It's been nearly 20 years since the Tamagotchi crazy of the early- to mid-90s. However, if you thought the Tamagotchi was dead, you were sorely mistaken. The electronic pet is back and it's just as annoying as ever.
Earlier this month, Bandai announced plans to launch a Tamagotchi smartphone application. Yesterday, the app went live in Google's Play Store. Free to download, the app is 15MB and offers the same functionality of a traditional Tamagotchi in smartphone form. Bandai is calling it Tamagotchi L.I.F.E, which apparently stands for Love Is Fun Everywhere.
We downloaded the app to give it a shot yesterday and were quickly reminded why we never seemed to be able to keep our Tamagotchis alive when we were younger. Having had the app for less than 45 minutes, we were given no fewer than eight notifications informing us that our Tamagotchi was 'calling us.' We couldn't figure out how to satisfy him/her (playing with it seemed to make it happy, but then very, very angry, and it wasn't hungry or dirty or sick). By the time the seventh notification came in, we were pleading with the phone: "What do you want!" Notification number eight came in as we were scrolling through our app settings to uninstall it.
Right now, Tamagotchi L.I.F.E is only available for Android, but iOS users can look forward to their own version soon.