Bandai Tamagotchi : Review
Rolling back only a couple of years (ok, nearly 20 years to 1996) Tamagotchi’s were all the rage, I had quite a few different cyber pets but my most favourite was my Tamagotchi. I hatched it from an egg, raised it, cared for it and left it in the care of my mum whilst I was in school… things rapidly took a turn for the worst as Mum was clueless how to care for it so unfortunately my Tamagotchi never reached a grand age.
Photo taken from Telegraph
I have always been fond of Tamagotchi and back in 2013 when I heard they were to be relaunched I knew I needed to get my hands on one at some point to enjoy a bit of nostalgia. Recently I have begun working with Bandai and after hearing my cries to want to play with a Tamagotchi again they not only sent me one to play with but two!
As you can see from the photos above Tamagotchi’s have somewhat grown in size, they are no longer as miniature as their predecessors. This is because today’s Tamagotchi’s are powered by 2 AAA batteries because of the extra features these new digital friends offer.
Setting up your digital pet is simple, input the date & time, choose an egg pattern you want to hatch and your Tamagotchi will do the rest. Over the coming days and weeks you need to raise your Tamagotchi, feed it, play with it and socialise it with its friends to grow it into a happy and healthy adult.
Raising your Digital Pet will earn you Points which you can spend on supplies for your pet, you can earn points by playing games to then spend later in the shop on food, snacks of jewellery.
A big feature to the new range of Tamagotchi’s are their ability to connect with friends, your Tamagotchi can make friends. Making friends is easy using the “Bump” feature built into the devices by simply pressing the backs of 2 devices together. With friends you can write them emails, share food/snacks or jewellery which you have purchased, visit your “bump friend” or have them visit you.
Another great feature to add to these new Tamagotchi’s are their ability to collect items online, using the Tamagotchi Friends webpage you can complete missions in Dream Town which earn you tickets to collect the goodies provided using your Digital Pet PC ability.
Given the updates the Tamagotchi has faced over the past few years I was rather surprised to find that screen hasn’t really been updated. Its still the dull “black & white” it was 20 years ago. There is a new contrast feature but this doesn’t really take care of our screen issue. It’d be nice to have the screen lit up a bit either with some sort of back-light or even a colour display now. Looking at the screen in bright light really does hinder my efforts to take care of my pet.
Myself and my neighbours daughter certainly have enjoyed putting our new Tamagotchi’s through their paces and look forward to many more adventures. Tamagotchi’s are available in a wide range of colours and are ready to buy on your local high street or online with a great RRP price of £19.99.
**This is not a sponsored post, I was provided with 2 Tamagotchi’s to test and review. All words and opinions are my own.