(Big bump - apologies in advance!
I had a room clearout yesterday, and I found two old virtual pets which I thought were worthy of being mentioned in this here topic. I'm referring to Aquapets
I had a play with them but got very bored after 10 minutes. Neither should be listed as virtual pets, in complete honesty.
Here's a link to an image of two: http://www.wishlist.nu/wp-content/uploa ... uapets.jpg
Okay, here's the basics to this 'pet.' What you basically have is a tube containing water and a small 'creature' inside (which is kept at the same level in the water by two strings pinning it down).
The tube is attached to a base, which contains all the electronics. There are two buttons: One is used to give food to your Aquapet and the other is to pet your Aquapet.
And that's it.
Seriously, this pet has NO meters whatsoever, and after the first 30 seconds, you're probably thinking to yourself, "What next?" You've given it a couple of snacks and petted it a couple of times, watching it chirp merrily and swing from side to side, but then you're wondering what else you can do. The answer: Not much.
Every now and then, the Aquapet will want to play a game with you. It will chirp for you and start swinging from side to side. You have to push one of the buttons to guess which way the pet will go, and if you get it right, the pet will chirp in delight and sing you "one of six songs." (I've only heard three at most, and they're all slightly edited versions of one another.) Get it wrong and it will sulk. If so, push the button on the other side and the pet will most likely announce you've won. XD
You can put it to sleep by pressing both buttons simultaneously for around 3 seconds, and then it will stop screeching at you. There isn't a moment's peace with this pet - just like Anipalz. -_-;;;
It's also possible to "talk" to the pet to make it happy and you can apparently connect two together and they will talk to one another.
But other than that, there is really nothing to do with this pet. Plus, leave it in sunlight for ages (just like I did, whoops
) and the water turns brown and yucky, and it seems there is no way to change it. The strings' strength also weakens over time, hence why my Aquapet barely moves nowadays.
They come in all sorts of cute designs and colours - I have the inverted Kiko which has a purple body rather than a blue one - and I've seen special ones, such as SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer.
In short, I would only get it for the cute appeal. If you want it for the pet factor, it's definitely NOT the pet for you. Plus, if you hated the Anipalz's constant meowing, barking and croaking, after a while you'll grow to hate the chirps and whines of the Aquapet. Cute at first, but after a while you just can't take any more.
Here's a link to an image of one: http://www.toyretailersassociation.co.u ... INKIES.jpg
Here's the basics to this 'pet.' What you have here is a strange-looking blob-character with two legs and a bizarre hairdo, which differs for each Blinkie. There are many different colours to choose from, and each has its own name. I think I have the one named "Blaze," and it's orange.
You'll also not fail to notice the touch sensors on four parts of the toy. This is how you control the selections on your Blinkie. The screen is where the eyes are shown, and it's very colourful and bright. Unfortunately, they never programmed yellow into the pet, so the little yellow people are now little green people instead. ;D
The aim is to get Blinkie up through three levels. At each level, her eyes are different colours: Blue for level one, and I've forgotten the other colours. XD I know they're green for one of the next levels, though.
To do this, you need to raise the content of her heart meter. No, this is not like a Tamagotchi's happy meter, but rather like a Tamagotchi's training meter. Once the heart is full, you get to the next level, and Blinkie's eyes change colour.
Raising the heart meter is irritating and dull. You have to play a ton of silly games with Blinkie while listening to the sinister "He-he-he-he-hee-hee!" she greets you with EVERY time you get to the main menu (which is around 90% of the time -_-).
There is the concept of feeding, and I remember that the manual advised not to feed her many snacks, but you can barely tell what the foods are (the only one I can actually identify is the apple), and the foods all seem to have equal effect.
Blinkie will get sick often, so you have to check her temperature and give her the correct medicine. Get the wrong one and she starts glaring at you with really shifty eyes...
She'll also get tired of playing the ridiculous games at points and ask for a nap. This can be a short, one minute nap where she goes off into a weird world filled with butterflies, flowers and eyeballs (O_o), or it can be a timed nap. Unfortunately, these go up in hours, and if you forget to come back for Blinkie, she won't be too pleased with you. XP
The 'pet' goes into sleep mode by itself after two minutes anyway, however, she will often have her "heart broken" in that way. What I mean by that is when you leave her alone, the pet just switches off; she doesn't register that she's asleep and well. Meaning, overnight, you'll wake up, touch the sensor to activate Blinkie again and see a cracked heart waiting for you. This isn't actually hard to sort out and it has NO effect on the heart meter, so feel free to neglect Blinkie as much as you want. XD
The colour idea is nice, but it's certainly no Tamagotchi + Colour.
Getting through the levels takes a long time, and passing the third level means... You get reset to the first level again. Your hard work is wasted with no reward. DX
In short, this isn't a true virtual pet, despite having several virtual pet functions, as it's more of a game than a pet, and care has absolutely no effect. Blinkie doesn't "evolve" (unless you consider the changing eye colours an "evolution") and the sinister laugh you'll be encountering 90% of the time (however there might be a sound off function, but I can't remember if there is) will put you off for good.
Once again, sorry for bumping, but I wanted to share my thoughts on these pets to warn anyone who was planning to buy either. I personally find the Aquapet adorable, but incredibly dull, and the Blinkie just plain irritating.