PetPet Park is an online virtual world for kids made by the same guys who created Neopets and is backed by Nickelodeon. PetPets were first part of Neopets – they were the “pets” of the Neopets, if that makes sense. So essentially, PetPet Park is a spinoff from Neopets. In this game, players get to choose their virtual avatar from a selection of “PetPets”, which are basically cute, cuddly, made-up creatures. The player can then explore the virtual world (known as PetPet Park), play mini games, dress up their avatar, chat with other players, make friends, and more.
There are several positives about PetPet Park: firstly, the graphics are very colorful and creative, which makes it very appealing to the target audience; the music also ties in with this, and creates a very fun and light atmosphere which engages the senses. Secondly, the are a plethora of mini games available, which will keep kids playing for hours, and all are pretty easy to pick up from a learning perspective. We really enjoyed the overall look and feel of the game – you can tell that a lot of effort has gone into this game from all areas, being graphics, music, and gameplay. Avatar customization is also a positive, with a large offering of clothes and accessories to choose from which means players can make their avatars look unique. We also liked the fact that users could create their own private rooms where they can use their imagination to decorate their garden and home however they please. The gardening aspect of the game was also a fun little addition.
When we entered PetPet Park, we immediately noticed that there were not as many users online, especially when compared another game we reviewed, Animal Jam. We explored several different areas on the map, and each area had no more than 1-2 users in it, despite the fact that we picked the most active server to play on.
Another negative is that many areas within each main area were locked to members only, which means that users would have to purchase membership in order to get into these locked rooms. Additionally, users are able to create their own private rooms, but we couldn’t find a way to get to other players’ private rooms. We’re not sure how you could see someone else’s room, but we assume you would have to physically invite them to your room. This is a rather big flaw… when you think about it, what’s the point of making and decorating rooms if you can’t show them off? Also, players in other similar games use the private room functionality to create their own games and groups, so we think that PetPet Park is limiting the creativity of players in that regard.
In conclusion, PetPet Park is a great game overall. Its bright and colorful graphics are a joy to play in, and the mini games are sure to keep any player busy for a while. We might have given the game a go at a quiet time, so don’t let the inactivity expressed above deter you from giving this game a go. PetPet Park is moderated and backed by Nickelodeon, so you can rest assured knowing that you/your child is going to be safe while playing PetPet Park. The interface in the game is very intuitive and help is always easily found. If you like virtual pets and want to take control of your own little virtual pet, then PetPet Park is definitely a game you should consider between another virtual animal game like Animal Jam which can generate unlimited amount of resources with free animal jam membership codes.