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, its mini-games can get old after a while. 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.
Last Day on Earth is an online game set in a zombie apocalypse, and you must scavenge the land for food, water, and crafting materials to defend yourself against zombies and sometimes other players. Like in The Walking Dead and other such TV shows and films, living people are usually more of a threat than the monsters. When your character dies, you permanently lose everything your character was carrying and wearing, so caution is critical. But if you get overwhelmed, you can run to the edge of the map to exit.
You'll start out with nothing, but you can find some basic supplies nearby. The ground is dotted with logs and stones you can combine to make crude tools and weapons to cut down trees and mine boulders for metal and more stone. You'll use these resources and others to build out a home base for things like extra storage, growing crops, cooking food, smelting metal -- and even taking a shower, because the zombies can smell you if you're stinky. As you harvest and fight, you'll collect experience points, and leveling up gives you points to buy crafting recipes.
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.
Like Roblox, Minecraft is a blocky game where you can craft items and build structures by yourself or with others online. The game map is technically unlimited in size, and you can randomly generate a new one every time you play. You can help build a whole town, a huge sign that can be seen from (virtual) miles away, a statue reaching into the sky -- or you can craft some dynamite and blow up the side of a mountain. Or you can grow a garden and herd animals. Or you can use the game's physics system to construct complex Rube Goldberg-like contraptions.
Unlike Roblox, you can do any combination of these things in the same environment, and without the possibility of having to buy in-game currency to do so. Minecraft is $7 for the Android version, which is relatively high for a mobile game, but it's cheap when you factor in all the possible things you could do.
This 2D pixel art game is similar to a PC game called FTL: Faster Than Light, a popular space exploration RPG-lite with randomized encounters and tactical combat, but it adds optional PvP (player versus player) and a chat function, giving it a more social feel. And unlike FTL, you start out with a basic ship and add rooms over time, like in XCOM. You can upgrade these rooms when you've collected enough currency, giving you things like better weapons, more crew capacity, and faster resource collection.
Resources also accumulate when you're not playing (your ship and its crew don't just disappear when you exit the game), so you'll want to factor resource storage into your building plans. All rooms can also be bought from a centralized store, instead of having to collect them randomly as in FTL. When you run out of space, you can buy a bigger ship, if you have the coin.
It's in an "early access" beta testing phase as we test it, so it can be a little buggy. But the tradeoff is that it's completely free and contains no ads. All of your currency collection (to buy a variety of abilities and upgrades for your ship) can happen through the course of gameplay, and you can pay a few dollars for Starbux, which you can spend on accelerating the build times of your ship upgrades and on cosmetic items. You can also pay $4 for 30 days of bonus loot.
Rucoy Online is a 2D, top-down online RPG, like a cross between World of Warcraft and classic Legend of Zelda. You can choose to be a knight (melee fighter), an archer (shoots arrows), or a mage (fights with magic). You can switch to any of these at any time, but the longer you stay with one class type, the more your defense and offense will rank up -- and the other two classes will get relatively weaker. Each class also gets a special attack that does bonus damage but can't be used as often.
If you want to take a break from dungeon crawling, there's a town with a shop to buy health and magic, a bank to store your valuables, and a merchant who sells basic gear. You can also set up your own shop and sell equipment from your inventory. Rucoy Online is free to play and has ads, but a one-time purchase of 99 cents makes the ads go away.
Terraria has been likened to a two-dimensional side scrolling version of Minecraft, but there's a lot more emphasis on combat (complete with boss fights), crafting successively better sets of weapons and armor, and exploring caves instead of mining straight down into the earth. Caves have treasure chests, special power-ups, particular plants to harvest for crafting material, monsters that drop interesting loot, and nooks and crannies that invite constant wandering.
There's still a lot of mining and crafting to be had, but there's arguably more adventuring and less building involved. Since Terraria is also 2D, it can be played more smoothly on a wider variety of phones and tablets. You can buy the game for $5, or try the free demo.