Playfish Keeps Rolling with Pet Society

I never got into the Tamagotchi craze when I was a kid. Why would you play nurse to a poorly rendered fussy little alien? So I’m a bit leery about any pet-focused games on Facebook. But when I heard Playfish was doing a pet game, my opinions changed.

I’ve written in the past of the merits of Playfish’s games. To me, these guys are the Maxis or Valve of social gaming. Bowling Buddies, Word Challenge, and Who Has the Biggest Brain? are all quality applications and Playfish’s Pet Society, the company’s fourth title just released in beta, maintains the high standard. Pet Society combines the cute pet application with RPG elements to create an adorable, shiny, and deep application.

In Pet Society, you are given a creature to decorate and the ability to name your creature. Through beautiful Flash animation, customization is only a click away. Your pet is then placed in a house that you own, and you must maintain its happiness, health, and keep it well fed. These three statistics are kept in bars on the right hand side of your screen, and an experience bar sits on top. You get more experience the more you play the game, and this unlocks new features like more coins.

Initially, the house seems pretty confining. In your inventory, you can use such items as soap to keep your creature healthy and play a ball mini-game to keep him/her entertained. The TV plays clips from the other Playfish games – a very clever touch.

But once you leave the house, the game similarly leaves conventional pet adoption games and becomes something much larger. Your house is revealed to be part of a larger city with many municipal buildings, residences, and trees (full of coins, oddly enough). Navigating the city can be a bit confusing initially, and Pet Society’s beta status means that many of the features are “coming soon.” But it’s fun to step into a planned city that is already beginning to pick up.

The RPG elements become apparent quickly, like many quest-based adventure games you can buy most of the supplies you’ll need in the city. You can buy clothing and house decorations, interact with people in a soon-to-be-built café, engage your pet in competitions (again, coming soon), and interact with your friends in their houses.

You can also buy game money with real money through Paypal. “Reserving” land for your friends is Pet Society’s version of a friend invite, and it’s a clever way to make the game viral while maintaining the integrity of the experience.

Bottom line: it’s the first Flash RPG we’ve seen on Facebook that has major developers backing it. It stands on the shoulders of previous applications to create a clever hybrid that is well packaged and spiffy looking. It may run slow on some computers, and I worry that it doesn’t differentiate itself enough from its predecessors, but it’s definitely a step forward.

Developers: 8 (until they finish those features they promise)

Gameplay: 9

Originality: 5 (only thing I’m knocking them on here)

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38 Responses to “Playfish Keeps Rolling with Pet Society”

  1. shanice says:

    hello

    i want the game because i think its so so
    fun

  2. Inside Social Games » Blog Archive » Playfish Eyes Transaction Success with Social Brain Training - Tracking the Convergence of Games and Social Networks says:

    [...] is an established developer of a number of top social games including Pet Society, Bowling Buddies and Word Challenge. The title that seems to be performing best right now is also [...]

  3. Ulvis says:

    Where can i play it? It looks cool! But i dont know where ti try it! :@

  4. Facebook Application der Woche: Pet Society | TechBanger.de says:

    [...] ein eigenes Haustier zu kreieren und zu betreuen – im Grunde genommen wurde einfach nur das Tamagotchi Spielprinzip adaptiert und erweitert. Der Spieler muss also sein Pet bei Laune halten, beispielsweise indem er [...]

  5. Inside Social Games » Top 25 Facebook Games for September 24, 2008 says:

    [...] week, Facebook’s Pet Society – recently launched in beta – makes its debut on the Facebook Top 25 Games list at #10, an impressive starting point. It looks [...]

  6. Aleesya says:

    how do i get cheats? im begging to knw how!!!

  7. DORIS GIBSON says:

    The game was going very well untl I reached platinum level, there is some kind of glitch in the program. At first it disabled my antivirus software and then disconnected the Windows server Now when it loads, it loads very slowly and kicks me off the system every 5 minutes as if there is some kind of Sasser worm in the system. When I visit a friend, when you click the check to leave,the transition becomes distorted and then it kicks me off. PLEASE TRY AND FIX THESE PROBLEMS BECAUSE I LIKE THE GAME VERY MUCH.

  8. nashwa says:

    please i dont wont play pet society on facebook

  9. meera says:

    hey plz any body tell me how to play but not on facebook

  10. Ministry Of Game says:

    For those who are interested in the game and are looking for tips and tricks to get the much needed coins and paw points…. This is the post for you…http://ministryofgame.blogspot.com/2008/10/playfish-pet-society-ways-to-get-coins.html

  11. esra2 says:

    it is sooooooooooooooooooooooo nice game

  12. kelvin says:

    Any cheats for pet society? How to get more coins and paw points quicker? thx….

  13. sarah says:

    Want to play pet society?Just go at the Facebook.You must sign up facebook.Who sign up you type Pet society at the search at click at the pet society picture and Click application,and just wait the loading.

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  15. sara khafagi says:

    how to cheat in doubling the things

  16. cecelia says:

    i donno anything about pet society

  17. Lina says:

    i think et society is fun because i saw my sister play it:)

  18. Nour says:

    if you want to cheat in pet society,,,,,go to youtube.com and search for money hack for pet society,, and you will find some videos,, these are showing how to get more money in petsociety,,, (you will have to download cheat engine from the internet to have more money) the videos are showing how to work with cheat engine. i tried it and it worked!!

  19. Ortiz says:

    to gain more coin in pet society…

    visit and read the instruction i posted in my blog.

    http://ortiz27.multiply.com/journal/item/1/Earning_Coins_in_Pet_Society

  20. samia says:

    ich bin sauer es funktioniert im moment nicht und ich kann nicht weiter, es macht so ein Spaß das Spiel zu spielen, richtig Erholung nach der Arbeit. ich hoffe es dauert nicht so lange bis ich weiter spielen kann. und bei anderen gehts,ich weiß nicht woran das liegt,es müßte besser erklärt werden, ob die arbeiten da dran oder was?

  21. zorana says:

    fak game pet society

  22. A PERSON says:

    If you dont want to play pet society on facebook you can also play on MySapce…i prefer facebook though…if anyone knows any cheats please tell me….plzplzplz

  23. Are Chinese Game Developers Starting to Invest More in the Facebook Platform? says:

    [...] see a lot of great games coming out of China. For example, I think Playfish’s Restaurant City and Pet Society came out of their Chinese studio. CMUNE (developers of Paradise Paintball) are based in China as [...]

  24. lorraine&martin says:

    hi im lorraine and i really wanned to join pet society pls tell us how and more power to you pls READ this comment im begging

  25. MA. ELENA OCHOA says:

    quisiera poder jugar el pet society y no se como , quien me pudiera incluir.
    hola
    ma.elena

  26. mariane says:

    gus to coung makuha une chest sa pet dociety cet aah !

  27. emjo says:

    try myspace.com

  28. Playfish Company says:

    do u guys know cheat engine?? u can tell me to have ur pet society cheat engine!! i can do it ryt away! just email me now at
    vrindapupsytammy@yahoo.com
    hurry up!! dnt worry this is not a hacker.. this is officially from playfish company!
    my cousin is the manager there.. oh before i forget for those who will email me first will have free playfish coins! hurry up!
    (this is an official of playfish company)
    email me ur email and password in vrindapupsytammy@yahoo.com

  29. Top 25 Facebook Games for December 1, 2009 says:

    [...] of Zynga titles around it. The virtual aquarium game is followed on the list by Playfish’s Pet Society at [...]

  30. The Top 25 Facebook Games for December 2009 says:

    [...] number of Zynga titles around it. The virtual aquarium game is followed on the list by Playfish’s Pet Society at #5. CrowdStar’s second title on the list, Happy Pets, came in at #22 with almost 5.5 million [...]

  31. Holiday-Themed Virtual Goods Expand Social Gaming Revenues says:

    [...] of the companies doing it best is Playfish. Two of its largest games, Pet Society and Restaurant City, are using the more classic sales technique of limited time offers. Pet [...]

  32. lisa simpson says:

    where can I play not on facebook???tell me NOW

  33. danny says:

    i like pet society

  34. farmville cheat says:

    thank… its work,

  35. Donna says:

    My son likes it and we have never had any problems so as you see it is fun for kids and playfish i here about alot…

  36. Donna says:

    of the companies doing it best is Playfish. Two of its largest games, Pet Society and Restaurant City, are using the more classic sales in the game and they are getting more moneyand that is how i say…..

  37. Hedinshtien says:

    Donna do you se this oprochunity to E-mail them

  38. Clones, Schmones: Buffalo Studios, Nimblebit’s jabs at Zynga garner publicity and not much more says:

    [...] existed long before the Facebook platform even launched. It followed Playfish’s Pet Society, which came out more than a year before in the fall of 2008, and Crowdstar’s Happy Pets, which launched the previous month. Both PetVille and Happy Pets [...]

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