Bin Weevils: Adopt Your Own Virtual Pet

Dogs, cats, hamsters, parakeets, and goldfish make wonderful pets, but sometimes we just want a friend that's virtual. We have little time to clean up literal cages or take the emu for a walk. Real-life often becomes too busy for real-world critters.

According to Wikipedia, which is hardly ever wrong, a weevil is any beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. That doesn't sound like very much fun, unless you're working toward an advanced degree in biology. According to a popular new web site, a subspecies called Bin Weevils offers free online pet-adopting opportunities without actual beetles scuttling across your keyboard.

The Bin Weevils Home Page
The Bin Weevils Home Page | Source

Are Weevils Worth It?

As with most free virtual pets, the little critter is cute and packs a hidden message of cooperation, self-reliance, and subliminal advertising. The good folks at Bin Weevils promise to indoctrinate their players only in noble and just causes such as recycling and online safety.

Is it worth it? Should real human children be permitted to play with virtual beetles? We wanted to find out. The things we learned may shock you. Adopting a weevil is free, but perhaps participation comes at a price.

Join Bin Weevils. No email address required.
Join Bin Weevils. No email address required. | Source

How do you adopt a beetle?

Getting into the game presents no problem. Many free online virtual pet games ask for an email address. This web site doesn't care who you might be. A weevil name and associated password are necessary: nothing else matters.

We joined the club with the weevil name Curculionoide. The name just felt right. If you encounter us in your Weevil World travels, please say hi.

Mulch is money. Save your mulch and buy stuff for your virtual pets.
Mulch is money. Save your mulch and buy stuff for your virtual pets. | Source

Mulch Matters?

In the real world, cash is king. In the Bin Weevil world. mulch matters. Your little virtual pet makes purchases with mulch money. Unfortunately, you can't go into your backyard and scoop up a little spending mulch for your weevil: you must earn it through online tasks.

Feed it, love it, exercise it. Your Weevil will appreciate everything you do for it.
Feed it, love it, exercise it. Your Weevil will appreciate everything you do for it. | Source

Keep your pet happy, healthy, and fed

Like virtually every online virtual pet, your adopted weevil needs tender loving care. It's your job to provide food, exercise, and emotional support. The Bin Weevil world has many opportunities to earn points that apply to all these categories:

  • There are at least 2 virtual restaurants for weevil food.
  • There are buttons to click to make your pet jump around and get vital exercise
  • There are games to play and TV to watch for maintaining your pet's positive attitude.

Bin Weevils have many fun activities to participate in.
Bin Weevils have many fun activities to participate in. | Source

Many fun activities are available

We played an interesting game. An outline of a country was presented: we picked the name of the country from a list of four choices. Young children would probably be over-challenged by this particular exercise, but middle schoolers might enjoy it for a few minutes.

We earned points for playing a game. We're not sure what happened to the points.
We earned points for playing a game. We're not sure what happened to the points. | Source
We watched TV and chatted with other weevils.
We watched TV and chatted with other weevils. | Source

Is the site safe?

The site is safe, except when it's not.

BinWeevils leaves a cookie on your hard drive: that's not usually a dangerous situation unless privacy is of the utmost importance. It simply facilitates an easier log in process during subsequent visits. Since we didn't reveal any sensitive information to the site when we created our account, there's certainly nothing sensitive stored in the cookie.

The site itself is totally Flash-based, implying that no download is required. If your computer has a Flash player installed (most do) then lauching the game is easy and safe. No program is completely safe when connected to the Internet, but the Adobe Flash Player has a relatively secure reputation. It's also free.

The site may not be safe when players are allowed to interact. A real-time monitor blocks offensive words, but inquisitive players tend to find ways around software-based filters. We were able to 'speak' an email address simply by replacing the '@' character with the word 'at.' That simple workaround might allow players to exchange email addresses and other possibly sensitive information.

Some online virtual worlds directed at children do not allow text to be entered. These sites offer a list of pre-programmed phrases, which certainly limits the playing experience, but greatly enhances security.

We harvested a plant to earn mulch points and experience points.
We harvested a plant to earn mulch points and experience points. | Source
A real weevil in real life. Adopting this critter may not be advisable and probably won't be any fun.
A real weevil in real life. Adopting this critter may not be advisable and probably won't be any fun.

Conclusion

This site probably will not eclipse WebKinz, but it's fun for a while. Look for Bin Weevils online and adopt one.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Since I have an aversion to beetles, online or off, I think I'll skip this one. Thanks, nicomp, but no thanks.


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@drbj : You could try Guffins or FooPets oe Woozen! Don't ask me know I know.


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

Nicomp's oeuvre of online pet games grows bigger and bigger - constructing arcades with consoles will be the next step - I can imagine kids having overnighters in Nicomp arcades for relieved parents who get a well earned night off while their kids learn to adopt and look after bin weevils, foopets, Woozen etc..


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@psychicdog.net 2: A new business for me. yay!


charlotte 5 years ago

hey xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Hey, charlotte.


x-paris-xx 5 years ago

Heya People Hows Everyone Then Hope u All Ok Soz Im a Bit Random Today Because Im Rlly Bored Lol.Xxx


lucia xx 5 years ago

im really bored but great aswell


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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Stop being bored, people.


Still Bored 4 years ago

Yep, still bored. :)


grace 4 years ago

hi every body who likes webkinz?


molly1699 4 years ago

brill


ashleigh 4 years ago

this binweevil game is not working how do i make it work


NIMRA123 4 years ago

i want a bin pet


HOLLY 4 years ago

BIN WEEVILS ROKY/COOL/GOOD/OMG/LOL/BFF.


amymoran 4 years ago

hi

i think this a reslly good idea

it is great

thanks fpor setting it up


abbie 4 years ago

hi my name is abbie gail im in binweevils are you in binweevils


JaffaGirlItIs 4 years ago

Great hub! Big fan of the game. :)


duncan ross 3 years ago

hey you guys


ello 21 months ago

tomogachis are very bad i had one went on holiday and it was dead!

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