Roblox is a family friendly sandbox MMOG designed to appeal mainly to kids 4-14. Players can create their building-block avatar, explore the virtual world and interact socially, construct many different types of buildings as well as create games of their own with the built-in accessible tools. Once approved, these user-generated games are available for multiplayer participation via the game's client or website. When other players visit their creations, users earn in-game currency, which can be exchanged for clothes and building materials. The game has moderators always on to help make everything safe for kids, offers a parent account feature, and allows for privacy controls on who can visit user created games and properties. While Roblox is free to play, there is an item shop for paid upgrades, or an optional subscription available that offers many additional bonuses.
This week's Microsoft $2.5 billion buyout of Minecraft made the appeal of the sandbox genre crystal clear; in light of that, is it any wonder game developers big and small are trying to get in on the action? Quickly gaining ground in sandbox enthusiasts' collective consciousness is ROBLOX Corporation and its attendant online entertainment site, ROBLOX.com.
The Roblox team has announced that a new mobile app will be released next week. Users will be able to play games, check in game mail, buy from the Roblox catalog, make changes to their characters on iOS devices.
ROBLOX developers have announced that tickets are now on sale for the ROBLOX Game Conference 2012. The conference is set for Saturday, July 14th in Santa Clara, California.
The ROBLOX team has sent word that a new FPS-style game has been developed for players to try out. Called Base Wars, the dev team has written a great article about the process of taking the game from level design all the way to completion.
Roblox is a game that has been around since 2006 and has given kids an unprecedented ability to create and share their own 3D virtual worlds all packaged up in a kid-safe environment. Specifically targeted at the 8-14 crowd, Roblox has a lot to offer. See what Game Hopper thinks and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.