Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch Review

Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch Review

Apr 30, 2014

Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch is a puzzle game best described as a mix up between the world and gameplay mechanics of the populair Tamagotchi virtual pets and the insanely beloved Candy Crush Saga type of games.

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In this game the goal is to score a set amount of points by clearing blocks of randomly generated colors, so the Tamagotchi on the top of the screen will hatch from its egg. After that, you have to help the little bugger grow up, just like we all did in the nineties. Players clear the screen by swiping away a set of three or more of the same color blocks. They don’t have to be all horizontal of vertical; the game let’s you go diagonal as well, which is cool.

But the game is fundamentally flawed. Its gameplay is focused on getting enough points to clear the level, but players are extremely dependent on the randomly generated colors of the blocks. If the don’t fall down in you favor and can’t clear the level, than it presents a dilemma: do I start over or buy extra turns? In both cases, the problem of the randomly generated colors of the blocks remains, so, later on, a lot of time is spent at retrying stages, which is very unpleasant.

In total there are more than hundred stages to play and it’s possible to complete them without paying anything, but it takes a strong mind or a big fan to do so. Because of it’s random nature, I felt the urge to do something else instead, something that is relied on skill and not a big portion of luck. Sometimes it gives you exactly what is needed, but there are also times I felt pushed at buying something I didn’t want to.

And that’s a shame. The game plays and looks really well and it’s definitely visible the developer spend a lot of time achieving that. Because of the Tamagotchi theme, Namco Bandai accessed it’s huge library of Tamagotchi creatures, so fans of the series will feel right at home. Furthermore, the graphics look really slick and neat, building upon the foundation its initial developer made with the Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop on Nintendo DS. Tamagotchi Life: Tap and Hatch is a nice game with well-known gameplay mechanics, but sometimes forces the player to buy stuff. And that’s not cool.

Hatchi Review

Hatchi Review

Nov 14, 2012

Pagers. The Macarena. AOL. The decline of MC Hammer.

Pray tell, what is there NOT to love about the wonderful, glorious 90s?

For those that long wistfully for a simpler time, Hatchi might be the answer. Hatchi is a virtual pet for the jet set. It’s the baby without the crying, and parenthood without the future college loans. It’s a 90s staple with a 20xx skin. It’s Tamagotchi in your pocket. Well, in your phone. Or tablet.

Hatchi is the natural evolution of the keychain virtual pet craze of the 90s. Somehow, Portable Pixels Limited, the game’s developer, was able to pack a lot of retro into the 21st century.

The game certainly had the “back-when” looks. Its simulated 8-bit look was well rendered, and it certainly recreated the look of the keychain variety of virtual pet on my mobile devices. At start, I was greeted with an opportunity to name my new family member. Apparently, monsters need love to, and “Captain Marvelous” was gonna get it.

The first thing I learned is that the level of care affected how well my pet thrived. Gameplay mainly consisted of making sure that the pet thingie had its needs met promptly. There were gauges at the top that measured things like hunger, happiness and hygiene. At the bottom, activity buttons existed: feeding, cleaning, play, and more. Now, to buy food, I needed money; to earn money, I had to play with Captain Marvelous. I loved the symbiotic nature of the different branches of the game. Playing with my per gave me an opportunity to feed it, and to boost its activity level as well. I read to my Hatchi to improve it smarts. Logical stuff like this made the game fun.

Also, it was interesting that Hatchi’s can die, and can also be released into the wild. New Hatchis can be “adopted” at particular time to increase the brood.

Hatchi has its socialization powered by Scoreloop, which hints at the ability to share scores and such via Facebook and/or Twitter.

Off the cuff, adding a feature like a Hatchi-rearing contest as a multi-player option could probably fun; giving folks an opportunity to spoil competing pets to get bragging rights would be a cool way to stimulate adoption of the game. There is a free version of the app that tops off at the “teenage” years; be careful, though. You will bond with this little squirt.

Hatchi is a great shout-out to a staple of yester-years, and does well to bring it back in an easily digestable form. It crosses generations, and can be the source of long-term fun.