Toca Life: Hospital

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Cool, open-ended virtual hospital best with adult guidance.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn more about hospitals and what to expect, as well as give them a platform to talk about their experiences and concerns. However, this hospital leans toward the silly side. There are what seem to be germs and organs with smiley faces sitting in jars and on shelves and plenty of animal characters. 

Ease of Play

Tiny, chubby fingers might have trouble picking up some objects. Also, while little ones may not care, it's not always clear what some of the items are and what they're for. 

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

There's a button with ads for the publisher's other apps on the main menu page but none after that point. If you tap on any of those, a parent gate asks you to enter the year of your birth to continue.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toca Life: Hospital is an open-ended sandbox experience in the Toca Life series where kids can explore and create stories of their own in a virtual hospital that features everything from an ambulance to an MRI machine. Kids will likely enjoy this more with a bit of adult guidance early on, especially if they've never been in a hospital before. There are a lot of areas and tools that they won't be able to identify, such as the X-ray machine, surgery area (with oxygen mask and spare organs, all of whom are inexplicably smiling), and laboratory. The character options are quite diverse in age and skin tone (there's even one with a nose ring), although kids may not find a child who looks "just like" them. There are some with specific ailments; kids will find a child character who is bald (possibly from chemotherapy) and an adult with numerous casts and a cut on her head. Navigation is fairly easy, despite icons that aren't entirely clear, but some items are so small little fingers might have trouble manipulating them. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheLittleCupcake January 19, 2019

Not for the little little kids.

This is a great game, but maybe a little dark. It allows kids to pretend to perform surgery (No hore or organs or cutting of stomachs at all no violence) but it... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 1, 2018
It is a really nice app. That app was made for young kids but I think it will appeal more to older kids because the hospital contains things that young kids won... Continue reading

What's it about?

TOCA LIFE: HOSPITAL is a five-story virtual dollhouse in a hospital setting. With the more than 30 characters of various ages, ethnicities, and even species, kids can create whatever scenario is in their minds. Each of the hospital floors has a different theme. On the lower level, there's the ambulance bay and maintenance area where kids can dress staff, find cleaning supplies, put away items in lockers, do laundry, and interact with a robot. On the main level, kids find the ER, cafeteria, and ATM. On the first floor, it's radiology, with X-rays and an MRI, and the surgery. Second floor has pediatrics, with toys and colorful walls, and the nursery with maternity clothes, an ultrasound, and lots of babies. And the third floor seems like a family long-term-care wing. There are a number of patient rooms, a space for families to spend the night, a lounge, and what appears to be a Fennec fox in a glass-walled atrium. In addition to the settings, each level comes with a huge array of props to play with. Because there's so much to do in every single space, kids could spend hours and never repeat an activity. Kids who love to tell stories can record approximately two minutes of animated play including their own voice to save to the device.

Is it any good?

There are so many rooms and objects to explore in this virtual hospital that younger kids may actually be overwhelmed. Toca Life: Hospital is fun, silly, and overloaded with detail. Kids who are awaiting a new baby in their life may appreciate acting out their excitement and nervousness in the hospital nursery. Other kids may want to reenact a visit to a grandparent or sick relative or prepare for a hospital stay of their own. Parents may want to walk through the app with younger kids early on to give them a basic overview of the various rooms, but really little ones will just enjoy tapping and dragging things around. The ability to record video adds some incentive to create stories of their own, and they'll be delighted to see the replay of their own animated tales. There are some quirks with picking up tiny objects and some mysterious objects that aren't exactly clear, but no one will care if the realism is stretched a bit in the name of creativity. Despite some shortcomings, this one is a great value and bound to provide hours of quality playtime for kids of all ages. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about a trip to the hospital. Why might you go to a hospital? What types of things might you see? Is there anything in Toca Life: Hospital that seems like it might be pretend?

  • Talk about screen use. How do you like this app as compared with other apps you could play? If you have limited time for screen use, would you pick this app over other apps on your device? Why, or why not?

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