Chatting online with others might be fun for a while but when people become too stereotypical for your tastes, switching to a chat bot might not be such a big change of pace.
Talking to an egghead
SimSimi is primarily a chatbot. That is it presents itself as a regular chatting interface but your interlocutor is represented a series of algorithms all culminating into a big failure of the
Turing test. SimSimi though is determined to learn. Instead of simply exchanging meaningles lines, users can record phrases for SimSimi to use when the human types in a certain phrase. These responses have a chance of getting expressed by the bot when other users interact with it. To increase the chance you may buy special Potions from the store paying with... eggs.
From SimSimi you can also chat with regular people (allegedly). After customizing your profile which means essencially choosing a different avatar image and typing in some interests, SimSimi can connect you with random users based on your common interests. This might spark real friendships or result in cold ignorance, such as a dice roll.
The Magic Library that you find with SimSimi consists of three interactive adventures concerning Christmas animals, a naked king and Captain Cook, the egg stealer. In these adventures, you will be responding set lines to some fictional characters and decide what they should do, all in a trial and error manner. The idea is to finish each adventure in order to receive some egg-currency. The stories are childish but that's not what is annoying about them. The interface does not scale properly and you might find that the text spills over into the graphics and turns these simple challenges into frustrating eye squinting sessions where you are trying to read what that egg shaped character is saying. Then again, you can simply ignore the text and input choices until you hit the right one.
- Learning chat bot
- Semi random chat pairings based on profile
- Interactive adventures
- Might help you get into a meaningful conversation. Who knows...
- Glithcy interface
- Profile does not store avatar data
- Full screen ads can creep in when you least expected
Well, that's about it. SimSimi is a somewhat uesless piece of software, but at least has the potential of creating real human interaction via the semi-random chat. I personally was disapponted. Typing in "flat earth" has returned a single result: me.