Want a pet alien baby? There’s an app for that

Remember Tamagotchi? That handheld, egg-shaped digital thing that acted like a pet? (Only one you couldn’t cuddle with and had no fur.) Well. Last week, I was browsing the Google Play store for reasons I can no longer remember (I think I might’ve been looking for Nemo’s Reef, actually), and I came across the Pou app. It’s a pet alien baby that you raise to adulthood.

So really, it pretty much works the same way as a Tamagotchi, only it’s on your phone. And unlike a Tamagotchi, it allows you to say the hilariously inappropriate phrase, “Hang on, I’m playing with my poo Pou.”

It’s worth downloading for that reason alone. Seriously.

Anyway. I downloaded it, told Hubby I was playing with Pou, and then introduced the kids to it. Who then walked around telling people that they wanted to play with poo Pou. Which, as you can imagine, led to some serious hilarity. (I mean, they’re three and four and a half years old. So when they tell people they play with Pou, people tend to think they’re playing with, well, poo. You know.)

Anyway, I put Pou on the tablet and let them raise their own pet alien baby. (And then they introduced their friends to the Pou app. Which led to even more hilarity. But that’s a story for a later time.)

We all like this game because we don’t need to spend our own money on it (a rare thing these days). The app includes mini-games, where you earn coins, which then allow you to do things like change Pou’s body color, change the wallpaper in the “rooms,” buy him food, buy him balls for the game room, buy him clothes, etc. etc.

And yeah, I changed Pou’s body color. Because seriously, when the game starts, he’s brown…and looks like a pile of poo with eyes. Not even kidding.

So anyway. I know you’re dying to see what this thing looks like (well, maybe not dying, but you know what I mean). So, here you go! Some screen caps for you:

Baby Pou, hanging out
Pou hanging out in the game room
Baby Pou, sleeping
Pou sleeping
Child Pou, totally entranced by a bouncing tennis ball
Pou, totally entranced by a bouncing tennis ball
Pou, after he, um, poos.
Pou, after he, um, poops.
Adult Pou, tired and hungry
Adult Pou, tired and hungry

So if you’ve ever wanted to raise your own pet alien baby, you totally can. Seriously, there’s an app for everything now, isn’t there?

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