Hatchi - A retro virtual pet

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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

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPad (3rd Generation)

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.