I spent days incomes Neopets avatars and I remorse nothing

Once I was a youngin’ on Neopets, my favourite side of the sport was gathering “secret avatars.” These avatars had been how gamers would symbolize themselves on the Neopets message boards; avatars that had been tougher to earn got here with tons of clout. You’d want particular pets in particular colours to earn among the avatars, excessive scores in video games for others, and simply pure dumb luck for a piece of them.

As an grownup, I nonetheless play Neopets typically, and these avatars nonetheless attraction to me. Perhaps that’s why I made a decision to try to grind for all these pixel icons earlier than Google Chrome stopped supporting Flash. I didn’t wish to suppose again on my neo-life with neo-regrets.

Finally, I simply suppose they’re neat. Perhaps it’s the 50-by-50 pixel aesthetic or perhaps it’s my obsession with gathering varied issues. Regardless, as soon as I heard that Chrome’s assist for Flash had been prolonged from the tip of 2020 to Jan. 12, 2021, I logged again into Neopets and set to work. It was time for me to earn extra secret avatars.

A tiny icon of a lizard that says “Buzz!” every couple of seconds

I don’t like this Techno. His smug aura mocks me.
Picture: Neopets, Inc.

There are tons of avatars you’ll be able to earn from options on the positioning that don’t use Flash, however I can earn these any time. Final week, I simply targeted on the video games, which I predicted would cease working after Jan. 12. Whereas it looks as if the Neopets group is engaged on changing these video games to HTML5, it’ll be a very long time till they’re all transformed, in the event that they ever even obtain this purpose.

As a baby, I bear in mind struggling to earn even remotely OK scores in these video games. They had been too onerous! However I believed, “Certainly, as an grownup I’ll be capable to get the required scores in these video games now — no downside.” I used to be unsuitable.

A Fire Meepit headbutts a Feepit

Picture: Neopets, Inc. through JellyNeo

It seems that quite a lot of these video games are nonetheless actually onerous. And I’m lacking dozens of avatars that require you to play a Flash sport. In early January, I had logged into Neopets, considering I’d get among the avatars from simply taking part in the video games a pair instances. However I shortly realized this undertaking was not going to be a one-and-done scenario. After I used to be finished stressing out, I made a decision to make an inventory of video games that I might feasibly get the avatars in, if I put within the work:

  • Sutek’s Tomb (A match-three, like Bejeweled)
  • Gadgadsgame (A mixture of Puyo Puyo and Tetris)
  • Meepits’ Juice Break (A puzzle sport the place you join tubes to feed hungry Meepits)
  • Meepit Versus Feepit (A side-scrolling combating sport)
  • The Buzzer Recreation (A sport the place you need to fastidiously hint over a line together with your cursor)
  • Snowmuncher (A Dig Dug-like sport the place you eat by means of snow to achieve the underside)
  • Excessive Herder (A herding sport the place you forestall petpets from getting eaten by a hungry wolf)
  • Typing Terror (A typing sport)

Due to some Neopets sport guides from JellyNeo, I spotted that quite a lot of these video games truly required each talent and luck. It wasn’t a matter of simply beating a Flash sport after which unlocking a secret avatar. There have been a number of video games by which uncommon objects or monsters wanted to spawn all through your playthrough in order that you could possibly get the excessive rating essential to earn the avatar.

Red robots with upside down text on them walk towards the screen

Picture: Neopets, Inc. through JellyNeo

Typing Terror was one in all these luck-based video games, to my frustration. I can kind very quick, and I can clear the sport completely whereas making no errors, however luck was not on my aspect. I performed Typing Terror for hours, however nonetheless, the avatar escaped me.

By way of the stress and the grind, I used to be capable of truly get about half of the avatars I used to be aiming for. But it surely wasn’t simple. At one level throughout Gadgadsgame when my rating was nearing the requirement for the avatar, I started sweating and shaking. The bulbous fruit was falling so quick, giving me no time to consider the place I wanted to position them efficiently. If I had misplaced a number of factors shy, I actually would have rage-quit, however with some panic and luck, I used to be capable of attain 1,000 factors.

“Julia, it sounds such as you didn’t have enjoyable doing this, so why did you do it?” chances are you’ll ask. I did it for a similar purpose individuals prefer to play onerous video games, reader. The pay-off after my sweaty, anxiety-riddled playthroughs felt unimaginable. Seeing the little blurb that rewarded me with the avatar was so satisfying.

A text blurb rewarding a Neopets secret avatar for “Suteks Tomb”

Picture: Neopets, Inc. through Polygon

I ended up with avatars from Sutek’s Tomb, Meepit Versus Feepit, The Buzzer Recreation, and Gadgadsgame. Sadly, I by no means received the Typing Terror avatar. I’ll have to attend till the video games get up to date to return on the grind, as a result of apparently I’ve realized nothing from the stress of this expertise and bear in mind solely the candy prize of the avatar.

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