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Adopt Me is a roleplay game created by DreamCraft, and can be considered a spiritual successor to Adopt and Raise a Baby!. The game features two roles: baby and parent, which cares for the baby. Other features include obbies, pets, and customizable houses.

It was created by two notable players: one is NewFissy for scripting and leading the team, and the other was Bethink for building and being the creative vision for the game.

It is considered to be the most popular game on Roblox due to how long it has stayed at the top spot on the front page, reaching over 250,000 concurrent players every day. It is also one of the most played games on Roblox, surpassing over 5B place visits.


Interview

The following interview was between Thundermaker300 and NewFissy on , as part of the Developer Connections Project.

What was it like developing Adopt Me?
It's a lot of fun! Adopt Me is an enjoyable creative and technical challenge for both me and my co-creator Bethink. It's been an immense growth opportunity as well and has definitely pushed my programming to the next level. The great thing about working on a roleplay game is that there are limitless features you can add, since roleplay is pretty much a simulation of the real world.
What challenges did you have to overcome while developing? What was the most challenging?
We're constantly adding new features, but a lot of times that means our existing codebase doesn't have the capabilities we need to support the new stuff. We've rewritten our code 3-4 times now. And we're working through a major rewrite of our avatar system right now. When working with a codebase with 50,000+ lines of code, it can be difficult to make broad-sweeping changes, so we build automated tools and macros to rewrite and refactor our code. The biggest issue that we ran into is that many of our favorite tools don't work within Roblox Studio, so we needed a way to sync our code to the filesystem so we could use the full suite of tools. To solve this issue, we built a program called Rosync that does a snapshot sync to the filesystem so the code can be manipulated with traditional tools like git and vim macros.
What did you enjoy most while developing Adopt Me?
I have and always will be a software engineer at heart. I do enjoy the creative aspect of game dev like dreaming up new items and designing UIs, but nothing beats the feeling of hitting Play and your beautifully architected code that abstracts complexity into simple units works perfectly.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I've been working on Roblox for nearly a decade, and it's been incredible to see the platform grow from my childhood sandbox to this mainstream platform that's conquering the world. Keep it up Roblox!

Milestones

  • On May 4, 2019, the game reached one billion place visits, making it the seventh game to surpass the milestone.
  • It broke two previous records with over 517K concurrent players on October 18, 2019, and with over 440K concurrent players on June 15, 2019. 
  • It also holds the record of the most concurrent players in one single game, with over 640K players on December 14th, 2019.

Gameplay

Both teams spawn in their house, which they can customize to their heart's content. Babies and parents can ask (not request) nearby players to be a part of their family them by pressing [E] on a computer or tablet, or [click to send request] on a mobile. Or they can create their own family by going to the family GUI and then clicking 'Create Family'.

When a baby or a parent accepts a player invite to be their family, both the baby and the parent will have a GUI. If there are multiple babies in the family, the baby that was held first's GUI's will show up for the parent. That GUI is for the baby's needs. There are four of these needs the parent must tend to, otherwise, the baby will be unhappy. These needs are represented as bars, slowly shrinking as time passes. The lower the GUI of the baby is, the lower the daily paycheck the parent will receive. The four needs are:

  • Hunger - How hungry the baby or pet is, can be increased by feeding formula, food from the supermarket or Ramsay's Pizzeria.
  • Boredness - How active the baby or pet is, can be increased by going to the park or shaking rattles.
  • Cleanliness - How clean the baby or pet is, can be increased by swimming or taking a shower in a house or in the Gym.
  • Sleepiness - How tired the baby is, can only be increased by placing the baby in the bed.
  • Camping- Bring the pet or kid to camp.
  • Thirsty- Give them a drink
  • Pool party- literally bring them to the pool party
  • School- bring them to school
  • Sickness - Bring the baby or the pet to the hospital, where they can take a healing apple or be healed by doctor heart. 

After the pets update, players can adopt pets, including basic ones likes dog and cats, or rare pets such as wolves, griffins, unicorns, etc. Pets have the same moods as babies and they can be taught tricks by the pet trainer at the school. Babies cannot hold pets or put pets in strollers, but parents can.

There is an in-game currency called Bucks, which can be used to buy strollers, toys, pet supplies, furniture, etc. As a baby, you gain Bucks by having your parent take care of you. As a parent, you gain Bucks by taking care of your baby.

Partnerships

In September 2019, a popular game (made by the ROLVe Community) called Arsenal (which has also partnered with Work at a Pizza Place) partnered with Adopt Me, adding a new skin to Arsenal called Anna after the baby mascot.

Criticism

Some people have criticized the game for being too similar to games such as Life in Paradise and Adopt and Raise a Cute Kid. It is also perceived to be a hub for online daters due to the family theme. At one point, the game featured a controversial thumbnail depicting an adult avatar apparently about to eat a child[citation needed], though it has long since been taken down.

Trivia

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  • NewFissy has stated that it was created due to the death of one of the senior developers of TreeLands.[1]
  • The game includes pets, their rarity ranging from Common to Legendary.
  • For an unknown reason, Adopt Me! has gone private.

References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/roblox/comments/ci5zed/why_i_quit_developing_treelands_and_made_adopt_me/
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