It's an activity celebrated every August 15th, and may last for a week or more! Marapets it's currently on their 13th birthday, and will be entering their 14th year from this point on! Everyone including Ian will tell you, that they never expected Marapets to go this far.
When did it all start?
On August 15th 2004 the site opened for this first time, many people visited from Maraqua and created accounts. Not many of those stayed, and went back to Neopets, but those who stayed were in for a big surprise. The site was always growing as furious speeds. From curious occasional users who came to look, to users who had decided to make Marapets their home; everyone was talking about Marapets! The site reached 300 million hits by the 17th of December 2005 which was quite an accomplishment, only 17 months after it's official opening.
"Marapets is two years old today! We have achieved so much in the past two years and we would like to thank you all for playing and helping us to grow. We will not be celebrating our birthday, but as promised we will soon be having a huge party for reaching 1 million players.NEW FRONTPAGE
You have probably already noticed it, but we have changed the frontpage of the site. Its not entirely finished yet, as we will be adding more to it soon. As you already know, this month is dedicated to improving the whole of the site. Therefore there may be a few errors and glitches. Although the maintenance to pets, items, homes, quests, shops, galleries and missions finished last week, we are still working on the smaller sections of the site. Please let us know of any errors on the site using the Help Forum so that I have a list of things to fix while I work offline.
Sorry for the problems there has been with Images not loading. There was a problem with the log files reaching their limit and not overwriting themselves. This has been fixed now but we also had problems with some of our database servers last night, which caused the Battle & Restocks servers to crash. They're being fixed now and should come online again soon."
2007"Marapets is 3 Years Old today! Since we turned 2 years old, exactly a year ago today, we have had 18,438,866 unique visits by 5,423,960 unique people from 219 different countries and 13,607 different cities from EVERY continent in the world... and altogether we did 1,005,153,687 page views!! All of the staff at Marapets would like to say a huge thank you to every one of our players for making this possible - over 1 billion page views in a year!! Stay tuned for birthday celebrations later today...
To celebrate 3 Years of Marapets, we have just hidden 5 different items around the site that will retire this time next week. You will have all week to find them and get as many of them as you can until then! You'll get one playing games, one random from questing, one from random events, one from the pot of gold and one restocks!"
"Marapets is 4 Years Old!! Ok, so we are a few days late for our birthday but there was so much more interesting news to release instead, and we were waiting for confirmation before giving you this awesome news! You all probably know that the sites had a massive hardware problem causing us to crash everyday. We could of paid to replace the broken parts of the server, but that would of required us to close the site, backup everything, fix the server, reinstall and configure everything and move the site back to the fixed server. But we decided not to do that, because even if everything went well, we'd have a minimum of 7 days downtime and thats way too long - especially when we don't know for sure if that would fix the server, there could be more broken on it. So instead, we decided to deal with these annoying errors and downtime for a couple of months to save up for a bigger and better new server and system for the site, which we need for the future growth of the site anyway. This was finally bought and is shipping in 5 to 10 working days!! This means that by the end of next week or at the start of the week after that, we will have approx 3 hours downtime while we move to our new system. This will give us a stable site that will be much faster, can hold more players on and we won't crash all the time with stupid server errors!! It also means that all of the broken & disabled features around the site can start return and with less errors and problems for us, the more time we can spend improving the site!
We aim to be running on our new system and have nearly every glitch on the site fixed within the next 2-3 weeks. You are probably thinking you have heard this so many times before, but this time we have a invested so much more time, money and have learnt so much from past mistakes on growing the site's servers. In the past we were growing too fast and couldn't financially afford to keep up with the growth. This time we waited 8 months to pay for exactly what we needed instead of buying cheaper alternatives that only fix the problem for the short term!
In the meantime, you can get a 4 Years Balloon from completing school, university, gym and elite gym courses. You can get a 4 Years Stamp randomly at the Pot of Gold and the 4 Years Cake from completing quests! All of these items will retire when we move to our new servers in approx 5-10 working days!!
Marapets reached 5 Years Old on August 15, 2009. Happy (belated) Birthday Marapets! From now until the 20 December 2009, Birthday Cakes will randomly show up anywhere on the page - simply click them to win a prize!
The 50 different players who find and click the most birthday cakes in a box will receive 10,000,000MP and a limited edition Cake Trading Card and the next 250 will get a limited edition Cake Trading Card!
"Marapets reached 6 Years Old on August 15, 2010. Happy (belated) Birthday Marapets! We are now into our 7th year and want to make this year our best ever! We started by bringing back the Site Layout changing every hour so that you now know when it is night and day in Marada. We have also brought back Secret Blogs and the Monthly Checklist and will be fixing everything that needs fixing and bringing back features that are either not working or never finished. For example, we should soon have Gardens, more celebrity dress up games, trophies and Promote Marapets coming back. We also have huge aims for this year to further develop all of the world maps we already have, especially Lowlyhood and Kamilah Desert, and also release another 2 worlds! Marapets will also be going international with the more languages! There is so much planned for this year, so stick around, you won't be disappointed!"
To celebrate our 6th Birthday, there are new items being added around the site as prizes. These will all retire on September 1st. Good luck collecting them!
"Marapets first opened 8 Years ago today! We would like to thank you all for playing, especially those who have stuck with us from the the early years! A MASSIVE thank you for the staff of Marapets, past and present, for all the hard work and support too - without them we would have no Marapets! To celebrate, a week long BIRTHDAY EVENT will start tomorrow! It will be FREE to enter and anyone can take part.
We have just started our 8th Birthday Party celebrations event. Its FREE for anyone to take part and win some free MP and prizes! Your job is to invite as many players currently online to our party. We won't be going to the party, but our characters will be!
Visit a user's profile and hit the 'Happy Birthday' button and they will be invited to the party. Each player is different - some won't party, some will and others will have the best time ever! The response of the character will depend on what prize you receive. You can only invite a player who is currently online and each character can only party once every 2 minutes.
Your goal is to get as many players to the party as possible before the event ends on 26th August. If you invite a player and they have a great time, they will also receive 1,000MP. At the end of the event, the top 200 players who can get the most players to go to the party will also receive a Party Costume and 1,000,000MP!"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARAPETS!!!
Marapets first opened 9 Years ago today!!! A huge thank you to all the Marapets staff, past and present, for all their hard work. And of course, thanks to all players and supporters. Here's to many, many more years! We hope you enjoy our Birthday Events. Remember that the limited edition Birthday Account Upgrades and Birthday event items will all RETIRE August 27th.
"The Marapets 10th Birthday celebration has begun! Look forward to a whole month of special events, surprises and prizes to celebrate us being around for a DECADE - starting with a brand new site layout!!
Please be patient with us over the next couple of days while will adjust and tweak it to perfection."
16th July"Here is a preview of our 72nd species of Marapet.. the Decadal!! The Decadal is a Restricted Pet and will be part of our special 10th Birthday Account Upgrades set. As the name suggests, the Decadal is only released every decade..." "The Marapets home page has been updated. The previous home page was released in 2007 - it was SEVEN YEARS OLD!!! We hope you like the much needed changes!"
17th July"Marapets is now officially on Twitter. Follow @MarapetsTeam for the latest news, gossip, sneak previews and FREE items. We have started off with a brand new Vault Code. Follow Tweetly, our social media Osafo who will keep you connected with us!
Thank you for your patience today as we performed a massive Server Upgrade. You should notice us loading much, much faster now! If you notice any errors, bugs or mistakes around the site, please post them on the Errors & Bugs Forum."
19th July"Hi guys! Trojan again... you might have seen me before. I just heard that Marapets is turning 10 soon! Kewl!!! I turned 6 on my last birthday. Mum said I was big and strong and people have to watch out! Then I had this idea. If I'm 6, and all my friends are bigger than me... if all of my Alien friends join me, we can take over Marada! Let's keep this secret for now and we can all train and get ready... Fasoro, Gonk, Lati and Zoink can now wear the Alien Costume.
20th JulyThe Decadal can now wear the Emo, Ice Cream, Monster, Native, Chibi and Summer Costumes.
21st JulyThe Biala Mountain map has been revamped. We hope you like the changes! "Here is a preview of our very special Daylight and Moonlight pets. Released soon, they are a tribute to our brand new site layout... The Slater Park, Candyland and Ziranek world maps have been updated with our new Location Highlights when you hover over an area."
The problem with Shop Size has been fixed. When you search for an item on Shop Search or Price Checker, it will still show the cheapest items first, but when prices are the same, it will show the shop with the highest Shop Size first. Before it unreliably showed either the oldest players or the player who updated their price most recently. The same has been fixed for Gallery search, showing the people with the most of an item collected and highest shop size for those who have collected the same amounts.Trojan is now allowing all Monster costumed pets to join him on his invasion! Monster pets will now have their Gym and Elite Gym Free Training paid for by Trojan. Each and every Alien and Monster pet can now visit Trojan once every 2 hours for free supplies or stats. The more monster or alien pets that you have, the more you can collect! Visit Trojan in Enpiah and he will reward you with one of these new items or more free stats! All of these items will retire at the end of the Alien Invasion event.
Watch out for Trojan on the Explore forum this week, apparently he is turning random pets into monsters or aliens for free!
The chances of your pet turning into an Alien or Monster pet have been increased at the Operations Portal and Whirlpool for the remainder of the Alien Invasion event.This new Trojan Supporter Shirt has been added to Trojan's prize list.
25th JulyThe Feliz, Ike, Kronk and Zola can now wear the Monster Costume. Elger's Haunted House quests in Undying Woods have been updated.
New Photos have been released for all pets released before today's news.
"The Gigantic Paradise world map has been updated with our new Location Highlights when you hover over an area."
26th JulyThe Monster Account Upgrade will be automatically retiring tomorrow, July 27th. The Operations Portal in Enpiah has been updated.
Paper Hats from the Crackers you can win at the Biala Christmas Tree have been revamped and can now be added to your Wardrobe for your character to wear. The King Baspinar Paper Crown can also be added to your Wardrobe.
You can now wear Sunglasses properly on a character. They will show over your character's eyes now, instead of replacing the eyes. If they do not show up properly for you at first, you will need to clear your Browser's cached web content and the new site files will load for you :)
In other news...
While playing Marapets, you may randomly be attacked by a number of aliens. Defeat them in the Battle Arena to win BP and for a chance to win some of these fabulous prizes...The Fatty, Jinx, Bush and Billy are the first minipets to wear the new Ball of Alien Yarn.
"New Account Upgrades have just been released. To celebrate the release of our new site layout, there is a double themed set of both Moonlight and Daylight pets. They both have a 1 in 3 chance of receiving an Enchanted Decadal Plushie.
The Decadal is our newest pet and is restricted. As Marapets is almost a decade old, this pet will so rare that it is only released once a decade. These Account Upgrades will retire after our Birthday events and you will have to wait another 10 Years before they are released again! There will be a small number of different coloured Enchanted Decadal Plushies and Potions to be won during our Birthday events."The Decadal is now available as Minipet and Zombie.
28th JulyThe Stock Market in Puchalla Village has been updated. The stock market allows you to invest in any of the shops in Marada. They have both been integrated better, with the share price now showing on each shop and the sales/profit trends of each shop now changing the share price more. Invest your MP in a company and if the share price goes up you will make a profit! We have also removed the auto-sell of shares after 30 days and stopped the share price from going into negative. We have updated the High Scores Lists. All banned players are now automatically removed. We will do the same for Pet highscores shortly. Your Attic has also been updated. The Shop Search has also been updated to match its new home in Puchalla Village. There are also now quick links to Auction and Trade search or to create a Wanted Ad at the bottom of every Shop or Gallery search.
29th JulyThe Decadal can now wear the Sleepy, Pixie, Spring, Gothic, Toddler and Superhero Costumes.
In other news...
The Your Shop feature has been improved. The artwork, layout and descriptions have been updated and it is all now much more user friendly. Your Sales History will now show the images of the items you have sold and your Shop Till has the MP total inside the form ready for you to withdraw.
The Edit Shop is back and better than ever! You can now to have a different 'Experiences' background showing for the character in your Shop and once again customize the colour scheme of the layout. You can also now use BBCodes inside your shop's welcome greeting. The items on sale in your shop also have the same layout now as the main restock shops in Marada to make it more consistent. Your avatar, shop size and online status will also show in your shop and the pages for shops are at the top and bottom once again.Have you used the Shop Pricer Giftbox? The Auto Price function for shops is now smarter! You now have to option to change the auto price settings to 1MP cheaper or 1MP more expensive than the lowest price on the Shop Search. Finally, we have brought back and improved a very old feature. The Shops list will show you the 500 biggest shops on Marapets, in order of Shop Size, that actually have items in stock. It has also been added to the new Puchalla Village map.
30th JulyThe Gnome Costume has been revamped. We hope you like the changes! The Frozen Foods Shop in Biala Mountain has a new shopkeeper and is restocking 23 new items. The Price Changes feature in Dukka Caves has been updated. Randomly throughout the day, shop keepers of all Maradan shops will permanently increase or decrease the prices of certain items they have on sale. The feature has been integrated better with the new and improved Stock Market and also has an effect on the share prices. Galleries have been improved. The artwork, layout and descriptions have been updated and you once again edit your Gallery layout. You have have a different 'Experience' background showing for the character, BBCodes are allowed and you can change the colours of the layout. We have also added a new option to 'Centre Items'. With this option selected, the items in your Gallery will be aligned to the middle, especially noticeable when you divide your items. Finally, we have brought back the Galleries list, showing you the 500 biggest galleries on Marapets, in order of Gallery Size, that actually have items in. The Decadal can now wear the Island, Plushie, Rainbow and Injured Costumes.
1st AugustThe July 2014 Monthly Checklist winners have been announced and the prizes have been rewarded. Congratulations to all of those who have won. Don't forget, this is a monthly permanent feature that you can enter for FREE. If you haven't already, you should start entering the August event!
Some of the original coloured Male Shirts have been revamped. These were released years ago when the first characters were released. They not only did not fit the new character properly, there was no point having the same item added as different colours. 12 coloured shirts, polo shirts or sweaters have now changed to these new shirts.
"We have new and improved Icons on Profiles, Maramail and Forums."
Can you find these new Hidden Avatars?
2nd AugustThe Zola can now wear the Daylight, Ice Cream, Moonlight and Plushie Costumes. Do you have a Daylight Costume? The Knutt, Renat and Troit can now wear it!
3rd AugustThe Baby, Cupid, Earth Fairy, Injured, Mad Scientist, Pixie and Royal Renat have been updated.
The Jessup revamp has been completed.
NEW GAME"We have just released a new game, Duck or Dive in Slater Park. Heckles the Clown lives in Slater Park. He has 19 ducks in his duck pond, each with an MP amount written underneath them of between 1MP and 25,000MP. You can play Duck or Dive once per day for FREE. Heckles will randomly pick one of his ducks and shuffle his other 18. Every 5 picks you will be given an MP offer. You can then either keep picking ducks (Duck) or accept Heckles' offer (Dive). If you think Heckles' Duck has the highest MP you should 'Duck, Duck, Duck!'" The Duck or Dive game has been added to Slater Park and the 'Free Games' countdown page.
Stamps Albums in the Biala Mountain have been updated. If you have completed all 30 stamps on the 'Marapets' stamp album page, view this page and you will be rewarded with 25,000MP, 8 new items and a new medal for your profile.
There are 3 new Gourmet Microwave Foods. The Bacon Book is a gourmet food and a book. The Pear Ukulele is a gourmet food and a musical instrument. Can you find the recipes?
The Lottery in Biala Mountain has been updated. The artwork and layout has been improved. You can now buy a maximum of 125 lottery tickets per week, costing 100MP each. The weekly jackpot has been increased and there is a new 'Lucky Dip' feature, which will automatically select random lottery numbers for you. You could also randomly win a Snow Costume whenever you buy a ticket!
6th AugustThe Minipet Island Gym and Elite Gym have been updated. They both have brand new art and an improved layout. You should notice that it is now a lot quicker to enter, pay and complete gym sessions. The Diamonds have also been updated. Zetzilla is back! Ever since he destroyed the first City of Marada, Zetzilla has had a reputation as being evil and scary. When he first moved to Gigantic Paradise there was widespread panic but he has finally found a place where his size and strength is normal. He believes that being strong and powerful is a good thing and everyday he chooses a random colour and species of Marapets and pays for their Gym and Elite Gym training. Zetzilla has been added to the Gigantic Paradise map. Blogs have been updated. The layout and artwork has been improved. You can also click the text on any of your blog posts to edit the blog. You can now once again report blogs and blog comments to staff.
NEW QUESTIn the hot and dry heat of Kamilah Desert, these Hump pets have just finished a race. They are too thirsty to race again and need your help! Each Hump below wants you to bring them a different drink before they will race again. If you are the first to quench their thirst, they will race for you. Every Hump has different odds of winning the race. If your Hump wins the race, you will win MP. If a Hump wins at 30 to 1, you will win 15,000MP. If your Hump loses the race, you will win a consolation prize of 250MP and a Yuni Brows Coupon. Hump Racing has been added to the Kamilah Desert map and Quests page.
8th AugustDoyle, Kaala and Lati can now wear the Chibi Costume.
Lati: Ha ha, well, not really. (Just thought that Doyle bit would liven up this short news article... Moving on...)All non-restocking Shops in Marada have been re-coded. They have moved over to the new 'Shops' system recently released, allowing for better integration into the site. The main change is that you will now be awarded RP from purchases at all stores, excluding the RP shops and Dukka Coin Exchange. Another useful change is that using 'Price Checker' on any of the items in these shops will show you the price, stock level and a quick link to the shop. This means that if the Charity Shop has an item in stock, the price checker will link to this item at half price first! The Pirate Ship and Treasure Map shops have new shopkeepers too.
You can now add Lipsticks, Hair Dye, Eye and Face Makeup to your Wardrobes. They are no longer one use items, meaning that you can collect them all and change your style all the time for free. The new wardrobes make these items a lot better, as you can try on all of the different make up until you get the right look.
9th AugustThe Decadal can now wear the Baby, Nightmare and Party Costumes. The Dukka Coin Exchange and Rapunzel's Tower have been updated.
10th AuguatThe Vixen, Walee and Willa can now wear the Chibi Costume. These new items have been added to the Capsule Machine.
Show off how rich you are with the new Jumbo Diamond Ring now on sale at the Antiques Shop.
The Jewellery Shop is now restocking new items for your character to wear.
"With our 10th Birthday less than 4 days away, the King Baspinar Loyalty System now has new prizes for players who have been with us for 10 Years!"
We are in the process of editing all 27,426 items on Marapets so that the Price Checker and site search will give more useful information. Items that are not on sale in a shop will soon tell you where they come from, with a useful link to the feature.
12th AugustThe Quests and Missions pages have been updated. The Fishing in Jenoa has been updated. New prizes have been added and the MP pay outs have been increased. You may also pick up a new Dukka Treasure Chest that has a random Dukka Coin inside! As soon as Jenoa gets a revamp, this feature will be moving from Jenoa to Minipet Island. The Aquarium in Jenoa has been redrawn. All previous Fish Minipets have also been revamped.
13th AugustThe Collections section is now complete. All 18 different collections, including pet collections have been updated. The layout and artwork for them all has improved and they have all been re-coded to load faster. The pet collections have been added to this page, allowing you to view all of your pets at once. They all also have missing lists now. Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! The Gobble can now wear the Chibi Costume.
The Negative, Prison, Starry and Underwater Gobble have also been updated.
"We have just completed a major update to all Items on the site. Every single item on the site has been re-coded, fixing a lot of errors, spelling mistakes and adding useful links. When you use an item, it automatically returns you to your Inventory making everything faster and a lot easier."
"Exactly 10 Years Ago to this minute, we were rushing around, testing and finishing off the final designs for pets, items and our the first world maps. I was 16, had just came back from my summer holiday in Portugal - where the pet names Azul and Feliz came from - and had just a few hours before we were opening! Over 150 people per hour were refreshing, waiting for us to open and our basic hosting was struggling to keep up with the demand!"
HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY MARAPETS!!!!
"Our 10th Birthday Party celebrations have just started. There are many different events, giveaways and contests that will happen between now and September 15th.
King Baspinar has started his Masquerade Ball and he needs your help inviting as many online players to the fun! Visit a user's profile and hit the 'Happy Birthday' button and they will be invited to the party. Each player is different - some won't party, some will and others will have the best time ever! The response of the character will depend on what prize you receive. You can only invite a player who is currently online and can only invite the same player once every day. Each player can only be invited once every 2 minutes. If they RSVP instantly, you will win a Party Hat or Mask you need to join the party. If they do not RSVP, you will receive MP or one of 23 new Pinatas."
"The new Baspinar's Masquerade Forum has been added for the next month. This is where the party is at! You will receive 200MP per post or topic in this forum and we will be running lots of contests, giveaways, games and staff Q&As! We have hundreds of Account Upgrade Credit, millions of MP and lots of great new items to give away here! This forum has a strict dress code and your character must wear one of these to enter: Colourful Birthday Hat, Playful Birthday Hat, Striped Birthday Hat, Dotted Birthday Hat, Spotted Birthday Hat, Spotted Dots Birthday Hat, Lace Mask, Feather Mask, Checkered Dots Birthday Hat, Half Face Mask, Starry Birthday Hat, Classic Mask, Balloon Birthday Hat, Sun Mask, Long Nosed Mask, Swirly Birthday Hat, Butterfly Mask or Decade Hat"
Hit any of the new Pinatas and you will find one of these new prizes inside...
BP, RP, Dukka Coins and if you're lucky, Account Upgrades Credit! At the end of the event, the top 100 players who collect the most gifts will receive 2,500,000MP and a Party Pooper Trading Card! The next 300 players will win a Party Pooper Trading Card.
12 random players who find 100 or more Gifts will also randomly win a basic coloured Decadal Potion. There will only be 3 of each colour potion released!!Posting the 10th Birthday Cake image on profiles, siggies, etc is confusing to other players and, as usual, is not allowed. If you are asked to remove the image and do not do so, your account may be frozen until the end of the 10th Birthday celebrations. Marapets is a DECADE today. That's 8,487,946,097 Page Views by 43,642,758 unique people to date. 5,416,696 accounts and 7,271,905 pets have been created. A huge thank you to all the Marapets staff, past and present, for all their hard work. Much appreciated! And of course, we never would have lasted this long without the support of all players - the number of players collecting their Loyalty prizes shows how loyal our community is!! Time to start planning our 11th Birthday party...
We have reduced the time between Party Event invites from 2 minutes to 30 seconds.
As part of the 10th Birthday celebrations, all Party, Pinata, Daylight and Moonlight pets have free training at the Gym and Elite Gym until September 15th.
The Ercuw, Kaala, Knutt, Mordo, Sindi, Speiro, Xoi and Gobble can now wear the Party Costume.
These new limited edition Account Upgrades items have been added for our 10th Birthday. They will retire Sept 15th.
A new Party Treasure Chest has been added to the Account Upgrades Shop. You can open this item to receive 7 different, random new items, including new clothes, shoes, belt, tiara, hat, wig, gourmet food and plushie. You will not receive duplicate items. This item will automatically retire September 15th.
"We would like to apologize for the past 10-12 hours of Site Loading Issues. It was completely out of our control. Our DNS server was under attack from a spam bot and crashed. The server is really old and didn't want to boot up again. It has taken all this time to get a nice new replacement server! The attack has been blocked and we have scheduled an upgrade of our firewall and load balancer for next month to prevent it in the future."The Undying Woods map has been revamped. This world is almost 10 years old and has hardly changed since then! Here is the new world map, and how it looked when Marapets first opened on August 15th 2004...
Yuni Brows has just been released in Lowlyhood. Visit with a Yuni Brows Coupon and you can have your character's eyebrows shaped! You can win a Yuni Brows Coupon from the Hump Racing quest in Kamilah Desert.The Upstairs of Baspinar's Castle map is no more. We have removed this old, pointless map. The Barber and Salon have been combined into a new and improved Salon in Lowlyhood.
"We would like to apologize for Marapets yesterday. While we are celebrating the fact that Marapets hit a decade, yesterday was our servers reminding us of the fact that some of them are 7 or 8 years old! Our load balancer, which has been really good to us for the past 6 years and 8 months, crashed and yesterday was doing whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted.
Yesterday we just had to wait it out until the DNS records updated, which can take 24 hours or longer sometimes - anyone who cannot still load Marapets should restart their router, PC and flush their DNS. We've ordered a replacement that will be set up as soon as we get it. Anyway, here is the new Moonlight Troit!"These new prizes have been added to the Birthday Events. There are 2 new masks to be found inviting players and 5 new unisex shirts hidden inside pinatas.
"Marapets is now back to normal. A week ago our DNS crashed while under attack and because it was old, we upgraded it. While upgrading that, our load balancer - which was even older and has been running constantly without any downtime for 8 years and 7 months - crashed too. It took hours to get it back online and fix it but after a couple of hours it was clear that it was dying and needed replacement. For no reason at all, as you may have noticed the past few days, it would work as normal and then suddenly lag, hang or timeout. This has been happening for the past few days, getting worse every hour - we were literally watching its disks fail one after one.
Finding a replacement this fast was not easy, especially being a weekend and getting it set up and installed this fast was not easy or cheap! However, its done and we are now finished. It is brand new, faster and more reliable. We have also put a second one on order for redundancy in the future, so if one fails we have the other for backup. Thanks for your patience :)"
The Restock system for the main shops in Marada has been updated. You may have noticed we have replaced the old, easily abused security codes with newer ones that will guarantee only genuine players can buy the items. Codes will only show on certain items - rare, expensive or unbuyable items. As items decrease in value or demand, the security code will be automatically removed. All other items will have no security codes at all but you can only buy one of the same item every 30 seconds.The new codes also mean that we can make Restocking more interesting. All shops can now restock items of up to rarity 40 - meaning that there are some super rare items that will only show up a few times a week or month! There are 83 new items now restocking in several different shops. Blossom: ... What are you talking about?
Poco: Technically, it's a dog. Semantically speaking, dogs are only pets in real life; once it becomes online it becomes a Rusty. Soooo, let's say I took my Plug at the Fasoro Falls. It would be all well and good to call it a Rainbow Plug while I was still in Slater Park (since that's still online), but if I was then to go wandering around the City of Marada, surely that would make it a Baxter?
Blossom: *blank stare*
Poco: Admit it, I do have a point. :P
Blossom: Just get on with the guide!
Poco: Ahem, anyway, what was I saying? Oh yes, how to get a Baxter pet. This is how it's done-- Wait a second...Well, never mind the fact that you can get a Baxter from somewhere special, because it seems as of now there are Baxters that are rarely available at the Minipet Shop. Once some Baxters are found, we'll let you know! 'Til then, it's probably safer just to stick with the tried and true Plug minipet.
A new celebrity, Michael Jackson, has been honored at the Lowlyhood Walk of Fame. There are new 'MJ' celebrity clothes that are now available for FREE at the Clothing Rack. Five new Michael Jackson Hair Styles have been added to the Salon. There are also new gloves, belts, hats and shoes on sale in various parts of the site.
7th SeptemberCan you find these new Hidden Avatars? This new Moon Mask has been added to the Birthday event prize list. These new items have been added to the Birthday Events. The other pinatas from the event have been retired.
8th SeptemberThere are 15 new Pearls now restocking in the Pearls Shop in Jenoa. These new Potions are now restocking. There are 11 pets that can now wear the Radioactive Costume.
The Sign Up page for Marapets has been improved. It has been simplified now so that an account can be created with us in seconds. It also has a new username checker and offers suggestions if the username is taken. With 5,418,706 accounts created, finding a unique username was too difficult!
The Pizza Shop is now restocking new items.
There are 15 new jars of Minipet Food restocking at the Minipet Food Shop.
The Birthday Events have finished.
The prizes from the Birthday Hunt will be given out later this month. Don't take your hats or masks off just yet - the Birthday Forum events will start soon!Just a reminder that the limited edition Birthday Account Upgrades items will retire at midnight.
There were over 700 Eye & Face Makeup items that actually only had 5 or 6 different styles. To add new styles of make up in future, we would need to add the item 178 times for every different colour. This made no sense, so have changed all of these items. No items were deleted, they were instead changed to either Eye or Face Makeup Color changing items, a new type of Eye or Face Makeup or new colours of Hair Dye and Eyebrow Tint.
HAPPY 11TH BIRTHDAY MARAPETS!!!!
We will not be having a birthday party event this year, as we have been very busy with the new Characters update. We are now two-thirds ready with phase 2 of the dress up dolls update!
Today is too special to have nothing new so here is the new Dukka Town map we finished just in time. We hope you like the changes!
You can now edit each of your Pet Profiles. It is similar to normal profiles, you can add a header, story page and a small image or text next to your pet. BBCodes work too!
The Poison Account Upgrades will retire at midnight.
There is a new BBCode - enter [DOLL] anywhere on the site that accepts codes and the image of your dressup doll will show up!
HAPPY 12TH BIRTHDAY MARAPETS!!!!
Our 12th Birthday Party celebrations have just started. We have 2 new events that will run until September 5th. Marapets will be a teenager this time next year!!
Our 12th Birthday Party has started - with a pirate theme! If you are wearing a Pirate Locket, the Birthday Forum will open for you. We need your help inviting as many online players to the fun! Visit a user's profile and hit the 'Happy Birthday' button and they will be invited to the party. Each player is different - some won't party, some will and others will have the best time ever! The response of the character will depend on what prize you receive. You can only invite a player who is currently online and can only invite the same player once every day. Each player can only be invited once every 30 seconds. You will receive MP or one of 63 new Pinatas as a prize.Hit any of the new Pinatas and you will find one of these new prizes inside...
You may also find the retired Pinata Costume inside any Pinata. The Ike, Kidlet, Lati and Oglue can now wear this costume.
As you browse and play the site as normal, a 'Birthday Gift' may show up in a box. When you find it, click it and you are guaranteed a prize! You can win all of these new Party Bags below, MP and if you're lucky, Account Upgrades Credit!
At the end of the event, the top 100 players who collect the most gifts will receive 1,500,000MP and a Party Popper Trading Card! The next 300 players will win a Party Popper Trading Card.
15 random players who find 100 or more Gifts will also randomly win a retired Party Costume.
Posting the 12th Birthday Cake image on profiles, siggies, etc is confusing to other players and, as usual, is not allowed. If you are asked to remove the image and do not do so, your account may be frozen until the end of the 12th Birthday celebrations.Open any of the new Party Bags and you will find one of these new prizes inside... These new limited edition Account Upgrades items have been added for our 12th Birthday. They will retire September 5th.
The Flab, Limax, Lorius, Troit and Vixen can now wear the Party Costume.
A new feature has been released in Puchalla Village. Everyone knows that Puchalla Village is where old pets retire to. But did you know that it is also where items retire? This is Retirement Planning where you can visit and see the items on Marapets that will be retiring automatically within the next 2 months. This page updates daily so be sure to check back before your favourite item retires!
August 21stSix more Fasoro have been updated. The Chocolate, Elf, Fairy, Gothic, Halloween and Lightning Fasoro now match the newer style. We hope you like the changes!
August 22ndOur Pirate news theme continues with Dukka Caves Goals. You can now complete up to 50 levels. There are 10 new item prizes, MP and ??2 Account Upgrade credits to be won. The Aviv, Baxter, Coal, Fiestan, Flayee and Seth can wear the new Ball of Pirate Yarn.
August 23rdEight more Pet Colours have been updated. The Plushie Daisy, Plushie Ercuw, Pirate Grint, Plushie Grint, Island Oglue, Elf Quell, Sports Quell and Fire Tantua now match their newer style. We hope you like the changes! A new Mission has been released in Lowlyhood. Everyone knows that celebrities are judged by the size of their wardrobe and are never seen wearing the same thing twice. Priscilla loves celebrities and desperately wants to be one herself and she thinks the best way to do that is through having a large Wardrobe so she spends all her days shopping for items to add to her wardrobe in her never ending quest for what she believes is celebrity status. Pricilla loves to be seen in the company of those who dress to impress so if you think you have what it takes to impress Pricilla she has just the mission for you. Priscilla has 30 levels for you to complete. She will ask for any type of Wardrobe items and you will need to have them collected in your Wardrobe to complete each level. If you fail, you will return to level 1. Complete all 30 levels for a limited edition Eyru pet. This new Candle Costume can be won from Priscilla. The Eyru, Gizmo, Grint, Jessup, Leido, Limax and Vixen can now wear this costume.
August 24thThe Werewolf Costume was first released in October 2010 in Account Upgrades and the costume has been retired and forgotten about ever since. We have updated the costume and a new version of the Werewolf Account Upgrade has been released, with 8 new Werewolf themed items. The Premium Hair Treasure Map was also released in Account Upgrades in May 2012 and not available since. As a special limited time, you will receive 2 or 3 random pieces of this retired map. There is a 1 in 3 chance you will receive 3 pieces instead of 2 pieces. This AU will retire September 13th. The Crikey, Decadal, Doyle and Zola can now wear the Werewolf Costume. The original Werewolf pets have been updated. We hope you like the changes!
Today's random theme is... ZOMBIE!The Zombie Gonk, Grint, Paffuto, Renat, Tantua and Zoink have been updated. We hope you like the changes! The two missing Zombie pets have been released. Introducing the Zombie Kaala and Zombie Zola... Six new Zombie items are now on sale at the Kwazikujo shop in Eleka's Castle. These items will automatically retire September 15th. August 26th
Today's random theme is... SCHOOL!
All Pets will receive DOUBLE SCHOOL STATS at the School until September 5th.
And all School Costumed pets will receive FREE LESSONS at the School until September 5th.
Can you find the 'Teacher's Pet' Hidden Avatar?The School Supplies Shop finally has a new shopkeeper - the previous Shopkeeper is over 12 Years Old! There are also 43 new items restocking... August 27th Seven more Pet Colours have been updated. The Chocolate, Elf, Superhero and Vampire Murfins and the Fairy, Ghost and Stoneage Gonk now match their newer style. We hope you like the changes! August 30th Two new Pet Colours have been released - the Pixie Viotto and Valentine Yuni. The Fire Willa has also been revamped! Three Paffuto have been updated. The Emo, Fire and Royal Paffuto now match their newer style. We hope you like the changes! September 1st The Native Fairy has been released. She rewards players for every Treasure Map they have completed. There are currently 17 different types of map to complete - including Sumo Sally Pass and Instructions. The Native Fairy is the only fairy so far to reward an item and MP prize at each level. The Foxfire Pond map has finally been added to Treasure Map collections. Completing the Volcano Treasure Map from now will also count as a collection. September 2nd The limited edition Nino pet has been updated. We hope you like the changes! September 3rd
A new major update has just been completed for all 21 Missions. Before you accept any mission level, there is now a link you can click items this level could ask for that will list every possible item the level you are about to start could ask for.
From today, staff will no longer reset any failed missions for items asked that are on the list. If you see an item on the list that you think the mission should not be asking for, please contact staff BEFORE you start the mission. Resets will only happen from now if there is downtime/server errors/glitches out of your control. We hope you like the changes!
Missions that ask for items in collections AND pet collections (i.e missions that do not take an item from you) can ask for *ANY* item - including retired items.Missions that will take items away from you to pass the level should not ask for retired items OR prizes from completing goals.
HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY MARAPETS!!!!
Okay, we are a little early! Marapets will be a teenager on Tuesday but our 13th Birthday Party celebrations have just started. We have 2 new events that will run until September 10th.Our 13th Birthday Party has started! The Birthday Forum is now open for you all until September 30th. We need your help inviting as many online players to the fun! Visit a user's profile and hit the 'Happy Birthday' button and they will be invited to the party. Each player is different - some won't party, some will and others will have the best time ever! The respone of the character will depend on what prize you receive. You can only invite a player who is currently online and can only invite the same player once every day. Each player can only be invited once every 30 seconds. You will receive MP or one of 24 new Pinatas as a prize. Hit any of the new Pinatas and you will find one of these new prizes inside...
As you browse and play the site as normal, a 'Birthday Gift' may show up in a box. When you find it, click it and you are guaranteed a prize! You can win all of these new Gift Bags below, MP and if you're lucky, Account Upgrades Credit!
At the end of the event, the top 100 players who collect the most gifts will receive 1,500,000MP and a Partysaurus Trading Card! The next 300 players will win a Partysaurus Trading Card.
15 random players who find 100 or more Gifts will also randomly win a retired Party Costume.Posting the 13th Birthday Cake image on profiles, siggies, etc is confusing to other players and, as usual, is not allowed. If you are asked to remove the image and do not do so, your account may be frozen until the end of the 13th Birthday celebrations.
All pets wearing a Pinata Costume will receive Double Training stats this week at the Gym and Elite Gym. Vote Now for next week.
Marapets is a teenager! 13 years ago today we were making the final preparations to open the site. We have come along way since then and would like to thank you all for your support over the years. Let's see what the teen years bring us...Account Upgrades items have been added for our Birthday. They will retire September 10th. King Baspinar loyalty system now rewards players up to 13 Years of prizes. We have also changed the way prizes are awarded. Every player will only receive one prize per day. This is to stop players who have not visited for years coming back and receiving all prizes at once.
18th AugustA new Gardening feature has opened in Gigantic Paradise. Now that the Marahomes feature has been discontinued permanently, this new feature is a way for you to plant your Seeds. You can use this gardening feature to plant seeds, water them and use Fertiliser to grow an Organic Minipet. These Organic Minipets will now grow much, much quicker than before but you can only grow one at a time.
19th AugustA new feature has been added to Ziranek. The Arcade Fairy rewards you for the number of flash games you have played.
The High Scores List now automatically removes inactive players. If a player has not logged in for 180 days they are removed. As soon as that player comes back and starts to play again they will be added back to the list.
Players who have not logged in for the past 180 days are automatically removed from the Gallery Search. This means that they will no longer win the Greedy Fairy prize.We have changed what items Missions ask for. Missions that ask for items from your collections will remain the same but missions that take items from you, such as Blitzen, can now ask for *any* item that is not retired and is available on the site. Several times a day a script will run to check how many of each item is on the Shop Search, Galleries, Trades and active player accounts and when the quantity of this item gets low it is automatically removed from missions. This means that missions can now ask for goals items! Photo and Plates are NOT included and can still be asked for as normal. Remember to always check what items the mission could ask you before you start a level and let us know if you think there is a mistake before you start.
We have fixed several old Clothing items and are working on fixing even more. The Steampunk Suit, Lotus Suit and Villain Suit have now been fixed.
The Cotton Candy Male costume is now Cotton Candy Fluff, Spring Male Costume is now Woven Branch Belt, Lorius Male Costume is now Lorius Wings, Lorius Warrior Male Costume is now Lorius Summoning Stone, Pilgrim Male Costume is now Pilgrim Tunic, Native Suit is now Native Skirt, Blue Fire Suit is now Flaming Tank Top, Shark Male Costume is now Shark Tail, Chinese Suit is now Ornate Shirt and Pilgrim Lady Costume is now Pilgrim Hat.The Resort on Minipet Island used to be a feature where you could pay for your Minipets to be looked after so that they didn't run away. This feature was discontinued and looking after Minipets was removed, making this feature pointless. We have changed the Resort. You can now pay 2,500MP once every 24 hours for one of your minipets to visit the resort and receive a souvenir Minipet Plate.
Many, many years ago Ziranek was home to MaraUploads. This feature was discontinued but a 'Memory Upgrades' feature remained around as a useless dead feature for a long time. This feature was finally removed but there was an empty space in Ziranek and 'Memory Upgrades' has now been changed to a 'Memory Saved' shop. Although we do not actually need to save server space, the idea is that you earn 1 Memory Point for every item you delete at the 'Move Items' quickstock page at your Inventory. You can change the donate option to delete option.This new Memory Shop will permanently give an extra use to any items that become junk items of little value by removing them from the site. You can't delete Dukka Coins and Fake Dukka Coins as these items are currency that have their own currency exchanges and have (or will have) their own shops.
A new game has just been released. Play Pipe Dream for a Fake Ten Dukka Coin every 2 hours. The pipes of the City Sewers are leaking and Cornelius the Basil needs your help to block the flow of sewage into his house. In each game you will roll two dice and then choose a numbered pipe to block. For example, if you roll a 1 and a 6 on the dice, you will be able to block Pipe 1, 6 or 7 (the total of both dice).Every time you block a pipe you may randomly win Minipet Poop or Fertiliser. If you manage to block all 9 pipes you will win the MP Jackpot. Pipe Dream has been added to the City Sewers map and the Points to Play Games countdown page.
26th AugustA new Bearber Treasure Map has been added to the Treasure Maps Shop on Minipet Island. Collect and complete all 16 pieces for FREE lifetime access to Facial Hair at the Vortex Park Bearber.
A new feature has been added to Nimbus. Pet Lending is where you can safely lend one of your pets to another player without fear of it not returning. If the player accepts a pet you lend them, they will have to pay both of the MP transfer fees, which are the sending fees and returning fees.Any pet that you lend to a player will automatically return to you by the time that you select. You cannot receive it back early unless the player lending your pet sends it back early. While the player is lending your pet, it will be safe from any changes in a special Nimbus cloud. You will be able to earn certain Avatars, Goals, Photos, Plates etc while you are borrowing a pet. Just a reminder that the Tornado Account Upgrades will automatically retire August 31st. There is less than 48 hours left to purchase this set. Once retired, the Vortex Park Reservoir Treasure Map will not be released again for several years. The School Supplies Shop has 175 new items restocking. We have also updated the art on another 103 items in this shop, improving some of the oldest items on the site! The School Supplies that the School asks for are also now automatically removed when they cost too much on the Shop Search - similar to the way quests work. There are also 21 new Books restocking in the book shop, using some of the older school 'notepad' items that actually looked more like books.
A new game has just been released. Dukka Town has a new and exciting Bingo game to play every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, every day! There are 15 FREE Bingo games per day, with MP, Dukka Coin and AU Credit prizes. Each game is different - be the first to match either 4 corners, a line across or a full house to win.
Match a full house in 65 numbers or less and win an extra MP Jackpot that grows after every game! Win a full house on your Lucky Star number and win an extra £10 Account Upgrade Credits.You can buy Bingo Tickets up to 48 hours in advance and you can buy a maximum of 12 tickets for each game. You do not have to be online to win, if you miss a game and win, you will receive your prizes and an Alert automatically. If you are online, visit the Bingo page again or keep this page open and it will automatically load the live Bingo game for you to follow.
15th SeptemberA new feature has been added to Eleka's Castle. The Fire Fairy rewards your pets for the number of Spells they have learned. There are two new Spells avaliable, one for the Spell Shop and one for the Memory Shop. The Spell shop now restocks more often and Spells will be improved in the Battle Arena in the future.
16th SeptemberThe Robot Costume was first released in August 2006 in Account Upgrades and the costume has been retired and neglected ever since. We have released a new version of the Robot Account Upgrade with 8 new robot themed items and either an Robot coloured Mordo or Speiro Enchanted Plushie. This AU will retire November 15th. The Eyru, Jessup, Kujo, Mordo, Reese and Speiro can now wear the Robot Costume. The Robot Basil, Leido, Poera, Xoi and Zoink have been updated. We hope you like the changes!
We have fixed several more older Clothing items and are working on fixing even more. Duplicate 'Female Shirts' from the 12 star sign Treasure Chests have been replaced with star sign Tattoos and the Drifty Sweater has been revamped.
The Alien Emperor Suit is now Alien Armour, Ballerina Male Costume is now Ballet Suit, Male Bloody Feet is now Blood Splatter, Morbid Male Boots is now Broken Heart, Chocolate Bunny Male Costume is now Easter Bunny Costume, Gothabilly Male Costume is now Gothabilly Wig, Harmony Suit is now Harmony Cape, Ice Cream Suit is now Ice Cream Jacket, Male Gamer Boots is now Laser Gun, Lati Male Costume is now Lati Ears, Male Duck Ring is now Library Book, Male Bloody Boots is now Pool of Blood, Rockabilly Male Costume is now Rockabilly Wig, Male Gothic Platforms are now Short Gothabilly Shoes, Male Virgo Pants is now Virgo Tail, Wizard Wig is now Wizard Hat, Male Satyr Legs is now Wizard Staff, Gothabilly Costume is now Gothabilly Braids, Female Chinese Dragon Shoes is now Kitsune Tail, Female Pot of Gold Shoes is now Lucky Rainbow, Female Gothic Platforms are now Tall Gothic Platforms, Female Witch Shoes is now Witch Flats, Male Nightmare Shoes is now Short Gothic Platforms, Female Cotton Candy Boots is now Ballet Mask, Male Pisces Pants is now Gothabilly Pants, Female Bedazzled Shoes is now Gothabilly Heels, Circus Male Costume is now Gothabilly Dress, Female Reindeer Hooves is now Bleached Gothabilly Braids, Queen Eleka Male Costume is now Gothabilly Leggings and Male Evil King Costume is now Bleached Gothabilly Wig.
23rd SeptemberThe prizes for the Birthday Gift Hunt have been awarded. Congratulations to kezzzzam, Spadow, BrennenHere, marafreaks4clothes, Sue, sevenofnineone, Seiko, gummi, Dorky, Stea, HeavenlyAngels, Kuramochi, AriAriG, Kit, lsutiger4life for winning the retired Party Costume. The Lightning Costume was first released in March 2008 in Account Upgrades and the costume has been retired and forgotten about ever since. We have updated the costume and a new version of the Lightning Account Upgrade has been released, with 7 new Lightning themed items. The Fugunzel Treasure Map was also released in Account Upgrades in March 2008 with the original Lightning set and has not been avaliable since. As a special limited time, you will receive 2 or 3 random pieces of this retired map. There is a 1 in 3 chance you will receive 3 pieces instead of 2 pieces. This AU will retire October 15th.
HAPPY 14TH BIRTHDAY MARAPETS!!!!
Our 14th Birthday Party celebrations have finally started! We need your help inviting as many online players to the fun! Visit a user's profile and hit the 'Happy Birthday' button and they will be invited to the party. Each player is different - some won't party, some will and others will have the best time ever! The respone of the character will depend on what prize you receive. You can only invite a player who is currently online and can only invite the same player once every day. Each player can only be invited once every 30 seconds. You will receive MP or one of 25 new Pinatas as a prize.
Hit any of the new Pinatas and you will find one of these new prizes inside...
Posting the 14th Birthday Balloon Box image on profiles, siggies, etc is confusing to other players and, as usual, is not allowed. If you are asked to remove the image and do not do so, your account may be frozen until the end of the 14th Birthday celebrations.
These new limited edition Account Upgrades items have been added for our Birthday. They will retire September 10th.
These new Hidden Avatars have now been released.
These new prizes have been added to the Birthday Events.
A new Account Upgrades Promotion has started. The Bangs Hair Extension, Chips and Salsa and Motorcycle Jacket prizes have been replaced with a Fishtail Braids Wig, Fun Hoodie and Maroon Glowing Egg. All players will receive these 3 new items and 30% extra credit for FREE with their next purchase of Account Upgrades Credit.
Congratulations to Kare, Lady_Mew, Hypnos, JazzS2, littleangel011977, Sumer6, jessy266, Tals, shanpump, Kaaari, meodlly, HeavenlyAngels, ann49, Pukwudgie and Eswyn who each won a retired Party Costume.
This is basically a list of notable accomplishments from the site itself (please be advised that this is not related at all to activity releases, games or pets, but more like web analysis):
- August 15th 2004: Site opened
- August 15th 2005: One year old birthday | 148,111 members | 146,087,030 page views
- October 9th 2005: 200,000 members
- December 17th 2005: 300 million hits
- August 20th 2006: 751,719 members
- October 15th 2006: One million members
- July 24th 2007: Two million members
- August 15th 2007: 2,099,087 members
- August 15th 2014: Ten year old birthday | 5,416,696 members | 8,487,946,097 page views
- August 12th 2017: First early celebration