90s kids rejoice! Tamagochi, our beloved digital pet, has finally moved out of its err..eggshell and made its way to our handphone devices.
Here’s a brief history lesson to those unfamiliar with this pint-sized pocket pet:
- It is created by Bandai, a Japanese toy company
- The first Tamagochis were released in 1996 in Japan and in 1997 worldwide
- It is a digital pet that needs tending to otherwise they actually die
- Bandai (now Bandai Namco) released a newer, smaller version in 2017
- It was first announced in November last year that the electronic pet will be available on mobile as My Tamagochi Forever
The app, now available for download for both iOS and Android, utilizes the ever-popular Freemium model where users can download the game for free but can opt to purchase or watch ads for bonuses and perks.
Although the app still has the original characters and has the same goal – taking care of your virtual pet – it has a few differences to the electronic toy that took over the 90s by storm.
Aside from updated graphics, the app is also AR-ready. Users can explore the communal town called Tamatown where the pets to interact with others. There are also a few mini games that users can play within the app that rewards you with more coins and unlocks the different levels available in the game. You can now have multiple characters as well and you can even pick their outfits. And now with the touchscreen capabilities of smartphones and tables, users can pet and tickle their Tamagochis.
What they didn’t take away from the original game? The amount of poop that the pets can make. Apparently, this pint-sized pet can still generate quite a surprising amount from eating mostly apples and chocolate bars.
Throwback feels anyone?