Nurture your own president with a Zumagotchi

Ever wanted to be the South African President? Well you can’t, but you can play with him and care for him. Introducing the Zumagotchi.

The Zumagotchi is inspired by the Tamagotchi which was a keychain-sized virtual pet simulation game created in 1996.

It is much like the Tamagotchi concept, except you no longer have to care and raise a creature, now you get the honour of tending to the needs of your very own miniature president.

The Zumagotchi can be best described as a political satire game aimed at making you laugh as you have fun tending to the most important needs of the president.

Firstly you get to nurture your Zumagotchi, by ensuring that he is fed, gets enough sleep and is well entertained. Presidents are in vital need of such nurturing as running a country is no easy task.

Zumagotchi does not appear to eat food, but rather eats bags of money, and it is of the utmost importance that he regularly takes one of his showers, to keep clean, you know…

The developers remind you that ‘a happy president is a (un)productive president!’

The virtual simulation game also has several mini-games to keep your keep your president engaged and active, each mini-game has a uniquely presidential aftertaste.

Even a Zillegotchi makes an appearance in one of the mini-games.

So as the president prepares for his second term in office, (the reality) you have the opportunity to make yourself his second in command/mother/superior by looking after the pint-sized president.

Over 76 million of the original Tamagotchis have been sold world-wide since its inception in 1996. Most Tamagotchis were housed in small egg-shaped computer, but now with the evolution of technology these strange creatures can be owned on cellular phones and tablets alike.

The gameplay and storyline of Tamagotchis consists of caring for a creature, who hatches from an egg. The owner must then feed, play, and care for the creature. If not the creature dies.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said the ANC had not seen or heard of the game yet.
“We will have to watch it and formulate an opinion as an organisation,” said Khoza.


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