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Talking Tom Cat

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Talking cat will thrill kids but may drive parents crazy.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Talking Tom Cat 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.

Ease of play

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

Violence & scariness

Players can "slap" the onscreen cat, who will say "oof" when "punched" in the stomach or fall over and see stars when hit in the face. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app is free, but is one of the most aggressive on the market when it comes to in-app purchases. Four "action" buttons are prominently displayed in the lower right corner of the screen, but it costs $2.99 to unlock them. Ads are also plastered across the top of the screen and the app never hesitates to prompt you to upgrade. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Talking Tom Cat is a virtual pet program. An alley cat will parrot your every word in a modulated tone. Kids will get a kick out of the altered voice, but parents might quickly reach for a bottle of aspirin. The free game is incredibly aggressive with its in-app purchase offers and runs ads at the top of the screen constantly. Those apps unlock additional actions, which include the cat passing gas.

What's it about?

Users speak to an animated cat 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 cat with a glass of milk by pressing buttons in the lower left corner of the screen -- or have him \"scratch\" the glass of your phone or tablet, if you'd like. The cat responds to touch, as well. Gently rubbing him elicits a purr of contentment, but poking him too aggressively causes him to fall to the ground unconscious or say \"oof.\"

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Talking Tom Cat is the flagship in Outfit7's successful line of "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 pouring your cat a glass of milk -- but it's a one-trick pony that eventually does get old (generally much faster for adults than for kids). Still, the cat remains a favorite of kids. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 13, 2012
Category:Entertainment
Size:48.90 MB
Publisher:Outfit7
Version:2.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later; Android 1.5 and up

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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written byjameebooz December 19, 2012

Manages to use up data and a gateway to youtube

I am not thrilled with any of the Talking Animal apps. There is a gateway on them to look at videos other people have created using the app, resulting in a trip to youtube and major use of data.
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Too much consumerism
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 20, 2012

talking tom cat

adults than for kids). Still, the cat remains a favorite of kids.
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Too much violence
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Teen, 13 years old Written byhell0 March 31, 2013

Cute App!

Hilarious! But here's the thing. Kids can say anything, like i"i love you" and other bad stuff. You can also take a video of the kitty and upload to youtube or post on facebook. Plus, I think this app is good for young kids because they are learning to speak, and when their parents say something to the cat, he repeats it :). A fun wy to learn to talk.
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