Almost a full year ago , Namco Bandai launched their official Tamagotchi app for iPad and iPhone. I admit, for months, I cared for my pixelated baby, cleaning up its poops, feeding it, and playing games with it. I had fun with my Tamagotchi, but just like the real thing, the fun wears off after a while. Iâm ready for a new one.
When Tamagotchi Angel launched in 1998, it was a big deal because, unlike its predecessor, the shell was made with âpearlized colors, angelic characters, and a unique touch screen featureâ (woah! Touch screen before the iPhone ever existed). It also had a different background graphic, a new mini game, and the ability to turn off the sound (so you wouldnât get into trouble for bringing it to school).
The 2014 edition includes a virtual version of the pearl-coated original, plus an updated App mode version with better graphics and easier-to-understand action buttons. Players can switch between original or updated graphics by tapping the âModeâ button.
Just like the original, and the previous version of Tamagotchi, players raise the hatchling from infancy until death. Care for your little angel by feeding it, cleaning up after it, giving it medicine, playing games with it, and disciplining it.
In Original mode, tap one of the three buttons to perform the requested task for your angle. In App mode, you will see icons, which represent the different actions. For example, the spoon represents food, the star represents games, and the toilet paper roll represents cleaning up after your angel.
In Original mode, players can play the 1998 mini game, âShooting Star Game,â that sends the angel flying over a shooting star by pressing a series of A, B, and C buttons.
In App mode, players count stars as fast as possible. It is in the mini game that Joan Jett and the Blackhearts make an appearance. Thatâs right, the singer who made the phrase, âI Love Rock and Rollâ popular has lent her music to the mini game in Tamagotchi Angel.
The song, âAny Weatherâ is from the bandâs 2014 studio release, âUnvarnished.â This is the firs time âAny Weather,â which was co-written with Jett and Dave Grohl, has been included in a game-based app.