Parents' Guide to

Toca Life: City

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Open-ended play rules in a virtual urban dollhouse.

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age 3+

Based on 1 parent review

age 3+

A good game for kids 3 to 8

My six year old likes these games, and I let him download a few on his IPad Mini, with this being one of them (the other ones being Toca Nature, Toca Dance, Toca Blocks, and most recently Toca Life: After School). The game is really easy to play. There are no rules, just tap and drag objects to make them move. The games do cost $2.99 a piece, so I only payed for this and Toca Dance, with the rest being purchased using a $15 dollar iTunes card, so that’s a warning in case you don’t want to spend money on some game. But it is a nice game for little kids.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (7):

This kind of open-ended, imagination-driven, kids-in-charge play is truly important for kids, and though Toca Boca creates magical worlds, there are still limitations. Overall, the design is very appealing, with lots of interactive layers. However, some aspects are a bit disappointing; for example, the hair salon could be more interactive and better developed, and it would be nice to see the characters react more to what kids do with them. The bigger question is whether a screen is the best platform for imaginative play. The power of kids' imaginations is remarkable: They may be better off when they truly are in charge and can create literally anything and everything with something as simple as a cardboard box. Yet, given the limitations of what an app can do, Toca Life: City is a more than decent attempt at inspiring creativity and pretend play.

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