The Roblox games platform was officially launched on 16th September, 2016. Since then, a lot has happened. Roblox introduced Robux, the in-game currency, introduced a Builders Club, and added tens of millions of games to the platform.
To get to the 40 million-plus games hosted on the platform today, Roblox started somewhere. In this guide, we’re going to list and describe 15 of the oldest Roblox games ever created. Some are still playable while others are long archived.
Unlike the current crop of games, most of the earlier games were developed by the Roblox team. Here’s our list from the 15th game, ranked down to the very first game.
15. Dodge the Teapots of Doom
Date Created: December 2007
This game is very similar to the popular Obby games. It’s a simple game where the player seeks to dodge oversized teapots. The game grew in popularity for a time and visitor numbers quickly rose to beyond 1.15 million.
Dodge the Teapots of Doom was created by Clockwork. It is no longer playable but it is uncopylocked so users can copy and edit it to create new variations.
14. Ultimate Paintball
Date Created: September 12, 2007
Ultimate Paintball was the very first Roblox game to hit 2 million visits. It was for a time the most-played game on Roblox. It retained the number one spot from 2007 to 2009 when it was eventually overtaken by Heli Wars: Desert Attack.
Created by Miked, the Ultimate Paintball game had two teams, red and blue. Users would shoot with either paintball guns or a Rocket Launcher. Each round lasts ten minutes where players try to kill each other to capture the flag.
13. Happy Home in Robloxia!
Date Created: June 2007
Happy Home in Robloxia is a template map with a beige-brick house sporting a red-shingle rooftop. This template is available for users when they want to create a place. The game attracted over 1.11 million visits though it was eventually closed in 2017.
Many of the elements in the template were unanchored. Players had access to tools for copying, deleting, moving, editing, and dragging map elements when using the template to build their own creations.
In 2010, the Happy Home was extended and the adjoining land formed Shedletsky’s Telamon’s Big World. This is the template where creators could get their first car or empty home. There was a river you couldn’t escape from once you entered and a large canyon that had an elevator.
12. Chaos Canyon
Date Created: May 1, 2007
Chaos Canyon was the first collaborative effort between the Roblox team and some of its more active users at the time. While the game was officially created by Roblox, some of the models were designed and created by users such as ting222, PilotLuke, and Yahoo.
Chaos Canyon is a BrickBattle title in the multidirectional shooter niche. The game has no identifiable objective. You simply start the game and go into a free-for-all fight.
It was one of the most popular games and by the time it went offline it had more than 1.15 million visits. The game has been unplayable since 2017.
11. Base Wars FPS
Date Created: April 24, 2007
Base Wares is a first-person shooter game created by the Roblox team. It was the first official first-person shooter game hosted on the Roblox platform.
The shooters had different classes such as:
The game grew so popular on the Roblox platform and over time attracted more than 774K visits and over 30K favorites.
Even though the game still exists and is still technically playable, it hasn’t received any updates since 2014. Fortunately, it is also uncopylocked, so anyone can modify the game to create a similar new one.
10. Classic: Glass Houses
Date Created: February 16, 2007
Glass Houses is a BrickBattle game which attracted over 570K visits and was favorited over 7K times. It is a BrickBattle fighting game created by the Roblox team.
The game’s objective is to kill the enemy team. The game has two teams fighting for three minutes per round. Players have to also dodge explosive cannonballs fired from turrets.
9. Classic: Crossroads
Date Created: December 23, 2006
Of all the games created on Roblox in 2006, the Classic Crossroads developed by Roblox and designed by John Shedletsky is probably the most popular. Shedletsky was Roblox Creative Director between 2006 and 2014.
Crossroads is also one of the few that’s still playable today and continues to attract more visits. By the end of 2021, visitor numbers have just topped 6.9M and closing in on 7m. Additionally, the game has been added to favorites over 138,390 times. It’s also one of the very few old games that survived the 2017 purge as it was later reinstated with updated graphics.
8. Santa’s Winter Stronghold
Date Created: December 19, 2006
Created just in time for Roblox’s first Christmas was the very first Christmas-themed game, Santa’s Winter Stronghold. The game was designed by John Shedletsky, Roblox’s Creative Director at the time. The game was created by the Roblox team.
Players took on either the character of Santa or the character of an elf. The aim is to earn the most points by either collecting presents or destroying opponents. By the time the game was no longer playable, it had garnered over 125K visitors.
7. Air Base Sector 128A
Date Created: November 29, 2006
Air Base Sector 128A was not a game but a showcase. It featured a military airbase with a watchtower, barracks sleeping quarters, and two cannon towers.
Air Base Sector 128A was created by a user named tie it up. The showcase had a mention in Roblox’s first blog post in December of 2006. The mention is responsible for most of the visits, totaling just over 20K.
6. Experience Gravity
Date Created: November 21, 2006
Experience Gravity is one of the most popular Sci-Fi games from Roblox’s maiden year. The game is still playable and has so far attracted over 5.4 million visits. The game is very simple yet elegant, thus attractive for all age groups.
Experience Gravity is famous for its many badge awards. You can win a badge by completing special tasks such as meeting Amanda, the game’s creator, playing for a lengthy session, diving into the sun, and many other scenarios.
5. Sunset Plain
Date Created: November 16, 2006
This was one of the first BrickBattle games. The game enjoyed a burst of popularity after it was showcased in the premier issue of Roblox Developer’s online journal. The game has attracted more than 20,400 visits. However, the game hasn’t been updated since it was created and thus, most of the features don’t function as they should.
The game was created by Schwaabo and even though it’s no longer functional, you can play a retro image in some of Roblox’s Super Nostalgia Zones.
4. Yorick’s Resting Place
Date Created: October 21, 2006
Yorick’s Resting Place was created by Jacobxxduel under the name Yorick. Jacobxxduel is a Roblox administrator. Yorick’s place was a holiday-themed game which seemed to attract more interest in the days before and after Halloween.
The upsurge in interest around the time can be attributed to the contest where players who could solve four riddles would get a special Riddling Skull hat. The game attracted a total of 136,400 visits before it shut down.
The game is now under uncopylocked, meaning developers can copy and alter it to make new versions available for play. Nonetheless, the Riddling Skull hat was deactivated from the prizes.
3. Forest of Desolation (Abyss’s Place)
Date Created: August 20, 2006
Abyss’s Place was developed by Abyss and had a total of 716 visits before it was shut down in 2009. The game was the first one made by a user rather than the Roblox team.
The game was originally called Forest of Desolation and featured a crumbling tower in the midst of an autumn forest. The game changed to Abyss’s Place after its creator., Abyss, got banned from the Roblox platform. Even though the game didn’t attract very many visitors, it once appeared on the Roblox blog.
2. Classic Place
Date Created: March 10, 2006
By Roblox co-founder David Baszucki, this was the entry-game that showed you how Roblox works. For most players at the time, this would be your opening game. It was the only playable game at the time of the company launch and continued to be the introductory game for a couple of years after.
Each time a new player logged in, this was the first game they saw and interacted with. As such, it gained over 100K visits within the first few weeks though the number stagnated after a while as users got more choices with more games added to the Roblox platform.
1. Rocket Arena
Date Created: January 26, 2006
Developed by Roblox, Rocket Arena has had close to 2 million visits as of the end of 2021. Rocket Arena falls under the genre of fighting. However, it is no longer playable. The game was permanently retired in 2017 though it’s still famous with old school players. Many of today’s fighting games draw inspiration from Rocket Arena.
Rocket Arena was a free-for-all fighting place that was added to favorites more than 87K times. Roblox updates broke the game and many of the other older games. By 2015, the jet boots were no longer functioning, making the game technically useless. In 2017, the game was permanently disabled, along with other malfunctioning games created in the first few years of Roblox’s existence.
What Is the Oldest Roblox Game That You Can Still Play?
The oldest Roblox game that you can still play in 2021 is undoubtedly Amanda’s Experience Gravity. It still has a wide following and has enjoyed over 14 million visits since its creation in November 2006.
The aim of the game is to jump off the baseplate. If your jump is strong enough, you can revolve around planets. However, if you rotate around the sun while pointing at a different planet, you will plummet into the sun and be sent back to the baseplate.
One of the main reasons Experience Gravity became so popular and retains that popularity is its reward system. There are numerous awards to be won for playing more and spending more time on each game.