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Announcing Tweechi! The First Twitter Powered Virtual Pet

07-03-2015, 02:27 PM
#1
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Tweechi! The First Twitter Powered Virtual Pet

Hi guys,

Chris from Fuzzy Face here. I'm really excited to show you what we've been working on for the last three years, we call him Tweechi! A virtual pet exclusive to the iPhone that is more advanced and interactive than any you've seen before and, most importantly, one that rewards you for doing well on Twitter!



In Tweechi your retweets on Twitter (tweets of yours that get retweeted) earn you free currency, which we call Zips!

As Wired reported yesterday...

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Zips can then be spent to improve your Tweechi, buying it food or toys, and generally taking care of it to help it level up. Each level brings a booster pack of random goodies for the pet, and the chance to earn playable minigames. Fuzzy Face aims for it to be "the game you play for sixty seconds every day, perfect for a commute or to tinker with over your morning cereal".

The app will reward players daily based on their social activity from the day before. As Thomas explains: "Every day when you open Tweechi you get a letter through the door which, when opened with a tap, tells you how many retweets you got yesterday and then how many Zips they earned you. We wanted to recreate that excitement you felt as a kid opening birthday mail but have it be a treat you can have everyday."
There's so much more to it than just Twitter though and it is designed so that anyone can have fun regardless of whether you use social Networks. Check out the Wired piece for a more info and we'll happily answer questions here too (and of course any features you'd like to see added as updates).

Here are some screenshots so you can see how the game is coming along. If you're interested you can sign up for early adoption at Tweechi.com and we post the odd Vine of it in action on Twitter. We hope to have Tweechi ready for fall this year.

Thanks!



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Last edited by Fuzzy Face Studios; 07-04-2015 at 03:27 AM.
07-05-2015, 08:03 PM
#2
Cool concept. I've signed up for adoption

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07-06-2015, 04:50 AM
#3
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very coool stuff..
07-06-2015, 09:05 AM
#4
Joined: May 2014
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Thanks guys! If there are any features you like to see or a feature that's never been done before in a virtual pet let us know.

We plan on really supporting this with multiple updates (kind of like Pocket God) so the idea to keep a flow of new content coming through for free
07-07-2015, 07:32 PM
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Location: USA
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What happens if I sign up for early adopter
07-08-2015, 02:11 AM
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If you sign up we'll let you know when Tweechi is finished and submitted to Apple so you can get it on day one :-)
09-13-2015, 09:07 AM
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Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 1
Hi Chris,

Tweechi looks great - I'm looking forward to playing with it.

I've been looking for a great pet or 'tamagotchi'-style app for a while. I've tried Hatch, Hatchi, and a few others, and they are all pretty good, but they haven't managed to scratch my itch - I'm hoping Tweechi can.

Couple of questions:

- Can you still play if you're not a big Twitter user? Are there multiple ways to earn currency?
- Are there multiple characters (Tweechis?) to choose from? I'm not overly fond of how the Tweechi in your screenshots looks (sorry!) so I'd love some customisation options.

Features I'd like to see:

- Some kind of gameplay or in-app rewards based around your iPhone's activity data. Hatch recently added a feature like this.
- Game Center achievement support
09-13-2015, 09:49 AM
#8
Joined: May 2014
Posts: 9
Hey Anthony

Thanks! Glad you're liking what you're seeing (with the exception of Tweechi himself), we know how you feel - we don't think anyone has quite "nailed" the virtual pet yet so we're doing our best to change that.

To answer your questions...

- Yes you absolutely don't need Twitter to enjoy Tweechi. There's loads of ways to acquire Zips, for instance you get a daily bonus just for firing up the app, also if you keep Tweechi fed and watered he poops gems which turn into Zips when you clean them up. You also get Zips for things like cleaning his teeth each day. Finally if you ever need some extra Zips in a pinch you can opt in to watch an ad for a big Zip bonus. The key for us is making sure nobody feels like they have to spend actual money.

- Due to the high number of animations and the quality of animations we wanted to achieve we only have the one Tweechi character. Most people seem to think his cute so hopefuly he'll grow on you when you get him!

Thanks a lot for the feature suggestions, the activity data idea is awesome and something we hadn't even thought of! The plan is to support Tweechi heavily post release with regular updates to add in new items and features (like Pocket God) so Activity Data and Game Centre are going on the list for the first wave of updates!

Last edited by Fuzzy Face Studios; 09-13-2015 at 09:52 AM.