Toca Doctor

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Some bug-popping and blood appear in fun and silly puzzles.

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age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about how the human body works and how it can be fixed when something is broken. Kids must identify a sick patient's problem using visual and sound cues, then solve a puzzle to fix the problem, often through visual matching of shapes. Many of the 20 puzzles are realistic and encourage a healthy, informed approach to the body and visiting the doctor. However, kids might be confused without guidance or feedback about what to do. Preschoolers can learn a bit about how the human body is fixed, but some guidance is needed.

Ease of Play

This app has written instructions for parents, but none for kids. It is not always clear what to tap to proceed to the next step, but kids will learn quickly with some trial and error. There are 20 patient ailments to remedy and one game matching the tools in a doctor's kit to their shapes. Patient ailments include pulling splinters out of fingers and toes, popping bugs, turning the device to guide a creature through a maze, wiping clean a bloody knee and applying a bandage, and giving a shot. The app restarts after exiting.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the puzzles involve getting rid of bugs that resemble tiny monsters, which squeak and pop and disappear when tapped. This doctoring app also includes wiping away blood, giving a shot, and lining up a broken bone. Tapping a finger or toe with a splinter in it causes the patient to say "ow!"

Sexy Stuff
Language

Quick sound effects that resemble a burp and a fart follow two of the puzzles involving extricating items from digestive tracts.

Consumerism

The main menu contains links to purchase more apps by the developer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toca Doctor is a fun and safe collection of puzzles based on healing a sick patient. There are no written and few spoken words in the app -- it is largely visual with sound effects and music. Kids will need help at first understanding how to play. Four patient issues are identified at a time; tapping on one takes you to that puzzle. The puzzles generally involve visual matching, with some logic and tilting the device to move items. Some of the scenes show blood, such as a puzzle giving the patient a shot or cleaning up a cut and applying a bandage. A few puzzles involve tapping on mangy-looking bugs to pop them. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 4 year old Written byklacha2 March 25, 2013

Explain the puzzles health meaning to the kids

More arcade than an educational title. The kids are having a great time popping bugs and destroying germs. If you will discuss each puzzle with them, maybe you... Continue reading
Parent of a 3 year old Written bymaggy12 August 20, 2012

Ok for Toddlers

A nice app but a little bit repetitive.

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Is it any good?

Kids will enjoy the simple animations and clean but catchy graphics and sound effects in TOCA DOCTOR. The puzzles can be a bit repetitive, but enjoyably so for preschoolers. Kids will have to learn several different skills to solve the puzzles, and may need help at first. Overall, it's great for kids to have this positive exposure to the workings of their bodies and to doctors' activities, including cleaning teeth, eliminating lice, and giving shots. We'd recommend this app for kids who are nervous about visiting the doctor, but you'll have to keep in mind that some of the puzzles are just for plain silly fun!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Play alongside your child and explain the body's internal systems.

  • Empower and encourage kids to help you address their own injuries or those of siblings.

  • Read the For Parents section from the main menu for more ideas.

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