This little furry character is hilarious! Talking Tom Cat is an Entertainment app developed by Outfit7 featuring a 3D cat living inside your iPhone. This cat will repeat everything you say with his own high pitched cat vocals. Matching mouth movements of the recording, along with the occasional yawn, blink, and other lively gestures add to the realism and make it that much more entertaining.
You can interact directly with Tom the cat by poking, petting, punching and tail pulling. Each action will get a different reaction whether it’s a purrrr, or an OUCH! Strike Tom one too many times and he falls to the floor in dizzy fashion. Additional props include a glass directly beside Tom. When tapped, it’s filled with milk for our crazy cat to chug. If you leave Tom for too long unattended, he will start getting bored then yawn or sneeze.
While the interaction with Tom is an added benefit, the real value is the accuracy in which Tom mimics your every word. You’ll know when Tom is listening (recording) because he will turn an ear up, along with his paw. The lip movement along with that crazy cat voice repeating every word is pretty amusing. I was surprised by just how much the app will pick up. Any surrounding noise will be recorded. I did a test by letting Tom listen to some Pavarotti on my computer and sure enough he belted out every word just like the opera singer, just with a slightly higher octave. The app sound effects are fun and his little growls add to his quirky self. I also saw that when Tom “talked,” or played back the recording, the pitch was appropriate to the pitch of the speaker; meaning, a lower-voice speaker resulted in a lower pitch, whereas a higher voice resulted in a higher voice, as opposed to a one generic pitch for the cat.
Another really cool feature is that you can actually record up to 30 seconds of Tom in action. After the recording is done directly upload that to YouTube or Facebook or send a direct email of the video. This a great feature for sharing your cat alter ego. Send your friends a message delivered by Tom and it will surely get a few laughs.
One drawback are the ads, but for a freebie that’s something that can be easily overlooked considering the comical nature of this app . Taking Tom Cat brings entertainment to the iPhone at NO Charge. You can’t beat that. There are similar apps out but none at the free price point that offer this level of quality, features, and flat-out fun.
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