Although the marketing is heavy, from pushing to toys, custom T-Shirts, etc. on the front page, to sales of a hand held game that allows you to play with a butterfly flying behind you while in the game, certain "badges" earned in the game can only be done by buying "Clickables" toys, "friendship bracelets" and so on; the game has far too many MAJOR glitches, that despite numerous "error reports", they are fixed VERY slowly if at all. Kids and adults alike are very frustrated, for instance with the latest additions where items earned in the game simply have disappeared. It's been nearly 2 weeks and this and MANY other problems in the game are STILL not corrected!
My friend's grand daughters used to play, and have since lost interest, since they had earned so many tings and they simply disappeared.
The game had problems when I first signed on, though I thought, "Hey! It's Disney, they'll fix it lickety split." Boy was I wrong! The problems have only increased, and they continue to add more and more to the game without fixing the problems they still have! Some have been there the entire approximately five months I have been a member. The latest additions caused items that took weeks to earn to disappear. After about 2 months, myself and others became bored with the game. When the new editions came, we were excited about them, and although the new things are cute, the game has too many problems to list.
The game is very repetitive (one has to play the same games inside the game over and over for quests to earn things, and that becomes boring.)
You and play for free, although you cannot buy things such as clothing and items for your fairy home, make things such as clothes or cookies for quests, go on member quests (there are a very few for non-members) or go into the new areas, so there is a constant push to buy a subscription. On the front page, the products to buy are pushed heavily (latest has the hand held game, friendship bracelets, Clickables, and so on advertised on the front page (If you want to be able to have friends online, get certain badges, be "in style and have a butterfly fly behind you" then buy this!)
If the game was error free (or even tested properly), I would recommend it highly. The artwork is incredible, yet the game has problem after problem after problem with simply playing the game. Connections are frequently dropped in busy times, and the cute sayings about why their servers crashed, this and that doesn't work, items your characters have earned that were not that easy and took hours of play simply disappeared during an update (Roughly half of my items disappeared, which for an adult is about a month's worth of work playing nearly every day!), when you file an "error report' you get a form letter back, their live help is rarely available and hasn't been while I've been on since the latest mess where everyone's things disappeared.
You use three characters per account. Two of mine are stuck in a loop of the same quest and cannot buy items, the other simply cannot buy anything and is missing an item earned from a quest, as are many more peoples'.
There are party games that only work about half of the time. When they freeze, you are stuck logging out, and if it is your party, you spent things you had to collect to throw the party and loose it all.
This could be a wonderful game, but needs some good programmers to update it about every 2-3 months, not including the special events, to keep it fresh so kids and adults alike don't get bored.
As Pixie Hollow exist now, I would not buy a subscription for anyone. There are simply too many problems to list here. I did make a free account (which anyone can do) yet most of the problems go unnoticed on a free account. It is only after you've paid and start playing that you notice there are major problems that should have been worked out before the game and additions were put online.
Great ideas, great artwork but a 1 on execution.