Did you know that the original Tamagotchi toys were released in 1997? That’s over 20 years ago! I remember them well as my little sister had one as did my daughter a few years later.
Well for those that did not get to enjoy the crazy the first time around or those that want to reminisce on their youth Tamagotchi have now released Series 2. It is very similar to the original Tamagotchi although I am sure they were bigger then.
These are small, and at the moment include six different shell designs, each one also includes six characters.
We received a yellow and orange one to review and we were excited to get started. First things first, you need to pull the little plastic bit out of the battery compartment else it won’t work at all. Batteries it takes once yours wears out from persistent play are CR2032.
Ok that was easy, now we have a little egg bobbing about. The egg will stay an egg until you set the time, this did prove not as easy as once thought as the buttons are tiny and I have adult size fingers and had to reset the Tamagotchi twice before I managed to set it properly.
A few minutes later the pet hatches, we have a round thing with eyes and a mouth, that bounces about the screen, not sure what it is yet, it just looks like a blob.
The aim of a Tamagotchi is to care for your new pet and not kill it, which is quite easy to do, although I have not killed mine yet. You have to clean them when they have pooped, feed them with food or sweets, it tells you which it wants and generally keep it happy. You can put it on your belt loop like the old ones or pop it in your bag when out and about.
At bedtime you can turn the light off and it sleeps for about 12 hours while a baby going to sleep at 9pm, but when a toddler it requires 11 hours of sleep 11 and goes to bed at 10pm. I do think this is quite later, if a child had the Tamagotchi they would probably not be awake themselves at 10pm so they wouldn’t be able to turn the pets light out. However it does go to sleep on it’s on so it can be left or their parents could do it if they wanted to.
The pet wakes at 9am and will usually want feeding very soon after waking, and will have a poop within the hour.
You can turn the sound off, which I think is a great feature else it does beep quite a lot throughout the day.
I found that wasn’t on this Tamagotchi was the games feature, ok so if you remember way back the original Tamagotchi’s had a games feature, you would play with your pet. It was a tedious thing as the games were quite boring but it needed to be done. Maybe they left this feature off because the games were not all that. That may be a loss to some people but I am thankful as it means I have less to do with the pet to keep it happy. There are also no stats, which I do miss.
So our Tamgotchi has evolved from baby blob to toddler, it is a duck kind of creature now, I am not sure how long it takes to evolve again, I am really looking forward to seeing if it does change at all. Then I may reset it all over again to see what other pets there are.
Tamagotchi Series 2 is available now from The Entertainer, Smyths and Argos, priced around £10.
Disclaimer: We received this product in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are our own and not influenced in any way.