When I came across this trailer announcing that we were finally getting Tamagotchi on our phones, I was pretty excited. I waited and waited and then as usual, lost track of what dates the days were and eventually I forgot… Until one day I opened my App Store. Lo and behold, My Tamagotchi Forever is on the home page and Apple’s “Game of the Day”. I quickly tapped that download button and I was brought to an updated version of my childhood.
Off the bat, Mametchi introduces you to the mechanics of taking care of your Tamagotchi. Much like the original, you have to tend to your Tamagotchi’s needs: hunger, cleanliness, bladder (bowels, to be more exact) and boredom. Feed them, bathe them, help them poop (or clean up after them!), tickle them and play minigames with them. Once you’ve learned the basics, Mametchi then gives you your first Tama-egg.
Mametchi then comes back to take you through Tamatown, where you can buy clothes or gems (the latter with real money) and create ‘moments’ with your Tama. I warn you not to run around Tamatown with your phone volume up high, just don't do it. Each type of Tamagotchi has a whole ‘quest’ page dedicated to them and filling up each page earns you rewards in in-game coins or gems. So replayability is there, incase collecting all the Tamagotchi wasn’t enough for you, as minimal as it may be. My Tamagotchi Forever seems to have jumped the AR train as well, with an AR minigame and camera features to bring your Tamagotchi into the real world.
Then, left to your own devices, you are now responsible for your digital pet. You have the option of turning on notifications so it’ll tell you when it’s bored or tired or hungry or if it shat everywhere. Spend time with it and it’ll “evolve” from baby to infant to teen to adult. The daily minigame challenges have been pretty fun to do and if I’m not mistaken, that may be the fastest way for your Tama to grow up. I’ve been playing for about 3 days now and my Tama has just hit teenaged-hood and… Oh… Oh no...
WHAT IS THAT THING? No! My poor Hoshitchi… WHYYYYYY? WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE NIKATCHI AS A TEEN? WHY, PUBERTY, WHY?
My Tamagotchi Forever is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.