Talking Tom Cat
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Talking Tom Cat is a virtual pet program. An alley cat will parrot your every word in a modulated tone. Kids will get a kick out of the altered voice, but parents might quickly reach for a bottle of aspirin. The free game is incredibly aggressive with its in-app purchase offers and runs ads at the top of the screen constantly. Those apps unlock additional actions, which include the cat passing gas.
What kids can learn
What Kids Can Learn
Talking Tom Cat wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. However, some teachers have noted it can be useful for special needs students who aren't speaking yet or who may have trouble forming words correctly.
What's it about?
Users speak to an animated cat and hear their words echoed back to them in a modified, deeper voice. While that's the main thrust of this app, you can also "reward" your cat with a glass of milk by pressing buttons in the lower left corner of the screen -- or have him "scratch" the glass of your phone or tablet, if you'd like. The cat responds to touch, as well. Gently rubbing him elicits a purr of contentment, but poking him too aggressively causes him to fall to the ground unconscious or say "oof."
Is it any good?
Talking Tom Cat is the flagship in Outfit7's successful line of "Talking Friends" apps. The main purpose of the series is for an animated on-screen character to repeat what you say to it in an altered voice. It's a fun diversion, with a few features thrown in on the side -- like pouring your cat a glass of milk -- but it's a one-trick pony that eventually does get old (generally much faster for adults than for kids). Still, the cat remains a favorite of kids.