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Automatons is an implementation of two-dimensional cellular automatons. Each cell has eight neighbors. Whether the cell lives, dies or is born in the next generation is determined by how many neighbors are currently alive.

John Conway's Game of Life is just one example of the automatons you can create. In fact, there are 262,144 possible automatons to explore!

Automatons is entertaining for novices and subject experts. Start with a random initial condition and see the patterns and symmetries that develop over time.

We've included a number of preset patterns that have nice behaviors for certain conditions. For example, for Life (B3/S23) there is a preset of a glider gun and a lightweight spaceship.

You can also insert a custom pattern to see how it evolves over time! Explore different initial conditions and and discover beautiful patterns and surprising results.

What’s New

Version 0.9

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

8ShowBox8 ,

Great for customization

The UI is a little complicated at first, but I think it’s very cool to be able to create your own take on the classic game of life.

Buckeye Mac ,

Unusable UI

The controls (black) display on a almost entirely black background. It wasn’t possible to read what any of the switches/buttons meant.

Options window/layer should temporarily cover the rendering layer so the button labels can be read.

App Privacy

The developer, CodeBurners, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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543.7 KB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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