So, I was browsing various NeoCities sites when I came across this page
(This website is really awesome by the way!) discussing Neopets, a website that lots of people around the world seem to have nostalgia for. I never actually used Neopets as a child, but I do enjoy reading about it. Hearing people talk about this website reminded me of my childhood playing online games. Two games I was really obsessed with were Moshi Monsters and Stardoll. Nobody really talks Moshi Monsters much, so I decided to make a little page dedicated to it here. I can talk about Stardoll another day.
So, what even is Moshi Monsters? It's a website that was launched in 2008 by this company from the UK called Mind Candy. You get to keep your own monster, feed it, play games and meet other people, like any other virtual pet website. I joined this site in 2010, after hearing about it at school. Literally everybody in my class was playing it. I think it was quite popular all over Britain, actually, so much that they released a movie of it in the cinemas. I never got to watch that film because my mum didn't want to go with me to see it. I don't know how big it was abroad, but I did often see people from other countries online when I played it.
On the website, you could choose from six monsters to take care of. These monsters were the Katsuma, Luvli, Poppet, Zommer and Furi. Each type of monster had it's own individual voice and would speak in weird gibberish to you, but luckily it was translated with a speech bubble so you could understand them. You got a decoratable house to keep your monster in, which came with a "friends tree" to accept friend requests, and a pinboard, where people could write you messages. You had to approve each message before it went public, though. You could also get cute little pets for your monster called Moshlings, which you could get by planting combinations of seeds in your garden, using a secret code, or by taking part in Super Moshi Missions. Moshlings were really cute, but eventually after the first hundred they started to run out of ideas and they looked a bit stale. One notable Moshling was called Lady GooGoo, based off of Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga sued them for it, so they had to change her design and rename her to Baby Rox. If you wanted every single seed code, you could buy the Moshling Collectors Guide, which I did. I had no idea that I could just literally go online and look up the codes instead.
I had about six accounts on this website. My first ever account was a Poppet called Goldenrabbits765, but the account I ended up using the most and buying the membership for was Spookymonster6061. The Moshi Membership was probably a waste of money for my parents, but I got so much enjoyment out of it. All of my monsters are still active, because I don't think Mind Candy actually delete inactive accounts.
There was also loads and loads of Moshi merchandise, from CDs to trading cards to sweets. It was everywhere. The most popular items people bought were Moshling figures. They made hundreds of them in all sorts of different variations, some rarer than others. People used to trade them at school like they did with Pokemon cards. I also had loads of Moshi merchandise. I still own it all, but I can't access it at the moment for a photograph.
A lot of this merch came with secret codes that you could use in the game. Some of the codes were different for everybody to stop people from sharing them, whilst others were the same for everybody so they were shared online. I spent hours finding them online and typing them in to get loads of exclusive items. I still remember one of them to this day, it was the first one I ever used. "PUZZLEPALACE", type it in and it gives you an animated disco floor for your monster's room.
They also released a monthly Moshi Monsters Magazine in the UK. I have quite a few issues of this. They were nice magazines, actually. The posters they came with all went up in my bedroom at my dad's house. My personal favourite issue was the one that came with red and blue 3D glasses, because the entire magazine was in three dimensions. They were also packaged with many free gifts, both virtual and physical.
This is what the 3D magazine looked like. It also came with a 3D poster. It may seem like a cheap gimmick to you, but this was honestly really awesome back then!
There were also these "Moshi Fun Boxes" which came with some random Moshi stuff, a three month membership card and three three-day membership cards to give to your friends. Before I actually paid for the membership, my friend gave me one of the three day cards because she got the Fun Box for her birthday, and it was the best thing ever being a member for the first time! Later into the site's life span they started giving out one day membership "golden tickets" for free, just to advertise it a bit more.
This is what I was just talking about. Turns out it's actually called a "Gift Pack".
There's this theme park near London called Chessington World of Adventures, and one day when I went there they were doing a Moshi Monsters promotion. They had this guy dressed up as a Katsuma wandering around, and I remember stalking him all throughout the park's hotel and taking many photos. They were also hosting a Moshi scavenger hunt around the park, and at the end they gave you an exclusive Moshling code for the site that they weren't giving out anywhere else. I felt very special having a super rare one time event Moshling in my room, until they eventually started giving the code out to other people about a year later.
There was also a DS and 3DS game released based on the site, but I never actually got one. I think I've seen them in second hand shops before so maybe one day I might play the DS one for laughs. They probably aren't very good games. There were also mobile phone applications that you can probably still download today. I think they're still making Moshi apps today, even though the site's pretty much dead now. They don't update it anymore, it just sits there on life support until they eventually decide to close it down. The forums on the site are broken, and they still look like how the site did before the redesign.
I was really stupid one day and gave my "boyfriend" the password to Goldenrabbits765. I thought it would be alright because once I gave my friends my password and they got me some nice Moshlings. But this boy went in my account, removed all of my friends, and just added him and some girl from his school! I was really annoyed, but I suppose it was my fault. I changed my password, then told him it again because I was an idiot. For some reason I didn't even break up with him for that.
Moshi Monsters was a massive part of my childhood. You know how I mentioned Stardoll earlier on? Well, my Stardoll username is MoshiMoshi54. People used to make fun of me for liking the game on there, but I didn't care. That account's still active, too. I occasionally play on it like I do with my monsters. Even though I don't really pay much attention to Moshi Monsters anymore other than for nostalgia, I'll forever cherish the memories I had of that site. Those were good times. It would be cool to go back in time and be a child again just to experience it all again. Hearing about people's memories of things like Club Penguin and Neopets has made me think of this site. Not many people really talk about Moshi Monsters as much, because I think it may have been big in the UK only. It's the same with BarbieGirls.com, a really fun online game I used to love until they closed it in 2011.
I mentioned briefly earlier that there was a Moshi Monsters CD. In Monstro City (the name for the place the monsters live in, if you didn't already figure that out) they had a lot of fictional bands and singers, most of them were mainly just parodies of real life artists. They released them all on an album called Music Rox. I didn't have this album, I only had the free preview CDs from the magazines that I later gave to the charity shop. This boy I knew had it though, and he played it out loud for all of us to hear. It was a decent album, but I'd probably cringe if I heard it all now. This album came in FOURTH PLACE
on the UK Albums chart, according to Wikipedia! It also did fairly well in Australia and Ireland, too. I can't believe it did that well! Unfortunately, it failed to hit America or anywhere else apart from Australia, but it still did really well. The only people that beat it in the album charts were Nicki Minaj, Labrinth and Adele, according to this website,
but it still managed to win over people like Ed Sheeran and Madonna! That's pretty good for an album based off of a childrens game!
Here are a couple of examples of what was on this high charting album, and a few other Moshi Monsters tunes:
(BEWARE OF CRINGE!!!)
(I used to have a free promo disc for this!)
The Moshi Dance
(This song is super nostalgic for me, I used to be addicted to this!)
Diggin' Ya Lingo
(I liked this when I was younger even though it still made me cringe.)
(Had this on the promo CD too.)
(This was also on the CD!)
Official Playlist with almost every Moshi song ever made!
I have literally no idea how these kinds of songs made the charts. It just shows how massive the whole franchise was. But it's dead now. You do still see people online, but not nearly as many as there were during its heyday. It must be making a profit though, because it's still online. Or maybe they just made so much money during 2010-13 that it was enough to keep it afloat for a number of years. There is a lot about Moshi Monsters that I haven't covered here, but I just wanted to get the basics of it down for people in the future. If I get a chance to see my Moshi Merchandise again, I'll be sure to photograph it for this page!
I feel like I should watch the Moshi Monsters film now, since I never got a chance to watch it when it was new... Apparently the film was just released in China and Korea in cinemas last year! I don't think the critics really liked it though. According to Wikipedia, it cost about ?1.5 million to make and made about $2 million in the box office. Since those are two different currencies, I dunno if that means it made any money. It doesn't really sound like a profit. They probably should've released it in 2012 instead of 2013, because the website was already starting to die then.
I hope you enjoyed this page about something that meant a lot to me back then. Maybe next time I'll talk about some more dead flash websites! I felt like on this page I covered more of the merchandise than the actual site, but oh well. I actually went into a Toys R Us in North America in 2015 and still saw some of the toys for sale there, but it's probably all gone now...