Webosaurs is a former MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), which involved a virtual world containing online games and activities, developed by American studio Reel FX Entertainment. Players could use cartoon dinosaur-avatars and play in a landscape-set world, with a variety of different themes. Beta-testing was made available to the general public on June 25, 2009 and expanded, making it an online community. In 2012, Webosaurs shut down for unknown reasons. Free non-memberships were available, revenue was predominantly raised through paid memberships, allowing players to access additional features (such as the ability to buy more virtual clothing, and in-game pets through use of in-game currency.)
The game was designed for ages 5–12. Thus a major focus from the developers was built on child safety, including offering a “Safe Chat” mode, where users could select their comments from a menu; filtering that prevented swearing and the revelation of personal information; and moderators (along with veteran players) who policed the game.
The Webosaurs domain was originally bought in 2007 by Webosaurs Director, Jacques Panis, after noticing a lack of a popular virtual world in which his two sons could safely interact with each other and others. He soon joined VFX company, Reel FX Creative Studios, who also saw the potential to create a unique online environment for others to interact in. Reel FX hired the Metaverse Mod Squad to provide moderation services to the game, and outsourced development to two other companies. After two years of development, Webosaurs released into closed-beta on June 25, 2009, and then proceeded with 4 months of beta testing. Webosaurs officially went into general availability on October 22, 2009.
On September 30, 2011, after months of development, Reel FX released a major new update dubbed: “Webosaurs: Rise of Spike.” This update was informally known as, “Webosaurs 2.0,” as this had been the first major update in many months. This update added many new elements to game play, including “missions” around the game, where the player must adventure the island to figure out why the antagonist, “Spike,” is attempting to take over the island. Also released was a multiplayer “monster” battle, where players battle an evil monster, known as, “OKAVANGO who serves Spike. The monster attacked the room where the players were, while the players fought back using weapons in the game. Players could also level up, and unlock rewards for doing so.
The Webosaurs developers had a major focus on child safety, creating rules to help keep players safe and entertained. Players were required to follow rules made by the staff. Failing to do so may have resulted in muting (players could not see the muted player’s speech bubble), kicking from the server, moderator messages (messages sent to the player by the moderator), or banning from the game.
- Respect the community, and other players. Cyber-bullying and all other forms of disrespectful behavior are not tolerated at Webosaurs.
- Keep your password, do not share any account details with other players.
- Learn how to ignore and report another player. If another player is misbehaving, first Ignore them and then Report them.
- On the forums and when sending in artwork, don’t use someone else’s work and pretend it’s yours.
- Remember that no one at Webosaurs will ever ask you for your password.
Rexxy – A Tyrannosaurus. Rexxy is the leader of the group.
Horns – A Triceratops. Horns loves to show off and flex. He hates losing in games. He also found the “Swamp-Juice”.
Pterry – A Pterodactyl. Pterry is one of the Island’s inventor.
Stretch – A Brachiosaurus. Stretch is very laid back, Friendly and loves to surf.
Spike – An Ankylosaurus. The main antagonist. He (tries to) took over the island in Webosaurs. The event of it known as Rise of Spike (even though he had still been known before that).
Linus – A Stegosaurus. Linus gives out the quests in Rise of Spike. Linus has a mustache & wears a Tuxedo.
Okvango – A giant squid monster owned by Spike. He could be fought in monster battles. Okvango was found during Halloween by Pterry.
Dr. Nanosaurus – A pterodactyl. He is also an inventor who lives inside a lab with Pterry.
Ole Smithy – A Triceratops. A blacksmith who owns an Armory in Croc Peninsula.
Stokeosaurus – Another Triceratops. Stokeosaurus wears a cowboy jacket, and he owns two Stores: One could be found at Sanoran Sands area & A Pet Shop which could be accessed by the Gushing Geyser Area.
Edmarka – A Brachiosaurus. A seller, her shop (Edmarka’s Town Store) could be found in the Gushing Geyser area.