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Review My Talking Angela
Watch a cute cat grow up, then talk to her
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 09 Dec 2014, tested on HTC One S
Cute graphics, quality animation, appearance always changing
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My Talking Angela for Android is yet another talking character title from Outfit7, the devs who brought you Talking Tom, Talking Angela and Talking Santa. The twist in this one is that you start the game by adopting Angela as a baby kitten, and look after her in various ways until she's old enough to talk.
The things you need to do to look after her are the same sort of things we've seen in virtual pet games since the release of Tamagotchi back in the 90s. Feed her, brush her teeth and give her a bath, play mini-games with her; and tuck her into bed. If you don't do these things for a long time, she'll start sending you push notifications to tell you she's hungry/sleepy; and when you go back into the game she'll be covered in mud and looking very tired. It's pretty cool to be able to see her stats, not only in the energy bars, but also in the appearance of the character avatar.
The fact that she keeps growing up and changing in the game; keep the actions of looking after her interesting. These are very well executed, particularly brushing teeth; where you spray water all around Angela's filthy-looking mouth, then brush all around to turn them pearly-white. There are certain routines you need to follow, for example you should brush her teeth before putting her to bed, and she'll be too tired for playing games before you let her sleep. Don't worry though parents, she'll never actually die from neglect.
You earn currency by looking after Angela, and this can be used to buy more food and unlock different outfits. More outfits get unlocked anyway as you "level up" and Angela grows.
There's been a big hoax about the previous title, Talking Angela, being a front for a pedophile ring. This claim is pretty much nonsense, and there's nothing in My Talking Angela to be concerned about. That said, there are banner ads, and they sometimes cover the "x" button on a particular screen; so that it's actually quite tough not to tap on them. Making a single IAP will remove the ads; but make sure those IAPs are password protected when you give this to children.