Toca Robot Lab

App review by Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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age 3+

Build robots from recyclables and fly them around for fun.

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Nice concept but under-delivers

We are big fans of the Toca app family but this one is disappointing, especially for a paid app. Build a robot with recycled parts (pair of legs, body, head, and arms) and fly it around to pick up stars. Sometimes you need to move blocks out of the way. The app and parents’ guide suggests that robots built with different components have different abilities (which would be a great foundation for a puzzle game) but that turns out not to be the case — choosing different components has no effect on how the robot moves or interacts with the environment. There are also visual cues to suggest that there are buttons to be activated or other puzzles to solve but that’s all just cosmetic. So while this is a cute app for very young kids I suspect older ones will get bored quickly.

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