As you may (or may not) know I quite enjoy my games be it online, offline, console or board games, I find them entertaining and in some of the online cases a nice way to chat and make a few friends. Mostly I stick to RPG types or simulators but one particular website I’ve enjoyed for a good few years is Neopets. I think I first heard of the website when I was in Year Seven at school and I’ve lost and retrieved many an account as it’s always been one I’ve gone back to! When I lost my job and whilst I was looking for work I signed up again to occupy some of my time during the day. I’ve now been a member again for 17 months and recently I’ve enjoyed messing around on the games and gaining daily prizes as well as looking after my cute like Acara pet Chloeleaf.
Neopets – A Little History
Neopets began its online browser gaming takeover way back in 1997 and was launched onto the world wide web in November 1999. Since then it’s grown, updated and is available in a choice of languages. The website provides a way for gamers to keep and look after a virtual pet of their choice by playing games with it, reading it books, getting it jobs, feeding it and creating a home for it. There is so much you can do on neopets other than just caring for your pet – there are games, shops, a bank for you to keep your neopoints in safely – the currency of Neopia, several worlds to explore, forums, guilds to join and chat to other neopians and all sorts of interesting things to collect. Neopets is safe and secure and a website for those of all ages however I believe under 13’s or maybe under 16’s may need parental permission to join – this was the case way back when, although I am well over 16 now so I can’t completely remember...
After signing up players are given the chance to create their very first active neopet. This is the one that will appear on your sidebar and I believe you can have up to four per account. The first thing you need to do is choose the breed of pet you would like. Sometimes Neopets offers a chance for players to have a limited edition pet, although this is quite rare but something to keep an eye out for. Pets can include a Uni – a unicorn style pet, very cute and girly, a Usul – a bunny rabbit look a like, and Elephante or even a cute little Bruce penguin. There is a huge range of pets to choose from as well as there being an adoption agency where you can sometimes adopt some of the rare pets so you don’t have to create all four. In fact I prefer to stick with one pet as I like to use the website for the games more than the pet care.
You are then given a chance to name your neopet – make it original, neopets has hundreds of thousands of daily users and you may have to try a couple of attempts to get the name you want. All the simple names have probably already been used up! You can also choose your neopets habitat, gender and how they greet other neopets as well as their battledome statistics.
After this you will be given several options including taking the chance to view a tutorial on how to use the site.