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    Jun 27, 2020

    I Played Webkinz For The First Time In 10 Years And I Have Some Thoughts

    What happened to Dr. Quack??

    Hello former Webkinz owners! My name is Abby, and I have to admit I spent most of my elementary school evenings collecting pets and playing games on Webkinz.

    A monkey, panda, poodle, frog, lion, cat, hippo, and dog Webkinz stand outside in a field smiling at the camera
    Webkinz

    Gotta earn that KinzCash.

    So, after ten years, I decided to revisit my pets, and boy, do I have some thoughts. Without further ado, here we go!

    Illumination Entertainment

    Get ready for some intense nostalgia.

    1. The first thing I noticed was that my pets are STILL alive and well. How is this possible? They've been sleeping for several years without my care.

    A Webkinz pet named Daisy, who is a pink, floral pig
    Webkinz

    And I know it's just a game, but I can't help but wonder how they've survived.

    2. My house is SO big. I remember it being my prized possession, and I now understand why.

    A layout of a Webkinz house, including games room, a closet, a haunted hotel room, and a garden
    Webkinz

    Look at that mansion.

    3. Eight-year-old me should be a home designer. Seriously, check out these rooms. A Halloween backyard? A Christmas room? YES.

    Webkinz

    I'm Jewish, but still.

    4. I don’t remember my pets being this needy. The game gives you two minutes to fulfill your pets’ wishes and then they get all sad.

    Daisy, the floral pinj big has a thought bubble over their head that says, "Let's make some wishes at Wishing Well 2!"
    Webkinz

    Talk about annoying.

    5. THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES TO GO. It’s no wonder I spent hours on here.

    An above shot of Webkinz World, with various buildings
    Webkinz

    That's one full map.

    6. The arcade is full of so many iconic games. I’m still a boss at Cash Cow, and don’t you dare challenge me to a game of Candy Bash.

    A screenshot of the Webkinz Arcade, including rh games Bananza, Booger Gets an A, and Candy Bash
    Webkinz

    I forgot how fun all these games were.

    7. Who else went on Webkinz EVERY DAY to ensure your best chance at killing it at the Wheel of Wow and Wishing Well 2?

    A screenshot of the Wheel of Wow, which has panded on "20 KinzCash"
    Webkinz

    Important question: Was there ever a Wishing Well 1? SOMEONE LMK.

    8. Spree! was great, but did anyone ever actually make it to the mall? Why did it take SO long?

    A screenshot of the game Spree! where the player moves around in a car on a game board
    Webkinz

    Let's be real: Is any mall really worth driving THAT far for?

    9. And did anyone really fill their jars in Jumbleberry Fields? I feel like it’s a bit of a scam.

    A screenshot of Jumbleberry Fields preserves, which shows the player has 52/100 Jumbleberries, 58/100 Sugarberries, 68/100 Pickleberries, and 20/100 Moonberries
    Webkinz

    You need 400 berries to fill all of the jars, and you receive 1-3 berries each time after each play. You do the math.

    10. The most underrated games are Zacky’s Quest and Home Before Dark. I seriously recommend logging back on just to play them.

    Webkinz

    11. Since when is there a clothing store for your pets? Did I miss out on this when I used to play it?

    A dog character sells clothing and accessories at the KinzStyle Outlet
    Webkinz

    And what the hell is the clothing machine?

    12. Real talk: Arte from the Curio Shop is a bit creepy. Nevertheless, the Curio Shop was my favorite place to go.

    Arte, the old dog from the Curio Shop, has a speech bubble above his head that says, "Hope you find what you're looking for."
    Webkinz

    13. Damn, I was so close to getting the Crown of Wonder! Too bad I stopped playing before I could actually find out what exactly it is.

    A scrreenshot of the Webkinz Crown of Wonder, which shows the player has 1 Unicorn Horn, 1 Yum Zum Sparkle, 2 Zingoz Zincoz, 1 Booger Nugget, and 2 Goober Glitters, but is missing the Webkinz Diamond
    Webkinz

    Only two more gems to go! Eight-year-old Abby should have hung on a little longer.

    14. I should really put working for the Employment Office on my resume, because that shit was hard work. And T. Von Meow low key has style — just look at that neckerchief.

    An orange cat named T. Von Meow sits in front of a laptop at her desk wearing a headpiece next to a job board
    Webkinz

    We got our own Webkinz resume and everything.

    15. TBH, even though Ms. Cowoline was super intimidating, the Kinzville Academy was a blast. If only real school was that fun.

    Ms. Cowaline sits at her desk while Daisy, the pink floral pig Webkinz, signs up for art class
    Webkinz

    My pets are geniuses, to say the least.

    16. During my visit, I played this game where you had to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar, and it was nearly impossible. Not to mention, Webkinz was sassy to me. How do little kids guess this correctly?

    A screenshot of a jellybean guessing game with a pop up that says, "Wow. That was way off. You have 1 more guess. Try again!"
    Webkinz

    I'M TRYING, OK?

    17. Next, I watched some of the old movies I made with the Webkinz Studio, and boy, did that bring back some memories.

    A pony with a beret looks at the camera and has a speech bubble that says, "Wow, it's nice outside today here in Kinzville. Don't you think?"
    Webkinz

    I was a master filmmaker.

    18. Okay, listen up, because this is important: WHAT HAPPENED TO DR. QUACK? When I tried clicking on his clinic, it said he “retired." What does that even mean in the context of a computer game?!

    A screenshot of a cartoon duck wearing glasses and a stethoscope that says, "March 25, 2015 Dr. Quack is closing the clinic! Visit the Map of Kinzville from March 25 to April 14th to get goodbye gifts from Dr. Quack!"
    Webkinz

    *wipes away tears*

    19. I didn't spend lots of time at Quizzy’s Corner as a kid —probably because I didn’t want to do anything educational — but I tried it today and, I gotta be honest, some of the questions weren’t easy.

    A screenshot of Quizzy's Corner which asks the question: "Which movie manages to make over 600 million dollars in box office profits?" It identifies the answer as Titanic
    Webkinz

    I'm sorry, but how is a child supposed to know this?

    20. So many features were unavailable because I haven’t adopted a pet in over a year. Now I know why I was so obsessed with adopting Webkinz pets when I was younger.

    A screenshot of the Webkinz website that says, "This feature is locked for free players. To unlock this feature you need to: adopt a pet or go deluxe"
    Webkinz

    And, unfortunately, I never got to go Deluxe.

    21. Side note: does anyone remember this BOP?

    View this video on YouTube

    Webkinz

    So iconic.

    22. And finally, I have to let you all in on a secret: I planned to go on Webkinz for only a few minutes, but I actually played for at least a half hour. I swear, it’s still fun, even as an adult.

    A bunch of Webkinz gather around a bright Webkinz car and jump up and down and celebrate
    Webkinz

    Don't believe me? Try it out yourself!

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