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Why MiniMonos was More Than Just a Game

As you all know, it is with great sadness that the MiniMonos team has announced the closing of its wondrous game. For some, this may simply be the ridding of a fun pastime, but to most us, I know it is much more.  As more myself, I know I am one of those people. For the past two years (well, a little more than), MiniMonos has been my home away from home, if you will. It’s a place that I could go to when I was bored, having a bad day, or just looking for some fun, and I could basically escape the true world. As time went on, the MiniMonos developers continuously found ways to bring more entertainment to the game through constant features and new updates. Some things about MiniMonos, however, just made it pure amazingness for me.

One thing that always amazed me about MiniMonos was the staff’s involvement in the community. In other virtual worlds, that’s just something you really don’t see. With MiniMonos, it’s an often occurrence to find an ambassador (or party master) online. I think even the fact that they had a party master shows how much they truly care. The involvement of the ambassadors, though, just made this such an astounding world. One great example of this would have to be the Pirates vs. Ninjas party. What started as a simple costume party hosted by a few blogs, turned into a huge island themed party with the help of none other than the amazing Badgerfox. That kind of dedication to the community stood out to me more than anything.

As mentioned before, MiniMonos was like my home away from home. A home though, isn’t one without a family there. Through MiniMonos, I made great friendships with people from truly all around the world. Something that’s always amazed me is how close and kind the entire community of MiniMonos was. Kindness was always predominantly shown from every player, even in times when it would be easier to not be nice. The main reason for this I believe was the amount of pride the ambassadors put upon us players for being good to one another. To make such a positive atmosphere constantly is not an easy feat (trust me), and the fact that they were able to keep it so nice just blows my mind. It truly shows how amazing they all are. Through this kind community they made, friendships blossomed and remained long term. As said though, the thing that truly astounds me is how they united people from all across the world. Together, we all united for one common interest in mind- making the world a better place for our future.

MiniMonos’ pure devotion to helping the world is the other thing in my mind that put this world way over the top. In other virtual worlds, the “saving the planet” theme slowly started to creep in. MiniMonos, however, was based around this. Their goal was to change the planet through making the youth of the world want to change it, something they accomplished very well. I mean, they encouraged 1,500 people to go out and make a true difference in the world. While some things may be considered small contributions, every little bit counts, and none of those changes would have happened without the influence of MiniMonos. I’ve always been one to try and stay relatively eco-friendly, but rarely did I go out and make true changes to the world. MiniMonos opened my eyes and encouraged me to go out and help not only my community now, but the future generations of the world. Through its time, MiniMonos never managed to stray from the path of trying to help the world. They showed true dedication to what they believed in and what was right, and to me that is just simply amazing.

As many of you may know, I was greatly involved in the MiniMonos community for quite a great time. As life caught up and got more busy, I began to fade from the community a bit, but still stopped in for a hello when I could. Despite this, MiniMonos still offered me many great opportunities. In my time here, I was able to accomplish many things. Obviously, I opened the blog MiniMonosExpress. Originally, it was just myself blogging, but as time went on, new authors began to be hired and do a fantastic job. With the help of EcoMom (original), I had the opportunity to help lead the EcoMonkey project as the EcoMonkey Team Leader and be the first EcoMonkey. In another instance, with the help of Badgerfox and Bananatastic, the Pirates vs Ninjas party, which I had originally planned to be a small little get together, bloomed into a huge island wide party with tons of monkeys showing up for the original event (that Bananatastic and I led). Another great opportunity that Bananatastic gave me was to help him with a Thanksgiving video, running around asking monkeys to say what they were thankful for. It was a lot of fun to get to know new monkeys by doing this. Through these experiences, I will say that they made me a better person, not just in this virtual world, but in the true world, and for that I thank you all.

Below are some photos and links that I considered of importance. I hope you will view them the same.

Pirates vs. Ninjas Original Party Thread

MiniMonos’ Impact on the World

My EcoProject

The Original EcoMonkey Blog

The Party Master Blog

The Go Bananas Blog!



An old header, one of my favorites.




Blog Certification



Mogger of the Month Awards



EcoMonkey Badges

(I will add in world pictures later, but they are on an old hard drive, so I’ll have to search for them.)

Now, as you can imagine, it’s a bit difficult to blog about a virtual world that’s no longer running. So, I must sadly also announce the closing of this blog. Now, the blog won’t be deleted. I’m going to leave it here as an archive of sorts (and for the nostalgia value). We may also have some occasional postings here still, especially in the following days. I’d like to thank you all for being so amazing and making it possible for us here at MiniMonosExpress to keep doing what we do. You all mean alot to us. Thank you.


I know this is a long post, but I think this is a topic that deserves it. However, I’ll try to wrap this up.

To the MiniMonos Staff,

If there’s anything I want to be taken from this, please do not view MiniMonos as a failure. In my eyes, as I hope it is in yours, it was a great success. Speaking for myself, I know MiniMonos greatly changed me for the better. Logging into MiniMonos used to almost always be the highlight of my day. Getting on to talk with the ambassadors and all my friends that I had made was just such an amazing feeling. Being able to come to this virtual world for  just even 15 minutes a day as an escape from the real world really helped me through some rough times. MiniMonos truly helped out. Obviously, I’m not the only one affected by you, though. I know for certain many other members felt the same way as I do about MiniMonos. Being apart of such a great community has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my lifetime. The 35 months I’ve been here have truly been fantastic months. All the joy in this time that MiniMonos has brought me cannot even come close to being expressed in words.

I’d also like to congratulate you on reaching the one main goal you set out to do- changing the world for the better. Think simply of all the monkeys who have joined the game- it’s well over a million. All these people came here with one common interest, saving the planet. You united us all to do something  that is difficult to do by oneself, while also proving that every little contribution by every person helps. With all the players, EcoMonkeys, and more, you have truly helped to change the world for the future generations. Whether a monkey was compelled enough to do an ecoproject or not, you at MiniMonos help changed the way they view what they do and how it hurts the environment. Through their experiences here at MiniMonos, all players have learned to care about the environment, and such a powerful influence from the staff has led to us all making real life changes on the world. That is just astounding. A virtual world, full of people around the globe, coming together to save the planet we love because of your influence. If you ask me, I’d say changing millions of kids’ outlook on the world is in no way a failure. Thank you so much to all the friends I’ve made here on MiniMonos. Thank you so much to all the staff that worked so hard to make all us players enjoy being here. You have truly changed my life and all the other player’s life for the brighter.

Thank you MiniMonos.

Thank you.




The MiniMonos Winter Art Contest is Here!

Are you a creative monkey?  Do you want to have your artwork displayed at Mutt’s Gallery for everyone on MiniMonos Island to see?  Now’s your chance!


We’re looking for the most bananaful holiday art created by YOU to display in Mutt’s Gallery. Here’s how it works:

CaneDraw or make a picture of an EPIC monkey holiday!  Will it be a wintery scene or a scorching summer day?  Inside with a holiday tree or outside where you play?  It’s up to you!  We just want to see your awesome art!

CaneSend your artwork to and use “Holiday Art” as your email subject/title.  Be sure to include your monkeyname, too!  The deadline for entries is December 18th.

Cane6 of the pictures will be posted on the blog December 21st AND will be displayed in Mutt’s Gallery on MiniMonos!  ALL monkeys who enter will get a special Fan Art Top Cap!

Pick up your pencils, crayons, or markers, (or open your art program on your computer), and start creating your EPIC MiniMonos holiday art today!  We can’t wait to see it!

New MiniMonos Feature- Give your buddy likes!


Give your monkey buddies a ‘Like’ to let them know they have an EPIC treehouse with the brand NEW Likes on MiniMonos!

SmallerWhen you use a Like, yougive your buddies a decoration for their tree!

Every monkey has 3 Likes to give away daily; Gold monkeys have 10 Likes to give away!  Be sure tovisit every day to get more Likes for your buddies!

PS: Festive xpowers are back– Turn into a bouncy snowman or an epic tree.

What xPower is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

Bonus “Go Ghost” X-Powers- Limited Time Offer!

Scare the other team away this weekend with a big BOO!

Purchase Shells, Banana Chips or a MiniMonos Gold membership between now and midday on Monday and get 40 bonus Go Ghost xPowers!

Offer ends midday, Monday October 22nd, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Pirates Vs Ninjas- Coming to an End!

The intense battle between the Pirates and Ninjas is still underway, but it won’t be for much longer!

It’s the LAST WEEKEND to finish your team’s base and your last chance to unlock ALL of the rewards before they’re gone.

Keep donating your chips & items to get your gear, because the winning side gets an exclusive Top Cap!

Pirates Vs. Ninjas BEST Team Photo Contest!

The Pirates vs Ninjas event is underway and monkeys are running all over the island cheering for their team!

Can you capture the best photo of your buddies showing their team spirit?


Send us your BEST team photo by October 14th and you couldwin xPowers to help your team win the battle!

Marco’s MugShot Monday- Pirates vs Ninjas Returns!


The Pirates vs Ninjas event kicked off on MiniMonos last week! Check out these epic pictures!:


Pirates gather at the Whirlpool and prepare to take over the island!


Will JohnnyNitro chose team ninja or team pirate?!:

Pirates and ninjas battle it out at the Whirlpool!:

Tommypp wins the coolest treehouse contest with his never-ending piles of treasure!:

SirJake has the coolest pirate themed treehouse!:

What an awesome week, monkeys! Ninjas are winning the race right now, but will pirates make a come-back this week? Stay tuned!

Marco’s MugShot Monday- Pirates vs Ninjas!


Last week monkeys played on the beautiful oil-free beaches in their pirate and ninja costumes!:

Purple pirates take over Castle Beach!:


Kaputchin plays with monkeys in Crystal Cave!:

Epic ninja gear is avaliable at the Show Decks!:

Let’s go ninjas, let’s go!:

Check out the new wildlife on MiniMonos!:

Are you ready for the Pirates vs Ninjas event? The event kicks off October 5th… stay tuned!

List of MaxiMonkeys- October 2012!

The following monkeys have made the MaxiMonkey team for October because they are super-active on MiniMonos, are really positive, helpful and always making friends with new monkeys!


Congratulations to all returning and new MaxiMonkeys! Learn more about the MaxiMonkey program here.

Please be patient while we load up all of your accounts with xPowers, Shells, and MaxiMonkey t-shirts… it’s going to take us a couple days! 🙂

If you didn’t make the MaxiMonkey team this month, don’t worry! Keep being active and helpful on MiniMonos and keep applying!

Let’s continue bringing MiniMonos to the MAX!

Pirates Vs. Ninjas is BACK!

It’s time to prove that YOUR team is the GREATEST by recruiting more monkeys to join your crew!

You could even be in to win 100 Shells and 2,000 Banana Chips!Design an EPIC invite card and send it to ALL your friends!

😀 I LOVE Pirates Vs Ninjas every year! It’s by FAR my favorite party theme! I’m a pirate this year, what are you? 😀