Tamagotchi is finally coming to your phone: Bandai to launch hit game as a free AR app for first time
- The app, called My Tamagotchi Forever, will be free for iOS and Android in 2018
- The trailer suggests it will have augmented reality features like Pokemon Go
- The game will include mini games and a Tamatown to make 'friends' with others?
Just weeks after reviving the beloved 90s toy for a limited re-release, Bandai has revealed Tamagotchi is now coming to smartphones in what appears to be an augmented reality app.
The app, called My Tamagotchi Forever, will be free for iOS and Android, allowing players to raise their characters and even mingle with others in ‘Tamatown.’
While it will mimic many aspects of the original game, from feeding the virtual pet to cleaning up after it, the new Tamagotchi app will also include a number of mini-games and special items that can be unlocked.
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Just weeks after reviving the beloved 90s toy for a limited re-release, Bandai has revealed Tamagotchi is now coming to smartphones in a new augmented reality app. The app, called My Tamagotchi Forever, will be free for iOS and Android
20TH ANNIVERSARY TAMAGOTCHI?
Tamagotchi revealed it would be re-launching the hit Tamagotchi toy in a limited US release.
The $14.99 toy officially hit the shelves in the US on November 5, in a smaller and simpler design than the original.
With the launch, the toy is available through common retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Toys R US.
It will also be rolling out across October in European markets.
But, if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll have to act fast.
According to the firm, only a 'finite number' of the devices were created for the US market.?
It isn’t the first app the company has released in efforts to keep Tamagotchi up to speed in the smartphone era.
But, according to Bandai, it’s the first Tamagotchi app that’s free to play.
The official trailer also suggests it may have AR features, following in the footsteps of games such as Pokemon Go.
In the trailer, players can be seen interacting with the virtual pet, using the phone’s camera to create the appearance that it is actually in the room or posing for pictures.
Players will have to feed their virtual pet and clean up after them in order to keep them happy and healthy.
And, they’ll have to remember to turn off the lights so the character can get a good night’s sleep.
Similar to the original handheld game, the characters will grow and evolve based on how well you take care of them.
The game will also feature a virtual town filled with other characters, that you can become ‘friends’ with.
According to Bandai, this is the first Tamagotchi app that’s free to play. The official trailer also suggests it may have AR features, following in the footsteps of games such as Pokemon Go
According to Bandai, the app will become available in the US in 2018.
Users can also register now on the website for a chance to be selected for the inspiration for a new Tamagotchi character.
In October, Bandai revealed the firm would be re-launching the egg-shaped toy in smaller form.
The mini toy was first launched in Japan, in a move that was met with ‘tremendous worldwide response.’
In the trailer, players can be seen interacting with the virtual pet, using the phone’s camera to create the appearance that it is actually in the room or posing for pictures
While Tamagotchi’s pixelated design may be a far cry from the complex games available today, the firm expects the nostalgia factor will be a major luring point for those who once owned the toy as a kid
The new 20th anniversary version is much smaller than the original, but the gameplay is much the same, albeit simpler in some ways.
The toy is being released in six different shell designs, from pale orange and see-through blue to boldly contrasting two-tone schemes straight out of the 90s.
Each Tamagotchi will include six virtual pets.
After hatching a digital creature, users must take care of it as it moves through the different stages of life.
It officially hit the shelves on November 5, bringing it to popular retailers including Walmart, Target, and Toys R Us – but, the firm warned only a finite number would be available for the limited release.
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