How To Play
You are Godzilla. Tokyo has hired you to wipe out the tamagotchi menace. You must squoosh three tamagotchi per level. For each tamagotchi you allow to escape, you will get in more trouble with the Tokyo city council. Get in trouble twelve times, and they'll replace you with King Kong.
Press the pink button under the word "start" to begin. As Godzilla, you can stomp in three places: choose the place by pressing the pink buttons or your keyboard arrow keys.
Kristen Brennan: Design, programming, illustration and voices
Brian Wanamaker: Japanese logo
Talus Grey: Editorial support
Brenton Miks: Additional translation advice
Way inspired by Bambi Meets Godzilla, a short film made in 1969 by Marv Newland
What's A Tamagotchi?
Tamagotchi ("tom-ah-got-chee") is a "virtual pet" that lives on a tiny LCD screen on a keychain. "Tamago" is Japanese for "egg," and "Tomodatchi" means "friend". So the Tamagotchi mostly sort of means "egg-friend."
Tamagotchi was launched in 1996, presumably as the digital equivilant of the "keep the egg intact for one day while carrying it everywhere" game so popular with elementary school children. A succesful "parent" feeds her tamagotchi, cleans up after her, bathes her, calls the doctor when she's sick, and plays games with her. The tamagotchi passes through "life stages," looking different at each age. An unsuccesful parent is rewarded with a tiny dead cyberpet, a disquietingly depressing event.
The Bandai corporation has sold over 5 million units in Japan (meaning over 3% of the Japanese population owns one) and 6 million units in the United States (2% of the population). It has been suggested that Bandai intentionally undersupplied toystores in order to increase consumer demand (although they deny it), a trick that has proved extremely profitable for the Nintendo corporation, among others.
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