I’m truly ashamed to admit this, but I just laughed out loud at Talking Tom Cat. Or, as the kids would say, I just LOL’d. It speaks volumes for Talking Tom Cat that it can evoke a chuckle from a cynical bloody git like me. Believe me, I could’ve slept quite soundly having given Talking Tom Cat 0/5, but even I couldn’t resist its idiotic charm. And how did Talking Tom Cat make me laugh? By recording what I’d said and playing it back at a slightly higher pitch. Hilarious, I know.
Talking Tom Cat features an on-screen cat who essentially repeats everything you say in a silly voice. That’s about the gist of it. Presumably kids are the target audience, but the first time I encountered the app I watched two supposedly-mature young women laugh until they cried. Talking Tom Cat should be absolutely rubbish, but there’s something irresistibly endearing about the little bugger.
The fun doesn’t end with Chipmunk-esque audio playback either, no siree. You can stroke the screen to simulate petting Talking Tom Cat, have him scratch his window (not a euphemism), or give him a carton of milk if you’re feeling particularly generous. But there’s also a darker side to Talking Tom Cat, in that you can, well, torture him a little bit.
iTunes rates the app 9+ for “Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.” Tap Tom on the head and you’ll hear a slightly disturbing slapping sound. Repeat three times, and you can knock him out. Poke Tom on the belly and he responds with an unsettling retching sound. Tom becomes visibly upset if you prod his feet. It’s all a bit odd, and stranger still that it’s juxtaposed with such light-hearted features. But then again, I didn’t have a problem going on indiscriminate killing sprees in Grand Theft Auto, so who am I to judge?
You can record your sessions with Tom and easily upload your videos to YouTube, if you’re so inclined. You can also send the videos by email and MMS, or share them on Facebook. For 59p you can add four extra animations, including a fart. Seriously. I’d take the intellectual high ground, but Tom wore me down once already.
- Will keep kids amused for hours
- Options to share video
- It’s free!
- The bizarre animal cruelty stuff
- Crashes occasionally
Summary: Listening to your own voice at a higher pitch is undoubtedly amusing. For a few minutes, at least. Kids will love it right away, and even the most miserable adults will crack eventually. Trust me.
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later (some known performance issues - see App Store for full details)
Price: Free @App Store