Aside from gracing a platform that can also make phone calls, the neatest thing about Hatchi [$.99] is that it can be constantly updated with features that dramatically change up the user experience. Your Tamagotchi couldn't do that. No way.

Game creator Portable Pixel teased some huge changes coming in the next update about a week ago, and we've got some firm details on those. Here's a run-down of what we know:

On Food. Portable Pixel tells us that it has been "overwhelmed with the popularity" of its title and wanted to get some new features out in front of people as fast as possible. One of those features is additional food options. Joining the game's basic hamburger is pizza, apples, bread, cake, ice cream, and what appears to be a turkey leg. Weight is now a factor that the game figures in, and different foods will affect your Hatchi in different ways.

On Waste Management. We've received inscrutable image confirmation that, in the next update, your Hatchi gain the ability to poop. Steam will come off of its turds, and presumably, the washing feature will have to be used to take care of the on-screen mess. This was the game's most requested feature, apparently. We salute you for making this so, sirs.

On Evolution. Portable Pixel is adding an "additional evolution" stage, and is also greatly expanding the possible evolution tree. We've got a great image right here that'll give you a couple of clues as to what to expect.

On Death And Liberation. Soon, when your Hatchi dies, he will be laid to rest in a cemetery. Additionally, if you'd like to give up on your Hatchi without killing it manually, you'll be able to free it in a "forest sanctuary."

There you have it. We've asked for additional details on when this will release, but we're guessing it'll be out in just a week or so. Hatchi pre-update is pretty awesome, too. Give that write-up a read if you're interested in the title.

  • Anonymous

    "Aside from gracing a platform that can also make phone calls, the neatest thing about Hatchi is that it can be constantly updated with features that dramatically
    change up the user experience. Your Tamagotchi couldn't do that. No way."

    Weren't there several versions released? I saw about 20 in my time with the thing. Yes, you had to buy each new one, but still.

    • http://www.facebook.com/menno.amoraal Menno Amoraal

      Ofcourse, but the keyword here is 'constantly'.
      Also, I'm very curious about all the evolutionary stages- does anyone know of a chart somewhere on how to get the various species..?