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'Tamagotchi' resurrected in smartphone game

September 29, 2012 8:29am
Remember Tamagotchi, the electronic pet you had to feed and watch nearly 24/7 just to see it grow up? It just got resurrected on the smartphone... sort of.

Meet Photogotchi, a free gaming app that converts pictures into pixel-art images that are fed to one’s Photogotchi – a Tamagotchi-inspired digital creature — to make it grow.

“The goal of the game is to earn points by taking as many photos as you want to feed your pet. In the process, it motivates users to become active photographers in their day-to-day lives,” tech site Mashable said.

Developed in August by European digital agency CarnationGroup, Photogotchi aims to revive the 1990s Tamagotchi nostalgia by including them in a fun game.

With Photogotchi, users can adopt and name their own Photogotchi once they download the app, and then choose a color which determines the type of creature they get.

Also, users can take photos of anything they like, and then turn them into unique images using five different 8-bit filters in the app.

“The more photos you feed the Photogotchi, the bigger and more colorful it becomes,” Mashable said.

Users can take in many photos, share them on different social networks or take pictures at night. They can watch as the Photogotchi starts off as an egg, cracks and then grows up.

Mashable said Photogotchi’s creators are planning to add a feature that will let users with the same color Photogotchis to play a game against teams with different colors.

Mashable said CarnationGroup does not have a business model for the app yet, but is considering making t-shirts for users with photos of their Photogotchis.

The app will be released for iPhones on October 1 and for Windows phones a couple days later, it added. — LBG, GMA News



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