Best Automation Games on Steam

Steam currently has 815 Automation games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Automation game rankings were last updated on 5/26/2024.

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1. Dyson Sphere Program

Build the most efficient intergalactic factory in space simulation strategy game Dyson Sphere Program! Harness the power of stars, collect resources, plan and design production lines and develop your interstellar factory from a small space workshop to a galaxy-wide industrial empire.

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Dyson Sphere Program holds the #1 spot for "best Automation game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 78,910 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 77,092 positive reviews and 1,818 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Dyson Sphere Program on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 1/21/2021
Developer Youthcat Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1366540

2. Factorio

Factorio is a game about building and creating automated factories to produce items of increasing complexity, within an infinite 2D world. Use your imagination to design your factory, combine simple elements into ingenious structures, and finally protect it from the creatures who don't really like you.

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Factorio has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 179,349 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 174,254 positive reviews and 5,095 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $35.00 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $35.00
Release Date 8/14/2020
Developer Wube Software LTD.
Publisher Wube Software LTD.
Steam App Id 427520

3. Satisfactory

Satisfactory is a first-person open-world factory building game with a dash of exploration and combat. Play alone or with friends, explore an alien planet, create multi-story factories, and enter conveyor belt heaven!

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Satisfactory has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 160,127 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 155,279 positive reviews and 4,848 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Satisfactory on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 6/8/2020
Franchise Coffee Stain
Developer Coffee Stain Studios
Publisher Coffee Stain Publishing
Steam App Id 526870

4. The Planet Crafter

A space survival open world terraforming crafting game, designed for 1 to 10 players. Alter the ecosystem of an inhospitable planet to render it habitable for humanity. Survive, gather resources, and build your base. Then, generate oxygen, warmth, and pressure to create a brand new biosphere.

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The Planet Crafter has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 34,128 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 32,806 positive reviews and 1,322 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $16.79 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $16.79
Release Date 4/10/2024
Developer Miju Games
Publisher Miju Games
Steam App Id 1284190

5. Opus Magnum

Opus Magnum is the latest open-ended puzzle game from Zachtronics, the creators of SpaceChem, Infinifactory, and SHENZHEN I/O. Design and build machines that assemble potions, poisons, and more using the alchemical engineer’s most advanced tool: the transmutation engine!

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Opus Magnum has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,593 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,455 positive reviews and 138 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Opus Magnum on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 12/7/2017
Franchise Zachtronics
Developer Zachtronics
Publisher Zachtronics
Steam App Id 558990

6. Outpath: First Journey

Outpath: First Journey is a prologue chapter of the main game, Outpath. An experimental clicker base building game. Craft, gather & manage resources, build your base and buy more islands to exploit and expand!

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Outpath: First Journey has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,704 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,590 positive reviews and 114 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Outpath: First Journey on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/17/2022
Franchise Davii Projects
Developer David Moralejo Sánchez
Publishers
Steam App Id 2237980

7. The Planet Crafter: Prologue

Experience the first stages of terraforming an entire planet in this space survival open world terraforming crafting game prologue. Explore, survive, collect, build your base then create oxygen, heat and pressure to make an hostile planet livable for humanity.

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The Planet Crafter: Prologue has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,249 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,910 positive reviews and 339 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 12/19/2021
Developer Miju Games
Publisher Miju Games
Steam App Id 1830840

8. shapez

shapez is a game about building factories to automate the creation and processing of increasingly complex shapes across an infinitely expanding map.

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shapez has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,267 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,867 positive reviews and 400 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play shapez on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $3.49
Release Date 6/7/2020
Franchise Doyoyo Games
Developer Tobias Springer
Publishers
Steam App Id 1318690

9. Mindustry

An open-ended factory management game with RTS and tower defense elements.

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Mindustry has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 18,319 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,552 positive reviews and 767 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Mindustry on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 9/26/2019
Developer AnukenDev
Publisher AnukenDev
Steam App Id 1127400

10. Rusty's Retirement

A relaxing idle-farming simulator that sits at the bottom of your screen while you do other things.

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Rusty's Retirement has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Automation games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,881 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,688 positive reviews and 193 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $6.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rusty's Retirement on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $6.99
Release Date 4/26/2024
Developer Mister Morris Games
Publisher Mister Morris Games
Steam App Id 2666510

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Factorio on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Satisfactory on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). The Planet Crafter on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Opus Magnum on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Outpath: First Journey on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). The Planet Crafter: Prologue on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). shapez on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Mindustry on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Rusty's Retirement on Steam. Steam Store.

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