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|When||February 8, 2019 –|
They are called "experiments" because RocketSnail likes to use the word prototypes for games after it releases from beta.
Experiment #1 was released on February 8, 2019. In a single room, the Tavern, players could login, move around and chat with other players as a hamster. The link for the experiment was originally only shared with members of RocketSnail's beta mailing list, but a link to it was later added to his main Box Critters page. The experiment was originally located at https://rocketsnail.com/boxcritters/hamster, but it was moved to the main boxcritters.com page on February 17.
Throughout the experiment, RocketSnail made several improvements to Box Critters, such as improving the chat filter, and fixing the room boundaries. Error messages and auto-reconnection were also added. Other things worked on include:
- Message filtering and safety
- Server stability (less crashing)
- Improved login with errors
- AFK (Away from keyboard) detection
- Chat logging
- Larger screen
On March 17, 2019, the spritesheet for the Hamster was updated.
RocketSnail held a poll on Twitter to let the fans decide what to test during Experiment #2. Items and inventory won with 56% of the votes.
RocketSnail stated it would take 3-5 weeks to build Experiment #2.
The 14 items launched with Experiment #2 were:
- Blue Toque
- Green Backpack
- Inside-out White T-Shirt
- Newspaper Hat
- Pink Toque
- Pirate Captain Black
- Propeller Cap
- Red Plaid Shirt
- Red Toque
- Sleeping Cap
- Security Officer
- Viking Helmet
- White and Red Toque
- White Headphones
On April 17, RocketSnail added a popup when each code is entered, displaying the official name of the item and its icon.
On April 28, a small screen view was added to the game, allowing for scrolling across the room when in portrait mode. The inventory icon would not show, meaning you had to turn the device landscape in order to access it. The small screen view was removed one day later. Dark mode was also added on April 28.
On May 3, items worn by a player are now persistent, meaning the current outfit is not cleared upon logoff.
On the page for Experiment #2, RocketSnail states that "for the third experiment I am planning to add a new hidden room, a second critter and chat logs." He later followed this up on Twitter by saying, "it is time to start exploring."
Experiment #3 will also add monsters and villains. Two concept ideas for a crab villain have been shared.
Later that day, RocketSnail tweeted "Welcome to Experiment 3 - Rooms!" stating that "over the next couple weeks I be adding a number of rooms to explore."
As of July 18, 2019, there are around 48,700 registered accounts. The daily, weekly and monthly active user counts are 912, 3,230 and 9,370 respectively. The busiest time of day is 1pm Pacific Time, and 32% of players play on mobile.
In an email to content creators on July 18, 2019, RocketSnail stated Experiment #4 will "introduce [a] lite RPG game and hopefully the Critterball minigame. The new lite RPG game "will allow players to unlock items and weapons". "A small shop" will be added so that players can "buy items with your coins" that are earned from minigames. Additionally, "the number of codes to unlock items will reduce as the number of in-game items increases.
In an email to content creators on July 18, 2019, RocketSnail stated Experiment #5 "will update the registration system. The new system will allow you to change your Nickname and update your email." Parental controls, mute players and reporting will also be added.
Using numbers to label experiments and updates slowly disappeared, with RocketSnail eventually stating that players found the numbering confusing and that everything in the game is an experiment.
The aim for the experiments is to test various technologies and find out what works and what doesn't.