When I used to be a youngin’ on Neopets, my favourite facet of the sport was amassing “secret avatars.” These avatars had been how gamers would characterize themselves on the Neopets message boards; avatars that had been more durable 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 enchantment to me. Maybe that’s why I made a decision to attempt to grind for all these pixel icons earlier than Google Chrome stopped supporting Flash. I didn’t need to suppose again on my neo-life with neo-regrets.
Ultimately, I simply suppose they’re neat. Maybe it’s the 50-by-50 pixel aesthetic or possibly it’s my obsession with amassing varied issues. Regardless, as soon as I heard that Chrome’s assist for Flash had been prolonged from the top of 2020 to Jan. 12, 2021, I logged again into Neopets and started working. It was time for me to earn extra secret avatars.
There are tons of avatars you’ll be able to earn from options on the location that don’t use Flash, however I can earn these any time. Last week, I simply targeted on the video games, which I predicted would cease working after Jan. 12. While it looks like the Neopets staff 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 exhausting! But I believed, “Surely, as an adult I’ll be able to get the required scores in these games now — no problem.” I used to be flawed.
It seems that a variety of these video games are nonetheless actually exhausting. And I’m lacking dozens of avatars that require you to play a Flash recreation. In early January, I had logged into Neopets, pondering I’d get among the avatars from simply enjoying the video games a pair occasions. But I rapidly realized this challenge 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 recreation the place you join tubes to feed hungry Meepits)
- Meepit Versus Feepit (A side-scrolling combating recreation)
- The Buzzer Game (A recreation the place it’s a must to rigorously hint over a line along with your cursor)
- Snowmuncher (A Dig Dug-like recreation the place you eat by way of snow to succeed in the underside)
- Extreme Herder (A herding recreation the place you forestall petpets from getting eaten by a hungry wolf)
- Typing Terror (A typing recreation)
Thanks to some Neopets recreation guides from JellyNeo, I noticed that a variety of these video games truly required each ability and luck. It wasn’t a matter of simply beating a Flash recreation after which unlocking a secret avatar. There had been a number of video games through which uncommon objects or monsters wanted to spawn all through your playthrough in order that you can get the excessive rating essential to earn the avatar.
Typing Terror was certainly one of these luck-based video games, to my frustration. I can sort 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.
Through 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 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 put them efficiently. If I had misplaced a number of factors shy, I definitely would have rage-quit, however with some panic and luck, I used to be capable of attain 1,000 factors.
“Julia, it sounds like you did not have fun doing this, so why did you do it?” chances are you’ll ask. I did it for a similar cause folks wish to play exhausting video games, reader. The pay-off after my sweaty, anxiety-riddled playthroughs felt unbelievable. Seeing the little blurb that rewarded me with the avatar was so satisfying.
I ended up with avatars from Sutek’s Tomb, Meepit Versus Feepit, The Buzzer Game, and Gadgadsgame. Unfortunately, I by no means bought 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.