Posted 11/08/2013 at 9:18 AM
Posted 4 years ago
Hatch, the Tamagotchi-style app that was originally unveiled in December 2012, is finally ready for release.
A post on the Hatch Facebook page, which was spotted by the guys at The Next Web, featured the announcement, which showed a picture of the funny looking creatures that will become your pets and the message “Pouncing onto the App Store Thurs, November 20!” However, in an update, developers Impending and Realmac said that the shared image was a mess up and Hatch would in fact be launching one day earlier, on Wednesday, November 19.
A status update accompanying the image reads:
“Dear early adopters, especially those who have been anxiously awaiting news for months – I finally have an update to share with you!
Recently I sent myself off to Apple for testing, and I’m proud to report that I’ve passed my tests! That means we finally have our play date scheduled.
We have quite a bit of catching up to do and I’ll share news as it comes over the next couple weeks.
P.S. I would like to share my gratitude to all early adopters, especially Christmas ones, for your incredible patience with me on this journey so far. It kept me going and going, knowing we would get to meet someday, and I am very very glad someday is finally a date on the calendar.”
Impending and Realmac are the creators behind popular to-do list Clear, an app that has received rave reviews from users and a stamp of approval from Apple. The tamagotchi-like virtual pet niche is not overly popular on iOS, but by utilizing the various iPhone sensors, powerful processor and enhanced graphics, the developers are looking to provide an app that reinvigorates the genre.
Hatch has also been innovative in the way it has been launched, with early users able to adopt a Fugu egg and wait patiently for it to hatch. This has helped build a sense of anticipation amongst users as to what their happy little blob will look like.
Hatch is mostly aimed at youngsters and will possibly be too cutesy for some older users; however, it is well designed, great to interact with and very addictive – all qualities of a great game.
If you are interested in reserving your very own Fugu egg, head on over to the hatchpet website and take your pick.