Minecraft vs. Roblox: Which Is Best for You or Your Child?

A real-life Minecraft block.

Minecraft vs. Roblox is a big battle between two of the leading sandbox games. They both let players build and explore worlds, go on adventures alongside others, and create something akin to using digital Lego bricks. Even so, there are differences you’ll want to know about before choosing one. This post will look at Minecraft vs. Roblox in a number of areas, and which one’s best for you (or your child).

Minecraft vs. Roblox: Gameplay

On the surface, both Minecraft and Roblox look the same, although they have different gameplay mechanics. For example, Minecraft is more of a solitary game and focuses on exploring the generated world.

A Minecraft world.

The core of the game is the single-player Survival mode. Although you can join online servers, you can also play in Creative mode. This removes health and the mining mechanics to let you loose and create without fear of attacks from enemies.

In contrast, Roblox is more like a “toolbox” for creating games. Your imagination is your limit here, with shooters, strategy games, “tycoon” games, simulators, and more available. For example, you have games such as Jailbreak, where you must prevent or carry out a bank heist and Theme Park Tycoon 2. It’s fair to say that the Piggy franchise, a survival horror game, is one of the most popular Roblox games available.

The Roblox Piggy game.

On the whole, Minecraft is a survival game with elements of building and crafting. On the other hand, Roblox is a multiplayer sandbox toolset with developers on one side and users on the other.

Minecraft vs. Roblox: Popularity

Because Minecraft has had a long period of recognition, many believe Roblox to be aping the block-based builder genre. In truth, Roblox is older by three years, although it hasn’t always had the popularity of Minecraft.

You can see from the trends that Minecraft had peak popularity around the mid-2010s, and has seen peaks every so often since then. The global pandemic turned Roblox into a juggernaut.

A Google Trends graph showing Minecraft vs Roblox.

Roblox skews more to the younger demographic than Minecraft. Roblox will suit the very young (i.e. four or five years old) better, though both games are popular in their own right.

Minecraft vs. Roblox: Parental Controls

Because many children play both games, parental controls should be a consideration in Minecraft vs. Roblox.

With Minecraft, this is all handled within your device’s and Microsoft accounts. For example, the Xbox Bedrock Edition requires you to set console-wide parental settings, especially for marketplace transactions. There’s a poor mechanic here, where a child’s account can’t purchase Minecoins, but a parent can’t transfer them either.

Roblox's parental controls.

On the other hand, Roblox handles parental controls and consent in a fantastic way. There’s a dedicated page for parents that explains what Roblox is and how children keep safe on the app. For example, there are clothing detection algorithms, customizable controls, chat filters, and more.

Minecraft vs. Roblox: Price

If you’re a parent comparing Minecraft vs. Roblox, the price is going to be a big consideration.

The simplest setup is with Roblox. There’s one version, and it’s free to play on all major devices. What’s more, many created worlds are free to play too. You could play Roblox without spending a cent on anything.

However, there’s an in-game currency, Robux, that is bought using real-world money. Some games charge Robux for access, and just because a game is premium, doesn’t mean there’s quality control applied.

Roblox's Robux.

There are also subscriptions, which give you a set number of Robux per month and a discount on further purchases., which isn’t going to be suitable for some children. If you’re a creator, this is likely something you’ll opt for. In contrast, Minecraft has a more convoluted set of versions. There’s the original Java Edition for Windows and Mac (costs $26.95), while the Bedrock Edition is what you’ll play on mobile ($6.99) and consoles ($19.99).

The different consoles you can play Minecraft on.

The big difference here with Minecraft vs. Roblox is that you’ll pay upfront for Minecraft. Although, there’s a virtual currency too (“Minecoins”), this isn’t available on all versions.

How Both Games Deal with Microtransactions

When examining microtransactions in Minecraft vs. Roblox, both have a microtransation system and include virtual currency.

With Minecraft, you’ll buy Minecoins to use in the Marketplace.

The Minecraft Marketplace.

There are many different types of “packs” to buy, such as textures, skins, and more. There are also mini-games and adventure packs, too. Microsoft’s connections mean you can find top-notch adventure worlds to purchase, such as Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog that don’t resemble Minecraft at all.

Sonic the Hedgehog in Minecraft.

Roblox uses a freemium business model, although you can access most of the game without needing to pay. The most prominent use of microtransactions are with player skins – clothing for your character. You’ll also find that some games, such as Jailbreak. will also have extra purchases.

A list of Passes in Roblox.

We’d say that the Minecraft way of handling microtransactions is easier to “police,” and there is often more value in what you buy than Roblox. On the other hand, part of the Roblox experience is about kitting out your character to show off to others, but all that changes with a subscription.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Minecraft and Roblox made by the same developer?

No. Although they look the same, they’re not similar other than in the “block-like” visuals.

Can users play cross-device with both Minecraft and Roblox?

Examining cross-device play in Minecraft vs. Roblox is another way the two games differ. With Roblox, you can play on your Android mobile while someone else in the room will be on their Windows PC. With Minecraft, you can play both Java Edition and Bedrock Edition with others, but you can’t mix the editions.

Which is easier to set up for a child’s account: Roblox or Minecraft?

In our opinion, Roblox is by far the most straightforward to set up when it comes to accounts for children. It’s almost as simple as setting up an account for yourself.

We should pay special attention to Minecraft here, because it’s such a complicated process that it could put lots of parents off. You may also want to add in-game currency to either Roblox or Minecraft. If you purchase as a parent, this is a simple process. Though, if you wish to add currency for a child, the process is more involved.

Can either game inspire my would-be coder child?

Both Roblox and Minecraft support modding and hacking. In particular, Roblox is set up for exactly this. Though, we’d say that due to the programming language used and the interface, it’s not the most optimal for children learning to code or developing their skills.

Minecraft is top-notch when it comes to mods, especially for younger players. You can use a number of different programming languages, such as Java and Python. What’s more, there are many course platforms that let you learn how to both code and mod Minecraft at the same time – Tynker is a standout service.

In Conclusion

Minecraft vs. Roblox is a close fight. Both games are popular, inexpensive, include parental controls, and above all, fun. Whichever you choose, it will provide you or your child with hours of fun, along with many others. Our advice is to play both, as each has unique gameplay that can be interesting in its own right.

If you own a Raspberry Pi, you could also turn it into a Minecraft server. Alternatively, for something more casual and instant, see our list of hidden Google games. Which do you prefer out of Minecraft vs. Roblox? Let us know in the comments section below!

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3 comments

  1. > Roblox skews more to the younger demographic than Minecraft. Roblox will suit the very young (i.e. four or five years old)
    And COD (or Call of Duty) is for seven-year-olds…

  2. both games have their bad and good side but minecraft is offline (with choice) and roblox has become a very 13 plus platform if you ask me but parental controls and all that stuff but out of ten
    minecraft 10/10
    roblox 6/10 btw this is my opinion so dont get mad or hate because minecraft is better for kids

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