Hatch brings virtual pet gaming into the iPhone age

Hatch for iPhone is like a modern day Tamagotchi or Giga pet, but way better

Hatch for iPhone revives and redefines virtual pet gaming. It's like the Tamagotchis or Giga pets many of us remember growing up with, but taken to an entirely new level. With awesome graphics and tons of items to unlock, there's lots of fun to be had inside the entirely hand drawn world of Hatch.

Your virtual pet - referred to as a Fugu - hangs out inside Hatch just like you'd expect any well behaved virtual pet to do. You'll need to feed them with the fruits that grow on the trees overhead. You can also save fruit and use it in the virtual store to trade and barter for items. At night when your assistant isn't around, you can bank items and cash them in later.

What takes Hatch beyond the virtual pet games of the past is how it takes advantage of everything an iPhone can do. Thanks to things like the accelerometer, moving your iPhone will alarm your Fugu. Shake it to see what Fugu thinks and you may be surprised by his reaction. Try to take a picture, and maybe you'll be surprised by his photobomb. Yeah. There are lots of litter easter eggs like this to discover throughout the game. Make sure you check Hatch when you plug your iPhone in for the night to tuck your Fugu into bed as well.

Anyone familiar with virtual pets is already aware that you need to keep an eye on them on a pretty regular basis. Your Fugu isn't any exception and if you go too long without checking on them, they'll run away.

Created by Phill Ryu's company, Impending, and Realmac Software (the partnership behind the very elegant task list, Clear, with art by David Lanham of the Iconfactory, animation by Headless Studio, music by Josh Mobley, sound by Emily Ridgeway, Hatch really does come to life inside your iPhone. It's a fantastic game and a delightful experience, and one you'll return to again and again.

Hatch is available now in the App Store. Check it out and let me know how well you do with your Fugu!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Hatch brings virtual pet gaming into the iPhone age


I had completely forgotten about those virtual pets lol. My sister used to love that stuff. This is not for me but I'm sure some people will absolutely love it

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This is one of those things you forget about until someone else brings it around again. I'm sure my kids would get a kick out of this little critter... For a little while, at least.

I'm glad to see this type of thing come back around as an app. It seemed to the "rage" years ago so it will be interesting how this will do as an app.

I'm actually considering downloading this to give it a try.

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1.99!!! This should defiantly be free. They could probably make a lot of money on in app purchases.

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Do you *want* them to use IAP? That was the first thing I looked for. If they used IAP I wasn't even going to be interested because I'd end up getting nickeled & dimed to death to keep my pet alive.

Everything old is new again. Love it. Another gr8 iMore review. I don't know how many apps I have downloaded due to an iMore review. Thanks again iMore (Ally), I might just try this one too.

I used to love playing with my tomogachi and the thing that you could raise on the dream cast. However I think I've grown out of that stage at this point in my life.

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This is one of the best looking virtual pet game I've seen around. So cute. Do Fugus have different looks when they grow up? I remember the time when me and my mates used to get in trouble for getting caught using tamagotchi during class. Ah, fun times.

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I usually wouldn't consider something like this, but I may give it a try since Clear (by realmac) is so awesome.

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Although I wouldn't have any use for this app, I will mention it to my kids.

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I had a neopet for a short while if that even qualifies. These fall into the category of fun and entertaining for a short burst and then you either give up or forget about them. I think this may be useful for a child ages 3-6 but just about anyone does not fit mold, especially 7-13 year olds nowadays who seem to have moved past us when we were that age.

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Call me a softy, but I get too attached to virtual pets. Real ones, for that matter, but that is less disturbing. I'll opt out of this game.

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This is EXACTLY what I needed, another reason to feel like I HAVE to check my phone more frequently. This post does bring back some fond memories, though.

Thanks for the review, it looks great. I don't know whether to grab this one or not, never have experienced a virtual pet on my phone, don't want to seem childish...

I have been playing this game for ages and I love it, but I have just had to get a new phone and I don't want to lose my old game. Is there anyway I can transfer the same game onto my new phone?