Roblox Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 11 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

In this game, amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The library of games is fast-changing, and specific games mimic the evolving rules of playground games. Playing with other children and the novelty of familiar topics make this game hugely popular. It also offers children a safe way to experience a huge variety of make-believe scenarios online.

Ensure you have selected the “Restricted Mode” in the users settings for younger players. This ensures they can only play games that have been approved by Roblox itself as suitable for a wide audience. You can also specify how they interact with other users in these settings.
  • MeepCity: You play with millions of other MeepCity visitors to chat, enjoy different games, earn coins, or customize your very own estate. It’s bright and fun, and a great way to take a step into an online world with your child.
  • Jailbreak: You orchestrate a robbery or stop the criminals before they get away. The fun is in teaming up with friends and working together to pull off the ultimate heist. The theme may be a bit violent but this is playground hijinks rather than anything more serious.
  • Adopt Me!: In the game you can adopt pets, designing their homes, explore Adoption Island, and care for the animals that you have saved. It’s a nice gentle game, although be warned, it may lead to requests for a real pet of your own.
  • Royale High: Find new friends and places to explore while you dress up in the school-themed world of Royale High. Create beautiful items for the world of Royale High to swap and trade.
  • Phantom Forces: Is an online shooting game with a large range of game modes and weapons. It's a little like Call of Duty or Battlefield where two teams face off against each other, but with less graphic violence and a focus on fun.
  • Murder Mystery 2: At the start of each round you are assigned a role: Innocent or Murderer. You must then use stealth and detection to expose the Murderer and tell the Sheriff. This is a good one for older players who have to know the maps and carefully watch how others behave to spy out the baddie.
  • Work at a Pizza Place: Learn how to manage a pizza shop. Fulfil orders, take money, manage the workers, order supplies. The longer you play, the larger your house becomes and the more pizza you need to make. It’s great seeing children make business decisions and take on the roles they choose for themselves.
  • Welcome to Bloxburg: A virtual world where you live and work. Choose a job, and design your own house and vehicles. It’s a great way for kids to play at being grown-up like they do in the playground.
  • Flee the Facility: Your goal here is to hide or run away from the beast. One player is a killer hunting down survivors, and other players are survivors who are running for their lives, having to collaborate in order to unlock the exits.
  • Super Hero Tycoon : Try a cape on in Super Hero Tycoon where you can become one of the superheroes and build up your base to unspeakable size.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/06/2016

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm, Role-Playing and Strategy.

Developer: @roblox

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game. Due to the different games varying in style, their duration varies considerably, but the majority of games are conducted in rounds that last no more than 10 minutes.
 
Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 100 players online. 1 per screen, typically interacting with up to 100 players in online games. There are user-created games in most genres.

Cross-Play: You can play Roblox with people on different systems: Xbox One, PC, Mac, mobile.

CostsCosts

This game is free to play. Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. This includes a regular subscription fee (known as a 'battle/season pass') to unlock access to reward items and other aspects of the game.

Some Roblox games offer "loot box" style purchases. These are required to disclose the odds of getting each item, regardless of how it is purchased.

In the game you are limited in how many Robux you can buy in one transaction:
  • £0.99 for 80 Robux
  • £4.99 for 400 Robux
  • £9.99 for 800 Robux
But outside the game, you can make larger purchases. Up to £199.99 for 22,500 Robux on Xbox. And up to £23.99 on iOS and £184.99 on Android.

You can also subscribe to get 450 Robux a month as well as discounts on buying more Robux and access to selling and trading items with other subscribed Roblox players. The games generally encourage the spending of Robux to progress as a proportion of the money spent goes to the person who creates the game.

Amazon Prime Gaming subscribers can claim exclusive in-game items, like the Banandolier accessory, by visiting gaming.amazon.com and entering the code at roblox.com/primegaming. Prime Gaming is included free for Amazon Prime members.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has received a PEGI 7 because it features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context, mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like characters and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. Not suitable for persons under 7 of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: Violence is very mild and consists of blocky, action-figure and stick-like humanoid characters competing in various child-friendly games. Armed with fists, swords or guns they can hit each other until they fall apart and disappear. Blood and injuries are not depicted. Violence can be found in the following games: Coalesce, Fisticuffs, Heroes, Ripull Minigames, ROBLOX Dodgeball, Skybound II, Super Check Point and TNT Rush. Frightening scenes can occur in the game Stop it, Slender! 2. The aim of the game is to run around darkened locations collection pages. Slender Man can jump out of the darkness and scare you. If you do not look away fast enough you lose the game.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for fantasy violence.

User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Roblox games have the following basic settings, individual games offer varying accessibility support:
  • Difficulty: Some games offer difficulty settings, but with so many to choose from, players usually just opt for another game if they get stuck.
  • Reading: While long narrative is rare, you need to read small text on menus and even smaller text to identify other players in the game.
  • Controls: Tablet games offer the option to tap to move, dynamic thumbstick (where ever you touch the screen), static thumbstick (always in the corner). On Xbox, you can view the controller buttons any time by pressing the Menu button, but you can't remap them.
  • Image calibration: You can zoom in and out on tablet and smartphone versions. You can pick different camera modes. On PC you can select "Shift Lock" for a first-person view.
  • Audio calibration:

Communication

How you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Filtered Chat: Option to filter out profanity and/or sharing of personal information from online chat.

System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: Andy Robertson


 




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