Music Pets (lost Facebook game; 2010)


Music Pets (Facebook game)
Title screen.
Title screen.
Status Lost

Music Pets was a Facebook game developed by Conduit Labs in 2010. This game included music licensed from Universal Music Group, as well as 150,000 tracks from independent labels (such as Beggars Group, DFA, Domino, Downtown Records, and Modular). At its peak, Music Pets had 1.2 million monthly users.[1][2]

In August 2010, Conduit Labs was acquired by Zynga, and Music Pets shut down on September 17.[3]

In October 2017, LMW user Mewtwowimmer began compiling a list of artists that he remembers spotting and/or unlocking in the game.

Gameplay

Music Pets was similar to Pet Society, another Facebook app. Both games allowed users to decorate their pet's room and feed it (with food like "John Lemon" or "Avril Lasagna").[4] The user could also make their pet happy by playing licensed songs. The pet could also "fetch" tracks by the user's favorite artists. The user could also play their music with their Facebook friends, as well as visit the "mayor" of the game.

The available pets were a monster, a squid, a goat, a fox, a cat unicorn, an owl, a panda, a robot, a rabbit, and a monkey. The user could choose the pet's gender, name the pet and change its color.

Since some artists were not available in the game, the game would suggest similar artists. For example, Music Pets did not have any tracks by The Beatles (at the time, that band refused to license its music for downloads, and would only join Universal in 2012), but there were songs by Paul McCartney and his band Wings.[5] In order to improve their pet's music tastes, the user would "love" or "hate" tracks, or the user would play a Pachinko game with one artist at a time; the videos in this article are for Justin Bieber and Gwen Stefani.

If a user collected all the songs in an album, they would earn a poster of that album. (The Mayor had one of Meat Loaf in his room).

Gallery

Music Pets gameplay.
More gameplay footage of Music Pets.

References

  1. AOL Article on the Game Retrieved 28 Sept '17
  2. TechCrunch Article on the Game Retrieved 28 Sept '17
  3. Adweek Article Covering Zynga Buying Conduit Labs Retrieved 28 Sept '17
  4. Wired article on the game Retrieved 1 Oct 2017
  5. Frisky Mongoose Article Describing How Music Worked in the Game Retrieved 28 Sept '17

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Comments


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Anonymous user #1

22 days ago
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Ever since this game shut down, I’ve been imagining on creating my own video game called “Music Quest”. Instead of Universal, I’m going to use tracks from Warner Music.
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Anon

22 days ago
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Tell us more about it.
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Anonymous user #2

22 days ago
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You’d get to fuel your characters’ music tastes with your favorite artists. (Much like Music Pets)

In my game, the gameplay would actually have a roleplaying plot to it. There would be side quests available once you listen to certain artists.
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Mewtwowimmer

22 days ago
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I remember unlocking songs by The Prodigy, Jason and the Scorchers, Mike Patton, LA Guns, Rise Against, Collective Soul, Lady Gaga, and Sugababes.
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Mewtwowimmer

15 days ago
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I also remember playing tracks by ABBA and U2 with my friends.
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Anonymous user #5

9 days ago
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I just remembered that I also unlocked Dean Martin and the Rolling Stones.
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MarioTanooki12

22 days ago
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It had Nickelback songs. That's just perfect.
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SADLAD84

21 days ago
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Mewtwowimmer

11 days ago
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I know that their album "Dark Horse" was available in the game.
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Anonymous user #3

15 days ago
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theres another 2010 facebook game called word challenge, I wish that would come back
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TonyTheHamMan

12 days ago
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About the footage on the article i do not mind we get at least halfway decent footage
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Mewtwowimmer

12 days ago
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Sadly that’s the only gameplay footage I could find on YouTube. But there are some good-quality screenshots online. I’ll go ahead and add those.
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Mewtwowimmer

12 days ago
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But I’m on my phone right now, so I’ll bookmark the link for later. http://www.m...s-music-pets
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Anonymous user #4

12 days ago
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Never heard of this game b4.
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TonyTheHamMan

11 days ago
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FOUND MORE FOOTAGE https://vimeo.com/10789037
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Mewtwowimmer

11 days ago
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Thanks, that was my favorite part of the game. I always selected my own artists, but 80% of them weren't in Music Pets. Most likely because they weren't signed to Universal.
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TonyTheHamMan

11 days ago
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Here is a screenshot of the inside look of a multiplayer visiting houses system seeing from the rate bar http://www.m...screen-3.jpg and a song unlocking system http://www.m...screen-2.jpg i also found a screenshot of something involving unlocking music but i am not sure http://www.m...screen-7.jpg
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Mewtwowimmer

10 days ago
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Sometimes your pet could run across a field and jump for songs. Screen 7 is the player's progress screen on a Lady Gaga album.
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Mewtwowimmer

3 days ago
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If you guys are interested, I'm compiling a list of all the artists available in the game. But it's still far from complete.
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Mewtwowimmer

3 days ago
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https://docs...?usp=sharing Okay, all you can do is leave a comment by pressing Ctrl-alt-shift-A on your keyboard. I was afraid someone would ruin the alphabetical order if I let everyone edit it.
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