Universal Paperclips™

Last modified
Friday, January 4, 2019

Description of App

Become a super-powerful AI who only wants one thing: paperclips. Use your unstoppable intelligence to create a massive paperclip empire in this addictive idle/management/strategy/sim.

The OFFICIAL mobile version of the hit browser game. No ads, no in-app purchases, full gameplay.

"The game is click-crack." - Wired

"This paperclip sim will cause your next existential crisis." - VentureBeat

"A hopelessly addicting game." - Forbes

"A terrifying lesson in how artificial intelligence will make us unnecessary." - Business Insider

"If this planet ends up with a tombstone, what is written on the tombstone may be, 'they didn’t really understand what it’s like to be a paperclip maximizer.'" - Eliezer Yudkowsky



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

In order to play the game you will have to use some voiceover gestures as you progress because the screen will display lots of info, but you don’t have to turn off vo. These gestures are: 3 finger flick up and down to move between pages and drag the finger around the screen to read the numbers and other text.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

If you like incremental games, I can guarantee this is one of the best!! Will take some time to beat and could even teach some life lessons, so much fun, but this requires patience and time just all other incremental games. You will have to explore and learn how to progress, but first, the “make paperclips” button is your friend, pay attention to everything that can be clicked at all times


2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by matheus rheine 3 years ago



Submitted by matheus rheine on Saturday, January 5, 2019

Hey everyone!
I’ve played non stop for 3 days, but I finally did it! After so much frustration due to all the statistics and resources to manage in the later part of the game I did it! It was so rewarding!
Here’s my total playing time (with the app open)
Universal Paperclips achieved in 11 hours 20 minutes 46 seconds
One more tip: use the split tap to speed up all those clicks!

Submitted by Cliff on Monday, January 7, 2019

SMan, I just love this game! Thank you so much for posting it!
But now I have a problem... I'm ready to head out to space, but I don't have enough operations to do so. I should have spent more trust earlier on building up more memory, but I wasn't wise enough, and now I have 81 memory, and thus a max roof of 81000 operations, and I believe I need 120000 to head out to space to conquer the universe.
There was a project previous in the game that let you realocate resources between prosessors and memory for 70.000 creativity points, but I never made it then, and now that project is gone.
So I guess I'm left with using the quantum computer to compute my way up to 120000, but that seems to be completely inaccessible. I needed 85000 ops earlier, and I had to force my wife to get me there using the quantum computer, not without using numerous threats, I might add! Lol!
But what now? Do I need to restart, or is there a way to crack the quantum computing thing using VoiceOver?
Thanks for all the help you can give me! :)

Submitted by Razvan on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Is the split tap a gesture, or a setting?
Thanks in advance.

Submitted by Laurent Cadet … on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

This is a wonderful game and, to my liking, maybe a bit too addictive! :)
I find the app very accessible, but would like to know if anybody could share tips on how to make the quantum and swarm computing work. Its unclear to me whether this is an accessibility issue, or me missing something. Help much appreciated!

Submitted by Laurent Cadet … on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In reply to by Razvan

The split tap is a gesture. It works by positioning one finger on top of the element you want to activate, e.g. the "make paperclip" button at the start of the game, and then touching the screan with another finger. This performs the equivalent function to a double-tap. the advantage is that you can keep the first finger in position while quickly repeatedly tapping the second finger, thereby getting things done faster and more comfortably than with repeated double-tapping.

Submitted by alex wallis on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

split tap is the same as double tapping really just using two fingers.
I noticed when searching for this game another game called bitcoin factory which I think is by the same developer as the interface seems to be laid out the same and I even found a screen which when I opened it referred to paperclips oops lol. anyway I couldn't get the paperclips game to work at all, nothing seems to happen when I tap the make paperclip button accept my wire quantity goes down but paperclips doesn't go up.

Hi Alex
The reason you dont see your paperclips going up is that they are being sold automatically, so your available funds will go up. Take some time to play around -- you will be rewarded!

Hi there
Thanks for letting me know of it, it saved my life!
I’m at the next part of the game, not want to spoil anithing, but i just made earth available for resources.
This game is totally awesome! I really wish we had more clicker games on Ios

Submitted by Kerry Fielding on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hi. So, it seems I can now invest in stocks and shares, but I don’t understand what I’m doing here. Did anybody bother with it and does it affect gameplay if you don’t? Thanks

Submitted by Donna on Saturday, October 23, 2021

Has anyone noticed that the update that was released this week breaks accessibility? I hadn't played the game in a while, but decided to give it a go after updating it this week. The game seems to be completely broken. When I open it, VO speaks direct touch area, but I can't see anything at all on the screen. I've tried turning direct touch on and off, but that did nothing. I'm seeing this on both my iPhone 12 mini and my iPad mini 5th gen.