A lot or a little?
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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.
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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!
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: biology
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: defining problems, solving puzzles
Health & Fitness: body awareness
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: September 30, 2011
- Category: Kids' Games
- Size: 15.10 MB
- Publisher: Toca Boca
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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