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What's it about?
When you play TOCA KITCHEN 2, choose one of three guests to feed, then get cooking! Choose one or more ingredients from the 16 foods available in the fridge. Drag the food raw into the guest's mouth or take it to the kitchen where you can cut it, juice it, fry it, bake it, or drop it in boiling water. Add some spice to it, and then feed it to the guest. Guests react to different foods in different ways: They like some, whereas others make them sneeze, and if it's too hot, they'll breathe out steam. Experiment with mixing foods, cooking methods, and pleasing your guests' palates.
Is it any good?
Toca Kitchen 2, as with its predecessor Toca Kitchen, shines as a platform for no-rules, no-right-or-wrong-answer, open-ended play. With the safety of using virtual knives and fire, kids take on the role of chef to cook, combine, and create unique dishes. Navigation among the various screens -- for example, getting a piece of food out of the fridge, into a cooking instrument, and then on the guest's plate -- may prove difficult for the littlest chefs, so be sure to be available for guidance. There are some neat features, such as how food browns as it's cooked or steams when it comes out of the hot oven. However, there's something important missing in this virtual kitchen -- the feel of soft bread or slimy fish -- and that heavenly smell of something yummy baking in the oven just can't be replicated with a 2-D screen. Toca Kitchen 2 is a fun and creative game that can perhaps be an inspiration for enjoying the wonders of creating in a real-world kitchen.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what kids think about the foods and their cooking combinations. Would they like to drink mushroom fish juice? Why, or why not? How does cooking food or adding spices change the flavor?
Get kids cooking and exploring in the real kitchen. There are plenty of safe ways for kids to help out: They can mix, pour, and cut soft foods with kid-safe knives, and food they make themselves tastes better.
Read the letter from the developer for helpful hints on expanding this creative cooking game into a richer experience.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Hobbies: cooking
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 18, 2014
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- Size: 64.40 MB
- Publisher: Toca Boca
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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