"Neopets" and "Webkinz" are some fun pet games for kids. "Neopets" is a game in which children create virtual pets of a fictional species and earn NeoPoints to buy items for their pets. "Webkinz" is a game in which children register real-life toys, making them online pets.
"Neopets" is free to play, and the majority of the website accessible at no cost, while "Webkinz" is technically free to play, but the majority of the website is restricted for users who do not pay. Both games have similar gameplay mechanics, including collectible items that are displayed in galleries or used on pets, Flash games to earn in-game currency, and an in-game economy that allows players to shop and sell items.
The entirety of the "Webkinz" game becomes available upon registering a real-world toy, often a stuffed animal that comes with a product key. Webkinz also produces real-world items such as lip balms and hair scrunchies, which users can register online to receive special salon-themed items in-game. Neopets users can pay real-world money to purchase NeoCash, a specialized currency that users spend on wearable clothing and accessory items for their pets. NeoCash is also redeemable for special seasonal items that change monthly, such as summer furniture items for NeoHomes. Additionally, Neopets users can buy premium memberships with real-world money. Premium memberships include benefits such as an extra pet ownership slot, free Space Faerie quests every month, and free Space Faerie scratchcards every month.