Introducing, the Tamagotchi app for Android. As in, the 90s virtual pets game.
Call it “keeping up with the times” or “innovating” but Namco Bandai is doing it right with the release of “Tamagotchi L.i.f.e” (the acronym stands for “love is fun everywhere”). Right now, the app is only available on Android devices and, well, it does similar things the keychain Tamagotchi used to do.
There’s an emulator mode when you start your “game” where your pet is a familiar egg. As time passes, you get a blobby uh, something, to feed, bathe, clean, entertain (gain “hearts”), keep happy, keep healthy, and basically prevent from dying. With the “Tamagotchi L.i.f.e”, the original Tamagotchi bleeps and bloops would sound off and on again to alert you of your pet’s wants and needs (read: demands).
You can either choose from the app’s “toy view”, which recreates the eggshell interface or the “app view”, which brings your pet into a full-screen view and dumps the three-button controls in favor of tappable icons. Watch the official video:
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Also, if you take care of your pet well enough, you’ll be able to unlock in-app features and rewards such as new wallpapers and backgrounds, and new pets to raise. Players also have the ability to play a game of rock, paper, scissors with their digital creature. A noisier smartphone/tablet, less productivity, and good times ahead?
Go download it and find out.