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Roblox clones/revivals
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Just because Roblox removed many of the features of the website does not mean that you have to make money off of Roblox's old clients or rip them off.
Genre(s): Building
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows
macOS
Release: 2012-present


Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system. Over the years, several other websites have ripped off the site. A lot of them were created in 2012 in which the Roblox clone genre was started by Issac Hymer with World2Build. They are meant to be similar to the older Roblox game clients specifically from 2010-2011. Unsurprisingly, these sites often shut down and had their source code leaked. A repository of leaked source code for Roblox clones is available online resulting in other players making their own version of the Roblox clone.[1]

Why They Suck

  1. The clones generally use elements from Roblox like the avatar design and the game’s look as well (bricks, accessories, etc). Many websites also copy the layout and interface of Roblox as well.
    • When Brick Hill recreated Roblox's Blue Bubble Trouble in 2018, Brick-Luke lied to people and said he never knew what it was yet it clearly looks similar to the accessory it replicated.[2][3]
      • Brick Hill later added a item named Impostor Head in 2021 with the description being “There is one Robloxian among us”. This meant that they’re also being aware of knocking off Roblox.[4]
    • Brick Hill's new shop page will only allow you to check the cheapest items from Bucks (the premium currency). Said currency can’t be obtained easily without paying for it with real money.
  2. Lots of the management for the site is really bad:
    1. The websites are mostly filled with minors lying about their age just to get privileges on the websites and many of the underaged moderators ban users without warning or explaining what they did to get banned while removing the player's username despite it not being inappropriate.[5]
    2. There are lots of pornographic content despite these sites usually having a large amount of minors that’ll be concerned over it too.
    3. Brick Hill moderator Spookyasin (now known as Yasin) admitted to being underaged since he’s 14 despite Brick Hill saying you need to be 16+ to apply as a moderator. When he got caught by one user he banned him without warning and never explained how he got banned. He later resigned in 2022 due to knowing that SpaceBuilder was a pedophile.[6]
    4. Brick Hill also has a problem with trolls. An example is “tetrio” who spammed pornographic content onto the forums of that game.
    5. Inappropriate avatars are also common like Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and naked avatars.
      • Also, inappropriate items are on the site as well. One of the items on Brick Hill named "FireCatMagic's Cats" displayed 2 cats having sex (If you can tell by the positions that the cats are in).[7]
    6. Some of them are also hypocrites. In Brick Hill's blog post about updating the TOS they said they will ban people who are pedophiles yet the CEO of Brick Hill is one since he asked a 14 year old (an actual minor) to send them naked pictures.
      • Also, Brick Hill claimed they will remove plagiarized, stolen and copyrighted content yet they did the act of plagiarism as well especially for copying Roblox’s elements.
  3. These clones are usually filled with microtransactions as well.
  4. They copied the Builder's Club membership too (a former Roblox feature before being revamped to Premium). It may not seem like it, but it still feels like it.
  5. Some items copied from Roblox also have loot boxes in them. In BrickPlanet in order to get a limited item you’ll have to spend money to get a loot box.
  6. Some of these websites encourage gambling as well. Brick Hill has a lottery system that is only available for membership users.
  7. Many of the items on these sites are very overpriced and require lots of bucks to be obtained. The most infamous examples are from Brick Hill:
    1. One of the faces titled “Epic Face” was originally sold for 9001 Bits and 900 Bucks (Around $10) but the price suddenly switched to just Bucks and now costs $90 to be obtained.
    2. One of the heads called Noodle Head costs around 12,000 Bucks. Such an amount needs $120 to be obtained.
    3. If you want a custom item on Brick Hill you must buy a item called "Homemade Present of Creative Endeavors" (An item that costs $200 to obtain) during Christmas. You would rather make your own instead. Depending on how many people buy the gift the more custom items you get for free after buying the gift.
  8. Some of these sites make profit off of people's passing too. Brick Hill made a fedora that was supposed to memorize Brick-Luke, the CEO of the site. Instead of the item being out for a limited time for free it was a limited item that is now currently selling for 2K Bucks (costing $20 in real world currency).[8]
  9. Many of them lack a game client and are quite boring as well since most of what you do is chatting on forums. This defeats the purpose of an "online sandbox game".
    • Some of the clients are also poorly made and also poorly optimized as well. Brick Hill's client is a example of this since it uses Game Maker as the engine.
  10. Many of these Roblox clones have an anti-adblock detection (Brick Hill is one example) and that’ll no longer give you free currency if you have it on.[9]
  11. Some of these clones have malware in them too:
    1. Finobe: The anti-cheat is the Memz Trojan that overwrites the Boot Record. Due to many complaints the anti-cheat was fortunately removed.
    2. Cubash: Back when it was Graphictoria it's client would ask the user to allow the firewall. If they clicked allow, their IP address would be taken to a private Discord server so the creator of the game would DDOS them. Disabling it the client will still work fine however.
    3. Speaking of what was said, many of the clients hosted on these sites have IP grabbers as well.
  12. Many of these Roblox clones have events that are now considered to be late depending on the holiday. In 2022, Brick Hill hosted a Egg Hunt event in May 15th in which was already a month late and also way too late for a Easter event.
    • In fact, the event only has around 141 players playing the event. This meant that the whole event failed since only 0.01% of the players even came back. Also due to the fact that the game still uses a poorly-made client from 4 years ago, their servers are too slow to handle the game. This caused the game to disconnect very frequently.
    • As for the 2022 Brick Hill Egg Hunt, they plan to make a Part 2 of the event in August. That’s way too late for a Easter event and this time it’s been 3-4 months since it was made.
    • Not only that but they even ripped off the idea of Egg Launchers from Roblox's Egg Hunt events.
  13. Most of the communities in the clones and revivals are terrible consisting of racists, pedophiles, and many other criminals on the websites.
    • The community also make fake/alts/throwaway accounts just to boost the player count. Brick Hill notably has over 890,000+ inactive accounts that weren’t deleted.
    • Even the Brick Hill CEO Spacebuilder got doxed by his own community for hosting a Roblox clone website.
  14. Brick Hill had a history for their users being exposed for pedophilic acts and having illegal material as well. While some got banned, some of them got away with their actions and are still on the website today. Here are some examples:
    1. One user named “ratatooie” sexually harassed a minor who was 13 at the time. He is currently still on the website to this very day despite the fact he’s still a pedophile today.
    2. Mah_Bucket was also a Brick Saint on Brick Hill (who was also a developer on Roblox too) and was later exposed for his pedophilic behavior. His Brick Hill account was banned as a result of this.[10]
    3. One of the Brick Hill donators named Draco admitted to sending child pornography to a Discord server. Unsurprisingly, he was also banned.
  15. Many of the owners of these sites are criminals and in general are also bad people:
    1. Spacebuilder was exposed for being racist, being a pedophile and also for sending his players to hack a competitor website.[11][12]
      • Once he was exposed on April 16 the site's forums were disabled due to people calling out Spacebuilder for being a pedophile.
      • He went as far as to threaten the person and was extremely rude to the user who made the document exposing him for doing the pedophilic acts. In fact, this became such an issue that they had to change the document to an apology.
      • Also during that time, they even demoted all of the admins on Brick Hill. On April 20 however, they were promoted back.
        • Nowadays they’re censoring people for exposing the truth about Space being a pedophile by terminating people's accounts that post the truth about it.
        • Spacebuilder's response was very poor. He blamed the victims and also his former developer Ezcha for allegedly doing it yet Spacebuilder was the one who actually did all of this.
          • Despite the response being very poorly done with blaming Ezcha for his wrongdoings the players and moderators ended up believing Spacebuilder and ignored the incident like it never happened.
    2. Isaac Hymer (the owner of BrickPlanet) was exposed for being a part of the 2012 April Fools hack on Roblox scamming people's money with his Roblox clones.
  16. Many of them tend to have invite keys in them. This resulted in players being unable to register for a account unless they got a invite key from their friend.
  17. Some CEOs are usually doing this just for money but didn’t last long. Many of them are scams too, notably Isaac Hymer who did the Exit Scam multiple times.
    • Isaac Hymer has been doing this for a entire decade too, 2012 as well. He made these types of clones to make money off of it and then shut them down once they got successful.
  18. Many of the websites require you to verify your email and join their Discord server in order to play the games.
  19. Many of the names are as generic as can be. Some just have the words “brick”, “block” and “blox” with a positive word in their name.
  20. Like Club Penguin Online, it allows mature content on a game specifically meant for younger generations that Roblox strictly forbids.
    • These sites make the excuse that they’re "for 13+ users only" despite the game the sites are replicating have some younger generations too.
    • Some sites are secure for every age, some aren't. The issue is that the under 13 users do not get banned, so clearly they do not care. Brick-hill is an example of it.
  21. The developers themselves do not take criticism: When a user criticized one of the websites for getting worse by making expensive items, bad moderation and so on, they terminated his account for doing so.

Examples of bad or average clones/revivals

A

  1. Austiblox is a Roblox revival.[13]
  2. Avasquare was a website[14] that was shut down due to the owner doxing a 13 year old.needed}}

B

  1. BLDN-Hill was a website that shut down for unknown reasons.[15]
  2. Block-Lands was a website[16] that was replaced with a forum.[16]
  3. BlocksHub was a website[17] that shut down due to a lack of interest. It was formerly known as Hindi Gamer Club.
  4. BloxCity was a website[18] that also shut down for unknown reasons. A 2019 version of the website revived.
  5. Bloxtoria was another website[19] that shutdown due to a raid on the server. It has been revived, but i don't know the current state of it.
  6. Brickadia[20]
  7. Brick Hill[21]
  8. Brickistic[22]
  9. BrickPlanet is a site on a roadmap.[23] It was formerly known as BloxCity, World2Build and Social-Paradise. Two revival sites were made under the former two's names respectively. The site was shutdown multiple times and it was revived now. Users are losing hope in it though.
  10. Brickorzo is a public beta website.[24]
  11. Bricknem is an upcoming website.[25]
  12. BrickUniverse[26]
  13. Bounciad[27]
  14. Buildaverse is a website that is currently on a roadmap.[28]
  15. Brickverse is a website currently in development.[29]

C

  1. Claydek also shut down for unknown reasons [30] but is coming back later on.
  2. Cubash. In the past they've shutdown but now they're back.[31]
  3. CubeBrick may have shutdown for an incident. More information on their Twitter.

D

  1. Dynamica was a website[32] that shut down due to lack of security.

F

  1. Finobe[33] was a Roblox revival with microtransactions included. It shut down due to Roblox's lawsuit. We are not sure if it was real or not.[34]

G

  1. GoodBlox was a website[35] that temporarily shut down due to the IP grabbing incident[35] though it may be kept in an archive.[35]
  2. Graphictoria is a[36] Roblox revival that has similiar layout to Cubash.

I

  1. Implorium originally was a Roblox clone[37] but turned into an indie game library later on.

K

  1. Kaplash is a website that is currently under construction.[38]

M

  1. Mopaiv was a site. It has been shutdown for unknown reasons.[39]

N

  1. Novius also shut down unknowingly too.
  2. Novetus is an old Roblox revival that can be also used to make your own.[40]

P

  1. Polytoria[41]
  2. Planetarium currently shut down [42] but is planning on returning.
  3. PlanetRune is a website[43] formerly known as Uxhill.

Q

  1. QPlanet is a website[44] formerly known as Unitorium.

R

  1. Roblonium "is" a website, but we've not seen anymore work on it.[45]

U

  1. Unitorium is a website[46] formerly known as TixBux and EpicClub Rebooted.

V

  1. Vetatorium is currently under construction.[47]
  2. Vistora is another example of a site that shut down for unknown reasons.[48]
  3. Vixlatio[49]

W

  1. WorldToBuild[50]
  2. Wobrix was a site. It has been shutdown due to a lot of hate. It may be coming back in an archive.[51]

Y

  1. Yumake is a sandbox game that contains both a story and games. Unfortunately every server invite has been wiped out and it's now impossible to create invites.

Praise and criticism

Many of these sites usually get positive feedback from users because of the nostalgia although some of them are negatively criticized for having malware in their clients, having poor moderation and for abusing microtransactions.

Trivia

  • When Roblox had a server outage on October 27, 2021, Brick Hill (a Roblox clone) advertised their game on Roblox's Twitter, getting more attention from people and also reaching more than 500 players online in one game for the first time. This will probably never be seen again, as the game is slowly dying.[52]

Videos

References

  1. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1vDA2Ci2O964LMC4YvJKwrYUHNA4h1kQH
  2. https://www.brick-hill.com/shop/30546/
  3. https://www.roblox.com/catalog/330296924/Blue-Bubble-Trouble
  4. https://www.brick-hill.com/shop/245757/
  5. https://ibb.co/7VcvP8g
  6. https://ibb.co/fr4BwF0
  7. https://www.brick-hill.com/shop/334854
  8. https://www.brick-hill.com/shop/322788/
  9. https://blog.brick-hill.com/membership-update/
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFSNWdmXlRs
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKE3loT2eYI
  12. https://archive.ph/AyNlC
  13. https://austiverse.com/Novetus/
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20211028052520/http://vextoria.com/
  15. https://bldn-hill.com and https://web.archive.org/web/20220208022747/https://bldn-hill.com/
  16. 16.0 16.1 https://www.block-lands.com, https://web.archive.org/web/20210310141153/https://www.block-lands.com/ and https://dosforum.xyz
  17. https://www.blockshub.net and https://web.archive.org/web/20200908224336/https://www.blockshub.net/
  18. https://bloxcity.net/
  19. https://bloxtora.com
  20. https://brickadia.com/
  21. https://www.brick-hill.com/
  22. https://brickistic.com
  23. https://www.brickplanet.com/ and https://web.archive.org/web/20190701204552/https://www.brickplanet.com/
  24. https://holz.brickorzo.com/
  25. https://bricknem.com/
  26. https://playbrickuniverse.com/
  27. http://bounciad.cf/
  28. https://buildaverse.com
  29. https://discord.gg/B8sVGhTZEW
  30. https://www.claydek.ga
  31. https://cubash.com and https://web.archive.org/web/20191127060714/https://cubash.com/
  32. https://androdome.com:80/ide/login.php and https://web.archive.org/web/20180303183749/http://androdome.com:80/ide/login.php
  33. https://finobe.com
  34. https://finobe.com/farewell
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 https://goodblox.xyz, https://web.archive.org/web/20180220111435/https://goodblox.com/ and https://web.archive.org/web/20210629184031/https://goodblox.xyz/closure
  36. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Graphictoria
  37. https://implorium.com and https://web.archive.org/web/20210101232108/https://implorium.com/
  38. https://kaplash.xyz/ and https://web.archive.org/web/20220319034409/https://kaplash.xyz/
  39. https://mopaiv.com
  40. https://bitl.itch.io/novetus
  41. https://polytoria.com
  42. https://planetarium.digital/
  43. https://planetrune.com
  44. http://qplanet.gq
  45. https://roblonium.com/
  46. http://tixbux.rf.gd
  47. http://vetatorium.com/
  48. https://vistoria.xyz and https://web.archive.org/web/20201121052239/https://vistora.xyz/
  49. https://www.vixlatio.com/
  50. https://www.worldtobuild.com/
  51. https://www.wobrix.net/
  52. https://twitter.com/hillofbricks/status/1454850012995891207

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