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Neopets Website

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User Rating 2 Star Rating (3 Reviews)

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The Bottom Line

Neopets is an engaging website for kids of all ages. With plenty to do and child-friendly policies, it's good choice for families. That said, parents will want to take a close look at the privacy policies, as well as some of the games, to make sure they align with family values.

Pros

  • It’s free
  • There are a wide variety of things to do and see
  • Kids can learn about saving money and working towards a goal

Cons

  • Adults and kids inhabit the space together
  • Some of the games may seem like they encourage gambling

Description

  • Free registration allows you to adopt 4 Neopets
  • Build a Neohome, run a shop, play games or join a guild.
  • Character tie-ins include stuffed animals, trading cards and an upcoming movie

Guide Review - Neopets Website

Neopets: a Virtual World

Neopia is a virtual world inhabited by a variety of strange-looking creatures called Neopets. The pets resemble familiar creatures such as unicorns, snakes, dogs, etc. Each registered user can adopt up to 3 pets to care for. Although the site may look like it was designed for children, the creators intended it as a playground for college students. The end result is a site that appeals to everyone from young children to grandparents alike.

Things to Do

The appeal of Neopets is due mainly to the wide variety of activities available on the site. With the exception of feeding the pets, there are no expectations about what people should be doing while on the site. Some users spend their time building and decorating a home for their pets, others train their pets and compete in battle. Entrepreneurial pet owners build shops, but some prefer to make money (Neopoints, or NPs) by playing one of the many games online. Players who rack up their NPs can shop for furniture, clothes or even books for their adopted pets.

Here are just some of the activities people enjoy on Neopets:

  • Care for your pets
  • Play games
  • Collect objects
  • Make money
  • Battle other pets
  • Solve puzzles
  • Build and decorate a home for your pets
  • Play the stock market
  • Get a job
  • Join a guild (a group of people with an interest in common)

Child Safety

While children are sharing the space with adults, Neopets does have some safeguards in place to help parents control what their kids can see and do. Players under the age of 13 have restricted access to certain features, including the messaging system and forums. In addition, Neopets limits the information collected for children and encourages parents to discuss Internet safety with their family.

User Reviews

 2 out of 5
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w/ thousands of things to do, it's pretty much impossible to not to like this addictive site. :) neopets, a site started on november 15, 1999, started out as a small community of collective players. the goal was to make your account as good as possible, which was pretty hard, considering the things you had to do to prove that you were a true player. now, neopets has turned into another site in modern society; the layout of the site has changed vastly, the users are obnoxious on the boards, and several new games have been added. the traditional feel of the site is no longer felt, and many users feel this is due to the fateful event that happened on june 20, 2005. viacom bought neopets from the original creators, adam powell and donna williams, for $160m usd. :'( viacom has made some pretty disastrous changes, but these all started with a few things that led to that. merchandise was sold, premium (buying more features on the site with a credit card) was introduced, and more. you can now make a neohome, play games, chat on the boards, join a guild (club) to chat on, battle in the battledome, make np to buy virtual items, collect avatars, and of course, train and care for pets, and more. some users have issues with profanity, and games may promote gambling. your choice to join or not.

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