Bin Weevils

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Bin Weevils
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Developer(s) 55Pixels Ltd (Bin Weevils Ltd).
Platform(s) Online

Bin Weevils is a popular online game. The website has been independent from Nickelodeon since 2010, after getting their own site in 2007. Bin Weevils have won the BAFTA Kids Vote 4 years in a row: in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Bin Weevils is set in a vibrant, child friendly, safe Bin. Kids can explore all sorts of different locations in the Binscape. Kids can also play many educational online games, chat in a safe environment, decorate their nest with fabulous items, grow wacky plans in their gardens and much more.

History[edit]

Bin Weevils first appeared as a cartoon series on Nickelodeon in 2003. Following the success of the cartoons, an online virtual world was made on the Nickelodeon site called 'Bin Weevils'. In 2007, Bin Weevils launched their own separate site from Nickelodeon. Although still owned by Nick, the new website featured separate pages for parents, blogs, etc. In April 2010, it was announced that Bin Weevils would be going through a massive re-vamp. This occurred a few weeks later, and Bin Weevils re-did their whole site, the whole game, and was no longer owned by Nickelodeon, but became owned by its own company, Bin Weevils, Ltd. In Autumn 2014, following the imminent release of their new game Weevil World, they created a new company called 55Pixels, to house both the games.

Features[edit]

Bin Weevils is based around the theme of the real animals, 'Weevils'. The game is set in a bin, with numerous places being designed specifically for this theme 'eg: Flum's Fountain'. All areas are filled with vibrant colours and beautiful graphics.

Users have their own nest (house), which they can customize by buying items from 'The Shopping Mall' and placing them in their nest accordingly. The user's nest can have up to 8 rooms, a private cinema, a garden, and a plaza. Most of these features can only be obtained by paying for a membership (referred to as a 'Bin Tycoon' membership) which offers other features for members, including the ability to purchase hats, exclusive items and much more.

All users have a garden in their nest, in which they can plant and harvest plants from 'The Garden Shop'. Harvesting a plant earns the user in-game Money and points ('Mulch and XP') which they can use to buy more items or contribute the points towards levelling up towards the next level. There are 70 levels in total, but more are often added.

Another currency, Dosh, was added, and it replaced Bin Tycoon limits and high Mulch prices in many places, although it also requires payment. Users with a premium (Bin Tycoon) membership earn a monthly Dosh salary from an in-game ATM. With this Dosh they can purchase exclusive hats and nest items.

Merchandise[edit]

Bin Weevils entered into a license agreement with the toy company Character Options to create a line merchandise based off the game.[1] In February 2012, Bin Weevils launched a magazine to celebrate their 2011 BAFTA Award.[2] In June 2012, Bin Weevils launched a trading card game.[3] In some month in 2012, Bin Weevils started Dosh coins for Bin Tycoons to trade. In October 2012, Bin Weevils launched new toys including figurines and a Nest playset. They also launched plushes and backpack clips.[4] They also released clothes.[5] Bin Weevils also has a range of books. They announced in December 2012 that they teamed up with music label Sony to create a music album called Bin Tunes. In December 2012 until January 2013, a competition was held for four children to write a brilliant song for the album. In February 2013, the winners came to London at the studios to hear and perform their song. The album was released in 29 July 2013 with 12 children songs included onto the album. It was considered one of the most popular merchandises.[6] A new series of the trading card series, Good vs WeEVIL, was released in late June 2013.[7] A new software for Bin Weevils is called Arty Arcade it will be available for PC and Mac it is set to be release in summer 2014.[8] Bin Weevils started a new era and a rebrand, the new Bin Weevils logo is now released. A brand new game called Weevil World is set to be released in Winter 2014 [9] Bin Weevils won the BAFTA Kids' Vote category for Best Website 2014. The game has won the BAFTA Kids' Vote for Best Website 4 years running.

Membership[edit]

Players are able to subscribe to extra features on the site by becoming a member, called Bin Tycoon, and paying a membership fee.

Reception[edit]

Bin Weevils has won four consecutive BAFTA Awards for Best Children's Website, winning their first in 2011 and winning again in 2012, 2013, and just recently, 2014.

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