To say Roblox is a popular gaming platform is stating the obvious but I didn’t quite realise just how the 100 million monthly users might actually stack up in terms of how many times the individual games themselves are played.
Roblox Corp has just released the list of the ten biggest Roblox games of all time as of November 2019 and the numbers are staggering. For example, Super Hero Tycoon sits at the bottom of the list and has over a billion visits/plays. The top ten combined have had over 21 billion visits/plays and six of the top ten are role-playing games.
We have the full top ten for you below starting with number ten:
10: Super Hero Tycoon, 1 billion visits
Who doesn’t want to be a superhero sometimes? Wait no more and try a cape on in Super Hero Tycoon where you can become one of the superheroes and build up your base to unspeakable size. Developer Hiddo, who created this game in 2016, is from the Netherlands and has a popular YouTube channel with almost 200K subscribers. His YouTube channel features only one video: Super Hero Tycoon game trailer, which has racked up over 1M views, underscoring how popular his game has become and how engaged the Roblox community is around him.
9: Flee the Facility, 1.1 billion visits
This thrilling experience first appeared on Roblox in 2017, quickly spiking the interest of Roblox players trying to escape The Beast. Your goal here is to hide or run away from the beast, and the run is intense! One player is a killer hunting down survivors, and other players are survivors who are running for their lives, having to collaborate in order to unlock the exits. The game’s creator MrWindy is a university student who really loves making games, and hundreds of thousands of his followers on Roblox surely appreciate it.
8: Prison Life, 1.2 billion visits
Created in 2014, Prison Life is another hit game with a prison theme that gained thousands of dedicated fans. The game won a Bloxy Award in 2016 for having the most mobile visitors and concurrents (at the time). The developer known as Aesthetical started his first year of university in 2017 which means for a while he didn’t have much time to spend working on the game. However, more recently (in 2019) he announced a renewed focus on the game, which we expect will result in exciting new updates in the months ahead.
7: Welcome to Bloxburg, 1.4 billion visits
Created in 2014 by Coeptus (currently a university student who prefers to keep his real name private and works on the game in his spare time), Welcome to Bloxburg is a virtual world where you live and work choosing among several types of jobs available for you. Using your earnings, you can build and design your own amazing house, own cool vehicles, hang out with friends, roleplay or explore the city of Bloxburg.
Coeptus explained in interviews that he had no actual development experience prior to finding out about Roblox, but had quite a large interest in computers and video games. Once he created and launched Welcome to Bloxburg, the number of players grew very quickly: from about 20 plays in the first days to thousands a few weeks later.
Eventually, players started sharing their fun experience on social media and uploading videos of themselves playing on YouTube, and the game has been a success ever since. Five years in, Coeptus’s focus is entirely on Welcome to Bloxburg—improving the experience, working on updates, and keeping in touch with the player community.
6: Work at a Pizza Place, 1.9 billion visits
This roleplaying game is one of the most long-standing on the platform (launched in 2008), and other successful Roblox creators like Callmehbob say it was among top favourites before they came up with her own ideas. This game allows Roblox users to learn how to manage a pizza shop.
You get pizza orders to fulfil, and the money you make can be used on various upgrades. The longer you play, the larger your house becomes, and you can populate it with more and more aesthetic additions like furniture, new floors, etc. As one of the employees (you choose if you’d like to be a cashier, pizza chef, delivery person, pizza boxer, or supplier) you get detailed job instructions for your job (you can also switch your role at any time).
Developer Dued1 explained, “The idea for the game came to me when I was working as a grocery store bagger. Being a bag boy showed me the concept of an assembly line—someone would put the food on the shelf, then someone would scan the food, then the bagger gets the food in a bag. I wanted to recreate that in a game.” He thinks the key to the game’s success is an opportunity to socialise with friends and visitors while working together towards a common goal.
5: Murder Mystery 2, 2 billion visits
Nikilis, who came up with this intriguing experience (first released on Roblox in 2014 but with multiple updates since), proved that you don’t have to build massive (in features, scope and architecture) games to garner millions of plays. There is a genius to be found in simplicity.
At the beginning of each round you are assigned a role: Innocents run and hide from the Murderer, but also use their detective skills to expose the Murderer; the Sheriff works with the Innocents as only they can take down the Murderer, and the Murderer is just trying to eliminate everyone and not get shot by the sheriff. Prior to Murder Mystery, Nikilis had some games on the platform and some fan groups too, but he didn’t expect the experience to become so successful.
He recalled, “I was testing the gameplay mechanics with a few friends, but they actually weren’t that interested. So I sat in a server by myself and posted the link on some of my group walls. I finally got one server full and decided to go to bed. When I woke up, there were thousands of people playing the game.”
4: Royale High, 2.4 billion visits
If you’d love an opportunity to dress up every day and show off your new amazing garments to friends, there is this beautiful world waiting for you in Royale High. Join tens of thousands of people playing at any given moment, find new friends and places to explore with new content added on an ongoing basis.
Callmehbob, the creator of this uber-popular Roblox experience, is a celebrity on the platform with half a million followers and friends. A “girlie girl” who loves everything pink (as she describes herself), Callmehbob started playing when she was about 12 and was pleased to see the introduction of female body shapes for avatars on the platform a few years later. She then decided to learn Roblox Studio in order to create a beautiful environment where she could dress up and role-play.
Once Royale High became a publicly available game in 2017, it took just a few weeks for hundreds of people to discover it and start playing. Then thousands and, eventually, millions. Now there’s a community of dedicated fans creating beautiful items for the world of Royale High, and in the future, the creator thinks people could be creating their own businesses like their own clothing shops within this world, and so much more. “We haven’t even tapped into any of that yet,” explains Callmehbob saying she and her team see themselves working on Royale High for many more years to come.
3: Adopt me! 2.8 billion visits
Earlier this year Adopt Me! broke new grounds, attracting hundreds of thousands of concurrent users (over 500,000 at one point, which is a record for any game on the Roblox platform) when the game was updated with a new feature release allowing users to adopt pets.
Right now practically any time you check this experience, you’ll see over 100,000 users playing together: adopting pets, designing their own homes, exploring Adoption Island, and much more. The talented creators Bethink (creative director) and NewFissy (tech director) have been playing on Roblox for many years themselves, but a few years ago started experimenting with game development.
Adopt Me! was a fast success story (the game was created in 2017), and the creators believe that encouraging adoption in the virtual world can have an impact on the real world. There are new pets to adopt with every new release, from turkeys (added in the Thanksgiving Update) to bees.
2: Jail Break, 3 billion visits
Currently in its fourth season, Jailbreak was voted by Roblox community as the “Game I’ve spent the most hours playing” in the 2019 Bloxy Awards. Here you can orchestrate a robbery or stop the criminals before they getaway, or team up with friends for even more fun and plan the ultimate raid or heist.
Choosing the role of a criminal means your goal will be to escape from prison, or you could be a cop preventing the criminal’s escape. Alex Balfanz, who created Jailbreak with one other developer (who wishes to remain anonymous) shared in a recent interview that after they released Jailbreak in early 2017 (working on it after school and in their spare time) it just “blew up” with “immediate, and lasting, popularity.”
1: MeepCity, 4.4 billion visits
Released in 2016 by Alexnewtron who says making games on Roblox is his passion, MeepCity was the first Roblox game to ever pass one billion visits. In this experience, you can play with millions of other MeepCity visitors and simply chat, enjoy different games, earn coins, or customize your very own estate.
To this day, Alex still plays MeepCity because he believes it is super important to understand the reasons people play his game. He even uses different accounts to get insights on first-time user experience and interact with everyone. He says: “We have a small team, but together, we design ideas and content based on how people play MeepCity. For example, we saw how much players loved to roleplay in the pizza shack, so, we decided to add an ice cream parlour, and the community loved it.”