I spent days earning Neopets avatars and I regret nothing

When I was a youngin’ on Neopets, my preferred element of the video game was gathering “secret avatars.” These avatars were how gamers would represent themselves on the Neopets message boards; avatars that were more difficult to make came with lots of influence. You’d require particular animals in particular colors to make a few of the avatars, high ratings in video games for others, and simply pure dumb luck for a piece of them.

As an adult, I still play Neopets in some cases, and these avatars still attract me. Perhaps that’s why I chose to attempt and grind for all these pixel icons prior to Google Chrome stopped supporting Flash. I didn’t wish to reflect on my neo-life with neo-regrets.

Eventually, I simply believe they’re cool. Perhaps it’s the 50-by-50 pixel visual or perhaps it’s my fascination with gathering numerous things. Regardless, when I heard that Chrome’s assistance for Flash had actually been extended from completion of 2020 to Jan. 12, 2021, I logged back into Neopets and got to work. It was time for me to make more secret avatars.

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

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

There are lots of avatars you can make from functions on the website that don’t utilize Flash, however I can make those whenever. Recently, I simply concentrated on the video games, which I forecasted would quit working after Jan. 12. While it appears like the Neopets group is dealing with transforming these video games to HTML5, it’ll be a long time up until they’re all transformed, if they ever even attain this objective.

As a kid, I keep in mind having a hard time to make even from another location OKAY ratings in these video games. They were too difficult! However I believed, “Surely, as an adult I’ll be able to get the required scores in these games now — no problem.” I was incorrect.

A Fire Meepit headbutts a Feepit

Image: Neopets, Inc. by means of JellyNeo

It ends up that a great deal of these video games are still truly difficult. And I’m missing out on lots of avatars that need you to play a Flash video game. In early January, I had actually logged into Neopets, believing I would get a few of the avatars from simply playing the video games a couple times. However I rapidly recognized this task was not going to be a one-and-done circumstance. After I was done stressing out, I decided to make a list of games that I could feasibly get the avatars in, if I put in the work:

  • Sutek’s Tomb (A match-three, like Bejeweled)
  • Gadgadsgame (A combination of Puyo Puyo and Tetris)
  • Meepits’ Juice Break (A puzzle game where you connect tubes to feed hungry Meepits)
  • Meepit Versus Feepit (A side-scrolling fighting game)
  • The Buzzer Game (A game where you have to carefully trace over a line with your cursor)
  • Snowmuncher (A Dig Dug-like game where you eat through snow to reach the bottom)
  • Extreme Herder (A herding game where you prevent petpets from getting eaten by a hungry wolf)
  • Typing Terror (A typing game)

Thanks to some Neopets game guides from JellyNeo, I recognized that a lot of these video games actually required both skill and luck. It wasn’t a matter of just beating a Flash game and then unlocking a secret avatar. There were several games in which rare items or monsters needed to spawn throughout your playthrough so that you might get the high score necessary to earn the avatar.

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

Image: Neopets, Inc. via JellyNeo

Typing Terror was one of these luck-based games, to my frustration. I can type very fast, and I can clear the game perfectly while making no mistakes, but luck was not on my side. I played Typing Terror for hours, but still, the avatar escaped me.

Through the stress and the grind, I was able to actually get about half of the avatars I was aiming for. But it wasn’t easy. At one point during Gadgadsgame when my score was nearing the requirement for the avatar, I began sweating and shaking. The bulbous fruit was falling so fast, giving me no time to think about where I needed to place them successfully. If I had lost a few points shy, I certainly would have rage-quit, but with some panic and luck, I was able to reach 1,000 points.

“Julia, it sounds like you did not have fun doing this, so why did you do it?” you may ask. I did it for the same reason people like to play hard games, reader. The pay-off after my sweaty, anxiety-riddled playthroughs felt incredible. Seeing the little blurb that rewarded me with the avatar was so satisfying.

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

Image: Neopets, Inc. via Polygon

I ended up with avatars from Sutek’s Burial place, Meepit Versus Feepit, The Buzzer Video game, and Gadgadsgame. Unfortunately, I never got the Typing Terror avatar. I’ll need to wait until the video games get updated to go back on the grind, because apparently I have learned nothing from the tension of this experience and keep in mind just the sweet reward of the avatar.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.