Talking Tom Cat

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Description of App: 

(Note: iPod users will need headphones with a microphone, or Tom will not be able to hear you.)
The app is free, but I purchased it without ads for $0.99. It's quite adorable. If you download the free version, there is a button which allows you to add other "Talking Friends" to the collection: currently there are three: along with Tom, there are Larry the Talking Bird and Talking Hippo. Except for the label to give the cat milk, none of the labels tell you what the buttons will do. VO does speak the button, but you have to double tap to find out what will happen. When you enter the app, it is immediately in a mode where any noise you make, or any noise immediately in the environment, is fed back to you. If it's vocal, Tom speaks whatever is said in this adorable little voice. Shut off VO so that Tom doesn't repeat every click and vocalization of VO; turn it back on when you're done with Tom.
If you rub your finger over the screen gently (with VO turned off), Tom purrs. What I don't like about the app is that you can also "poke, punch, or pull his tail." You can record and video-tape your play sessions with Tom and send them via e-mail, Facebook, or upload to YouTube. It's amusing. Personally, I think it would be great if they input a way for the cat to respond with some comments of its own rather than merely parroting what you say. Perhaps that's in the works.

Version: 

1.3

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone 3GS

Accessibility Comments: 

AppleVis Editor Note: this app was submitted before Usability Ratings were introduced, so one has been chosen on the basis of the accessibility comments made by the original poster. If you have used this app, please post a comment to let us know if you agree with the Rating.

Original Comments: It's intuitive with some exploration. You should turn off VO while using it, unless you want to hear everything VO does parroted back at you.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.