Mouth Off Review

Originally for the iPhone, and now for Android, Mouth Off is a set of 36 different animated mouths that move to the sound of your voice. The mouths include; dogs, robots, bunnies, monsters, cats, sharks, and lego minifigs. This app seems pretty straight forward, but believe it or not, this was one of the apps I missed the most when I moved to Android from the iPhone. Why?

1) My nieces and nephews love it. When I say “love it,” I don’t mean “strongly like.” I mean it in the “go absolutely bonkers, laughing, screaming, and running around the house” sort of “love it.” Being crowned as “Coolest Uncle Ever” by a seven-year-old is worth far more than the asking price of $0.99.
2) Once I was in a restaurant, and a kid was doing that annoying standing up in the booth behind my wife, and staring directly at me. I pulled out my phone, and had that kid laughing and giggling. Good times.
3) I once used the “robot” mouth on a costume involving sticky Velcro, boxes spray-painted silver, and drier vent tubing for arms.

You should buy “Mouth Off” if:

1) You’re got children, or are an aunt or uncle to young children.
2) You realize that this app is funny for about 30 seconds to your 20-something friends, and should not be pulled out at every party you go to.
3) You also realize that some kids (for me, one particular niece) will be so freakishly terrified or your animated mouths, that you’ll be apologizing to their mother for the crying child now sobbing into their shoulder.

I’ve really enjoyed this app, and was glad to see it on Android. It is certainly not perfect, of course. The mouths move to the sound picked up by the microphone, so in noisy environments, the mouths won’t react to your voice, or will be very jittery. Also, at over 9 megs, and no ability to move it to your phone’s SD card (only for froyo phones), you might might need to pass on this one if you’re squeezed for space.