What is this? What do I do here?

As you probably have heard, Google closed SuperPoke! Pets and the SPP.com website, as of March 6, 2012.

History

Google bought Slide, Inc., the maker of SPP, in early August of 2010. Slide continued as a relatively independent unit of Google for the next year. In June, 2011, Slide announced that it was gradually shutting down the release of new items for SPP, the final items being released on July 1, 2011. Slide intended to let players continue playing with all the existing items for the forseeable future. Players who looked forward to the constant flow of new items were disappointed, but many continued to play and to buy items for as long as they could.

Then, in late August, 2011, someone high in the Google organization decided to end many Google products and departments as part of their strategic goals to put more effort behind fewer projects. Slide and its products were just one example of products and teams being ended. The SPP team was largely dismantled right after that, its employees offered positions in other parts of the company, but the team requested six months to transition players off the site, and the life of SPP.com was extended until March 6, 2012.

What can we do?

Many of us are very devoted to our SuperPoke! Pets and people demanded two things more than any others: to keep our items that we've put so much time and money into, and to keep our friendships that we've built up over the years. Google was kind enough to provide a function to let us download habitats from SPP.com so that we can have our items to keep, but many people said that it wasn't good enough: "We want to be able to continue redecorating our habitats with our items." This is how Habi Makeover was born. Habi Makeover, which has been released a little bit at a time and is still developing, lets you redecorate with the items you have downloaded from SPP.com.  This site you are on now, the Habi Makeover Community, is for users of the Habi Makeover offline decorating application to socialize and keep in contact in many of the ways we did on SPP.com and in some new ways.

What this is not:

Unfortunately, this is not SPP and you cannot play the SPP game here quite the way you could on SPP.com. There is no gardening or points and there is no shopping or marketplace.

We have added live habitats here on your profiles and you can visit other players and see what they done. We did have a quest here and we will likely have more activities of this type.

So what can I do here?

Most of what you can do using Habi Makeover takes place on your computer, rather than on the Internet or on an Internet Web site. This site is how you can connect with other users of the app to share and communicate.

How do I get started?

You'll need a few things to get started. Firstly, you'll probably want to sign up for the Community here using the "Sign Up Now" button at the bottom of this page or on the Welcome page, although that is not essential for using the app.

You'll need three kinds of things on your computer to take advantage of what you can do with Habi Makeover.

  1. Downloading habitats: Using the download button below your habitat on SPP, you can copy that habitat to your computer with all the things in it and keep it forever on your hard disk or other storage device. You will probably want to get one of everything that you have. It's a little like Noah's Ark except that you don't need two of each animal or item. You only need one of each thing. You can "clone" or duplicate items to use in your decorating. Anything that you do not download, you won't be able to use. If you have more than one pet, you will probably want to download habitats from each one. The pet is included in each habitat that you download.
     
  2. SPP Lite: By clicking the SPP Lite button below your habitat on SPP.com, you can install SPP Lite on your computer. You only need to download this once for each computer that you use. You do not need to download it for each pet. The only time you need to install SPP Lite again is if a newer version of SPP Lite is released. SPP Lite will allow you to look at your habitats on your computer any time even when you're not on the Internet or when SPP.com is gone.
     
  3. Habi Makeover: Using the Habi Makeover program that you can get on the Habi Makeover dowloads page, you can change some things in your downloaded habitats and save a newly decorated habitat on your computer. Using SPP Lite, you can make a snapshot from this newly decorated habitat that you can share with people here on the Habi Makeover Community or send to your friends directly by email. They are based on a much earlier version of the app, but I highly recommend Sheep's how-to video tutorials on installing Habi Makeover Basic and using Habi Makeover 1.01.01.

More help is available in the Getting Started article on our wiki.