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Pet Society was an online game created by the developers of Playfish and available for free through Facebook, Bebo and MySpace. In this game, you cared for an adorable animal that you made while trying to raise "Paw Points" to level up in the game. You also raised "Coins" to buy furniture, clothing, food and other various items for your pet. The object of the game was to be the highest ranking out of your friends playing it. It was also a competition for people in this game to make their pet get a better house than the rest of your friends. Though it was a game to play for free, you needed Playfish cash to buy exclusive cash items and access certain areas.

Many friends were often needed to play this game, especially when it came to earn money. This is why: everyday, each friend you visited gave you fifty coins. If the person happened not to wash their pet and/or not playing, they may be covered in flies. Washing these fly covered pets gave you from twenty to eighty coins (twenty coins per fly circling them). Friends were also needed to get the free gifts and to build certain items (unless you use Playfish cash to make them.) Hardcore players and veterans tended to have a hundred friends and over.

Playfish retired the game on June 14th, 2013 when many fans and players still wanted to play, having grown attached to their virtual pets.

This game provided examples of:

  • Alice Allusion:
    • They had Alice in Wonderland week with many items from the books with card motifs, tea party stuff, Chesire cat decor etc.
    • One Halloween costume is based on Alice's blue Iconic Outfit. Only it was splashed with blood and titled Insane Alice.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The pets could have any color of fur they wish to have.
  • Animesque: Believe it or not. Considering that Japanese-themed items come out, and some of the facial features you can give your pet could belong to an anime character.
  • Art Evolution: The items in Pet Society undergo this, a noticeable yet not overly one. Items from previous years were simpler with less detailed shading, as usual furniture-type items, but as the years progress, the items have much more complicated shapes with elaborate detail and shading. Even the interface of Pet Society has improved. It went from a simple white-and-brown symbols to represent things to the multicoloured ones they are today.
  • Avoid the Dreaded G Rating: Subverted. At first many people didn't want to play this game since it looked "too childish". One good look at the cafe though, shows that even grown adults play this game. In fact, there are probably more adults playing this game than teenagers and kids!
  • Banana Peel: In the stadium races. They were meant for you to trip, but you could always jump over them or click them to make them disappear.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Averted. The bear NPCs are very nice store clerks, and the sleeping bear in the Forest digging area doesn't do anything but sleep.
  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: Many things exhibit light. The Glow-in-the-dark objects count too, when lights have been switched off.
  • Cool Car: Many of the cars that are made for this game.
  • Cool House: With the right materials to put in your pet's house and maybe if you have some of the special extra rooms, your house can turn out like this. From the outside, it looks completely normal.
  • Cool Shades: Many of those that pets can wear.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Most of weeks offered featured outfit for boy pets and girl pets. Many players had their pet dating another player's pet and thus they could play Sickening Sweethearts in matching clothes easily.
  • Experience Points: "Paw Points", needed to level up to gain new items, privileges and rooms for your house.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Items that look like liquor are often called grape juice or the like. Justified, seeing that this game is meant for all ages.
  • Furry Confusion: Some of the petlings are the same species as some of the pets could be.
  • Gelatinous Trampoline: There were several of those that the pet could jump on.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: For Mystery Boxes and Capsules, there is a list which tracks your progress, listing down all the items you've found. There is even a Completion reward for finding all the items for a particular box. This is regular result of Hideeni's gifts, either you're trying to find all his gifts, one per visit, or you have to find him several times before you can collect your reward.
  • Holiday Mode: You can get limited edition items during holidays such as Christmas, Halloween and Valentine's Day. Even Japanese and Chinese festivals!
  • An Interior Designer Is You: With the amount of furniture, fish, petlings, and plants you can decorate your home with, there are endless possibilities to decorate your home with.
  • Invisible Streaker: The Invisibility Ring makes your pet invisible, but not their clothes or the ring itself.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Hideeni, who can be found randomly around town for a prize, is named after Harry Houdini.
  • Oblivious to Love: The clothing NPC Lilly is oblivious that Perry the cafe owner likes her, despite him often inviting her for coffee for free.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Around Halloween in 2012, the music background was changed to similarly sounding tune, though much creepier.
  • Pie in the Face: The game had a mystery box that could either give your virtual pet some random cool item or an apple cake to eat. The cake coul end up in the pet's face. The pet would laugh at the incident.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The pets and their petlings.
  • Shout-Out: There is at least one shoutout essentially to each theme. Some themes are a whole shout out in general.
  • Steampunk: Once had a steam punk theme.
  • Temporary Online Content: Everything. The game closed down in June 2013. And people were able to spend real world money on it.
  • Themed Party: Certain weekly events were themed parties, often retro, glamorous or based in current sporting events, fiction and myths. They had a Hollywood Glamour style party, a fairy-themed party for Midsummer, an Alice in Wonderland week, witch-themed or ghost-themed Halloween parties, science or space themed parties, a beach party, sport-themed Olympics or Wimbledon parties, or an Ancient Egypt party or an adventure archeology party in the style of Indiana Jones and many others. Some creative players could make their own theme party with various 'normal' stuff to buy, like flower-themed party or a strawberry party. The pets could decorate their rooms and gardens with specific themed items, they could dress in various theme costumes and buy event-specific food. One of the ways to play and gain points was to invite friends' pets: they would come to one room and party together.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The main gameplay element of Pet Society is a social and customization game, visiting other friends' pets to perform social actions (like hugging/dancing/etc.) to get money, sending gifts and messages, then buying clothes and furniture to clothes your pet and decorate your house. Once you step out of your house, there's racing in the stadium, which is a race where you keep your pet running by clicking at the right time to avoid obstacles and get powerups, then there's fishing, which is a timing-based game, treasure-hunting, a mix between luck-and-chance and point-and-click. There's also hunting for animals and looking for Hideeni, which is purely collecting and luck-based.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: You can spoil your pet with food, give it the best clothing and house, constantly wash it and play with it... ...or you could make your pet as if it were poor, starving and covered in flies.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: The pets, of course. You drag on the clothing onto your pet, putting whatever it's wearing back into your clothes inventory. There are also some stuffed animal mystery eggs that can be dressed up by clothing found in some of them.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: You can put a male pet in girl's clothing, and it doesn't complain about it.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Rewards for treasure hunting, Mystery Boxes/Capsules have this, apart from the other furniture ones. Applies to some of Hideeni's gifts.