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Neopets: Island Builders Open Beta Update
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on July 3, 2020, 10:31 am NST

As we reported earlier this week, the open beta on Android devices for Neopets: Island Builders has been gradually rolling out around the world. Today, it has opened in the USA. This is typically one of if not the final location to be enabled, it it is likely this means it is now available in all countries it will be released in.

(If you were already in the closed beta, you'll have to uninstall and then reinstall the new version. This will wipe your beta progress so far.)

As a reminder, this is for Android only. iOS users remain in closed beta and will do until the game officially launches.

Update: The app is now properly released!
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There are 16 comments below. Add yours!

swordsforlegs, July 3, 2020 3:04 PM NST
The app is just out now? I'm on android and can't find it anywhere
faerie_tara, July 3, 2020 3:50 PM NST
I cant find it either, im IOS in the UK.
premium17, July 3, 2020 6:49 PM NST
Can we win items or neopoints playing this game ?
swordsforlegs, July 3, 2020 8:15 PM NST
@premium17 There's one item you can get (Lania Plushie) so far but it's a no-trade item which leads us to believe everything else will be no-trade as well
zeelink, July 3, 2020 11:57 PM NST
So...this is another game with lootboxes? Because I can't find it in my country, and Legends and Letters was banned for that reason. :/
premium17, July 4, 2020 10:15 AM NST
Thanks for the reply. If I cant get items or neopoints not going to waste my time playing any of these games. Why not build a game like habitarium, people loved that game
swordsforlegs, July 5, 2020 4:56 AM NST
@zeelink What do you mean? L&L doesn't have loot boxes at all
swordsforlegs, July 5, 2020 4:57 AM NST
^ Oh unless you're referring to the chests? But they don't cost real money and therefore don't fall and under any laws
unchancy, July 6, 2020 1:55 AM NST
@swordsforlegs: L&L isn't available in some countries (I believe Netherlands and Belgium only?) because it contains aspects that are lootboxes according to laws here. So there should be something in there which contains buying something and not knowing what you're getting.
1jediboy, July 6, 2020 2:34 PM NST
@unchancy - Why do lootboxes even exist? That's gambling! Every form of gambling should be phased out! If one could just watch a constant stream of ads for their prizes as rewards then they wouldn't NEED a gambling aspect! This fosters something in the world that we don't need anyway: Gambling Addiction. Some countries make sure that that doesn't get through, but instead of making a version of the game that doesn't have lootboxes, it just blocks the game in it's entirety! That's not fair either! All in-app purchases and DLC should have some sort of element that allows people to easily access it without utilizing luck or real money for the safety of it's players!
escrainus, July 6, 2020 6:43 PM NST
@jediboy then mystery capsules and most NC events would then be banned as well on the site, right?
lucy_haha, July 6, 2020 7:02 PM NST
Is there any guide of this game from JN? Will there be one soon? Cause I can't seem to figure out what's wrong with the happiness level of mine. And that power plant doesn't want to give me power neggs it seems.
1jediboy, July 6, 2020 10:10 PM NST
@escrainus - No. They would stay up as long as a FREE option for receiving Neocash is in place! One that benefits BOTH TNT and neopian alike! Preferably an ads-for-NC system! Something tedious like... 5-to-10NC for every 30 second ad. That way purchasing NC is given a more "convenient" reason!

I'm not saying that no luck and chance aspects should EVER exist, just that there should always be a free, yet possibly less convenient, option as to make sure that there would still be a payoff! If you're physically purchasing a capsule with money that you spent and don't intend on trading the item you get that might not be what you wanted, if you don't use that item in anything, you wasted your money! If you got it with neocash that you received for free then it wasn't that much of a loss. Even if you're spending time watching ads you could idle yourself by writing or drawing while the ad plays.

If anything, the NC events could introduce said free options!
lucy_haha, July 7, 2020 7:50 AM NST
^ Actually, you can get very few NC things you want with Neo's rate of handing out NC. But in L&L they give free gems from time to time. All you need is to repeat trying for them and time. Gems are real life currency buyable in game currency. And you don't need to spend a penny to finish the whole story line and beat the highest tier of monster battle. That's a lot better than NC in Neopets.
1jediboy, July 7, 2020 6:21 PM NST
^ The key words I noticed in that phrase are “time to time.” Just to make sure that there isn’t a chance that you just spent money on gems for this lootbox aspect, there should be a special type of gem that you can only get from watching ads but you can only spend on said luck and chance based tokens.

You may not need to spend a penny to complete L&L, but anyone with a desire to collect all of the characters, like me, would constantly have to save up gems to purchase a token like that, only to have a percentage of getting the characters that you need instead of a guarantee. If there is no cushion of support then that is a gamble that might not pay off. There are also other things that the gems in that game can purchase that are more essential anyway.
lucy_haha, July 7, 2020 7:22 PM NST
Why does it has to be ads? Cause you want to make sure there WILL be gems? If the rate is more horrible than trying from story levels I'd definately call it bad design. I'm not there to give my privacy for gems. If I want free gems and the rate is ok from farming, good. And free gems from whatever way still means I get to lucky draw for characters.

L&L is not as bad as the popular cards collecting games out there. You can never catch up with others in team strength without purchasing for very bad rate of lucky draw. And NO, ads is not a better choice than farming in game especially with the suggested rate you suggested.

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