Cat allergies but a hairball softie at heart? While virtual pets are no replacement or even booby prize for real living creatures, they can prove to be a fun distraction nonetheless.
Talking Tom Cat 2 Free is the newest edition of the well-loved and very eloquent cat gent, and it features a few more fun additions. We tested the app out for you, so read on to find out what we make of it!
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Features & Use
Test device: Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Android version: 4.0.4
Mods: CyanogenMod 9
Talking Tom Cat 2 Free's coolest feature is probably the voice distortion. Say something and Tom will repeat it in a high pitched voice. Just in case this funny feature doesn't keep you entertained for long enough, there are a few other functions to try out and play around with. For instance, you can make a wind-breaking dog appear (lovely, ahem). Tom isn't too impressed either, and holds his nose in disgust, which gives his voice a nasal quality when he repeats what you're saying. Ben – the dog – also likes to scare the bejeebers out of Tom by slamming a door shut. Poor Tom than skyrockets to the ceiling in panic.
Tom's preferred stance is with his hands behind his back. In order to see his paws, hit the question mark button.
In case you're feeling generous or want to reward Tom, you can stroke his belly. You can also smack him across the face if that's your thing. He falls over when you touch his nose; Ben then comes along to wake him up.
The app also has a recording function, allowing you to make videos and then share them with the community or friends via email, Facebook, YouTube, etc. There's a best-of videos list to consult; it can be accessed via the YouTube app. I must admit that some of the Tom videos are hilarious.
The 3D animations aren't very fluid, in fact they will kind of overlap, especially when there's a lot going on.
I can't say that I'm a Tom groupie – it just isn't my cup of tea – but I get that he has a lot of followers. A lot of users find him amusing and like having him around, and seeing as the app is free there's absolutely no harm in trying it out.
Screen & Controls
I'm quite partial to the Talking Tom Cat 2 Free graphics, although I can't say I get the onscreen buttons.
The animations are top banana, on the other hand, and there are lots of details to marvel at. For instance, Tom's mouth opens and widens to variable degrees depending on which sounds he's emitting. Very realistic.
Speed & Stability
Talking Tom Cat 2 Free is stabile and dependable, but the app's speed leaves something to be desired as it isn't ultra smooth by any means.
Talking Tom Cat 2 Free is available for free but with ad banners from the App Center. There are also a few pop-ups to contend with, but I didn't find these to be too obtrusive.