Last weekend the kiddywinks invited their very best friends over for an Easter playdate, an extra special Tamagotchi Friends playdate. Like our usual playdates it was a good excuse for the Mums to catch up and the children to get messy with some glitter! The wonderful folks at Tamagotchi thoroughly spoilt us with an abundance of Tamagotchi Friends goodies including colouring sheets, craft supplies, posters, chocolate eggs, Tamagotchi sweets and a Tamagotchi Friend for each of them to take home! The children got straight into some colouring in and a great job they did too, just look at the gems in Julietchi’s hair sparkle! We then made some fabulous Tamagotchi Friends paper plate faces, some got a little more involved than perhaps they should have done! The children had a great time decorating their faces, colouring in and, of course, tending to the needs of their new Tamagotchi Friends as well. I’ll admit that I had a late nighties Tamagotchi even though I was possibly a little too old for it and I was quite surprised at how much bigger the new Tamagotchi Friends are. Egg like in shape they don’t have the key chain they used to and come in a variety of colourful designs. The basics, however, are the same and this sadly includes the graphics which I would have expected to have been upgraded. Once your Tamagotchi hatches you’ll need to feed it when it’s hungry, bathe it, potty train it and give it medicine when it gets sick. There are games to play and these will earn you Gotchi points which can then be spent on meals, snacks or jewellery in the shop! There are new features and the best of these is the pause button (press the first and third button at the same time) which will keep your Tamagotchi Friend happy if you don’t have the time to give him the attention he needs, this will come in handy when Imogen goes back to school after the holidays. Another new feature is the “bump”, by bumping Tamagotchis together you can send gifts or text messages go on playdates or when your Tamagotchi is old enough they can even get married! Imogen has been really struck with her Tamagotchi Friend and has been taking exceptionally good care of her. It’s taught her that pets, even if they are virtual, need an awful lot of looking after and I am really pleased with how well she has taken on the responsibility. Mum friend Stephanie says “I am totally amazed and proud of how Sebastian has looked after “Bob” his Tamagotchi. He’s barely put the thing down and has helped Seraphine (his younger sister) look after hers.”
Overall the new Tamagotchi Friends get a massive thumbs up from us and they’d make a great non chocolate Easter gift as well. There’s more information on the Tamagotchi Friends website, which includes character introductions, games and webisodes from Dream Town. There are some cracking (sorry) Easter offers to be had on the Tamagotchi Friends as the moment as well with £5.00 off in most toy stores taking them just under the £20 price tag.