Roblox is a gaming platform that lets you play, create, and share mini-games online using a highly customizable character who can live in a house with its own set of decorations. Its blocky graphicsmore
Roblox is a gaming platform that lets you play, create, and share mini-games online using a highly customizable character who can live in a house with its own set of decorations. Its blocky graphics can have a retro charm, it runs well on older devices, and it's a very social experience. However, Roblox mini-games can get old after a while. You may wonder what other Android games offer features like Roblox, but with more gameplay layers? Here's a list of the best alternatives to Roblox for your Android phone of tablet.
Empire Online looks like a classic 16-bit Super Nintendo role-playing game, but underneath lies a quest-driven online game. Combat is a back-and-forth turn-based affair like old-school Final Fantasy, so you don't have to worry about positioning your character during a fight, which can be challenging with a touch interface. When you go to a quest giver, you have the option to automatically travel to where they need you to go, which saves time, skips enemies along the way, and again avoids touchscreen pitfalls. And when you've finished your mission, you can automatically travel right back.
The interface can be a little overwhelming at first, with lots of icons that frequently blink to indicate important info, and sometimes text is cut off. But the game does a respectable job of guiding you through gameplay, it's free and has no ads, and we never needed to dip into the in-game currency store during testing. If you're hungry for more throwback Final Fantasy or Chrono Trigger, then Empire Online may satisfy your appetite.
Minecraft popularized survival crafting games, and "The Walking Dead" repopularized zombies, so combining both is like peanut butter and jelly, right? Last Day on Earth is that combo, but from a top-down POV, with sharper visual details. You're dropped in the middle of nowhere with no supplies, and you'll have to scour and scavenge the area for food, crafting resources, and the occasional loot chest, all while trying to avoid zombies and hostile players (Protip: Expect hostility.).
You'll gradually build a homebase with defenses, crafting stations, item storage, a garden plot, and more. Since this is a survival game, you'll also need to manage your food and water supply, which will require venturing out to other, more dangerous locations. And if you die, you lose everything in your inventory and even your clothes. So there's no shame in running away if things get tough.
LDoE:S is free to play, but you can pay real money for high-quality survival gear, food and water, special crafting resources, and experience point multipliers.
Minecraft originally came out in 2009, which is a long time ago in this industry, but it's gone through a ton of changes over the years and remains a good reference point for user-created content, cooperative online gaming, and retro art design.
Like Last Day on Earth, you start with nothing, but LDoE at least gives you rocks and logs on the ground to craft crude axes or mining picks. In Minecraft, you gotta punch trees to get started. But eventually, you'll be building castles, mineshafts, cattle ranches, and swords made of diamonds. Or you could just wander and live off the land, if you fancy. Since each map is both infinite and randomly generated, it's a new experience every time. You can also play online with friends and strangers, making structures together and being silly.
Minecraft is $7 for the iPhone and iPad version, which is relatively high for a mobile game, but it's cheap when you factor in all the possible things you could do.
Pixel Starships takes elements from classic games like XCOM and FTL: Faster Than Light and puts them in an online space. Unlike FTL, you don't have to start from scratch when you die or every time you start the game. Which is great, because there are a lot of things you can build and upgrade in your ship, bigger ships to put your growing pile of stuff in, and a steady flow of characters who are ready to join your crew.
Like FTL, combat is a tense back-and-forth affair where you move crew members around your ship to repair damage, and you'll need to make quick tactical decisions about what sections of the ship get how much power. Meanwhile, you need to target particular sections of the enemy's ship if you want to prevail.
Pixel Starships is at the beta development stage, so you'll encounter some glitches. On the bright side, there are no ads, and it's free to play. You can buy in-game currency with real money, to accelerate building times and make cosmetic changes to your ship, but it didn't feel necessary to do so during testing. A payment of $4 can also get you 30 days of 50 percent more loot.
A lot of people reduce Terraria to "Minecraft in two dimensions," but there's a lot more combat, equipment crafting, and sheer exploration. Your characters in Terraria will literally live and die by the quality of their weapons and armor, and ranged fighting is more viable. Caves have more frequent points of interest, like loot chests, shrines, ruins, and clusters of plant life.
You'll still mine and smelt a ton of ore, and you'll build an eventually sprawling estate full of souvenirs, surrounded by various defenses. But since Terraria is in 2D, it can run better than Minecraft on more phones and tablets and eat less of that precious battery life. You can buy Terraria for $5, or try the free demo.