Rediscovering Neopia

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Gurugumawaru, Neopets, Online Games

Last week, the final installment of the Harry Potter movie series was released. For an entire generation, it marked the end of their childhood. And now, Potter fans (myself included) from all over the world are facing a form of depression. And in an attempt to recapture my youth, I stumbled upon a game that not only personified childhood but also continues to remind me of those carefree days. And I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was still in existence. It is not a game with a single premise and goal. Rather, it is a world where you are able to discover different kinds of game. And the best part is, you never do it alone, you will always have a companion with you, a pet. Your pet will be by your side as you discover the world of Neopets.

Neopets is a website wherein a user is able to create his/her own virtual pet. Users are able to take care of their pet by customizing them, feeding them and playing with them. To be able to earn the currency (or Neopoints) a user has the option of playing an array of different games and through the other features of the virtual world Neopia. Neopia is divided into 19 lands. By exploring these lands one is able to go to places like the Money Tree where the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is brought to life everyday. You are able to get different daily freebies such as omelet and jelly to feed your adorable pets. You can even get the chance to battle with other pets in the Battledome. Aside from all of these features, Neopia has its own bank, calendar and time. It is an interactive world just waiting to be explored.

Aside from all of the fun things that you can do in Neopia, Neopets also has the Game Room. The Game Room is a collection of free online Neopets-based games that will never leave you bored. With more than a hounded games with different levels of difficulty, there will always be something that will entertain you.

A recent visit to the Neopets website showed me how much has changed in the past few years. I opened my old account and found out that my former Neopet does not exist anymore. I played the old games that I used to play and found out that they are more difficult now. I can’t even get past some of the simple games I used to play everyday. But then, some games came naturally, I didn’t have to figure out what to do when I start each game, I just go. And that really made me feel like a child again.

What makes this game so special is not its spectacularly exciting games or well thought out gameplay, it is the memory of childhood that one gets from it. The designs of the pets themselves show that they are geared towards a younger demographic, but that will never stop those kids at heart from exploring this world. It is an experience that makes you feel nostalgic, because when you’re in Neopia it would seem that nothing else really matters


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