developers as it makes the game a heck of a lot harder. This is why on Autonomy it’s better to make simple moves so things don’t get too complicated. And yeah, I know that’s easier said than done but I’m just trying to help you get as many points as possible.
Autonomy plays with a very smart premise. Having to compete against your past “selves” keeps you in constant tension. It’s a really original gameplay that gives enormous appeal to the title. What a shame that the controls are so maddening at the beginning – though you’ll surely get the hang of them bit by bit.
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