Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published March 5th 2012
Hear ye, hear ye, children of the Tamagotchi and Digimon era – your new creature has arrived – on our modernised tech gadgets. Complete with old school graphics, Portable Pixels' Hatchi is much like the Tamagotchi and Digimon that 90s school kids enjoyed, with one exception, Hatchi is an application that can be downloaded for play on the mode of the popular Apple Iphone and Ipad. Yes, Hatchi is the modern world's retro virtual pet.
Just like it's 90s predecessors, Hatchi needs to be fed, cleaned, read to and exercised. Your Hatchi also needs sleep and lives life on a happiness meter – so don't neglect to feed it it's favourite food. You can choose from an apple, bread, burger, cake, ice cream, chicken drumstick or pizza to feed your Hatchi, but be careful, feeding it food it hates will decrease it's happiness meter, so check in your Hatchi's information section for it's most loved and hated foods, as well as it's personality trait and star sign.
The Hatchi goes through four stages of life after hatching out of the egg (unless of course you neglect it and it dies): baby, child, teenager and adult. When your Hatchi becomes a fully-grown adult (when it stops growing and has already reached the final stage of metamorphism) you can opt to release it into the Hatchi Forest Sanctuary, where it will reside in it's own little place for the rest of – well, until you decide to delete the game I suppose. You can release as many adult Hatchis into the forest as you like, so far I have two fully-grown Hatchis that I've released (Zippy and Owla) and I'm currently raising my third Hatchi, a child named Poe (who's in her terrible twos at the moment).