MatchyGotchy Z is a colorful digital pet game that combines idle clicker elements with a new take on pet-raising simulation: trainable personalities. All the nostalgia of those old virtual pets, fully adapted into a new desktop gaming experience.
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Mar 4, 2019

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Doing the MatchyGotchy Beta last year was an amazing experience. We hope to do a larger scale of that development experience by opening Early Access to the public. We want causal gamers, cuteness connoisseurs, and digital pet aficionados to join in the development process.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We have months of new stuff planned that needs polish before we add it. We are also hoping to include work based on community feedback and requests. Depending on how this goes, we are hoping for a late 2019 release, or early 2020 release.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version should have eight laboratory wings to work in, including about 10 mini-games designed so far - and new actions besides the current ones. MatchyMart should be fully stocked with a variety of food, items, and clothing to buy. Zootlandia is designed to have selling and saving transactions. We want to make Xanadu available providing for a new mini game and a new pet. And finally, MatchyDex should have an inventory system that will allow you to keep track of all items along with its background information.

The current build starts with most of the pets, a third of the lab areas, Matchymart and Zootlandia access. Areas like Xanadu and MatchyDex will not available right now as they are still under development. We have plans to continue to include items and food to MatchyMart, the monster store, where you buy all customizations, and to include more transactions alternatives to Zootlandia, the curency market.

Finally, the current build has AI trainable personalities: a fully integrated game design option we look forward to explore and optimize based on community feedback.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“It is a stable build that we are constantly updating, sometimes even more than once a day. The game is currently completely playable as it is.

There are already 7 different trainable pets with multiple personalities to explore and different work efficiencies. Currently there is one laboratory wing that offers 3 mini-games you can play with your pets, including customizations for these via MatchyMart. Zootlandia only allows you to sell ships for Zoot right now. Stardust is also available, which should guide you through how to level the Stars and how to get around the new content in place.

Not all areas are open to the public yet. We are still working on Xanadu and MatchyDex. We want to include them in the later Early Access updates.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Most likely, yes. We will revisit this after everything is included, considering the amount of work and time invested.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We opened a discord with the sole purpose of getting players involved in the process. Even though we are still open to Steam forums and social media, we wanted to be able to communicate better with the community in real time.

We have plans to share game development updates regularly. We are even planning time just to take in requests, with open surveys and specific targeted requests. Each time we upload the build we often consult with the community on everything from visuals to text info, and even afterwards we stop by to ask player first mpressions on the recent updates.

We love feedback, and we hope the community will help us shape the direction of the game into the best we can make of it!”
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About This Game

MatchyGotchy Z is a colorful digital pet experience that combines idle clicker elements with a new take on pet-raising simulation: trainable personalities. The pets can have jobs based on their natural skills, but only you get to define your pet's personality through gameplay - not itemization or goal oriented milestones.

Stars are born from the energy roaming through the galaxy, they exist to conserve and transform the balance of life. Only few get to transform energy into magic, those are Rocket Surgeons. In MatchyGotchy Z, you get to care after regular stars and turn them into the Rocket Surgeons they were born to be! There are 8 pets available, along with multiple NPC's to keep you company in Starbase.

Introducing Zoot as the main currency, you can now discover new places like Zootlandia, the money trade house, and MatchyMart, the galaxy's monster store. Along with a much larger laboratory with multiple wings, you can now have a diversity of actions, places and items to provide for all your customization needs.


  • Combining pet sims and clicker mechanics, you can get to train your pets with the personality you like best. They can enjoy singing, or they can enjoy working - it depends entirely on you. Not on food, or any other goal oriented pre-defined trait, but your gameplay.
  • New characters included: Stardust, Starbase derpsome linguist; Era, MatchyMart's funtastic clerk; and Zee, Zootlandia's spoopy smart analyst.
  • 10 new customizable games to enjoy: cups, hackysack, cards and more.
  • New locations: laboratory expansion, MatchyMart and Zootlandia.
  • Introducing Zoot as MatchyGotchy currency. You can save or invest your money in Zootlandia.
  • Full user customization. You can now buy food, change outfit and console colors in MatchyMart.
  • Access to Xanadu’s legendary Space Water Park, BIG X!
  • Monster archive inventory, MatchyDex. Keep track of all the new characters and items, and learn about them.
  • Over 40 achivements, leaderboards, could save, and Steam cards as soon as Steam allows it.
  • Early Access schedule with active community support: you can vote and comment on content before it goes live. Exclusive access via Discord during Early Acess.

MatchyGotchy Z is an expanded and revamped experience in the MatchyGotchy series, including a universe of fresh new options for returning players. For new players, we would like to welcome you into the Matchyverse.

MatchyGotchy and MatchyGotchy Z are part of the Matchy Star world, which is still in development and you can wishlist here on Steam here:

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo / AMD® Athlon™
    • Graphics: Nvidia® / AMD® with 1 GB memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 512 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 11 compatible

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