Talking Rex the Dinosaur

Common Sense Media says

Fun for dino-lovers, but too intense for younger kids.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

You'll figure out what to do the minute you say anything.

Violence

By pressing a boxing glove icon on screen, you can make your T. Rex fight another T. Rex on-screen, where the pair bite and wrestle with each other (though there is no blood). If you poke the T. Rex repeatedly, he will get angry and roar into the "camera," which could scare young children.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

While there's nothing offensive built into the app, the T. Rex will repeat anything anyone says to it, which can include harsh language.

Consumerism

An ever-present icon in the upper right corner of the page lists similar apps by the developer when tapped. Touching any of them will take you out of the app to the app store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

You can record videos of the dinosaur parroting your comments and upload them to Facebook and YouTube or send them via email. To do so, you'll need to log in to those respective accounts.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Talking Rex the Dinosaur is a virtual pet program. A fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex is your virtual pet of sorts, who will parrot your every word in a deep, rumbling voice. Kids will enjoy hearing their voices manipulated to this degree, but might be frightened by some of the actions of the T. Rex on screen. The "fight" button, which summons another dinosaur, is violent. Anyone who pokes the screen several times will anger the dinosaur, resulting in the camera zooming in on his mouth as he roars in fury. Touching the T. Rex's tail also results in him trying to "bite" you. The dinosaur does respond to affection, though, rumbling with pleasure when petted and happily playing catch with a tossed bone.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Talking Rex the Dinosaur wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. However, some teachers have noted it can be useful for special needs students who aren't speaking yet or who may have trouble forming words correctly.

What kids can learn

Talking Rex the Dinosaur wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. However, some teachers have noted it can be useful for special needs students who aren't speaking yet or who may have trouble forming words correctly.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Users speak to an animated Tyrannosaurus Rex and hear their words echoed back to them in a modified, deeper voice. While that's the main thrust of this app, you can also \"reward\" your dino with a tossed steak or bone by pressing buttons in the lower right corner of the screen -- or pit him in a fight with another dinosaur by pressing a boxing glove icon. The creature responds to touch, as well. Gently rubbing him elicits a growl of contentment, but poking him too aggressively causes him to roar in fury.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's really nothing in TALKING REX THE DINOSAUR that Outfit7 hasn't done in any of its six other "Talking Friends" apps. The main purpose of the series is for an animated on-screen character to repeat what you say to it in an altered voice. It's a fun diversion, with a few features thrown in on the side -- like feeding your dino a steak or playing a bit of catch with it -- but it's a one-trick pony that eventually does get old (generally much faster for adults than for kids). Still, the fierce T. Rex is bound to catch the eye of young dinosaur enthusiasts. The intensity of the animations might be a bit too much for the very young ones, though.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$0.99
Release date:October 30, 2010
Category:Entertainment
Publisher:Outfit7
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 9 years old July 6, 2012
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First kid to rate THIS

No bad words built in, but people can make Talking Rex say some. If you press the glove button, then Rex will bite a dino. If you poke him, he'll roar in your head. GamerQuinn out.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educator Written bythe secretk February 16, 2015
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13
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Talking Rex

This game has a bit of violence like when Rex fights another dinosaur and when he gets SUPER angry he shows his angry and sort of ugly face and it always creeps me out so it should also creep out other people and kids too
What other families should know
Too much violence

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