If you were a kid in the Nineties, you will surely remember Tamagotchis. In case you need reminding, these were part of a short-lived fad of virtual pets, whereby you had a little device with a pixelated blob on the display. You had to 'feed' this pixelated blob with pixelated food, clean it with pixelated water, and just generally take care of it in order to keep it happy and stop it from dying.
Needless to say, the Tamagotchi is now pretty much extinct and I'd be amazed if anyone has managed to keep theirs alive for all these years. It seems that virtual pets have evolved recently though, and MobilePet has resurrected the virtual pet genre in the form of a bizarre mobile game.
The purpose of the game is to lavish care on a digital monkey. To do this you'll need to pet him, play with him, feed him and clean him. You do this by clicking on one of the correspoding icons. An animation will then be displayed of the monkey kicking a ball, quaffing fruit or bathing in the river. You can view your monkey's current health status by clicking on the stats icon, and can even upload your stats to the MobilePet site in order to compete with other pet owners. As you progress through the game, you can acquire more pets.
Graphically, MobilePet isn't amazing. The monkies are crudely drawn and the animations aren't exactly Pixar quality. In fact, each animation is basically a loop of about three or four frames. The jungle-like music and sound effects are quite fun for a while put soon become annoying.
My main issue with MobilePet though, is the fact that you'll need a degree in patience in order to keep your pets going and earn more animals. The process of launching the program everyday of my life to pretend to clean a pretend monkey with pretend water simply isn't something that excites me.
My monkey is dead.