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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Talking Santa is a cheeky app that lets you interact with a cartoon version of Santa Claus. You can smack Santa in the face, poke him in the crotch, and roll over him with a snowball. If you are mean to him, he will stamp on your presents. But you can also have a nice interaction with him so that he will hand out presents, gobble milk and cookies, shout "ho ho ho!," and parrot back everything you say into the iPhone's microphone in a deep voice. If you click on the Postcard icon, you'll see an animation of Santa turning around and pulling down his
pants to reveal red polka-dotted underwear with "Merry Christmas"
written across the backside, which you can send to friends. There is a version for iPad for $3.99.
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Is it any good?
Like the other talking friends apps (Talking Carl and Talking Rex the Dinosaur), TALKING SANTA is an entertaining diversion that runs through its bag of tricks pretty quickly. That being said, the app's ability to let you record videos and email customized postcards makes it a fun way to send humorous season's greetings to friends. Because you can beat up Santa, this is not an app to use with younger kids; but older kids and grown-ups will probably find it funny (for a little while).