Talking Angela

App review by
Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Chatty kitty has lots of iffy questions and cash grabs.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Takes a minute to discover how to interact with Angela in regular or Child mode and to uncover what the various buttons do, but after short exploration it becomes obvious.

Violence
Sex

When Child mode is turned off, Angela asks about clothing-swap parties and talks about dating Tom, a male cat.

Language
Consumerism

The app is riddled with both banner and video ads. There also is a strong push toward making in-app purchases. Talking Angela links to other apps in the series, which sometimes appear to be part of the game instead of an advertisement. Ads can be disabled via in-app purchase. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Talking Angela is a chatterbot app, which means its intent is to create a seemingly two-way conversation between the user and, in this case, a talking cat. It’s part of a series of apps called Talking Tom and Friends, which also was made into a Web series. There have been concerns that the app is a front for a pedophilia ring, but these allegations all have been debunked. However, in regular mode where text chat is enabled, Angela does ask some odd questions such as, "Have you ever kissed a stranger?" and "Do you ever lie to your parents?" There's also a Child mode in which text chat is disabled and kids use the microphone to "speak" to Angela, who just repeats what was said, but the parent gate is easily turned off by any kid who can read the names of numbers. In either mode, ads are abundant -- unless you pay to turn them off -- and in-app purchases are everywhere. This app is easily confused with My Talking Angela, which is a Tamagotchi-style app in that it lets kids take care of kitten Angela as she grows (she eats, naps, bathes, and gets dressed) and doesn't include a chat feature but has plenty of purchases.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymaddox121 February 29, 2016

Who's an idiot

People say "Who's an idiot?" then Angela replies profane words.
Adult Written bySprite5522 February 17, 2016

No at all good

Not good for kids inappropriate and unsafe. It is terrible in my opinion.
Teen, 15 years old Written byhamsterdance October 26, 2015

Uh-oh!

This game has been said to have a stalker/pedo running this game... And I'm telling you to screen shot a pic of Talking Angela and zoom into her eye, you... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 9, 2016

Rude

She talks about rated r movies and talks trash my talking angela is a fun kids game which I recommend its fun and u raise angela from being a baby would recomme... Continue reading

What's it about?

Users speak to or send text messages to TALKING ANGELA depending on the game mode. Younger kids speak and hear their words repeated back to them, while older players type messages to Angela, answer questions she asks, and even play little games such as I Never. If a user doesn't know what to say next, the app offers suggestions. You can reward Angela and show her affection by petting her, giving her free gifts, or buying her clothes and makeup with in-game currency or real money. There also are links to a cartoon starring Angela and her friends, which links to YouTube. Parents should note that Talking Angela is different from My Talking Angela from the same publisher: The latter is more like a virtual pet app than a conversational app.

Is it any good?

A virtual copycat of several other Outfit7 releases, Talking Angela is polished but a mixed bag of child appeal and suggestive content. Though the graphics are impressive and the responsive dialogue is sometimes impressive, it can be strange and full of innuendo. Angela asks about "clothing-swap parties" and tells a story about when her boyfriend, Tom, suggested they go to one. She'll also ask a long string of personal questions about age, siblings, and location. Though the privacy policy states that no information from chats is stored or connected to the device in any way, it's still a terrible model for kids in terms of sharing personal information with a stranger online. In fact, its outward cutesy qualities -- which draw in kids -- juxtaposed with its sexual innuendo is exactly the situation many parents fear. Though there's a parent gate on the chat feature, any kid who can read will walk right through it, so parents may want to steer clear.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how talking to a real person is different from talking to a fictional character, even one with the most sophisticated artificial intelligence behind it. What is unique about human conversation that can't be duplicated by a machine?

  • Talk about appropriate topics, questions, and answers to share with strangers, even digital ones.

  • Because it is so easy to get around Child mode, this is a good opportunity to discuss changing any settings on any app or device without checking in with an adult to make sure it's safe. 

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