Parents' Guide to

Toca Blocks

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sandbox world-builder offers a great intro for younger kids.

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The sky's the limit in this open-ended Minecraft-esque building universe; with no introduction or instructions, kids are let loose to explore, discover, delight -- and possibly get frustrated. Block combining can get fun -- and downright addictive -- as kids keep experimenting to see what new block or item they can generate, and whatever they create is always available in their block dock. However, there's one downside: Though many kids will love the freedom, the lack of structure may exasperate others. Though the website and parent instructions within the app do have some user videos that demonstrate what fun it can be, without more guidance about what the app can do, its appeal may fly straight over some kids' heads. And some things are never explained -- for example, what are those eyes on some of the blocks for? Also, navigation can be sensitive sometimes, so kids will need practice to get used to how and where to tap or drag. For kids who love to explore without limits, Toca Blocks is a decent introduction to world creators that offers some unique special features, makes a strong use of the screen, and is appropriate for younger kids.

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