If you want to enter the treasury of indie genre, you don’t have to go far. Roblox is just a cave full of treasures created by millions of developers. It’s an independent platform where some can easily create games and earn, and others have an enormous selection of games.
Roblox is more than a game: it’s a platform for gaming, with millions (no exaggeration!) of titles available. As you create your name and avatar, you use them in all the games you play. It also has some features of social network: you can make friends here, communicate with them, invite to play, and rate games you like or dislike.
The number of games available here seems unlimited. Some of them are just free clones of hits, like Hello Neighbor, Granny, or Plague Inc. Others just follow common patterns, like zombie apocalypse survival or life simulators. There are also amusing arcades and quests, detectives and job simulators, and so on. Sometimes just exploring these riches is more interesting than playing any certain one.
Of course, not all games are equally good on Roblox. But after some searching I found a bunch of those I would rate 10 out of 10, and you can do the same. If you like going to the extremes, you can stick to Roblox and track new games just there, venturing nowhere else.
I didn’t deal with the SDK provided by Roblox, but it must be quite easy, as so many young and probably amateurish developers try it and often succeed.
Unifying controls is just as great as unifying avatars. Most games made with Roblox share the same controls: joystick in the left lower corner is for movement, the area in the right is for moving the camera, and buttons are for jumping, interacting with objects, and so on. In-game interactive objects (like purchase points) are also unified, with comments and explanations over each of them. It saves incredible lots of time when you don’t have to relearn for a new game.
Unifying the design of all Roblox-based games means there’s little space for creativeness and fantasy (yet little doesn’t mean none at all). Some games are really beautiful and gorgeous (like my favorite Royale High), some look strange but are fun to play (like Work at a Pizza Place). In fact, if you like photo realism, or colorful detailed picture, or cinematic experience, Roblox isn’t a good place for you. But those who appreciate exquisite gameplay nuances will be satisfied.
While the basic account can be created for free, and it allows playing anything you wish, Roblox has its own in-game currency, predictably named Robux. For these Robux you can buy clothes and accessories to customize your avatar, or make purchases within certain games. Robux can be bought for real money or earned by your progress.
Of course, I was joking, saying that Roblox has all you need. But it has lots of games you’d like. And when you want to try another one, you won’t have to relearn for it. In theory, we can spend most our lives living in this indie paradise.
- Millions of games to discover
- Unified avatars and controls
- Social network elements
- Free to play
- You’re welcome to develop and earn
- Customization may cost you more than you expect
- Visuals are mostly quite poor (though not always)