Tamagotchi looks ready to make a big comeback at some point next year, with a new app currently under development called My Tamagotchi Forever. For those who may not remember, the phenomenon that is Tamagotchi started 20 years ago with an egg-shaped digital toy that let users hatch, feed, bathe, play with, and grow a pocket monster of their own. The gameplay mostly came down to time management, with the goal of keeping the Tamagotchi happy and, above all else, alive. With My Tamagotchi Life, which is being developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment, that's all coming back in the form of a free-to-play game. There's no word as to whether or not in-app purchases will be included, but the inclusion of an in-game currency called coins means that there's a high likelihood of that being the case.
As to the new mobile game and as per a video trailer that has also been embedded below, all of the features of the original seem to be in-tact. Of course, the game has had a substantial graphical update from the ultra-low resolution, grey-green that the pocket monsters were originally presented in. Beyond that, a few new features seem to be included, thanks to the options presented by the smartphone platform. First up, the trailer indicates that players will be able to befriend multiple Tamagotchi, which will live in a virtual town called Tamatown. The town will also have mini-games to play and players will be able to explore the town with their Tamagotchi. Mini-games will help Tamagotchi level up and eventually evolve into different characters. The result of any evolutions, meanwhile, will depend on how the Tamagotchi is cared for and other interactions, which should keep things interesting since there's no telling what they will evolve into. Levelling up will also unlock new food, costumes, and town decoration items over time. Aside from that, players will be able to share their in-game experience with friends. Part of that, as shown in the trailer, will be through allowing players to take augmented reality style pics alongside their Tamagotchi which can presumably then be shared.
As mentioned above, there's no exact date available for when My Tamagotchi Forever will release. Unfortunately, for those who might enjoy this title, there also isn't any way to pre-register directly through the Google Play Store, as of this writing. However, unlike many other apps that follow a similar vein, the game is designed to be enjoyable for people of all ages and does look like a fair evolution of the original toy. So anybody interested will want to head over to the official site – accessible via the source link below – to sign up for updates about the game.