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virtual pet sites like neopetsTo anyone who has witnessed the Neopets phenomenon, which launched in 1999 and resulted in a line of toys and cards, distributed by Viacom to several real stores across the country; it is no surprise to hear that kids have an insatiable appetite for virtual pets.

It doesn’t seem to matter that the cute little creatures only exist in “pixieland”, they still want to feed them, buy them, clothes and play with them. So why not make the little ones happy by introducing them to other virtual pet sites like Neopets? It might be all you need to get a few moments of peace and quiet during the summer vacation.

Marapets

virtual pet sites like neopets

Marapets has been designed to work with several age groups. Its target audience goes from the very young to the preteen groups. If your kid has played Neopets, a lot about Marapets will seem very familiar.

The selection of pets isn’t quite as attractive as Neopets’ but there is still enough variety to keep most kids happy. Though the site is free, like several other sites nowadays, it has upgrade options, all of which require real money. Some of the most desired ones involve upgrading your pets to special edition pets, special items and costumes.

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One major difference between Marapets and Neopets, is that they cater to a pop-culture-savvy audience, with dress up games that give you options to dress your doll like pop culture icons such as Lady Gaga, Usher, Pink and Zac Efron.

Subeta

virtual pet sites like neopets

Subeta targets an older audience, since you must be at least 13 years old to create a character. Though many of the pet features are very similar to Neopets, there is certainly an edgier style to the site, which feels less like a site for little kids and more like a site for pre-teens. To appeal to that age group, they made a few choices to differentiate themselves from the sites for younger kids. Some of those choices had mixed results.

For example, they named the groups of similar interests “Cults” and created journals that users can update with their thoughts, but that never seem to be updated with more than a few words. The design of the features is certainly well done, and the imagery of a lot of the features is interesting and original, even if the actual features on the virtual pet site are still so much like Neopets. Subeta is a good option for those who still want to play with virtual pets, but who want to feel like they are on a site with people from their same age group.

Build-A-Bear-Ville

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Build-A-Bear-Ville is certainly built with a younger audience in mind, starting from its character creation which has a character guiding you all along the way. One of the first steps on the creation asks you for “your parents email address” so they can let them know you are a member of Build-A-Bear-Ville.

It is refreshing that they have golden rules you must accept stating that you must be kind and never give out personal information. The site itself is not quite as interactive as Neopets, and with long loading times between activities. Some of the games are also more repetitive than you would find in other sites, but it seems appropriate and welcoming to a very young audience. Note that some of the features are only available for those who have purchased a bear at Build-A-Bear-Ville stores.

Powerpets

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Powerpets is one of the most obviously Neopets-inspired sites with a lot about it looking like a direct copy of Neopets. The good news is that if you like Neopets, you are bound to like Powerpets too. They have added a few features that make this site an interesting alternative to Neopets though, one being the ability to add pictures of your real pets to the “Pet Zone” part of the site. Some of the stock market and bank loan aspects of the site can potentially teach kids some real money skills.

So pick one of the sites above and explore them with your kids. It’s a great way to spend some time together, even when on the computer, and to introduce them to sites they can share with their friends. Know of other virtual pet sites like Neopets? What sites are your kids into? Tell us about them.

  1. Artyyy
    November 14, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Icepets is a good vitural pet site :)

  2. emma
    March 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    you might want to take off build-a-bearville. "some features you cant do without buying a bear from their store" correction NOTHING can be done without a bear. you can make your avatar but after that just about everysingle thing requires that you go to their website/store and purchase a bear

  3. Jake
    December 16, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I like Marapets- It reminds me of Neopets when they really cared about the Users. I think the site has come a long way over the years. Neo lost it when they sold to fresh Start. They have a bad Lag in the code and Viacom dumped the problem. When TNT made there new Battledome.. It crashed there system, it crushed them.

    People has left by the 1000s

  4. CharleyFive
    September 6, 2010 at 7:13 am

    http://www.petrpg.com/ reminds me of neopets

  5. CharleyFive
    September 6, 2010 at 5:13 am

    http://www.petrpg.com/ reminds me of neopets

  6. george
    September 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    stupid

  7. Xxcrimsonnightwindxx
    August 13, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Wow. Powerpets is nothing like Neopets. It is focused on realism and it actually donates money regularly to shelters. The staff answer player questions directly and it is far more child-friendly than neopets. Also, there are Very VERY few ads on Powerpets. Marapets is also quite good. I have not played Subeta in a long time, but there are other good sites too, including Wajas, Verpets, and Rescreatu. :)

  8. Jhmvlmhlmtsm
    August 9, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I have played all of these sites except Build a Bear. I have no idea where you got the idea that Powerpets is most like Neopets because actually they are probably the most different from Neopets than the others.
    But anyways Subeta is probably the best site on the list although Powerpets is really starting to step up their game quite a bit.

  9. Jhmvlmhlmtsm
    August 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I have played all of these sites except Build a Bear. I have no idea where you got the idea that Powerpets is most like Neopets because actually they are probably the most different from Neopets than the others.
    But anyways Subeta is probably the best site on the list although Powerpets is really starting to step up their game quite a bit.

  10. Leila
    July 19, 2010 at 7:15 am
  11. Sweetie
    July 18, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I'd love to see more new sites. I personally love being on new sites. I can't seem to find any new sites with amazing graphics anywhere. The few you posted were good.. But I'd love to see some of the newer sites too. :)

  12. Tanatos
    July 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    You should all check http://www.guineea-heaven.com aswell.Its a virtual guinea pigs site.

  13. Tanatos
    July 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    You should all check http://www.guineea-heaven.com aswell.Its a virtual guinea pigs site.

  14. yuregininsesi
    June 27, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    They're starting recruitment earlier and earlier.
    Maybe you guys should turn on Adblocker before taking these screencaps.

  15. Taty
    June 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    The screenshots are meant to be live shots of the site.. so, lol. That IS what was there when I visited the site. But completely see your point. Ironic, really...

  16. Will Radie
    June 16, 2010 at 9:34 am

    HILARIOUS!

    ....good catch.

  17. fallen angelz
    June 14, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    you should add tikipets or something like that. i'm surprised thats not on there.

  18. Aibek
    June 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    test2

  19. Aibek
    June 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    test

  20. FekketCantenel
    June 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    ROFL, that Marapets screenshot has a National Guard ad. They're starting recruitment earlier and earlier.

    Maybe you guys should turn on Adblocker before taking these screencaps.

  21. FekketCantenel
    June 14, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    ROFL, that Marapets screenshot has a National Guard ad. They're starting recruitment earlier and earlier.

    Maybe you guys should turn on Adblocker before taking these screencaps.

    • Will Radie
      June 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

      HILARIOUS!

      ....good catch.

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