First released all the way back in 2006 for PC, Roblox has since gone on to become a massive success story worldwide, with well over 64 million active monthly users by 2017. In this Roblox guide, we’ll be walking you through everything you need to know in order to get to grips with the game in our Roblox beginner’s guide, as well as detailing all the various in-game purchase options you can buy, in our Roblox microtransactions guide. If you're a parent looking for info on the cost of playing Roblox, concerned about what kind of bill your children could create, or a child looking to get started with Roblox, this is the guide for you.
Roblox Guide for Parents and Children
Simply put, Roblox is a game where players make their own fun, where the developers only hand the creation tools to the players. Every single level you play in Roblox has been created by another member of the community, and players create everything within the game, from levels and environments, all the way to game modes that have become insanely popular over the decade that Roblox has been running for.
Is Roblox Popular?
We mentioned at the very beginning of this Roblox guide that Roblox now now become incredibly popular after being first released on only the PC back in 2006, and that’s largely thanks to YouTube. The creation tools of Roblox have been used to riff on popular, established games like Grand Theft Auto, Pokemon, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Mario, and more. The Roblox YouTube scene is littered with games that have been taken and originally made within Roblox, and it’s popular mainly thanks to this reason.
Is Roblox Safe to Play?
As you might have guessed from its visual style, Roblox is undoubtedly intended for a child audience. It’s available for free right now on the PC and Xbox One, meaning there isn’t any barrier to entry, and its simplistic style of play encourages creations from those of a younger age. Having said this, you'll have to be somewhat wary of the large library of games available to Roblox players, as some purposefully ape Grand Theft Auto, Hotline Miami, and other more mature games.
Roblox Games Guide
Since Roblox is free to purchase and download, you can get started with any of the different kinds of games immediately as soon as you’ve created your player avatar. There are limitless amounts and different types of games in Roblox, from team deathmatch and battle royale, all the way to exploration games and riffs on One Piece, of all things. Head over to the Roblox games catalogue if you want to check out all the different types of games on offer.
While the majority of games on Roblox might be free to play instantly as soon as you’ve got it installed, there are a limited number of games that will make you pay a fee up front before you can play them. This fee comes in the form of the Robux microtransactions (which we’ll explain further down the page in this Roblox guide), and include games like Super Mario Showcase, Train Simulator, and Shipping Lanes, among many more.
Finally, there are Roblox games which, although free to start, contain optional in-game purchases. Take the Aliens (Jailbreak) game for example, a game that’s free to download and play. In Aliens (Jailbreak) you can then purchase items within the game itself while you’re playing, including extra storage space that costs 50 Robux, and a car stereo that costs 250 Robux. We should stress that these in-game purchases are entirely optional, although they will make the game easier for you to play.
Is Roblox on PS4?
Although Roblox launched for the Xbox One over two years ago back in 2015, there still isn’t a PlayStation 4 version of Roblox.
However we do know that a PS4 version of Roblox is very much in the works at the time of writing. All the way back in 2016, less than a year after the game was released for the Xbox One, Roblox developers revealed through Twitch that they were busy porting the game to the PS4, although two years down the line, we still don’t have any further info to go on about a potential release date for the PS4 port.
Is Roblox on Nintendo Switch
With the Nintendo Switch having been out for well over a year now, it’s not entirely unreasonable to expect Roblox to arrive on the Nintendo console at some point, given that its competitor Minecraft is already on the console.
However at the time of writing in April 2018, there hasn’t been any news about a potential Nintendo Switch release for Roblox. There’s been no official word on even the possibility of a port for the Nintendo Switch, and so it’s fair to dampen expectations on the possibility of a Roblox for the Switch for now.
Is Roblox a Free Game?
We haven’t mentioned the cost of Roblox so far in this introductory guide, and that’s because the game is entirely free to download, on both PC and Xbox One. Roblox is instead sustained with microtransactions, allowing players to purchase in-game perks with real world money.
Roblox Microtransactions and Money Guide - How Much Money Will Children Spend?
These microtransaction within the game come in the form of Robux, which can be purchased with real world money, and can then be spent on numerous different things within Roblox. We mentioned previously that you create your player avatar when you begin playing Roblox, but you’ll have to purchase items like hats and shirts for your character with Robux, to kit them out so they stand out from the crowd.
But there are other ways outside using real world money to purchase Robux. You always earn a limited amount of Robux whenever another player purchases your items on the marketplace, and you’ll also earn a steady stream of Robux every day if you purchase a Roblox Builders’ Club Membership, available in several different packages. We’ve outlined all three packages for the Builder’s Club Membership just below:
- Classic - Costs $5.95 monthly or $57.95 annually, you’ll get 15 Robux every day, and be given 100 Robux as a one-off signing bonus.
- Turbo - Costs $11.95 monthly or $85.95 annually, you’ll get 35 Robux every day, and be given 100 Robux as a one-off signing bonus.
- Outrageous - Costs $19.95 monthly or $129.95 annually, you’ll get 60 Robux every day, and be given 100 Robux as a one-off signing bonus.
As for purchasing Robux themselves while you’re playing Roblox, you can check out all the purchase options in-game just below:
- 400 Robux - $4.95
- 800 Robux - $9.95
- 2,000 Robux - $24.95
- 4,500 Robux - $49.95
- 10,000 Robux - $99.95
- 22,500 Robux - $199.95
This brings an end to our Roblox beginner’s guide, but why not continue ahead to our best Roblox games guide, where we'll walk you through all the very best games you can get playing straight away.