We’re in the early throes of a new decade, and you know what that means. Forget the ’80s – it’s time for the ’90s to be retro-in! Developer Portable Pixels is doing its part by creating a faithful representation of the old Tamagotchi keychain pets from the ’90s. Since this is a retro deal, the graphics and layout look like they were lifted from the ghost of pixelated, monochrome games past, with a more smartphone-friendly interface.
If you played with a Tamagotchi or Neopets back in the day, there aren’t many surprises in this iteration. You have a pet made of pixels. it may or may not resemble an actual being. You will feed it, clean up its messes, and play with it. Ideally, it will not die for a few days. If you hit a week, you’ll be feeling good about yourself. Eventually, you’ll kinda forget about it and come back in a day to find feces everywhere and a very upset pet. You will enter a love-hate relationship with your pet that will border dangerously on hate-hate. You might even cross that line, and end up with a mound of dirt in the ground and a memorial cross. You know the drill, you remember the ’90s.
OK, there is one surprise. In a Pokémon-esque twist, your Hatchi will evolve based on how well you take care of it, which sounds like it will be different from the natural growth changes from baby to adult.
If you’re itching to get back on that ’90s horse (or pixelated blob dude or dudette), the Hatchi app is available now off the iTunes App Store for $0.99.