Hatchi - A retro virtual pet

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

Hatchi is a retro-looking iPhone app sure to get the nostalgia burning for all those who cared for a virtual pet back in the 1990s when they were at the height of their popularity. Just as with the keychain-sized pets of the 90s, iPhone users now will feed, clean, play with and generally look after their pets to ensure they grow up to be healthy, happy little Hatchis. He needs YOU!

“Say goodbye to your productivity. Say hello to your new friend.” Gizmodo.com

“It's hilarious, but I really, really, really don't want Big Poppa Pump (his Hatchi monster) to bite the dust. I've somehow bonded with the thing” TouchArcade.com

Your Hatchi monster will go through several stages of growth, and will develop differently depending on the quality of care the player provides. A successfully raised Hatchi monster will be smarter, happier, and require less attention.


Version

3.8

Free or Paid

Paid

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

8

Accessibility Comments

This app is now accessible to voiceover, you can do everything including feeding the pet, cleaning, even playing some games. there's tic tac toe, rock paper scissors and two more games, whac a mole and one more that you must press 2 buttons to try to collect food for the pet, these last 2 games are partly inacessible because i believe you must rely in the things you're seeing, but i still managed to score some points in the two games by turning voiceover and experimenting, try it. in the whac a mole game when you tap it it will change it's location. and speaking of the tic tac toe game, the buttons are unlabeled but here playing with the ipad it wasn't a problem, there's 9 buttons corresponding each space, there's 3 in a line. when you play your piece it will say ttt@2x, and when the computer plays it says ttt@1x. i've reported this issue to the developers and it might be fixed, but it isn't a problem for me. also in the minigames menu if you flick to the right of each game you will see that there's a submenu button, you can change the difficulty of each game specificaly.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

I enjoyed playing with the pet, I had one of these when I was a kid(7 or so) and of course I didn't knew what I was doing(feeding, playing, etc), now I know how it feels! by playing the minigames and doing more things with your pet you will get coins which you can spend to get food and some more interesting items/upgrades, it will take some time though, if you're interested you can also purchase the coins with real money, but everything can be achieved by just playing. After taking care of a pet for 7 days you can release it, and when you do it I believe you get a lot of coins. The developer is awesome, they responded so fast to my voiceover suggestions that it didn't even take a month between my e-mails and the release of a new version, it shows that they care about accessibility of this app for the blind! if you still think it can be improved, contact them as well going to info / help and choosing the feedback button in the app.

Recommendations

19 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by cuddle_kitten84 2 years 4 months ago

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Comments

Submitted by DMNagel on Monday, April 4, 2016

Place one finger on screen and move it in a circle for a short while. Now swipe left and right to see if the wack button is available. If it is, double tap to wack and keep doing it until the button moves. Once the button moves, repeat the hole process. On easy mode, the hatchis will often keep still for longer periods, so it will be easier to wrap up coins. You are rewarded only one coin for every wack, so no need to waste time on harder modes. Harder modes will only make the hatchis move faster and more often.

Submitted by JeffB on Monday, April 4, 2016

Anyone ever beet it? I can get him to jump for a bit but it sounds like he falls into a puddle or something.

Submitted by Ornella on Monday, April 4, 2016

thanks for the suggestions and I've played it so far with the voiceover turned on. and for the game about where you have to match the food I always get maybe 1 for the most correct. how do you beat that game and which games offer mor coins? because sometimes when the energy goes down and I try to play the mini games I get a message saying that I don't have enough coins when in fact I do. and I mean when the energy is around 9 percent because when its at 0 I know hatchy is asleep.

Submitted by DMNagel on Monday, April 4, 2016

Each game takes a certain amount of energy to play. Don't know how much exactly, but 9% is already too low. When that happens, the game will ask you if you would like to buy an energy pill. Energy pills cost coins. There are 3 ways to regain energy. First there is the costly pill. Next there is food. Feeding your hatchi will restore some energy. Finally there is just a good old nap. Turn off the light and allow hatchi to recover. A good trick is to wake your hatchi and not to feed it immediately. Play with it first and drain its energy until it's tired, then give it apples until it's full. It will restore all energy, so you can play it tired for a second time. Good for making more coins.

Submitted by DMNagel on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I want to send mystery gifts, but have no friends to send them to. My name is Denzil Melgior Nagel if anyone is interested.

Submitted by Ornella on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

wow my high score was 93. that was the only game that gave me more coins than the others

Submitted by Ornella on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

that's my high score. lol

Submitted by Ornella on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I have a question about the food. there are different pages of food in the game but when I go to the shop and check out the food items its the same I think. So when you feed your pet from the food that's in the game do they take out the allotted coins? or do you just have to buy the food? Mainly, I don't understand why they sell food in the shop when it is already in the game.

Submitted by MsHollyWeezy on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

So the main food like pizza, cake, burger and all that is free. But the other foods like the candy and water you use the coins you earn.

Submitted by MsHollyWeezy on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Also on Hatchi Matchi. i would say its more like a memory kind of game. So lets say cake is a1 and bread is c1 then cake is also b2. remember where the first cake was and match them. Hope that makes since or helps some.

Submitted by Ornella on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

thanks for the suggestions. for the rock paper scissors game I won a few times but it doesn't say how much coins I got. and now my high score for the wack a hatchi game I got 133. sometimes I looze the wack button but I still manage. And a question for the medicine. does it send out an alert to tell you that hatchie is sick?

Submitted by JeffB on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I don't know but if you go to multable hatchie, and look at your hatchie it will say healthy after it or I'm guessing sick if it's sick.

Submitted by Ornella on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

thanks I will check it out.

Submitted by MsHollyWeezy on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Your Hatchi will only get sick as far as i know if you don't take care of it for a while. Not sure how long that would have to be though because I don't let mine get sick.

Submitted by DMNagel on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

If you can save up 10,000 coins, you can just buy the vaccination buff and so your hatchi will never get sick or die. The hyperactive buff is also super cool. Speaking of buffs, i still have a mystery gift to send. Anyone interested can add me on facebook. If you are lucky enough, the gift might be a buff. Denzil Melgior Nagel is the name.

Submitted by flcomputergeek on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

In the middle of the screen, voiceover describes your pet. "your hatchi: a pixelated octopus." If it is sick it will add to that description "It looks sick." THen you should give it medicine. This happens if you ignore hatchi for like 24-36 hours.

Submitted by Ornella on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

but how much coins are given for the rock paper scissors game?

Submitted by MsHollyWeezy on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I think if you have it set to easy and win you get 20. The harder the level the more coins you earn if you win. It also depends on how much you score in the games.
If your score is 20 you get 20 coins.
I tried hard level on Hatchi Matchi and almost made it. I scored 70. Also it costs alot of coins but save up for the coin doubler. It helps.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Coming out with a demo today! Keep watching the iOS App Directory Entry for a link.

Submitted by Michal Badin on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

hi, how does hatchi jump, and hatchi battling work? are these parts of the game accessible/playable? as for battles, i can hardly find any opponent to play with, many just "disconnected".

Submitted by JeffB on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I never really figured how to play Hatchy Jump. Not sure if it's accessible or not. As for the battle I battled I tryed once the player did disconect but it seemed to be playable.

Submitted by MsHollyWeezy on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

All the different kinds of eggs used to only cost coins that we earn playing the mini games. Now the different eggs cost 99 cents. I don't know how long that has went on but I'm kind of disappointed now. still love this game. I'll probably buy a new egg soon. But at least I have one and was able to get it before they started charging for it.

Submitted by Andromache on Saturday, November 25, 2017

In reply to by DMNagel

Wow. Thanks for the tip for Whack a Hatchi. I'm still not very good at it. I get more coins from Hatchi Matchi. I love Hatchi Matchi. But I appreciate that I can play both an active and smart game that can award good numbers of coins. I have the coin doubler. I figured it was a good investment.

Want to mention that the Evolution Guides for Mountain and Botanical hatchis are not accessible. I e-mailed Portable Pixels, but no reply thus far.

I'm not sure what the purchasable foods are for, but it could be that some Hatchis' favorite and least favorite foods are there. I like to know what they are for each Hatchi so I can make them happy or unhappy as needed.

P.S. Whack a Hatchi consistently gives me a good number of coins. So far, my average seems to be around 65. I got ninety-something once, but after several consecutive games, my performance suffers. Still, unless you buff your Hatchi to always play games, this is still the best option for coins. Hatchi Matchi is more enjoyable to me, but sometimes, it's a waste of energy if you only get ten or twenty points.

Submitted by Use Small Words on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

hi. I find that I can read to the Hatchi for awhile but then I get an alert saying that I don’t have enough coins but my coin balance doesn’t seem to go down. Is this a bug?

Submitted by DMNagel on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I wish i could challenge a sighted person somehow in wack a hatchi lol. I feel I've gotten super great at it.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Monday, July 9, 2018

For some reason, the notifications don’t work at all.
Also, I cannot seem to log on to Facebook at all either.

Submitted by Use Small Words on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I’m having the exact same issues. The notifications not working have resulted in me loosing 1 hachi already.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Sunday, September 23, 2018

How do you play that mini game? I get to see the first card, but I double tap on the second and it just says no match and won't tell me what that card is.

Submitted by Ornella on Monday, September 24, 2018

It won't say the card because you have to find and keep tapping until you could match them all. I haven't played that game in a long time. I think it used to say what the other item was but that might be broken.

Submitted by Autumn on Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hi, is this game still accessible? and What are they going to update it?

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Friday, September 28, 2018

Yes, this app is still accessible. I am loving it. It was updated only three months ago.

Submitted by treky fan on Saturday, September 29, 2018

In reply to by Queenofeagles07

Buying an app is based on personal preference. For me, I thought this app sounded interesting because I had one of those keychain pets back when I was in like the fourth or fifth grade.

Submitted by Naza on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The notifications stopped working. I still play Hatchi, but I need to know when my pets need me.

Submitted by Sasha Stride on Monday, December 17, 2018

H And no, the notifications don't work.i Naza.How do you earn coins in this game. I have some tricks and tips but want to know yours.

Submitted by slj on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Hi.
I bought the app very long time ago, played it and got interested in other games.
Now I might remember wrong, but am I correct in the following?
1. The company released Hatchi 2 long time ago, which was not accessible. People, me included, complained so much about it. I might remember wrong, but I think that was the main reason for I stopped playing the game, because I got so angry at the company, who wouldn't make the newer game accessible.
2. The alien seems to have disappeared from the app store. However, there now seem to be an alien egg in the original Hatchi game.
The Hatchi 2 game also seems to have disappeared, but the company seems to keep updating the original game which is fully accessible. This is amazing!
Then I played the game very long time ago, I don't remember anything about the achievements in Gamecenter or the multiplayer games which you can play with your friends. I remember the game to be very limited, but I might think about an other simular game.
I look forward to give the game a try again, and I'm glad it's still being updated.

Submitted by Queenofeagles07 on Thursday, January 10, 2019

I asked a question about how to earn coins but now İ find the answer.
Nice game to play!

Submitted by Hilary Reed on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

This app hasn’t been updated in a few years. I hope it’s not going to be taken down from the App Store because that would be really sad. Their websites are either expired or under maintenance. And their Facebook page hasn’t been active since 2017. I hope everything is okay.

Submitted by Use Small Words on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

yeah I agree the developers really need to get their finger out.