Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. brings the classic keychain toy to life on iOS

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Last February, we brought you a look at Tamagotchi L.i.f.e., the title that looks to expand upon the classic "pet raising" keychains that may of us might be used to. With its launch on Android, the brand was exposed to a new audience of young girls and boys, and now, the app has launched on iOS devices as well.

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. is a free-to-play version of the egg-machine, which can be played in one of two ways. You can play the game as we all did back in the day by looking at your pixelated creature within the egg-shaped toy, or you can remove the outer shell and simply use the entire iPhone or iPad screen as the pet's "home."

Starting as an egg, your critter will grow up with love and care from you, and you'll even be able to play a game of rock, paper, scissors with it as it grows. With the game's arrival in the modern era, the experience has been expanded even more with a collection feature that will keep track of the critters you grow over time, and (of course) the option for full color pets, rather than just black pixels that we might be used to.

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"The response to the Android version of the app was very gratifying, with over 100,000 consumers downloading the app within 48 hours," said Naomi Tobita, Chief Tamagotchi Officer, Bandai Co., Ltd, via a company release. "Bringing the app to the iPhone and iPad will allow an even larger group of consumers to enjoy and relive the experience of caring for a Tamagotchi, while introducing them to the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. brand."

If you're new to the Tamagotchi universe, or just want to take a trip down memory lane, you can now download Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. for free on iOS.

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What do you think of this new version of Tamagotchi for the modern era? Do you remember playing with these toys when you were younger? Sound off in the comments!

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