SmallWorlds

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Developer(s)Outsmart 2005 Ltd.
Publisher(s)Outsmart 2005 Ltd.
Distributor(s)Amazon Web Services
SeriesSmallWorlds Virtual Worlds
EngineSmallWorlds Compute Engine (non-retail)
Platform(s)Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X v10.1+ and variations of Linux
Release date(s)December 1, 2007 (Alpha), June 1, 2008 (Open Beta), December 1, 2008 (Version 1.0)
    Genre(s)3D Virtual Reality, MMO, Casual Social Gaming, Virtual World
    Distributionhttp://www.smallworlds.com/
     
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    SmallWorlds logo.png
    Developer(s)Outsmart 2005 Ltd.
    Publisher(s)Outsmart 2005 Ltd.
    Distributor(s)Amazon Web Services
    SeriesSmallWorlds Virtual Worlds
    EngineSmallWorlds Compute Engine (non-retail)
    Platform(s)Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista/7/8, Mac OS X v10.1+ and variations of Linux
    Release date(s)December 1, 2007 (Alpha), June 1, 2008 (Open Beta), December 1, 2008 (Version 1.0)
      Genre(s)3D Virtual Reality, MMO, Casual Social Gaming, Virtual World
      Distributionhttp://www.smallworlds.com/

      SmallWorlds is a virtual world by Outsmart 2005 Ltd, a privately owned company based in Auckland, New Zealand.[1][2] The virtual world runs inside a web browser and integrates with YouTube, Flickr, SoundCloud, and a number of other Web 2.0 services. SmallWorlds is aimed at the teen markets, and is designed to be more casual than Second Life. [3]

      SmallWorlds entered Beta in June 2008 after 18 months in development, and was released in December 2008. Several software updates have been released since that time.[4]

      In October 2009, SmallWorlds was voted top prize in the Social Computing category of the Adobe MAX Awards 2009.[5][dead link][6][7][dead link]

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      Partnerships and integration with social media[edit]

      In February 2009, SmallWorlds launched embeddable versions of its application that integrate with Facebook, MySpace, Hi5 and Bebo. Unfortunately, SmallWorlds does not affiliate with any of these companies anymore. They allowed SmallWorlds users to enter SmallWorlds using their social networking applications and link their social networking profiles to their SmallWorlds account.[8][9]

      SmallWorlds has been partnered with Hi5 since June 2009. The partnership provides full integration of SmallWorlds into the Hi5 Games channel, with Hi5 Coins serving as SmallWorlds's virtual currency in the version of the game that runs on Hi5's OpenSocial platform. Unlike versions on other social networks, the Hi5 version of SmallWorlds does not need to be manually installed by users. The reason that SmallWorlds has done this was because it was easier to manage. Instead, users are able to run it directly from the Hi5 Games channel.[10]

      Levels[edit]

      Players in SmallWorlds have seven skill paths: arena, artist, crafting, explorer, farming, gamer and social, each with their own level. A player can level up by playing missions in the game or by interacting with items. There are many different widgets you can use.

      There is also a primary level which is determined by your seven skill paths.

      VIP benefits[edit]

      VIP opens up a whole new world of fun on SmallWorlds![11]

      Purchasing VIP varies depending on which package you wish to obtain.

      Updates[edit]

      SmallWorlds has seen a major update as of April 2013. The new update includes a brand new layout for both the site and the forums. Also, there is a new rewards programme called Kudos in which players receive a special item after completing it. Smallworlds replaced the gold payout that players paid for as a bonus with only XP rewards now. SmallWorlds have also decided on a new slogan in which they have used: "The game where you belong!"[12]

      It is welcoming to new users, and has new option called "Kudos" where you can earn more xp (experience points)

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