Tamagochi lands on iOS and Android

Tamagochi App now available for mobile
My Tamagochi Forever (Credit: Bandai)

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
Tamagochi Electornic Pets

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?

Free downloadable apps still popular for smartphone users

People use the cliché “the best things in life are free” almost all the time. At times, people use it as their motto in life.

Well, in the app world, that cliché truly is a fact.

According to research firm Gartner Inc., about 90% of apps downloaded in smartphones all over the world are free. And those premium apps that people purchase cost $3 or less.

Gartner added that mobile app downloads will exceed 45.6 billion this year. Among these, free downloads account to 40.1 billion.

Those premium apps that aren’t as popular as those free have not been doing fairly. As the research firm reported that amongst those being paid, 90% belong to those priced $3 and below.

They added that this year, apps priced between 99 cents and $2.99 accounted for 87.5% of the paid downloads. They said by 2016 this figures will increase to 96%.

Among all the app stores in the market, the most popular is Apple’s App Store. This year alone, it has already accounted to 21 billion downloads. This figure has increased by 74% since last year.

According to research director at Gartner Brian Blau, “Apple’s market share is the largest, considering its App Store accounts for 25 percent of available apps in all stores.”

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