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Now, using the Ruffle emulator, all your favorites — Meepit Juice Break, Hasee Bounce, Meerka Chase II, Faerie Caves II, Faerie Bubbles — are back, and by extension, we, too, are so back. (FYI: You will need an account to play the classic games.)
Neopets games were my jams. I spent so much time before, during, and after school playing games like Meerca Chase II and Hasee Bounce. I distinctly remember playing Hasee Bounce with tears streaming down my face because the little hasee creatures were so stinkin’ cute.
Just today, when I heard the news, I immediately booted up Faerie Caves II and was transported back in time to my school’s computer lab filled with those technicolor iMacs. Back then, Faerie Caves’ level design confounded 13-year-old me, but now, with my adult experiences and sensibilities, I was able to breeze through the first two levels with no problem.
The restoration of this treasure trove of seriously fun games is only one small part of The Neopets Team’s new strategy to reinvigorate the brand and win back fans. But even if they do nothing else, they’ve already won me back.