Twenty-two years after its initial release, and several years after countless revivals and re-releases, Tamagotchis have returned yet again with some interesting features like smartphone connectivity and the ability for your virtual pets to marry someone else’s and have kids.
As with almost all the previous iterations of Tamagotchi, interacting with your virtual pet and navigating the menus is all done with three simple buttons, but with all the new features it might be time for an upgrade.
The new version is considerably larger, and as a result, it might have a hard time competing for pocket space against a smartphone.
It works, once you get used to how the navigation works (the buttons are unlabelled) but as the menus, settings, and options have expanded quite a bit in this version, it might finally be time for Bandai America to consider introducing an alternative—like a tiny touchscreen now that smartwatches have demonstrated they’re not impossibly small to use.
The Tamagotchi On’s full-colour screen isn’t new—that feature was introduced as far back as 2008 with the Tamagotchi Plus Color in Japan—but it’s finally making an appearance here in the West.
The colours are vibrant, even in bright light, and given the screen’s small size the lack of pixel density isn’t an issue.