Yesterday when I logged into Pet Society, I received the following note from the Mayor along with 3,000 coins. I was hoping Pet Society would finally be out of “beta,” but the “Pet Society Beta” title is still on the game. I wonder if it will ever be out of beta.
The redesign includes many alterations. As you can see in the screencap below, the playing screen is substantially larger, since the ads for other playfish games are now placed above the game screen rather than on the left side of the screen.
There are far less icons on the playing screen. All of the blue “settings” icons on the right side can be minimized or expanded. The icons are more colorful and glossy than the old ones. The Paw Point display has been changed. At each level, the number of paw points returns to zero, and the total displayed is only the number of points you’ve earned in your current level. The health bar is located on the top of the screen rather than on the side. The house room navigation is located on the bottom right corner rather than the top right corner.
If you click the door icon in your house, then you’ll see the shops in town. The shops have new looks too, which remind me of the board game Candyland. If you click on “Friend Street,” then you can view the old neighborhood with trees to bump into for coins (but minus the shops).
When your pet visits its friends, the action icons also have a new look. It no longer matters if your friends are actively playing Pet Society or not. Each visit will earn your pet 35 coins for your first 50 visits each day, 20 coins for the next 25 visits, and 15 coins for each visit thereafter.
Our pets no longer have happiness or hygiene bars. Happiness is no longer a factor in the game, so we can not earn coins and paw points for caring for pets anymore. Although the hygiene bar is gone, flies serve as a measurement of how dirty a pet is. Really filthy pets will have a five flies buzzing around them instead of the old maximum of two flies (see below). You can still earn coins for cleaning pets. For each fly you wash away, you will earn 20 coins. You can earn a maximum of 80 coins and 4 paw points per pet. When the pet is fully clean, you’ll see a message that says “All Clean!”
The inventory and wardrobe chest now have the option to view all items or view items by categories.
The book icon expands to reveal the tutorial book, cookbook and sticker book.
When you receive gifts and messages, they will appear on a notice board, which allows you to open and read them very quickly. You can also open them the old way with your pet.
I really like the larger playing view and the fact that the icons are mainly off the screen. I’m not used to the glossy new icons and the new shop buildings yet, but they are pretty cute. I like that there are less confirmation screens, and if you click the home icon, you actually go straight home. That will save some time. I’ll miss brushing pets for coins..I guess the brush is pointless now.
Things look ok for me, but my husband plays on a Mac, and his Pet Society screen is a disaster. He can’t even see the right side of the playing screen:
What do you think of the new changes?