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Roblox Alpha-Lego-like sandbox worlds designed for and by kids
Roblox is an interesting idea, an online set of worlds, build with a virtual Lego-like kit, that kids of all ages can play around in.
To get the most out of Roblox, you have to sign up, which gives you a customizable character, and a world space to play around with. Here you can use various brick types to build whatever you want. If you need inspiration, you can look at other user's worlds, or games they have created.
The first thing that'll strike you about Roblox is that it's a bit awkward. It's certainly kid-safe, but isn't really intuitive. For curious and technically confident children and teenagers, this may actually be a bonus. There's a great deal of freedom with what you can do, as long as you have patience! Building is much like with Lego, you make stuff from a variety of bricks. With time and effort, you can build enormous, and complex buildings.
The user created worlds and games are impressive, but unfortunately, the game engine is pretty awkward, and the camera especially can be very annoying as it swivels around and pops in and out of the screen apparently at random. Despite this, there is a lively online community, so some kids obviously enjoy it!
Roblox is a great idea - letting kids create their own online worlds that they can share with friends - but is pretty rough around the edges at the moment