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Bin Weevils

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Bin Weevils
BinWeevils Logo 150dpi.png
Publisher(s)55Pixels, Nickelodeon
EngineFlash
Platform(s)Browsers That Support flash eg: Chrome and Firefox for PC and Puffin for mobile
Release2018
Genre(s)Free Online Virtual World

Bin Weevils is a children's massively multiplayer online game; it is developed and published by 55pixels.

Bin Weevils was first published in 2003 by Nickelodeon, of which it became independent of in 2007.

Bin Weevils won the British Academy Children's Awards in the Websites category every year from 2011 to 2014,[1][2][3][4] and was shortlisted in the Games category in 2015.[5]

In May 2017 the company released a Beta version of a new game named "Weevil World", for mobile and desktop, with the public release following a month later.[citation needed]

Features[edit]

Bin Weevils is based around the theme of the real creatures, weevils. The game is set in a "bin", with numerous places being designed specifically for this theme (e.g. Flum's Fountain, Dirt Valley, and Gong's Pipenest), designed using items you would usually find in a bin, such as cardboard. Users have their own "nest" (a house or home in the game) they can customize by buying items from the 'Shopping Mall' and placing them in their nest accordingly. The user nest can have up to 8 rooms, a private cinema, a garden, and a plaza. Some of these features like extra nest rooms or a bigger garden 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 and other exclusive items.

All users have a garden in their nest, in which they can plant and harvest plants from the 'Garden Shop'. Harvesting a plant earned the user in-game money ("Mulch") and experience points ("XP") which they could use to buy more items or contribute the points towards leveling up towards the next level. The Mulch is for spending, and the XP is for leveling up. There are 80 levels in total, but more are often added. Moreover, players can buy a virtual pet, known as a "Bin Pet", bed, clothes, and many other items by completing the in-game missions or by purchasing them with real money.

Another currency, Dosh, was added, and it replaced Bin Tycoon limits and high Mulch prices in many places, although it also requires payment. From time to time, Dosh can be earned for free such as in puzzles. Users with a premium (Bin Tycoon) membership earn a monthly Dosh salary from an in-game ATM. With this Dosh, they can purchase hats and nest items. In the early states of the game, it was possible to buy Mulch Currency via the Membership page or earn it from games, puzzles etc - however, the ability to purchase Mulch was removed when Dosh was introduced and is the only currency available to purchase on the membership page at present.

Weevil World[edit]

According to the Weevil World support page, Weevil World is "an expansion to Bin Weevils" which can be played on any modern browser, iOS or Android device. The in-game currency is Mulch and Dosh, which can also be earned on Bin Weevils. The game has been designed to allow "cross-play" using the same account for both games.

Features of Weevil World include new avatars, clothing, different mini games (such as Bubble Blast and Weevil Jump), multiplayer mini games (Connect 4, Paths and 3 different modes of Pool), new areas and Nest ratings. Users can spend their virtual currency on items to expand their nest, or clothing to dress up their avatars. The game runs on a "freemium" model, and Dosh, the premium, rarer currency, is available to purchase.

Merchandise[edit]

Bin Weevils entered into a license agreement with the toy company Character Options to create a line merchandise based off the game.[6] In February 2012, Bin Weevils launched a magazine to celebrate their 2011 BAFTA Award.[7] In June 2012, Bin Weevils launched a trading card game.[8] In October 2012, Bin Weevils launched new toys including figurines and a Nest playset and also launched plushies and backpack clips along with clothes.[9][10] Bin Weevils also has a range of books. They announced in December 2012 that they had 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 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 on 29 July 2013 with 12 children songs included onto the album.[11] The trading card series, Good vs WeEVIL, was released in late June 2013.[12] A new software for Bin Weevils called Arty Arcade released in early 2015 and is available for PC and Mac. A new game called Crater Craft was released in 2016.[13]

Membership[edit]

The Players can buy a membership for BinTycoon, this type of player gets special rewards in game eg: dosh and mulch both can be used to buy in-game items like: hats. nest items. plaza items. and more. Bin Tycoons are also able to adopt a binpet, wear hats, go to special areas and more.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Children's | BAFTA Kids Vote Powered By Yahoo! - Website in 2011".
  2. ^ "Children's | BAFTA Kids' Vote - Website in 2012".
  3. ^ "Children's | BAFTA Kids' Vote - Website in 2013".
  4. ^ "Children's | BAFTA Kids' Vote - Website in 2014".
  5. ^ "BAFTA Kids Vote: Shortlist Announced".
  6. ^ "Web craze's toy story; Merchandising". The Independent. p. 56.
  7. ^ Andrew Laughlin (16 February 2012). "Bin Weevils kids' social network launches magazine". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  8. ^ dotAgency. "404 - Toys 'n' Playthings". toysnplaythings.co.uk. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  9. ^ "BLE 2012: New Bin Weevils Toy Collection arrives". toynews-online.biz. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  10. ^ "BinWeevils clothing and bag ranges to launch this Autumn - Toy World Magazine". toyworldmag.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Could YOU write the next big hit tune? - Bin Weevils". binweevils.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Bin Weevils Good vs WeEvil Trading Cards Have Arrived! - Bin Weevils". binweevils.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  13. ^ "55pixels - Multi award winning gaming studio". 55Pixels. Retrieved 12 January 2016.

External links[edit]

  1. https://news.binweevils.com/
  2. http://sfs2.binweevils.com/default/
  3. https://support55pixels.helpshift.com/a/weevil-world/
  4. https://support55pixels.helpshift.com/a/bin-weevils/