We have good news and bad news for you. The good news? Portable Pixel's Tamagotchi-style game, Hatchi [$.99], is now available on iPhone and iPod Touch for $.99. The bad news? The star of our glowing hands-on preview of the neat title, Big Poppa Pump, is dead. He left this world just 24 hours after the write-up. We can't quite let him go yet, so he's currently rotting as we figure out how to keep moving on with our lives.

In case you missed the piece, Hatchi is basically Tamagotchi for mobile. You hatch a little monster, and then feed, bathe, play, and teach it. As the hours tick by, it grows and evolves into something of your creation. Hatchi requires some patience, but it's a cool experience that our community really seems to dig.

  • http://twitter.com/booch138 Booch138

    I don't normally complain about things like this, because I rarely ever see them in TA articles, but "it will grows" and "Hatchi requires some patiences" really bothered me. hahahaaha.

    On the subject at hand, Hatchi is fantastic. As a kid, I carried my Giga Pets and Tamagotchis with me everywhere. I would find myself getting up in the middle of the night and get my flashlight and look to see how much poop I had to clean up, or how much to feed my little pixilated critter, just to make sure it was well taken care of. Then I sort of just... grew out of them, or my parents didn't want to buy the little circular cell batteries for them, hoping I would forget. And I did.

    Fast forward to a couple months ago, I had a huge itch for a Giga Pet/Tamagotchi style iOS app that seriously needed to be scratched, that frankly no other app in the AppStore could even come close to scratching. Until I saw the hands-on preview for this gem. Now that it's out, I am really enjoying it. In it's current form, it is literally just like the good ol Tamagotchi "games". You feed it, you play with it, you teach it, you clean it, and you let it sleep. Rinse and repeat. Hopefully it will grow big and strong, and live a long and prosperous life. At least that's what I am hoping for little Boochie138. ^.^

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  • Anonymous

    This is so exciting... tinytower was too attention sucking for me but I hope this game is spot on... and a huge success so the devs can justify updates!

  • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

    It's a simple concept, but I agree that no one's done it throwback style like this. I'm enjoying it, being an old school digimon, gigapet owner when I was a kid. Very nostalgic app in a simple way.

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P. Big Poppa Pump. You were an Inspiration for all of us.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

      Never forgive. Never forget. 2012 truly must be the end of the world.

  • TeddyNYC

    I downloaded Hatchi a few hours ago and all I can say is Thank You Portable Pixels for releasing this. I look forward to the updates and an iPad-friendly version. I know I have a couple of brand-new (never used or activated) tamagotchi units somewhere in my home and I'm trying to find them.

  • Anonymous

    Does this have a load of hidden forms and evolutions the way Tamagotchi used to? The most exciting part of the whole deal was trying to breed your pet into a rare creature.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OJSEASXHUB7FACV6VQPNJCELE Deric

    hmm well mine just evolved into a teenager and looks like the creature on the right, do the evolutions differ as an adult? or do all teenagers look like the one in the picture?

  • http://twitter.com/RenegadePark Howard

    This should have the "virtual pet" tag on it. I really do want to see this get more popular so we can get more features. ^^

  • http://twitter.com/RenegadePark Howard

    aa

  • http://www.facebook.com/KaylaLeexx Kayla Lee Rigby

    Really like this app want to see more features added to it. It's a nice fun idea but after you feed it and raise it's stats, there's nothing left to do

    It would be more entertaining if it had some of the features of the newer Tamagotchis like mini-games or items you can give it to play with

  • Fridha

    Hatchi isn't at all as good as Pixel Pals - which is an app that's also based on tamagotchis.. Hatchi just copied the old games while Pixel Pals does something fresh and is way cooler looking. And it's been out since last year, so all the comments about no one doing an app like this is kinda funny. Pixel Pals also works on both the iphone and the ipad which is good. :) Just my opinion.