Last Updated: January 18th 2000
What is PostPet, anyway?
(And why should I get it?)
PostPet is a super user-friendly e-mail program... so friendly, it sends you e-mail greetings and writes to you in a secret diary!
Your PostPet lives in a little room in your computer, and you have to feed it, wash it, clean away its mess, and occasionally scold it (by clicking on it) just like a tamagotchi (or other virtual pet)! The main difference between PostPet and regular Desktop Virtual Pets, though, is that it can leave its "room" to hand-deliver e-mails to another friend with PostPet! While at someone else's PostPet Room, your pet can play with the other person's Pet, fight with it, eat its food, or maybe even fall in love... It writes you a little diary entry while it's away, and on its way home may even pick up little "treasures" like a piece of rainbow, or a magic pot. In the latest version of PostPet, PostPet 2.1 (aka PostPet: The World) you can even give your pet a cute toy to keep it from getting lonely or bored!
As your pet matures, its intelligence, looks, level of happiness, and other parameters are affected by how you treat it, as well as how your friends treat it. For example, if you send your pet out to a friend's "room" to play, and that "friend" slaps your pet, the pet could be very hurt, or grow up emotionally scarred as a result!
(Editor's note: This assumes the pet sticks around long enough to actually get slapped. In my experience, the PostPets only stick around for a minute or two when delivering mail... giving you little time to interact with them beyond checking their stats and maybe feeding them.)
If the pet grows to like your friends and their PostPets, it may start sending e-mails to them on its own!
PostPet can be a bit of a challenge to set up, but once it's correctly set up and configured, it's a delightful e-mail program, and charming virtual pet!
(Editor's note: I may be biased in that I spent a frustrating
year-and-a-half using Web e-mail only, because my sister had hijacked the family account
as well as the Eudora Lite and Eudora Pro programs on our computer. In that sense, PostPet
was a ghodsend... the first e-mail program that actually lets me compose stuff OFFLINE....
Where can I get PostPet?
Right now, a limited trial version for Windows 95/98is available at
PostPet is available as a commercial product, PostPet Premium, which you can purchase online
from Sony Singapore, or from select stores in Singapore and Hong Kong.
As well, it is available in normal, Deluxe, and
PostPet 2001 (with all new characters) versions
for Japanese Windows 95 and Japanese Macs... in Japan only, of course.
What do I need to run PostPet?
The general requirements, as stated on the Official Sony PostPet Page are:
(We recommend CPU Pentium-100MHz or more, and 16MB or more memory)
You also need an e-mail account that is compatible with POP3 and SMTP e-mail programs.
If you already have such an account, then be sure to find out what the
pop3 and smtp settings are... you'll need this info when setting up your PostPet!
Here, however, is a brief
list of GENUINELY free POP3 e-mail accounts. I am already registered at most of them, and can
personally vouch for how well they work with my PostPet program.
Send me PostPet mail HERE!
Send me normal e-mail at email@example.com!
Link to me, Baby!
Just use your left mouse button to click on the picture, save to disk, and upload to your webpage!