Hot trend for 2014: bringing your Tamagotchis to the pub.
TAMAGOTCHIS ARE BACK!
Bandai have launched a new model under the Tamagotchi Friends brand. They cost £24.99 and there are six models.
We got one each. Tabatha got a pink girl. Kelly got a blue boy.
When our Tamagotchis arrived, we were unreasonably excited.
The new models are way more advanced than the ones you had as a child. They don’t look vastly different, because they use the same grainy graphics, but MY GOD they are.
For starters, they can now communicate.
The new models allow you to “bump” two Tamagotchis together. This involves holding them back-to-back so they can give each other presents, hang out in the same screen and text each other.
This meant our Tamagotchis went to the park together. OMG.
They also have three new games.
One of them involves catching stuff, one involves selecting specified images from the screen and the last one involves copying a sequence. They’re not ground-breaking, but they’re surprisingly addictive.
1. We encountered our first problem when our Tamagotchi eggs hatched.
Tabatha’s turned into a girl. Kelly’s turned into a duck. Not wanting to be set back, we abandoned hope of ever having grandchildren and just prayed that a girl could fall in love with a duck.
2. The next thing we learnt is that Tamagotchis are always hungry.
And no matter how many scones, bowls of pasta and WHOLE LOAVES OF BREAD you feed them, they’re never full.
“Never mind,” we thought, feeding them their 95th loaves of bread. “We’ll just head to the pub.”
3. The problem is, Tamagotchis are very snoozy beings.
And so as soon as we got to the pub (and we’re talking 5.30pm on a Friday), they were asleep.
But, somehow, they still managed to make friends. Friends who enquired about their wellbeing the following morning.
Unfortunately, by that time, we were encountering new problems.
4. No matter how much we fed them or took them to the park, they were never happy.
We thought maybe they just wanted to be together.
So Kelly’s Tamagotchi jumped on the bus to Tabatha’s Tamagotchi’s house.
And then we took them dancing.
But they fell asleep during pre-drinks.
5. The next morning, when we crawled out of bed hungover, our Tamagotchis were starving.
And lonely. And bored. And they really needed the loo.
We played games with them to make them happier.
But it wasn’t enough. Or rather, we got bored too soon. By this time, things were pretty bad.