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Playfish Pet Society / Online social game on playfish.com

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      19.01.2010 15:37
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      Time to log into my Pet ...

      Pet Society (Facebook Application):


      ********I have just noticed that this isn't actually the right place for this review. I have suggested the correct category to Dooyoo and I will request that this is moved as soon as the category is processed. ******

      I have a lot of free time, (I am disabled and I very rarely leave the house), so I am always looking for ways to pass the time. Facebook, (a social networking site - www.facebook.com), can be a good place to waste a few hours and Pet Society is an application on Facebook, (and MySpace too I think), which is good for a couple of hours amusement a day.

      To play Pet Society, (and indeed any other Facebook application), you need to have, and be logged into, a Facebook account. Registration is quick, really easy and free and you only need your name, email, date of birth and a password so you don't have to hand over too much personal information. Once you are logged into your account you can just search for Pet Society and start from there or you may receive an invitation from a friend to start playing. If you search you might to select the 'applications' filter down the left hand side of the search page as there are loads of results for groups etc that will come up in the search results.

      Pet Society can sometimes take a while to load and you will need the latest version of Flash installed to play it but if you don't have it installed a link will be provided for you to download it for free, (it's easy to install and I've had it for years and it doesn't seem to cause any problems). Sometimes the game is down for maintenance which is always frustrating but also necessary to keep it running smoothly. It used to be really bad and be offline a lot but it's much, much better now and rarely goes down.

      Once the game has loaded you will hear the cutesy music which goes well with the game but never the less gets annoying quite fast. Thankfully there is an option on the right hand side of the game that lets you turn off the music and/or the sound effects. The first time you load Pet Society you will need to create a pet and you can choose a random pet or customise one. There are loads of options to make your pet unique so it's very unlikely you will come across a pet that is identical to yours. You also need to give your pet a name, (when naming your pet bear in mind that kids like playing this game too).

      Once you've chosen your pet you get taken to your new house and you get to complete a set of tutorial tasks that take you through all the things you can do with your pet and gives the chance to earn extra pet points, coins and items. The aim of the game is to keep levelling up by caring for your pet and the pets of your friends to earn extra rooms for your house and to earn coins to furnish your pet's pad with lovely things.

      There are few ways to earn coins like, competing in races at the stadium, finding them in trees, fishing, cooking, visiting and caring for your friend's pets and of course caring for your own pet. To earn lots of points and coins you will need to have lots of friends with pets and you can invite all your friends to start playing or join groups specifically with the aim of finding 'pet friends'.

      The game play is very simple but also very addictive and I find it quite relaxing. I can easily lose track of time playing Pet Society which is always a sign that I am enjoying myself. The only downfall is needing so many friends which is fine for me as I'm a grown-up but I wouldn't want my child, (not that I have one), adding random strangers as friends on Facebook just to boost the number of friends they have for their pet.

      Despite being relatively simple I love Pet Society and find it oddly compelling; they add new items every week, some of which are limited for that week only, and they have many seasonal items to for things like Christmas, St Patrick's Day and even Mardi Gras. The new items and features they add keep the game fresh because, feeding, cleaning, playing, shopping can become samey after a while.

      I would recommend Pet Society to people who want a fun and non-taxing way to pass a couple of hours at a time.

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        05.08.2009 17:40
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        Playfish do not look after their players and ignore complaints.

        I've played pet society since November 2008.............
        Here's what is happening now -

        Every single day the game is put in maintenance, no warning. People are losing coins and items they have bought or gifted.
        Some players go for up to 6 days without being able to access the game.
        The server cannot deal with the amount of traffic and playfish's way of dealing with this is to put certain user groups into maintenance to lighten the load instead of fixing the problem.

        As for cheats.... there are plenty to see on youtube and there are dedicated websites for this. And NO.. I do not cheat, but the way this game is going I can understand why people do!!

        Don't just take my word for it, check out the "official" forum and see how playfish ignore their players!! ....I apologise if links are not allowed on this site, this is the first time I've been on here......
        http://forum.playfish.com/forumdisplay.php?f=174

        The game is still beta, but playfish have introduced a cash shop where the items can only be had by using real money. Not so much a "free" game anymore for those that have become addicted.

        Pet society used to be fun to play, now it is just frustrating.
        If they ever fix their problems (and I doubt it if playfish have to spend money on it) then the game may become good again.... but I won't hold my breath!!

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          05.08.2009 15:26
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          Could be a good game-playfish need to fix so much.

          I've played pet society since November 2008.............
          Here's what is happening now -

          Every single day the game is put in maintenance, no warning. People are losing coins and items they have bought or gifted.
          Some players go for up to 6 days without being able to access the game.
          The server cannot deal with the amount of traffic and playfish's way of dealing with this is to put certain user groups into maintenance to lighten the load instead of fixing the problem.

          As for cheats.... there are plenty to see on youtube and there are dedicated websites for this. And NO.. I do not cheat, but the way this game is going I can understand why people do!!

          Don't just take my word for it, check out the "official" forum and see how playfish ignore their players!! ....I apologise if links are not allowed on this site, this is the first time I've been on here......
          http://forum.playfish.com/forumdisplay.php?f=174

          The game is still beta, but playfish have introduced a cash shop where the items can only be had by using real money. Not so much a "free" game anymore for those that have become addicted.

          Pet society used to be fun to play, now it is just frustrating.
          If they ever fix their problems (and I doubt it if playfish have to spend money on it) then the game may become good again.... but I won't hold my breath!!

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            09.03.2009 19:27
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            Get a pet and live the dream.

            HOW I GOT A PET:

            "What are you doing?" I asked The Boyfriend's Little Sis as she hunched over the laptop to an accompaniment of beeping and clinky music. "My pet" she said in a distracted manner "is competing in the hurdles...." I looked over her shoulder to see a cute two dimensional cartoon with coloured hybrid animals bouncing all over the shop. Did I want to join? No, anything called Pet Society was sad.

            About five minutes later, I was online, creating a cute little blue pet. Little Sis helped me out, giving me pointers on choosing the best outfits. Once you've created your pet and started playing, you have to spend your hard earned Pet Society coins to change your look - it pays to get it right the first time.

            The Boyfriend ran into the living room, sloshing two cups of tea about "NO, NO" he shouted, "you can't have the name Isambard!". I didn't want the name Isambard, that's what I'd called our real life goldfish. Why would I want that name? Well, turns out he'd used it for his evil looking pet on Pet Society.

            IT'S ONLY A GAME:

            I thought I just wanted to have a quick race in the stadium, jump a few hurdles... but looking round my cartoonish little pet house, the place seemed so bare. I had a couple of free items to welcome me, a chair and a tv, but before I knew it, Little Sis had taken me shopping for more. There's a DIY store where I bought blue wallpaper and carpets, a little supermarket so that I could feed my pet (who, like me is vegetarian) and a few more places including a café.

            Okay, enough. I didn't want to play anymore.... She could go back on the webcam and chat to her boyfriend on msm. I was just going to drink my tea. The resolution lasted until our nightly 'before bed facebook check' when I couldn't resist clicking on it again. This time, I noticed MyDogs eyeing me suspiciously... I turned the sound off before he realised we were neglecting a real pet to play with an imaginary one.

            I took my little pet round to The Boyfriend's yellow Isambard and clicked on 'fight'. This is the only nasty interaction and no real fisticuffs were exchanged, just a little light pushing. But I got coins for visiting him. And everyone else. And some more for winning races in the stadium. By the next day, I'd bought a set of shelves at the DIY store and I was putting up my trophies for skipping, Frisbee and softball.

            Guy at Work listened to me waxing lyrical about Pet Society; he joined up in a moment and his pet Mr Grumpy immediately kissed me and hit The Boyfriend. I swore blind I would only stay on Pet Society until I got my pet a little goldfish swimming in a bowl. Now I'm saving for a fitted kitchen and I treasure a pink teapot. Oh, yes financial management is a must.

            FEATURES:

            As well as playing house, there are numerous mini-games in Pet Society. If you bounce the ball or skip enough times you get another trophy and some more coins; if you win a hurdles race against your friends, you get some more paw points and coins. It's also a social game as you invite friends round and leave them notes. Little Sis is now back home in Spain and we leave each other messages and send gifts whilst vying for points.

            The only thing missing from Pet Society is real-time interaction. For example, if my pet goes to Mr Grumpy's house and wees on the sofa, Mr Grumpy cannot see us, even when he's home..... so you feel a bit like an invisible burglar who can't steal anything.

            MY OPINION:

            This bouncy, creative little addiction is the best argument I've seen for letting a kid play online - you get items for your house, love your friends and you can't always win. No pervos can talk to you as you only see your real friends, even they can only leave notes for you. You learn to save money, practice your interior decorating and be kind to others. I've tried the adult versions, but they can't compete with their dull emphasis on realism; this is an escape to two-dimensional innocent cartoon fun and a release from the stress of the real world. First thing in the morning, our office is alive with a running commentary on the previous evening's Pet Society. Have you seen my new sofa? Did your pet poo in my house?

            HOW CAN I GET A PET?

            If you want to zoom through the clouds to your own little house amongst the pink trees, play online at:
            http://www.playfish.com/?page=game_pets
            Or add the Pet Society application to your Facebook account.

            IS THERE A COIN CHEAT?

            Here's the great news, hours of keen googling have yielded nothing on this. I'm delighted to find that I can't ruin it for myself and everyone else. Yes, if you go the bank you can buy more coins through Paypal, but you'd be daft to pay real money for imaginary furniture. Below are the ways I've discovered to earn more coins:

            Walk around; Coins are often hidden in the trees
            Visit friends: A first visit of the day to each friend gets 20 more coins
            Log in every day: You can check your lottery winnings, which can be anything up to 1000 coins
            Race: Winning a race gets you another 30 coins
            Paw Points: Getting to the next level by gifting and visiting will earn you coins
            Hop skip & Jump: Get all the football, skipping and Frisbee trophies for more coins
            Mystery Boxes: Bit of a gamble... sometimes the 50 coin boxes have expensive items in them which you can sell.

            THE FINAL WORD

            Usually Facebook applications are much of a muchness; a tedious list of mis-spelt questions to determine whether you are the reincarnation of Alexander the Great or a mind numbing quiz on 80's TV. At best they provide three minutes of time filler. This bouncy, creative little addiction deserves its own website. Here's to lots more from Playfish.

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