Truth be told, I was just a little too old to land in the middle of the Tamagotchi craze: My childhood was more full of Trapper Keepers and Game Boys than the famous Japanese virtual pets. But of course I saw them all over the place back in the ’90s, as did everyone, really. And now the original toy is returning on iOS, as an upcoming app called Tamagotchi l.i.f.e.
Now, there already is an official Tamagotchi app on the App Store, but it’s more of a remake, with newer graphics and a little more social spin. This new app is designed to look more like the old version, presumably, playing a little bit more off of the now retro vibe of the old craze. It’s supposed to be on the App Store soon, so we’ll keep an eye out for it.
In the meantime, as you might imagine, there’s no shortage of virtual pets apps on the App Store, including the very Tamagotchi-like Pet Monster, and even a virtual puppy. But Tamagotchi is the original creature you could kill by not feeding it enough — hopefully Namco Bandai nails the feel of the old toy with this new app.