Many people mistakenly believe Roblox is the same as Minecraft. Roblox is a game. Minecraft, however, is a platform that gives you the simple, but powerful Lua scripting language to create and run a variety of games including racers and platformers. If someone asks you if Roblox is your favorite game, it’s equivalent to asking you if Java is your preferred programming language. However, they should also inquire about the Roblox games that you are playing, such as Adopt Me! Jailbreak. Roblox and Minecraft are two completely different experiences.
Roblox’s multifaceted toolset makes it a great place to learn how to create video games. This tutorial will show you how to create a Roblox-style side-scrolling game. This tutorial will help you create your own experiences.
Roblox refers to games now as “experiences”, and with good reason. Roblox titles don’t have the same rules and restrictions as games. This tutorial will refer to both “games”, and “experiences,” for simplicity.
Are you ready to create your first Roblox game? All you need to make Roblox is an internet connection and a computer. Let’s get started!
How to Create and Start Your Roblox Game
- Start the free Roblox Studio. This can be done by visiting Roblox.com, clicking Create, and/or downloading Roblox Studio to your PC.
- Click All Templates > Line Runner. Line Runner is a side-scrolling platformer in the Super Mario Brothers style. You can choose another style of game that suits your vision.
- Open the Line Runner template. Tada! Your first game is now created! Seriously. This game template can be played right out of the box.
- To start the game, click the Play icon or F5 on the keyboard.
- Your avatar will appear in the game along with text that says “Press Space to start.” This will cause your avatar to run across the screen.
- To jump over obstacles and monsters, press Space.
- Your score, along with your progress level and the coins you have collected, will be displayed onscreen if you die.
It’s easy, right? It’s now time to modify the objects and make this template our own.
Customizing Your Roblox Game
We’ll only modify a few properties and objects to keep this tutorial short. If you’re interested in learning more about Lua programming, please visit the ServerScriptService heading for the game scripts. We’ll be changing our game’s grass and dirt as well as the time of day for now.
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- Click Stop to return the main screen of Roblox Studio.
- The Explorer window is located in the right-hand corner. It displays the file hierarchy.
- Navigate to Workspace, where you can alter the game’s world. If it doesn’t show up in Workspace, it won’t show up in the live game.
- Click on any grassy area. The grass will be marked with a blue box around it, which indicates that it is ready for modification.
- Click the drop-down link just below the Material heading. Choose “Grass” and “Bright Green”.
- Click on a dirt patch to change its material to “Slate” or the color to “Reddish Brown”.
- You can customize multiple areas of grass or dirt at once by holding the CTRL key (CMD) on Mac. Click each area you wish to edit. You can always undo any changes by pressing CTRL+Z (CMD+Z) on Mac.
- Navigate to Lighting to change the game’s world from daytime into nighttime.
- Scroll down in the Properties window to Clock Time. It should be set to 20. This is 8 p.m. This gives the game world an unnatural, dark look.
- You will now need to add the Start section to the game and adjust it to fit the rest of the scene. This platform appears first when you launch the game. It is not visible in the Workspace. ReplicatedStorage > StartModules > This is where you can find it.
- Click Start and drag Start from StartModule into Workspace.
- Two editable Walkway files are located inside the Start. The top file represents grass and the bottom is dirt. Change your mind.
- Return to the original location after editing.
- To test your game, press F5.
Published Your Roblox Game
These are the steps to help you share your video game creations with the rest of the world.
- Click File > Publish Roblox.
- Give your game a catchy name and description.
- Your game will automatically be available on PC, tablet, and smartphone. If you wish it to be available on Xbox, check the Console box. Roblox is not available on Switch or PlayStation.
- Click on Create.
- You can now access the game, but it’s not yet published. To change game permissions from private to public, click File > Game Settings
That’s all! Your first game is published. To experiment with different experiences, you can always return to Roblox Studio and view other templates. You can also check out Roblox’s walkthroughs and my books about how to program games. Also, AlvinBlox has excellent tutorials. Continue exploring, building, or scripting. Only your imagination is limitless. Try also JJSploit to make your game funnier!