A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Playing the sound effects is as easy as touching a "button" on the screen. Inserting your own songs onto the "player" is a little more complicated.
"Suckish" is as bad as it gets here, but Sam's sarcastic tone and sassy word choices show up more often on this app than usual in the show and other iCarly venues. There's an option to turn off "random chatter."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iCarly: Sam's Remote -- the app version of Sam's remote on the hit Nickelodeon show iCarly -- is like carrying a real-life laugh track with lots of silly sounds effects in your pocket. Many of the sounds heard are of Sam saying snarky things to kids using the app, but there's a way to turn comments off. Parents should be aware that that the app moves kids onto the iTunes Store to purchase seasons of the iCarly show without warning.
Is It Any Good?
ICARLY: SAM'S REMOTE'S sound tracks for laughter, disco music, a booing audience, and Sam saying funny comments are cute. Kids will undoubtedly crack up their fellow iCarly fan friends by playing just the right one at the right time in real-life conversations. Sam's usually somewhat endearing sassiness on the show sometimes loses its humor on this app due to lack of context and overkill ("What are you waiting for? Press the buttons!" "This is suckish! Can ya hit the buttons!"). We hope kids will get the joke and understand talking like that in real life will get them more trouble than laughs. Fortunately, there's an option to turn off "random chatter."
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