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#1 Crisp



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 17:07

Tamagotchi to return as iPhone and Android app

The Tamagotchi, an electronic virtual pet that became a craze in the 1990s, is to return as an iPhone and Android app.

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Japanese toy and video games maker Bandai has announced that Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. will soon be available to download from GooglePlay and the Apple Store.

The first Tamagotchi, a small plastic toy on a keychain with a screen displaying rudimentary graphics, was released in Japan in 1996.

Players would see their virtual pet hatch onscreen, and then would have to look after it by remembering to press buttons at regular intervals for feeding time, bed time and so forth.

The game went on to sell more than 78 million units worldwide.

The new app will include a “Retro Mode”, which offers features similar to the original game, as well as more advanced options and related mini games.

"The original Tamagotchi was first released 16 years ago and took the world by storm. Everyone had a Tamagotchi and loved taking care of their digital pets," Bandai said in a statement.

"The new Tamagotchi app will feature the same gameplay you know and love with a number of exciting new features."

They have not given a date for the release, only saying that it will be available “soon”.

The word Tamagotchi is made from combining “tamago”, the Japanese word for egg, with the English word “watch”.

L.i.f.e stands for “love is fun everywhere”, according to the company blog.

In case that needs further explanation, Bandai adds: “Fans who grew up with Tamagotchi are today, positive, assured, intrepid, cooperative and empowering … when you factor in its modern-day update with a trendsetting focus, you’ll understand what Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. is all about.


#2 Nick H.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 17:36

I've tried a couple of times to find a tamagotchi app for Android, but none of them seem to capture the imagination in the same way that the original devices did for me.

I especially like the idea of "retro mode." Expanding the original devices functions by way of mini games is fine, but if I can get the simplicity of the original devices without the mini games then I'll be a happy chappy.

#3 Damien R.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:00

Those were the days when I used to feed my pet and it die a day later :p

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:01

How long is soon?

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:04

I've moved on to Kinectimals.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:11

I never once owned an official Tamagotchi. When i was younger i had no money so had to make do with the knock off ones. Usually better as they have more options, but break easier.
First one i had was a nano puppy, it fell down the back of a radiator in the house and i couldn't be bothered to get it so it died. Probably why i wasn't allowed a really puppy. :laugh:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:13

Might give this a go, I remember buying a knockoff Tamagotchi for £25 back in the day.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:16

Well, I think this upcoming "Hatch" iphone app is going to beat all of these other tamagotchi apps.

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Go adopt your pet now!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:18

I bought a legit Bandai Tamagotchi first gen off ebay w/ box and instructions few months back for 25$. I still haven't opened it yet. Brought back memories, just haven't had the time to dump my time into it like I did the ones I had as a kid.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 18:30

I've tried a couple of times to find a tamagotchi app for Android, but none of them seem to capture the imagination in the same way that the original devices did for me.

It's not that they're not good. It's just you getting older.
Too old for these kind of things now.

#11 Aheer.R.S.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:29

ugh, I had had enough of those things the first time around....

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:00

Im surprised there wasnt one already? After all this time I had assumed there would be, would have funded the development of this if that was the case. Kids are suckers for these, maybe throw in some pet battles with your mates, profit $$

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:53


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:24

I hope they are not cloud based, my pet gonna suffer whenever theres cloud outage happened.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 15:16

I had 12 tamagotchis and everyone was jelly.