Talking Carl

Common Sense Media says

Voice-morphing app is fun but may encourage bad behavior.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Talk or touch the screen to make Carl respond. Unlike other voice-morphing apps you can't adjust the speed or sound of the voice, but that's not a big deal.

Violence

Carl responds testily to taps and jabs, especially to his bulbous eyes, which he immediately closes as if they are hurt.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this voice morphing application is slick and funny, but might encourage kids to misbehave.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Talking Carl looks like a red toaster with golfball eyes and a mail slot for a mouth. Repeating everything he hears in a Bart Simpson voice, he yells when poked and laughs when tickled. Ignore him and he mutters discontentedly. This voice-morphing app is slick looking and very funny, but might not set the best example for kids with its poking and punching. SmackTalk, with its talking baby animals, is a better fit for preschoolers.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$0.99
Release date:December 30, 2009
Category:Entertainment
Publisher:Awyse
Version:1.20

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Kid, 7 years old May 15, 2010
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7
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Looks Cool

I Wanna Get It
Kid, 12 years old September 6, 2010
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2
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Fun, easy app.

I think this app is very entertaining, and very cool. I really don't get why this is inappropriate, because it's not. 4 stars.
Kid, 10 years old December 12, 2010
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4
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Funny App!

REALLY people? How can a little iPhone app cause bad behavior? I have this app on my iTouch, it makes me and my friends crack up! He has a super funny high-pitched voice that even makes my mom laugh. My little brother will sneak into my room and sat it up for my alarm to make me smile. I think it's a great, funny app that couldn't hurt a fly.

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