In 1997, I stumbled upon a website called Purple Moon. What I found there was a handcrafted proto-social network with elements of point-and-click adventures. The site is a time machine of both web design and community management. Also, there are sparkles.

Please note: This interactive essay has a flashing background. Please take care if you're photosensitive! If you'd like to read it without the background, contact me and I'll happily send you an adjusted version to check out.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(12 total ratings)
Made withPyxel Edit
TagsNarrative, Text based
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsMouse, Touchscreen
AccessibilityOne button


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Sparky flashing background made it difficult to focus on the text but I'm glad I succeed on reading it. It's sweet and I'm now also nostalgic of some old simple webpages games I can't totally remember from the 2000s' Internet. What a weird and funny time for online browser games! Thanks for this interactive essay

thank you so much for checking it out, angela! i hope you saw i can send a non-flashing version if anyone wants it -- perhaps i should just upload that version and let people download it if they want.


A wonderful essay with beautiful art that makes me yearn for the simpler days of the internet. <3


Reading this suddenly flooded my mind with memories long forgotten! I had played one of the Rockett games "Rockett's New School" but I never knew there was an entire online community built around the developer Purple Moon. The game left a huge positive impression on me as a kid.