Here's a title that may appeal to a specific audience. Namco has released Tamagotchi: 'Round the World in both full $5.99 [App Store] and free Lite [App Store] versions.

Interact with cute clouds, playful plants and gleeful geysers to raise the ultimate pet: An entire planet! Keep your Tamagotchi well-fed with fresh fruit and tickle them until they fall down laughing! Play with the environmental creatures called Gaiatchi and earn Stars to buy Tamagotchi stamps for your virtual stampbook! Eat, dance, play and even poop your way to a happier and healthier planet!

The game is an updated version of the virtual pet phenomenon that was/is Tamagotchi.

  • Four Tamagotchi to choose from! Mametchi, Memetchi, Kuchipatchi and Violetchi.
  • Five mini-games to play with the Gaiatchi - Rock Paper Scissors, Bubble Game, Move It, Beach Ball and Dancing
  • Three activities to play with your Tamagotchi - Tickling, Memory Match, and Math Puzzle
  • Lively, interactive environmental creatures such as geysers, plants, clouds, and seedlings!
  • Earn Stars to buy special Tamagotchi stamps for your virtual stampbook!

The game revolves around raising and interacting with your Tamagotchi. It may appeal to those interested in virtual pet experiences and the Lite version gives you an opportunity to try it out.

App Store Links: Tamagotchi Lite, Free, Tamagotchi, $5.99

  • Forerunnerz

    Sweet, gonna try this out.

  • Forerunnerz

    Sweet, gonna try this out.

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  • rileyman

    iGotchi?
    ever heard of that one?

  • rileyman

    iGotchi?
    ever heard of that one?

  • Jens Alfke

    Yikes — I'm having to hide the screen from my daughter as though it were hardcore pr0n or something. If she finds out there's a Tamagochi game for the iPhone, then I'm going to have to get her one.

    (OK, not really. I'm not that kind of dad, fortunately. But there would be wailing and rending of garments and such. Beware the wrath of the ten-year-old.)

    Quick update for those between the ages of 15 and 35: Yes, Tamagochi made their first appearance ten years ago, and soon thereafter fell into the limbo of expired fad gadgets. But they reappeared, maybe four years ago, with slightly fancier features and an external hi-res mythos, and have been selling like hotcakes again. My daughter got addicted in a major way in 3rd grade; it's been in remission for a while, but could easily return.

  • Jens Alfke

    Yikes — I'm having to hide the screen from my daughter as though it were hardcore pr0n or something. If she finds out there's a Tamagochi game for the iPhone, then I'm going to have to get her one.

    (OK, not really. I'm not that kind of dad, fortunately. But there would be wailing and rending of garments and such. Beware the wrath of the ten-year-old.)

    Quick update for those between the ages of 15 and 35: Yes, Tamagochi made their first appearance ten years ago, and soon thereafter fell into the limbo of expired fad gadgets. But they reappeared, maybe four years ago, with slightly fancier features and an external hi-res mythos, and have been selling like hotcakes again. My daughter got addicted in a major way in 3rd grade; it's been in remission for a while, but could easily return.

  • arn

    @Jens - thanks for the update. I have to admit my last real exposure to Tamagotchi was in the initial incarnation. I'm not at all familiar with this new version.

  • arn

    @Jens - thanks for the update. I have to admit my last real exposure to Tamagotchi was in the initial incarnation. I'm not at all familiar with this new version.

  • Harv

    please make this available in australia and any other countries where it is not. why wouldn't it be available? why don't they want my money? please somebody explain...

  • Harv

    please make this available in australia and any other countries where it is not. why wouldn't it be available? why don't they want my money? please somebody explain...

  • Tamaenthusiast

    This app is horrible. Nothing like the original Tamagotchis at all. You do not even take care of the Tamagotchi in this game. You basically feed a plant and play with a water spitting geyser. Horrible. Bring back the original in a app. I would pay for that one