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ROBLOX - Indie app of the day

Today's indie app of the day is ROBLOX. In this nifty app, you'll have access to dozens of games created by normal people. You could even make your own!

Published onJuly 26, 2014


What is ROBLOX

ROBLOX is a gaming community where people create games and add then to the ever growing list of games available to play. When you play ROBLOX, you’re not getting one game, you’re getting a bunch of games in a variety of genres including FPS, adventure, puzzle, and even a couple of RPGs.

Here’s how the premise works. The app is essentially a well-done wrapper app for the ROBLOX website. Using your tablet, you can access and play each game that the community creates and releases. There are additional things you can do that require an account which is easy enough to sign up to get. With an account you get advanced sorting features, community access, and you can even begin work on your own game. In essence, you’re not getting one game when you get this app, you’re getting dozens.

ROBLOX games are all done with the same graphical style and general controls. Everything is made out of blocks similar to Minecraft. The graphics are very simple and that allows games to load quickly and play without much work from the device CPU and GPU. It’s a nice touch and in the games we tried, we had no problems entering games and playing them without lag. For most games, the controls include a joystick for movement, you can swipe on the screen almost anywhere to move the camera, and tapping on the screen allows for an action.

It isn’t without its quirks, however. Standing in front of this really cool idea is a very minimal and old school app design. There is a lot of blank white space and plain text buttons. The games themselves play well enough most of the time but you’ll need a tablet to really enjoy them. Even on the gigantic Galaxy Note 3, many game play elements were cramped over overflowing which means you’ll need a minimum of a 7″ screen to use this app to its fullest potential. There are some games that can be played on phones but you’ll definitely know when you run into games that are not for phones.

Overall, this is a really cool premise. There are a lot of games available and pretty much all of them are free to play. The app is supported by in-app purchases where you can buy things for the games you play. Does it need some refinement? Yes, but the core concept is still awesome enough that people should give this a try.

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