Digital Doggie, Compu Kitty,
In September 1997 Giga Pets added the Komputer Koala (Bear) and Floppy Frog to the product line.
In October 1997 Tiger sent us press release sheets for a dolphin (Doodel Dolphin) and a parrot (Pixel Parrot) which we have never seen in circulation. The dolphin was to jump for fish and "tail walk" while the parrot could be taught to talk.
21 November 1997, Giga Pets began a special promotion with Kentucky Fried Chicken and special units were produced for the promotion. The models were: Micro Pup, Digi Pooch, Bitty Kitty, and Cyber Kitty.
In late 1997, Tiger added the Virtual Friends line which was somewhat similar, but based on movie characters and required a little less constant attention.
In late 1997 and early 1998 hundreds of people began reporting problems of keeping their Giga Pets healthy. We began to report on that and offer some suggestions on our Giga Pets Health Page.
The pets do offer a wide range of animals and creatures as pets and have been "higher quality" pets than several of the low dollar imports. Giga Pets tend to work and not break when compared to some of the competitors. Also they are usually available at a price point below the Tamagotchi. Currently (January 1998) many department stores are selling Tamagotchi for $15.99 and Giga Pets for $9.99.
Giga Pets are made on a variety of shapes of cases and some of the pets have actually been made in two different cases. The Baby T-Rex was produced in both the rectangular case and in a "tear drop" version. Their "key chain" has changed from the original beady type to a clip on that easily hooks onto belt loops.
We have heard from several people of a problem with the instructions of Komputer Koala. The printed instructions with some units say the leaves are the main food and the milk is the "treat". They are wrong - the milk is the main food and the leaves are the "treat." If you give your pet too many leaves (treats) it will go down in health.
The Baby T-Rex was the first keychain virtual pet I owned and I found it very interesting. I now also have a Digital Doggie, Floppy Frog, and 101 Dalmatians. I put some serious test time in on the Digital Doggie while on a recent road trip and hope to write up my experiences soon. In general I was not very pleased with it, but I found the transparent purple case to among the most beautiful virtual pets I have seen.
If you have lost the instructions to your Giga Pet, see our Instructions Page.
You can turn the sound off. The pets can be paused by being left in the clock mode (you reset the clock when you get back). They only have one potential growth outcome (cannot grow up to be different characters depending upon how you care for them.) Most of them become angels and sprout wings when they "die."
In recent months, the pets have been produced with "realistic animal sounds" instead of just beeps.
We have a fairly extensive product review posted of the Digital Doggie.
Tiger maintains a GigaPets web site at: http://www.gigapets.com.
Some comments from their site are below:
Just like a real pet, you have to feed it, play with it, clean up after it, and even take care of it when it gets sick! The more you play with your GigaPet the healthier and happier it will be!
Tiger's Giga Pet web site has an excellent tips page. Some of the tips are:
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