Pokémon GO Creator Niantic's New 'Peridot' Augmented Reality Pet Game Now Available

"Peridot," the latest game from augmented reality company Niantic, is now available for download from the App Store. A Tamagotchi-style game, Peridot allows users to choose a virtual pet to raise.

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As with Niantic's other games, Peridot is an augmented reality title that encourages players to take their pets for walks in the real world. During walks, users can collect items, discover new places, and capture photos.

The game syncs with the Health app to allow players to earn walking distance even when the app is closed, and the augmented reality interface is quick and responsive, letting users tap a spot on the screen to direct their pet.

The Peridot or "Dot" is raised from birth, and players can pet, feed, and play with their Dots to help them grow. In addition to exploring places in the real world and uncovering items, there is a breeding mechanic that can unlock new Peridot archetypes. Raising a Peridot into an adult and leveling up unlocks new character traits that can be used for future pets.

Dots are modeled after existing animals and mythological creatures like cheetahs, dragons, unicorns, and more, with "infinite possibilities of Peridot archetypes" available.

Niantic first announced Peridot in April 2022, so it has been in development for over a year. The official launch date is May 9, but the game is available for download as of today. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
14 months ago
I can already tell this game isn't gonna last long with the absolute PR nightmare going on with Pokemon GO right now with #HearUsNiantic. If they ain't treating Pokemon GO players well, what makes them think people will flock to this?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sirdir Avatar
14 months ago
My last dog just died 2 weeks ago, first time in 22 years without any dog, plus an old ingress player. I might give it a go.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sorgo † Avatar
14 months ago
Aw sweet, MORE data collection!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JGIGS Avatar
14 months ago

I can already tell this game isn't gonna last long with the absolute PR nightmare going on with Pokemon GO right now with #HearUsNiantic. If they ain't treating Pokemon GO players well, what makes them think people will flock to this?
POGO is also a very time consuming game. Most players also don't have the time to take on another Niantic game so they'd really need to attract users outside of POGO.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lf90 Avatar
14 months ago
Oh no I forgot to feed my tamagotchi!!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
newyorksole Avatar
14 months ago
looked like PERIODT* to me at first lol
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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