Neopets is a browser/website based virtual environment where players can adopt pets, feed/take care of them, play mini games to earn virtual currency, explore different areas of Neopia, create our own virtual shops, collect items, make friends and more.
Neopets has been around for years and years, and has managed to acquire a massive user base. Neopets is an enormous brand in the virtual games industry and you can even get your hands on all kinds of Neopets merchandise, which is a testament to its success and popularity.
Neopets has a lot of positives due to the sheer number of features that are offered to the player. The main focus of the game is to adopt and take care of a virtual pet (or multiple) – but we aren’t talking about plain old dogs and cats here. Neopets are strange little creatures that come in all different shapes and sizes, so you’ll be sure to find a breed that appeals to you.
In addition to being able to take care of your own virtual pets, (this game is similar to Animal Jam if you already play it, which can get a nice amount of gems and diamonds via animal jam membership codes) Neopets also has a massive database of mini-games that you can play to earn Neopoints. From arcade-style games to puzzles and action games, the genres and variety are endless. The best thing about the games on Neopets is that they are absolutely free to play, and they give you free Neopoints as well, which is what the virtual currency is called. You can buy all sorts of things with Neopoints, from items for your pet, to decorations for your pet’s home.
Neopet’s user retention is great because there is something that you can do every day, so it’ll keep you coming back for more. For example, you can only do certain things once per day or every few hours, such as spin the Wheel of Excitement, take a shot at the Tombola on Mystery Island, and more. There are so many areas to explore, which means Neopets will keep you entertained for days.
I used to play Neopets as a kid more than 10 years ago, and I only just went back on it to write this review. The website and features have barely changed at all, everything looks pretty much the same, and I don’t see any evolution or adaptation to stay current with the latest technological improvements and web/internet trends.
Everything is starting to look outdated, from the website to the graphics, and I’m sure that if they don’t conform or update their service that they will start to lose players to games/sites that are more advanced. Another negative is that everything on Neopets is web-based, which means there is no virtual representation of players, you can’t see anyone else using the game, you can’t chat to anyone in real-time, etc. This is something I would have expected to see within 10 years, but it clearly isn’t something that Neopets wants to implement. With today’s every-growing social/virtual environment, I feel that Neopets is taking the back seat to other games such as Club Penguin and Animal Jam.
Again, even with Neohomes, it’s great that you can create and decorate your own virtual space, but it’s a real shame that you cannot interact with the items in terms of being able to use them, walk around the room, or invite your friends to visit your room and chat with you in real-time. It feels very static, and it’s kind of disappointing to realize that all it is is a basic drag-and-drop designing tool. It could have been so much more!
Neopets is a great website to visit if you are looking to play mini-games and take care of virtual pets. There are so many things to do, places to explore, and even things you can learn! I remember 10 years ago when I used to play Neopets that it was the first time I started learning about HTML, as you could use HTML to style your shop page. I think that’s what really spawned my passion for web design and games, so it’s definitely a place where you can learn some new skills that you never expected to learn. Overall, I would definitely recommend that you try Neopets and see if you like it. If anything, it’s an amazing site for the mini-games alone.