EmoCiao: Giving a Helping Finger When Needed


Price: Free
iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Over the years (My god, has it been this long?) we’ve seen many more novelty applications for the iPhone than one can easily shake a stick at. In fact, we may just be the world’s foremost experts in the field of iOS broohahas. With that in mind, we’re pleased to bring you a new full review of EmoCiao from Tahto Inc. today.

The app is certainly a strange one, and though we can’t say that we fully understand the concept at hand here, we’re willing to concede that it looks great, works beautifully, and has a place in someone’s heart. For our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break!

Concept and Functionality

Earlier, we labelled EmoCiao a novelty application, however, we’re not quite sure that’s a fair comparison. You see, it offers a game like presence, but is not yet so deep that you could spend hours in the queue fiddling with it. Here’s what we mean:

The title allows you to take a picture of your face, carve out just the face bit, and then paste it onto a loopy-looking moniker. You can customize this sorry sod with zany outfits, including all sorts of hats, coats, bellies, pants, shoes, lack of shoes, etc.

When all of that’s done, you pick a phrase and a scenario, and then away you go! Your character trods along the path until they reach a certain point: Once there, they will exclaim the selected phrase, you give them the boot with your finger, and they’re propelled into some unlikely and unfortunate scenario. The end results are copied, and can be sent to anywhere you like, or saved in movie format.

It’s a lot of fun, but it certainly has a very singular amount of potential. It does what it does very well, but we might have to ask: Who is this intended for?

Design and Graphics

EmoCiao iPhone App Review

EmoCiao iPhone App Review

We say this because, on the one hand, EmoCiao is a very well designed application. It looks beautiful, the graphics are very well taken care of, and the wealth of available outfits is quite nice. However, we’re just not sure what to do with EmoCiao.

We could send messages to our friends, but why? It’s a zany way to communicate a message, but we just can’t wrap our brains around a time when it would be needed more than once or twice. In other words, EmoCiao isn’t a game, and it’s not quite a messaging app. The end result is a novelty that just doesn’t seem to have much lasting value.

Overall Value

That being said, the app is certainly fun for at least the first three runs through. If you’d like to expand the experience, though, you’re going to have to pay for it via in-app purchase. It gets costly quick. But for those with a hankering, you can have all that EmoCiao has to offer on the free side right now at no cost.

EmoCiao for iPhoneEmoCiao requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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4 Responses to “EmoCiao: Giving a Helping Finger When Needed”

  1. jim tollan says:

    Hi Patrick,

    Just a quick note of appreciation for taking the time to review our app. I really like that you enjoyed the experience. Being a oblique humoured scotsman, this was my/our way of being able to message a few thoughts out there. The main idea actually is that you pop in the head of soemone that has maybe *annoyed* you and then allow them to take the adventure, that’s where it becomes interesting :).

    We do ogf course plan far more scenes and dynamics, but actually wanted to get it out there to see what people wanted/liked and then we’ll embark on a revision program to address those needs.

    Again tho, thanks again

  2. jim tollan says:

    To add to the above (minus the typos of course :)), we see the app as being a vehicle to allow you the kinda express a bit of love and gratitude along the way too – all about balance. That said, I’m a sucker for the ‘push off’ scenarios too – more to come…


  3. jim tollan says:

    Luke – final comment – lol, I called you Patrick!! what a pro I am…

    As you can tell, all seat of the pants stuff going on here.


  4. Karen Davis says:

    OMG! Just downloaded the app. Loved it!!! I’m an *app freak* myself but I’ve never seen anything like this before. Sooo original and unique. I’ve actually ciao’d one of my colleague down the cliff for being such a jerk just now and used the customize message to express my vibe:))) Felt so much better now. This is such a great tension releaser! I’ll definitely use it very often as I’m sure there will always be someone that peeved me off throughout the day. Next will use it to tell my boyfriend how much I love and miss him.

    This app definitely deserves a 5*.

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