|Release Date(s)||July 1, 2007 (US)|
July 23, 2007 (EU)
U.B. Funkeys was a personal computer game for children. However, it has been discontinued in the US. It can be played both online and offline. Play consists of a personal computer game that works together with collectible figures that represent characters in the game. It began in August, 2007 and ended in January, 2010. The product was exhibited by Mattel in February 2007 at the American International Toy Fair and designed by Radica Games. The game software was developed by Arkadium.
Funkeys are small, colorful characters that inhabit a virtual world called Terrapinia. Players navigate a number of zones and portals where they play games to earn coins. With their coins they can buy items to decorate their homes, referred to as "cribs" in the game. There have been six different series of Funkeys released along with six adventure packs while some Funkeys and adventure packs have been cancelled.
Users progress through the game as they collect different figures. Each "tribe" is able to access different areas, games and items. Most figures have two sets of alternate colorings, and using these "Rare" or "Very Rare" Funkeys gives the player access to more items inside of shops.
There are many portals to go through: Kelpy Basin, Magma Gorge, Laputta Station, Funkiki Island, Daydream Oasis, Nightmare Rift, Royalton Raceway, Hidden Realm, and Paradox Green. In order to use a portal, you had to use a Funkey with a game room in the given location. For example, Sol can access Funkiki Island because its game room, "Relaxing Resort," is located there. However, Sol cannot access Lapuatta Station because there is no game room there it can access. Regardless of tribe, any Funkey can return to Funkeystown.
In every zone, there is an enemy character who appears if you stay outside for too long. These are: Henchman in Funkeystown, Magma Gorge, Lapuatta Station, and Kelpy Basin; Natives in Funkiki Island; Dali in Daydream Oasis; Goya in Nightmare Rift; Kane in the Hidden Realm; and the Henchmen 2.0 in Paradox Green. Encountering these characters will start a short minigame where the player can win or lose coins.
Throughout the game, the player hears of Master Lox, the main antagonist of the series. He locked the portals and game rooms, restricting access only for particular Funkeys. In addition, he created the Henchmen to steal coins in Funkeystown, Kelpy Basin, Magma Gorge, and Laputta Station and the Henchman 2.0 in Paradox Green to destroy the Gnomon Tree. He appears to be served by Dali and Goya.