Jun. 7th, 2015 03:50 pm
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I have to say, I knew that Penpy was adorable, but I honestly didn't expect it to be this adorable. If you are on the lookout for vintage alternatives to the Tamagotchi, then you will love this Penguin pet. I'm not sure if growth is based on how you care for it, but mine eventually turned into an Erect-crested Penguin. I loved the animations. From what I remember, this pet has two games and two separate meters. One meter tells you all the basic information about the pet, such as age and weight, and the other meter tells you happiness. The penguin starts out as a cute little blob and eventually gets legs and a more prominent beak. The transformations were adorable because it turned into a completely different penguin every time. These seem sort of rare to me since I only see one or two on ebay at a time. The shells seem to come in all different pastel colors. I've seen it in blue, purple and orange (the one I have). Pretty sure it comes in other colors as well. I really like the shell because the screen is flush with the shell, and it is completely round, which is something you don't see often. He is based on Gyaoppi programming, but he is different enough to be worth buying in my opinion. The only thing I didn't like was that it lacks a background for the screen. Virtual pets with plain grey backgrounds make me kinda sad :/ The buttons were also plastic instead of rubber, which gave it a sort of cheap feel. On the other hand, plastic buttons probably don't suffer from chipping away the way the rubber ones do, so maybe some people might prefer this.

Here are some pictures of the one I have:


I think I bought mine for about $15 from Jennifer Eden of youtube in the facebook groups, so mine was used, but in package. I see a couple of others on eBay for the same price, so I would say they are worth $15-20 depending on condition and packaging.

Growth Chart:

I do not believe there is a growth chart out there :(
tamagotchi: Japanese Gen 1 (Baby sleeping)
The Talking Nano was released near the end of the virtual pets craze in the late 90's. It came out after the regular Nanos came out and it includes some unique features. Admittedly, I haven't really played this one because my sister just gave it to me, but from what I remember of my cousin playing with one, the pet is basically just a face that shows different expressions and literally talks to you to tell you what she needs. The shell is far bigger than the average vintage virtual pet and made of a very sturdy pearlescent material, kind of like a Tamagotchi Angel. It has a flush screen and large pixels, with no icons. I believe it takes AAA batteries. It is very vocal and seemed a bit annoying, but it's also a very unique pet. Apparently it is not very commonly available online. I will update with a more comprehensive review once I get around to playing with it. I think it came in three characters: kitty, puppy and baby.

Here are some pictures of the one I own:

Size comparison photos between a Talking Nano and a regular sized 2nd wave nano from the 2000's:


These aren't too common, so from what I've seen on ebay they can run between $50-150. If you can find one for under $50 then you should definitely snag it up!

Growth Chart:

I'm not sure if these even grow.

Tata Puppy

Jun. 3rd, 2015 11:47 am
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The Tata Puppy is an MGA programming pet. It is similar to the MGA Bear I've seen in terms of it's animations. It is a pretty basic pet with all the basic functions such as health meter, eating, playing and discipline. It's animations are very much like a nano in how it moves and the scenery in the background. It's meters are more like a health bar you fill up, rather than little hearts or happy faces that get filled on many other pets. I would say it is fairly easy to take care of. It never died when I played with it for a few weeks. It actually a really cute growth pattern. It went from a puppy with long ears to a sort of Shiba Inu type of breed with a curly tail. The growth pattern wasn't very logical because instead of growing, it would basically just turn into a different breed of dog, looking nothing like the previous. I didn't mind this because it was cute either way and it was always a surprise what it would transform into. I'm not sure if the growth patterns are different depending on how you care for him. I will have to raise him again to find out if he turns into the exact same thing every time or not. Another odd thing I noticed is that you have to press a certain button to activate the first icon, and only after you activate that icon can you scroll through the others using the select buttons. Not sure why it's set up this way, but it makes things kind of confusing, especially if you're used to regular virtual pet buttons. I don't know if he comes in any other colors of this shell design, but I have seen him in different shaped shells with a different name, such as "My Puppy" or something similar. I don't see him very often on eBay, so I'm going to take a wild guess and say he is sort of rare. My sister gave me this one and I'm not sure where she got it.

Here are some pictures of the one I have:


Since my sister gave me this one, I'm not sure how much it really costs. Most MGA pets seem to go for around $20-40, so I would estimate somewhere in that area.


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