A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
What's it about?
As with most virtual pet simulations, MY TALKING TOM 2 doesn't have a story. Instead, you just have to take care of a cartoonish cat by feeding him, keeping him clean, taking him to the bathroom when nature calls, and buying him cute outfits and cool furniture so you can pose him for funny photos.
Is it any good?
While small children will find this virtual pet adorable, anyone older will not, and everyone will be really annoyed by all the ads. In My Talking Tom 2, you have to take care of a cartoonish cat. You have to feed him, clothe him, bathe him, take him to the bathroom, and occasionally take his picture. Which is fine if you're a little kid or someone uninterested in being challenged intellectually or reflexively. That is, until all the ads kick in. With random video ads, banner ads along the top of the screen, and a constant urgency to buy things, this will probably annoy even the most materialistic of children. Sure, buying him sunglasses and cheese is fun for a little while, but with little else to do, this gets tiresome rather quickly. Even the mini-games aren't interesting for long. Also, while it may make kids think they want a real cat, it will make parents remember why that would be a really bad idea. Especially when they have to take the furball to the bathroom and he passes a ton of gas. For all of these reasons, My Talking Tom 2 should be put in time out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about advertising. Does it seem like My Talking Tom 2 has a lot of advertisements? Does that ever get frustrating? Why do you think this was included as a feature of the game?
In My Talking Tom 2, you can feed your cat healthy fruits and vegetables or unhealthy cookies and cupcakes. Which do you think is better for your cat? And which do you think is better for you?
Does My Talking Tom 2 give you some understanding of what it takes to be a pet owner? Do you still want a cat?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 8, 2018
- Category: Simulation Games
- Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
- Size: 91.90 MB
- Publisher: Outfit7 Limited
- Version: 5.3.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
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