Pet Hatchery - a hatchery for virtual pets
A hatchery for virtual pet games, where you raise creatures until adult by getting views and clicks.
PetHatchery.co.uk is a fansite for virtual pet owners. It currently supports players of three free games, DragonCave, Unicreatures and Magistream, although more are planned, and other games can be discussed on the forums.
These games work by gaining views and clicks, so this fansite is a way to meet up, get clicks and find other games you might be interested in.
(If you aren't sure what virtual pet games are, there's a section at the bottom that describes them, and gives you a few links to get started).
Note: You don't have to be a player to help creatures out with views and clicks, so why not visit the hatchery and have a look around?
Hatching your dragons
Extras: Forum, RSS feed from Hatchery, regular status tweets.
The Dragon Cave Hatchery takes adults and eggs, which you can add directly from your scroll. It allows dragons to be given views and clicks without leaving the hatchery site, and adult dragons are automatically removed.
It also offers a rotator, which shows a small selection of Dragons from the hatchery, updated every ten seconds, to get extra views for the creatures.
Code to embed the rotator in your page
Hatching Magistream Creatures
Extras: Forum, RSS feed from Hatchery, regular creature tweets.
The Magistream hatchery takes creatures input by users with the "Embed Mulitple" code from their keep. Adults are automatically removed. Although creatures are in for five days, if they haven't become adult there is no reason not to reinsert them.
The regular tweets are also a useful source of clicks and promotion for magistream creatures.
A poll: Magistream Timelimit change?
Time Limit: None
Additional Features: Forum
Sadly Unicreatures is likely to be removed from the site, after Unicreatures appears to have closed.
Other facilities and games
As well as the basic hatcheries, the extra features include:
If your game isn't represented above, you can start a thread on the forum for views and clicks (and discussion).
The latest on pethatchery
The hatchery now has a twitter account at @pethatchery. While this is used for status updates, we also regularly post new or updated creatures, which is particularly useful for Magistream.
See the latest tweets on the left:
Links to the Hatchery
The games on the hatchery
Pet Hatchery Homepage
The Homepage for the Pet Hatchery
Pet Hatchery - Dragon Cave
The Hatchery for players playing Dragon Cave, (find the game at http://www.dragcave.net)
Pet Hatchery - Magistream
A place for players of Magistream (http://www.magistream.com) to get clicks.
Pet hatchery - Unicreatures
A place for Unicreatures (http://www.unicreatures.com) to get clicks
An Introduction to Virtual Pets
There are a number of free online pet games. These are games where once you sign up you get a virtual pet, usually as an egg, which only grows if you get it views and clicks from other people.
Players often post these to forums, their websites or blogs if they have them, and anywhere where other web users may find them. The aim is to grow them through all their stages to adulthood (e.g. the four stages of a Unicreatures Diamond egg are show below)
All the games work differently - some have time limits, some only let creatures grow up when they are clicked - and the artwork is usually excellent. They are also mostly free, so if a game asks you to pay to play, be wary. All the games that the hatchery supports are free to play.
Games supported by the hatchery
A game by TJ09, this was one of the first and best hatching games. Users have eggs, which have to hatch in seven days into hatchlings, and then have a further seven days to grow up - otherwise the egg dies.
Magistream creatures do not die, but require clicks rather than views to grow.
With outstanding artwork and completely free to play, Unicreatures only grow when users click on them and then click a button on the page. Sadly it appears defunct.