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Waking up Tamagotchi Town —TamaTown

This project's goal is to document the various TamaTowns that were once available online and how they functioned.

Tamatown was an interactive website for the Tamagotchi Connection Version 3, and later for the Version 4 and Version 4.5. It was an extension to the virtual pets, and allowed players to connect to the site and earn prizes for their Tamagotchi device.

On February 6, 2013 the servers for Tamatown were shut down. Tamatown no longer supports the enhanced gameplay feature for any of the Tamagotchi Connection devices. Any codes that come with certain pets, such as the Music Star, are no longer usable with the TamaTown websites.

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TamaTown Main Site

TamaTown was originally available at tamatown.com. The site had buttons to open the actual TamaTown (a Flash file) in a browser pop-up. Between 2005 and 2013, four TamaTown versions were released worldwide in English: V3, V4/4.5, V5, Music Star in addition to three in Japanese: Tama Go (Entama), Uri Tama and Tama School.

The last archived version of tamatown.com dates from Jun 28th, 2012. Since 2017, a Tamagotchi Collectors group owns the domain name tamatown.com.

TamaTown was officially shutdown on Feb 6, 2013. As of 2018, Bandai keeps hosting a TamaTown site at bandai.com/tamagotchi/new. See below TamaTown post 2013.

TamaTown V3

TamaTown V3 was originally available at v3.tamatown.com, no longer available.

Last archived version available is from Feb 10th, 2012.

Recovered files

  • Main loader and intro scene: tama_shell.swf, intro.swf
  • Places: town.swf, grandparents.swf, king.swf, parents.swf
  • Characters: 32400.swf
  • Definitions: items.xml

See all files recovered by the Wayback Machine here.

Missing files

The following files have not been archived by the Wayback Machine:

  • Places: arcade.swf, , clothing.swf, foodcourt.swf, mall.swf, school.swf, theatre.swf, townhall.swf, travel.swf
  • Games: clawgame.swf, createasonggame.swf, japanracegame.swf, namethattuneGame.swf, racegame.swf, suitcasegame.swf, tamasaysgame.swf
  • Audio: grandparents.mp3, king.mp3, song1.mp3

Auth

We are asked an username at the beginning, e.g. 'abc'.

Then, the following HTTP request is sent to the server:

GET http://v3.tamatown.com/cgi-bin/Tamatown.cgi?d=80&a=GI&p=0000000000&u=abc

Note we are not being asked a password quite yet, hence it is sent as '0000000000'. The request contains 2 more parameters, d=80 and a='GI'.

To access the Parents, Grandparents or King area, TamaTown asks for our Tamagotchi's password:

SWF Decompilation indicates hardcoded passwords to access these 3 areas:

  • Parents: type pass paren
  • Grandparents: type pass grand
  • King: type pass king

If none of this is used, provided the input are 10 digits (e.g. 1234567890), the following HTTP request is sent:

GET http://v3.tamatown.com/cgi-bin/Tamatown.cgi?a=AP&p=1234567890&u=abc

TamaTown V4/4.5

TamaTown V4/4.5 was originally available at v4.tamatown.com and tamagotchieurope.com/EN/JinSeiEN/tamaok.html, today down. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, some SWF files were recovered.

This TamaTown Commercial shows how it looked like.

Recovered files

These were found in archived tamagotchieurope.com (May 9, 2013) and this MEGA repository.

  • Main loader and intro scene: tama_shell.swf, intro.swf
  • Places: town.swf, grandparents.swf, king.swf, mall.swf, music.swf, music1.swf, music2.swf, parents.swf, tama_island.swf, toys.swf
  • Assets: charaALL.swf, vote_off.swf
  • Definitions: tama_games.xml, tama_help_welcome.xml, tama_info.xml, tama_items_characters.xml, tama_shell_text.xml

See all files recovered by the Wayback Machine here.

Missing files

The following files have not been archived by the Wayback Machine:

  • Places: arcade.swf, bank.swf, clothing.swf, foodcourt.swf, hospital.swf, office.swf, postoffice.swf, preschool.swf, racegame.swf, school.swf, station.swf, theatre.swf, townhall.swf, travel.swf
  • Audio: king.mp3

TamaTown V5

TamaTown V5, also known as The Tama & Earth Expo, was originally available at famitama.com/pc/index_en.html, today down.

Recovered files

SWF files for games were first recovered by SA311 in this TamaTalk thread using the web archive (Jan 30, 2010) and continued by this project.

See all files recovered by the Wayback Machine here.

Auth

Upon start, an HTTP request is sent to:

GET http://famitama.com/pc/cgi/Famiif.php?r=845107&a=0&e=00&f=ww&d=00000&u=00000&c=3

where:

  • r is a pseudo-random number generated by: getTime() / 1800000
  • c is 1 for login/logout, 3 for wagon, 4 for farm, 5 for poll
  • a is poll data, otherwise 0
  • e is poll key, otherwise 00
  • f is ww for wagon
  • u is a 5 digits upper password, default 00000
  • d is a 5 digits lower password, default 00000

The expected response is a text/plain string with the following parameters:

  • ResultCode: must be OK to consider the response valid.
  • Rest of parameters: LoginMode, VER, CharacterCode, FamilyCode, TiesCode, JPFarm, JPWagon, AOFarm, AOWagon, NAWagon, EUFarm, EUWagon, JPAnswer, AOAnswer, NAAnswer, EUAnswer, DateTime, ResultDetail

Whenever users choose a game to play, they are asked to login. This sends the following request:

GET http://famitama.com/pc/cgi/Famitama.cgi?p=game%5Ffishing%2Eswf&i=0&g=0&m=0&d=11111&u=11111&c=1

where

  • p is the current game filename, e.g. game_fishing.swf
  • c is the request code, 1 for login
  • i is the items upon logout, 0 for login
  • g are the gotchi points upon logout, 0 for login
  • m is the logout code, 0 for login
  • u is a 5 digits upper password, default 00000
  • d is a 5 digits lower password, default 00000

The expected response is a text/plain string with the following parameters:

  • ResultCode must be OK to consider the response valid.
  • Rest of parameters: LoginMode, VER, CharacterCode, FamilyCode, TiesCode, PasswordUp, PasswordDown, DateTime

After finishing a game, players can logout. This issues the following request:

GET http://famitama.com/pc/cgi/Famitama.cgi?p=game%5Fmochitsuki%2Eswf&i=0&g=0&m=2&d=11111&u=11111&c=1

  • p is the current game filename, e.g. game_mochitsuki.swf
  • i is the number of items upon logout, default 0
  • g are the gotchi points upon logout, default 0
  • m is the logout code, 1 for nothing, 2 for gotchi points, 3 for getting item, 4 for buying item
  • d is a 5 digits lower password, default 00000
  • u is a 5 digits upper password, default 00000
  • c is the request code, 1 for logout

TamaTown Music Star

TamaTown Music Star was originally available at new.tamatown.com, no longer available. This TamaTown Exploration video shows how it looked like.

Recovered files

See all files recovered by the Wayback Machine here.

Auth

TamaTown post 2013

Bandai keeps hosting an extremely lighter version of TamaTown Music Star at bandai.com/tamagotchi/new. Upon language selection, English and Spanish redirect to the 'Thank you' and 'Gracias' shutdown pages respectively. The site in Portuguese, however, lets user access the forest area and play a rafting game.

Japanese TamaTowns

e-TamaGo was Japan's TamaTown website, originally available at e-tamago.com/pc/index.html, last archived in 2010. Today e-tamago.com redirects to tamagotch.channel.or.jp. e-TamaGo let players enter 3 TamaTowns: Tama Go, Ura Tama and Tama School.

Tama Go

Tama Go was originally available at e-tamago.com/pc/flash/tamago.html, see (this archive from 2010).

Recovered files

See all files recovered by the Wayback Machine here.

Ura Tama

Ura Tama was originally available at e-tamago.com/urapc/flash/uratama.html, see (this archive from 2010)

Recovered files

See all files recovered by the Wayback Machine here.

Tama School

Tama School was originally available at school.e-tamago.com/pc/flash/tamasc.html, see this archive from 2010

Recovered files

See all files recovered by the Wayback Machine here.

External Links

On TamaTown

On Flash

TamaTalk threads

Notes

I decompiled the SWF files that the Wayback Machine preserved with JPEXS Free Flash Decompiler. It's a powerful open-source tool, way superior to other commercial options in my opinion.

Disclaimer

TamaTown and Tamagotchi are trademarks of Bandai Namco Inc. This website is not affiliated or endorsed by Bandai Namco Inc. in any way.