It's a shame that virtual pet games never quite took off past the Tamagotchi era, especially given how common it is, now, to own some kind of mobile device that you carry around with you everywhere.

Despite this, there's still the occasional Tamagotchi-like that pops up here and there.

Hatchi was one of them, a 69p / 99c app for iOS and Android that embraces the old-school look of its predecessors.

It was released in 2012 by Portable Pixels, and included a free version for Android as well.

Hatchi 2, its upcoming sequel, is a much more colorful, but still visually retro adaptation of the virtual pet game.

It will feature over 25 Hatchi to breed and groom, nine mini-games, and customization options.

If you want to get in on the Hatchi hatching business early, you can sign up for the closed beta here.

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