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Japanese Version Angelgotchi Product Review
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Date: 31 Oct 1997 From: Robert Worne Newsgroups: alt.toys.virtual-pets Subject: Wild Tenshitchi no Tamagotchi (Angelgotchi) happenings I finally got one. Pearl White. An Angelgotchi. It's been running for a day, and the differences between it and the Tamagotchi are interesting to say the least... Here's a rundown: 1. You start from a ghost, and raise an angel (that's a gimme) 2. When you start, the Angel on the screen is not as initially demanding as the Tamagotchi. While the Tamagotchi was demanding my attention practically every 5 to 15 min while it was a babi-chi, this one was more calmed-down. Also unlike the Tamagotchi, and Tamagotchi-2, it does *not* follow the same growth as it's predicessors: It clamors for attention once it appears, but after that, it does not follow the same cycle that the other two follow. As it gets older, it does require less attention though. 3. Bandai seemed to do a bit of redesign of how it works: -The clock<-->game screen fips back and forth quickly, instead of dragging along slowly, the same for the game. -The game is easy to play, and much less fustrating. You can win every time you play. -There is no "weight", you just pump up it's Tenshi Power (TP) by feeding it chocolate... and tap on the case if a bat shows up to steal it... I kid you not. There's one or two other screens that require rapping on the case... as a hint: what did Poe's raven do in the poem? -praise it when it prays for you... it makes a noise when it starts praying, and I think you need to praise it *as* it's praying (this is implied, but not verified). -There's 3.. no 4 secret characters: including twins (for real), a cactus, a samurai, and a "lucky turd" (You have to be a fan of the old Dr. Slump Japanese animated program to appreciate this one). There's also devil characters, but no known way to get there yet. Oh, and the twins poop in tandem... that's right *two*piles. Basically, a lot of the irritations built into the original Tamagotchi are gone... faster screen changes, and a less fustrating way to make it happy... pumping it full of sweets is OK, since all it eats is pie and chocolate. Now what I want to get is the *other* version of the Angelgotchi. That's right, there are two versions... ones made after Sept. 1997 have a different LCD, where the traditional Tamagotchi menu icons are replaced by Angelgotch icons. The fork and spoon are now just a spoon, the omaru (duck) is now a butt with angel wings. The hypodermic is now a cupid's bow and arrow, the attention! icon became a happy face with angel wings... The rest I forget... This last bit of info came from the Tenshichi no Tamagotchi Asobou-hon (Angelgotchi Playbook) which has been remarkably informative about all Japanese Tamagotchi-- including the Mothra Tamagotchi (a movie tie-in) due out this December... :-)
American Version Angelgotchi Product Review
Tamagotchi Angel is what I think is a very cool pet. It has many neat features that most virtual pets don't have. A great original idea for the Tam Angel or Angelgotchi is that it has a touch screen feature. During when it is eating it's snack ( which is a chocolate heart ) a bat will appear on the screen. You have to tap on the side of the Tam Angel to scare the bat away. If you don't scare the bat away you'r Angel will be sad. You don't want that to happen!. The Angel also plays a new game. It jumps over shooting stars, and a new feature is that if it jumps over all five it will get 2 hearts filled ( unlike the regular Tamagotchi ). Also you don't discipline this version. You praise it when it does a good deed.
The Angel power or Tenshi power is like the weight on the Tamagotchi except that you're supposed to keep it at maximum every stage of it's growth. You can pause it like the Tamagotchi unlike it's ancestor Digimon.
The characters on the Tamagotchi Angel are very different than the Tamagotchi characters. The only one that you can recognize is the second to best character Ginjiro-Shi. He reminds me of the Tamagotchi version of him except he has wings and a halo. The secret characters are totally original. There are several secret characters for your Tam Angel. The first one is twins ( I think this one is about the popular rumor about Tam twins which does NOT work ). The second one is a cactus, the third one is a Devil ,and the forth one is a living turd pile. Pretty awkward huh?
Well that about wraps it up for the Tamagotchi Angel review. I hoped you like it and I recommend that you buy one. They are alot of fun! See ya :-)
Bandai gives eternal life to new electronic pets
Reuters 8 August 1997TOKYO, Aug 8 (Reuter) - For anyone who thought there might be money in virtual pet cemeteries for the sensationally popular virtual pet Tamagotchi, the toy's creator has just dashed all hopes.
Responding to criticism that the death of an electronic pet could be upsetting to some children, Japanese toy maker Bandai Co said on Friday it would sell a new version of the toy that returns to life as an angel.
With the new Tamagotchi, to be launched on August 10, an angel descends into the tiny liquid crystal display that was occupied by the electronic pet before its demise, taking over for the virtual pet in afterlife.
``We have heard about criticism in the Philippines that our digital toy treats the subject of death too lightly, but we want owners to love and care for it as if it were a real pet,'' said a Bandai spokeswoman.
In the original version, the bird-like virtual pet would die if it was not properly fed, bathed and played with by pressing buttons at appropriate times.
Because a new bird could easily be hatched with a reset button, however, the toy was also criticised for desensitising children toward death by encouraging them to kill off the pet and start over if they did not like the way it was developing.
The new angel version does not die when neglected, but simply returns to heaven.
Bandai is also planning to introduce before the end of this year another version that can breed new generations by coupling a male and female Tamagotchi.
Tamagotchi caught on quickly, especially among Japanese schoolgirls, after it was launched in November 1996, with total sales in Japan surpassing the 10 million mark by the end of July.
The company also sells the toys in major overseas markets, including the United States and Asia, where they also rapidly gained popularity.
The craze prompted criticism from some Asian politicians who complained that the toys have a bad influence on children. Schools in South Korea and other Asian countries have banned them.
Bandai nevertheless expects robust sales of the Tamagotchi to continue, forecasting cumulative global sales of 40 million units by the end of the current business year to March 1998.
Copyright 1997 Reuters Limited
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