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 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 16 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRobertR298 January 21, 2019

Dont let kids play

First of all she can cuss if you say, ‘’who’s an idiot’’ second of all there is a unsafe grown man in toms eye
Adult Written byMr Anderson September 18, 2018

angela is unsafe, pedophiles, hackers

Talking tom and angela are not possessed
but hackers using remote access
to your device regardless of child mode. The permissions
give access whenever they w... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCupCakeSupriseXD September 29, 2019

Plz Read This!

So...here's my story : i was on my ipad and i was looking at games when i saw talking angela...i downloaded the game. i thought it was cute and messaged my... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 24, 2019

-PLEASE READ-

Well I think by now everyone has heard the rumours about the man in her eyes (same with talking ginger) and if you haven’t let me just explain if you screenshot... 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. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free with optional in-app purchases
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 18, 2012
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Topics: Cats, Dogs, and Mice
  • Size: 72.70 MB
  • Publisher: Outfit7
  • Version: 2.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6 and up; Android 4.0.3 or later
  • Last updated: June 23, 2019

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