Remember when Tamagotchi Pets and Giga Pets were all the rage on the elementary school playground? Well, they're back...sort of. 

Sync Beatz, which has licensed Tamagotchi from Bandai, has rebranded it “Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.”—with “L.i.f.e” standing for “love is fun everywhere.” The free Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. app is celebrating the Sweet 16 anniversary of the original game—and there are some modern improvements in the different ways you can play the game, too. According to this press release:

The ‘Toy’ mode replicates the 16-bit black and white character pixels and all the familiar behavior and parenting tools of the original. The ‘app’ mode presents an updated version with the look, spirit and playability of the classic Tamagotchi game but adds color, higher resolution and allows fans to collect the growing virtual pets with the help of an illustrated guide that’s included.  The more Tamagotchis a player collects, the more of the many different Tamagotchi ‘shells’—the egg-shaped design which houses the virtual pets—and specially designed wallpaper s/he will receive.

The app is currently available on Android phones, with the iPhone release in the works.

Seems pretty cool to me! The only downside (besides waiting for the iPhone release) is that I will have to live with the guilt of my pet's demise alone, without blaming my mother or my little brother. [via EW]

What do you think, Lovelies? Does this app look fun?

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