iCarly: Sam's Remote

 
Tweens get real-life laugh track, with a bit too much sass.

What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

"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."

Consumerism

The "extras" section on this app moves kids seamlessly into the iTunes store to buy iCarly show seasons (for $14.99), as well as to the nick.com website for more app downloads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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?

QUALITY
 

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."

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:December 4, 2009
Category:Entertainment
Size:54.00 MB
Publisher:MTV Networks
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 2.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old July 29, 2011
age 2+
 

Sam's Remote.

Sam's remote in icarly is really cool. I wanna get it so bad!!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bydolphins2011 June 22, 2011
age 14+
 

how to make one???????????????????????

how do you make you own remote just like icarly
Adult Written byFrancescoforli May 11, 2015

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