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Talking Ben the Dog for iOS

By Outfit7 Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Aug 6, 2013

Talking Ben the Dog is one in a long line of talking apps that manages to combine the benefits of the iPhone technology with an interactive experience that is exceptionally entertaining. The reason Talking Ben the Dog (and his Tom Cat sibling app) works so well is because it sticks to the basics. The dog responds to just about everything you do onscreen, from calling him and having a conversation to poking his feet, ribbing him in the stomach, or manipulating the environment around him.

The app amounts to something of a sandbox, allowing you to do any number of things to see how Ben will respond. The easiest things to do are manipulative to the dog, himself -- poking, twisting, scratching, or petting. You can also call him and have a semi-coherent conversation through your phone, or you can move things onscreen to see how he will react. With the option to upgrade the room, add new outfits, and then record your actions, as well, this is a surprisingly deep app with a lot more to it than meets the eye. An added feature that parents will appreciate, as well, is the option for "child mode," effectively blocking micro-transactions.

Ben the Dog is a fun, lighthearted app that goes against conventional design to present something realistic (and yet incredibly silly) without the achievements, multi-player, or interactive elements that games and other top apps have. And yet it still manages to be quite a bit of fun for young and old, alike.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.4.1

Bug fixes and minor gameplay improvements.


Release October 1, 2017
Date Added October 1, 2017
Version 3.4.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPhone4, iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74


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Developer's Description

Ben is a retired chemistry professor who likes his quiet comfortable life of eating, drinking and reading newspapers. To make him responsive, you will have to bother him long enough that he will fold his newspaper. Then you can talk to him, poke or tickle him or even have a telephone conversation with him. If you get Ben to his laboratory however, he becomes as happy as a puppy. There you can do chemistry experiments by mixing a combination of two test tubes together and see the hilarious reactions. HINT: Record a funny video of your telephone conversation with Ben and send it to your friends. HOW TO PLAY: Poke Ben's newspaper to make him fold it. Then you can talk to Ben and he will repeat. Poke or slap Ben's face, belly, feet or hands. Tickle Ben's belly. Poke or swipe Ben's graduation picture. Press the phone button and have a conversation with Ben. Record a funny video of your telephone conversation with Ben. Press buttons to make Ben eat, drink or belch. Press the chemistry button to switch Ben to the laboratory. Mix any two test tubes together and see the hilarious chemical reaction. Record videos and share them on YouTube, Facebook or send them to your friends and family by email or MMS. This app is PRIVO certified. The PRIVO safe harbor seal indicates Outfit7 has established COPPA compliant privacy practices to protect your child's personal information. Our apps do not allow younger children to share their information. This app contains: Promotion of Outfit7's products and contextual advertising. Links that direct customers to Outfit7's websites and other Outfit7's apps. Personalization of content to entice users to play the app again. Watching videos of Outfit7's animated characters via You Tube integration. The option to make in-app purchases. Terms of use: http://outfit7.com/eula/. Privacy policy: http://outfit7.com/privacy-policy/.