They’re Familitchi

Remember Tamagotchi? Yes, I know, I’m dating myself.

But they’re back! The ’90s keyring “it” accessory is now in color and I admit a bit addictive. It’s supposed to be for kids, but my kid is too young, so it fell into my hands. Hey, you wouldn’t want me stealing age-appropriate toys from a baby, would you?

Now all about “raising” a family of little creatures, the Tamagotchi v5 Familitichi has mophed into a toy you can pick up for less than $20 to satisfy them in this demand for electronic world. Having a little electronic doodad to take care of gives them a chance to prove they’re reading for the cell phone or iPod every kid seems to have (please, oh please let something change between now and when my kid hits that age). The concept behind the game – raising little people – is a more wholesome approach to the handheld game and can offer up its own chance for kids to prove they can take care of something. Can’t remember to provide for your electronic “family?” Looks like you’re not ready for a dog, kiddo.

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