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Debirutch no Tamagotch (デビルっちのたまごっち, colloquially known as the Devilgotchi) is a Tamagotchi release which debuted in Japan in early September 1998. The Devilgotchi has no English release except for the cell phone application.
The shell of the Devilgotchi is similar to that of the Angelgotchi. Like the Angelgotchi, it has wings on either side of the screen, but they are devil wings rather than angel wings. There are four shell designs - purple and white with red buttons, black with white buttons, pink with yellow buttons, and white with black buttons. Each shell design has the word "Devilgotch" on the top.
One problem commonly found on the Debirutch no Tamagotch release is "Soft Screws" - while all of the vintage releases have a problem with the screws breaking down due to age, the screws holding the battery hatch on are infamously much more soft and prone to stripping, and their heads can be broken off easily. Attempts to remove damaged screws without the help of jeweler's tools can further damage the toy.
Devil Power ("DP") is a measurement of how naughty the user's Devilgotchi character is. It is essentially the opposite of the Angel Power from the Tamagotchi Angel - while they are both analogues for weight, keeping AP high is vital while a high DP is not good. The DP level will gradually raise over time. The player must refrain from allowing the DP to reach 100. If the DP is not lowered before reaching 90 or higher, a Bad End will be triggered.
Devil Power is the primary benefactor of a Devilgotchi's evolutionary route. The higher the DP, the worse that the resulting chracter will be and the more likely the Devilgotchi character is to do something naughty. When such a deed is done, it will beep for attention, and the screen colors will be inverted. Some of the naughty things that the Devil may do include:
- Not allowing the user to see the Health Meter.
- Throwing Pie at the user after trying to feed it.
- Pretending to eat Chocolate.
- Pretending to take a nap during the game.
- Refusing to let the user clean poop off the screen.
- General bad deed - similar to a discipline call.
When the Devil does anything mischievious, users must select the Kamidanomi (Discipline) icon, represented by an angel, to scold it and lower DP. If the Tamagotchi becomes Bird Deviltchi and stays that way for at least six days with zero Hungry, zero Friendship, and over 80 DP doing a bad deed and not being punished will evolve into King Deviltchi when the icon times out.
A new icon, Handshake (represented by a black hand) is included. Sometimes Deviltchi will try to be friends with the user by extending its hand and offering to shake theirs. When this happens, the Deviltchi will beep and the attention icon will light up, and the devil will appear smiling at the screen. Reciprocate by using the handshake icon. This will also decrease the DP number. In the case of DevilMametchi who has been alive for six days at minimum, handshaking while the DP is one or zero will result in immediate evolution to Clione Deviltchi, an angel-like Devil Tamagotchi.
Move the Devilgotchi character back and forth across the bottom of the screen. Use the A and B buttons to drop a star toward it. If the character manages to catch four stars, it gains two Friend stars. If the character misses all four stars, his DP level goes up by 5.
During certain times and phases (including when the character is supposed to be asleep), special events will happen. There are 12 different events in all and different characters will have different events. When an event happens, the toy will beep.
There are two ways a Devil Tamagotchi will leave and return to Devil World in Planet Tamagotchi.
By neglecting it and letting its DP rise to 90 or higher, it will go through a Bad End.
If they are departing due to old age, the character will be acting sad. By pushing a button, a curtain will come down and reveal the words Good Friend. If the Friendship meter is full, and DP is over 7, there is a chance that Girl Deviltchi will become Twin Deviltchi shortly before saying goodbye.
Clione Deviltchi is instead escorted home by two Chestnut Angels before Good Friend appears. Clione Deviltchi's ending is referenced in the Keitai and Akai models' death scene - By allowing a Tamagotchi to pass away/return home/become an egg again with the special gravestone, the Tamagotchi will be escorted skyward by two Chestnut Angel instead of floating skyward, and Obaketchi is replaced by Chestnut Angel on the death screen, who floats around the special gravestone.
The Debirutch no Tamagotch does not necessarily have any fixed growth patterns - evolution is completely dependent on DP. Unlike most Tamagotchi releases, the Debirutch has three regular growth stages rather than four.
A bat appears on screen when the device is turned on, and will transform into either Deviltchi or Devil Zuccitchi after several minutes. When the elementary devil arrives, it will stay for 4 days before becoming an intermediate devil. 5 days later it will become an advanced devil. If certain conditions are met within 6 days, it may become a secret character.
Cell Phone Release
Debirutch no Tamagotch was modified and released for cell phones on March 6, 2006. It was later released worldwide in May 2008 in Europe as Tamagotchi Monster. The difference between the two is that Devil Power ("DP") is now called Monster Power ("MP"), and the toilet icon (an image of buttocks with devil wings) is replaced with a roll of black toilet paper.