Hatchi makes for an unexciting virtual pet

by Phil Owen

I can only occasionally find myself enjoying a virtual pet game. One I do like, though, is Kawaii Pet Megu for iPhone, because that game lets you play with your pet and go for a walk and buy it a house and furniture and stuff. That game set a high bar, and Hatchi does not get even close to that.

The problem is that Hatchi doesn't really do anything. Yes, you can feed it and make it read a book and bounce a ball, but you don't do those things in any real engaging way. The reading activity just shows a picture of a book for about two seconds, and then it's over. The play activity just shows a ball bouncing for that same span. The Hatchi never actually moves.

I would guess that the appeal of Hatchi is that it will grow up in different ways depending on how you treat it. Yeah, that's fine, but it grows so slowly. I've been playing this game for about three days, and it still is a child. Its shape has only changed once, and then only slightly. How long do I have to pay attention to this stupid game before I get some payoff?

I'm guessing it will be a while, and unfortunately for my Hatchi I'm not sure I have the patience to keep feeding it. I just wish it would do something! Come on, man.

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