Talking Santa

Common Sense Media says

Beating up irreverent Santa makes this not for little kids.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very easy to use with no written instructions required. Players can type in their own text for the postcards, or use the default "Merry Christmas" message.

Violence

You can punch and slap Santa by tapping and swiping his face. This is accompanied by realistic sounds, but no blood or bruising. If you ask for a present immediately after doing this, Santa gets angry and stomps on the present instead of opening it for you. You can also tap a snowball icon to cause a huge snowball to roll over Santa and knock him over.

Sex

If you poke Santa in the crotch he'll double up and groan. 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.

Language

The only thing Santa says on his own is "ho  ho ho," but through the voice recognition feature, he can be made to repeat anything that's spoken into the microphone, including offensive language.

Consumerism

An ever-present icon in the upper right corner of the screen lists other apps in the "Talking Friends" collection, and clicking any of the icons takes you to the iTunes purchase page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy concerns if you decide to record videos of yourself interacting with Santa 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 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.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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).

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$1.99
Release date:November 30, 2010
Category:Entertainment
Publisher:Outfit7
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later.

This review of Talking Santa was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny January 29, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Great app!

Great, fun app! Although there is really no educational value, it's really just played for fun. It's basically an interactive Santa Claus. Make him talk, beat him up, get a present, and send a letter. Also, ignore CSM, there is no sexual content and there is no poking of the crotch. It's actually poking his stomach. Other apps, like Tom Cat, have the same option.
Parent of a 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 year old Written byParentOf6Ccrazyteens April 21, 2015
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Not for 17 and under!

Very terible. Talking angela is worse!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old July 20, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Talking Santa

If you swipe or tap his head and ask him to give you a present, he will toss it away, which could upset little kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential School Tools