Australian Council on Children and the Media

My Talking Tom - Outfit7

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This is a simulation game in which players look after a tom cat kitten. It is one of a series of talking pet simulation games. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of My Talking Tom was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: My Talking Tom
Developed by: Outfit7
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+ Google Play store: “Everyone”
ACCM suggested age: 2+ with supervision 13+ due to in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of My Talking Tom contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Levels 1 to 10

App description

This is a simulation game in which players look after a tom cat kitten. It is one of a series of talking pet simulation games.

Reviewers comments

This game is one of a series of talking pet games. In this game, Tom the cat drinks some potion to make him a baby again. The player looks after their Tom kitten who, over time, grows up into a cat. The player must take the kitten to the toilet, feed him when he is hungry, put him to bed and turn out the light when he is sleepy and pat and play with him to make him happy. When the player rubs Tom’s tummy, he purrs loudly. Tom sometimes sleeps for long periods – players can use coins to purchase Energy Potion which will wake him up. When Tom has all his needs met, he will also repeat back what players say to him. Players begin with an allocation of coins, with which they can buy food and drinks (from a selection of both healthy and fast food). Players can also buy accessories like hats and glasses for Tom, change his fur and eye colour and decorate his rooms. Some items require many coins to buy or are only available at higher levels. Coins are awarded as the player moves up levels.

More coins can be earned by playing games. 

Players may need to consider the wisest way to use their coins.

In App purchasing

Coins can be purchased for $1.99 to $104.19, which will also stop advertising.  Players can purchase Baby Potion which will make Tom a baby again or Adult Potion to jump him to adult size for $2.19. A booster can be purchased for $2.19 which will double all coins earned in games.

Online information

Players can connect to Facebook to earn coins, visit friends and let them come to visit. When players log in to Facebook, the game receives their public profile and friend list. Players can visit “random” players to earn coins – when players visit Toms, there is a treasure chest to tap on which opens up to reveal a prize. The in-app games have a Google+ Leaderboard which compares against friends’ scores – when players sign in to Google+, the game receives their basic profile information, list of people in their circles (which can be edited) and can  make the player’s game activity available via Google (can also be edited), share Google+ information and manage game activity.

Gambling

None found in game. Ads for Slots games may be presented. An ad was presented which stated “Win $1,000,000 PLAY NOW” and took the player to a “free lotto” website

Advertising and product placement

Ads are presented for other games, including simulated gambling slots games and war style games. Free coins can be earned by subscribing to the Talking Friends newsletter,  watching a video ad or playing in-app games (like Flappy Tom and Whack-A-Mouse). Players can also complete an “offer” to earn coins – this generally involves installing and running another game, which may include war style games. Players can click on a “For Fans” tab which takes them to a website where Tom toys and accessories can be purchased.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Tom is very discreet when using the toilet, though often makes funny noises like whistling or train noises.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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