I reviewed the original Talking Tom Cat a few months ago and admittedly found myself laughing a couple of times, as much as it pains me to admit it.
The sequel, Talking Tom Cat 2, keeps popping up on the Android Market for whatever reason (I guess it’s one of the top free downloads or something) and I found myself compelled to check it out.
The original Talking Tom Cat was a bizarre combination of light-hearted entertainment and slightly disturbing animal cruelty. Talking Tom Cat 2 is more of the same, perhaps with some additional emphasis on the latter.
The key feature is still having Tom repeat what you say in a high-pitched voice. That joke is pretty old now, and remains unchanged from the first installment. The ability to play with the pitch and speed (like on the 3DS’ voice thingy) might’ve been vaguely entertaining.
It’s all the extras that are different, and some of them genuinely defy belief.
If you fancy being nice to Tom, you can stroke his head or belly and he’ll purr. Why you would want to spend any time doing that is beyond me, but fair enough. Maybe kids’ll enjoy it.
If, on the other hand, you’d rather torture Tom, there’s plenty to do. Like before, you can smack Tom in the face till he’s knocked out. Hilarious. Talking Tom Cat 2 adds an accompanying cuckoo that appears from a clock in the background, and it gets even more ridiculous when Ben (from Talking Ben) appears.
Ben first of all shoots the cuckoo with a dart gun, before pouring a bucket of water on Tom, much to the cat’s chagrin. Sorry, but I really don’t get why that’s funny.
Similarly, you can have Ben appear and burst a brown paper bag, which frightens Tom and sends him cowering up to the lightshade. You can even have Ben fart. “LOL!”
Fans of animal cruelty will be happy to hear that the slaps are still available too, so you can beat Tom to your heart’s content.
Like I mentioned in my review of the original Talking Tom Cat, I don’t have any problem shooting cops in the head with a sniper rifle in Grand Theft Auto, so it’s odd that Talking Tom Cat troubles me so much. I don’t even bloody like pets. Go figure.
I think I’m done talking about Talking Tom Cat. I feel dirty.
- Funny if you like torturing animals
- If you do, you're possibly a serial killer in the making
Summary: Talking Tom Cat 2 is just weird. It should really be called Torture Tom Cat 2.
Developer: Outfit 7
Requires: Android 2.1 (Eclair) or above.