If you haven’t been adventuring through Neopets lately, you might have missed the quiet beta launch of PetPetPark – Neopet’s Virtual World (finally) within the uber gaming network dynamic world of, well, Neopets. It’s cute, pet-y, seemingly silly (I really hope they come out with that Dragon suit on the splash page), and so far safe! Woo hoo!!
My initial reaction:
YES. Neopets finally has an actual Neopets Virtual World! (All credit for the dynamic “world” site they’ve had successfully for the last ten years, but this is a proper VW in my definition). It seems to have just enough of that Gaia fantasy (where most Neopet-ers go once they feel they’ve grown beyond the Neoborder), and just enough pint-sized cuteness, and just enough of that Neopets sass to really entice.
And it ages down – at least, visually (but that doesn’t always stop the older tweens/young teens from playing). At times, I’m ever-so-slightly reminded of the Littlest Pet Shop VW (which never seemed to shake out well? Buggy and little advertising unless it’s on a product), but BETTER.
More than anything I was jazzed about this: Their filters seem to be hearty. Bueno. One of my favorite “testing” phrases goes as follows:
“I like shadows because they’re dark as holes”
If you don’t see what I did there, then good luck. I won’t ruin the surprise 😉 I’ll only say this: PHRASE FILTER PHRASE FILTER PHRASE FILTER.
Needless to say – PetPetPark not only CAUGHT my seemingly innocent phrase (but not innocent phrase), but I also got a message along the lines of Knock if off or you’re gone – not those words, of course, but politely along those lines.
There’s not too much to do, and there’s still a few glitches/bugs here and there, but that’s to be expected in Beta (especially a quiet live Beta, or as quiet as you can get with such a high number of Neopets subscribers & a front page banner ad). There will have to be changes here and there, but again – everything looks promising!!
Check it out… I know I’ll be watching it from afar as they continue to build and improve and grow. 🙂