Roblox Review

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Posted: 17 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo 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.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/06/2016

Price: Free

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

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

Accessibility: 14 features

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

Roblox

Xbox One Free
PC Free
Mac Free
iOS Free
Android Free
 
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.

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.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 7-12 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. Some Roblox games are aimed at younger players, but you need to be able to cope with interacting with others. Also, many of the games require resilience and fine movement control. By the time children are 11- or 12-years-old they have usually graduated to other games, although Roblox games like Phantom Forces and Jail Break extend this audience into the older age groups.
 
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

Not all games offer difficulty settings, however with thousands of games to choose from many are easier to play, low pressure and don't require fast relations. Few Roblox games offer customisable difficulty though.

While long narrative is rare, you need to read small text on menus and even smaller text to identify other players in the game.

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.

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.
 
Our Roblox Accessibility Report details 14 accessibility features:


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