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How to create your first custom game in Roblox

Roblox is so insanely popular because anyone can create a custom game, and here’s how to get started.

Roblox is a classic game that has remained a blockbuster among gamers despite newer competitors with better graphics. One of the key reasons for the success of Roblox is that it is in close contact with its player community. It’s not your normal sandbox. Players can play games created by other developers who are also frequent users of the platform. In 2022, the Roblox game library includes over 20 million games with different themes, backgrounds and graphics.

How to create a game in Roblox?

The extensive Roblox library is packed with awesome block games created by community members. Anyone can create a Roblox game, but it might not be as easy as you imagine. How to develop your first game in Roblox.

Download Roblox Studio

To develop your own game, you need Roblox Studio. You can download and install the software here.

Roblox Studio might seem complex at first, but it’s easy to use when working on a pre-made template or gameplay. If you already know Lua coding, you can also create a game from scratch. It is recommended to explore Roblox Studio before getting into game development. Learning tools, programs and features help make the game both fun and smooth.

Choose a gameplay

Once you have Roblox Studio installed, open the software and log in with your account credentials. Next, click the new (+) icon and select Gameplay. We recommend starting with an already developed game mode and customizing it as Lua coding can take weeks to perfect. The gameplay template comes with dozens of personalization features that are perfect for aspiring game developers in Roblox.

Here, select the type of gameplay you want to create. Choose from one of seven options including Race, Capture the Flag, Obby, Line Runner and more.

Adjust the preset

Choosing the gameplay starts the customization process and eventually takes you into the Roblox Studio software where the magic happens. Here you’ll see the main menu bar, a list of properties on the right, and a search bar on the left.

Tweak sidebar options to change colors, materials, and more. All assets can be personalized via properties to change the desired behavior of the parts. You can also resize existing objects by clicking Enlarge. Smooth rough surfaces with the terrain editor in the menu for a cleaner touch.

Add new objects

You can spawn new objects into terrain to add your own personal touch to existing templates. Use the left search bar to search for the items you want and add them to the game. For example, you can add trees, plants, clouds, and more. These objects may not add much tactical value to a racing game, but they will certainly make your game pop. Visual aesthetics are simply crucial to creating a game in Roblox.

How do I publish my Roblox game?

When you’re done, click the test icon in the top menu bar. Select play here from the drop down menu to test the game before release. When you’re happy, click the blue “Publish” button on the left.

A new window will open asking you to complete the game. Create a new game below, then add text details to it. Add a new name, description, genre and more. Now your game can be distributed, but you need to adjust permissions. Go back to Roblox Studio and select Game Settings. Click Permissions and make your game public so everyone can enjoy it.

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