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Toca Town

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Impressive open-play town puts kids in charge of the fun.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn through play with Toca Town. They'll take risks and try things that may not be possible in the "real" world. They'll integrate their observations of how things work and apply their own ideas. They'll develop social skills, working through scenarios through play, and they'll experiment with planning and developing stories as they move characters from one scenario to another. Kids are just having fun, but preschool-age-appropriate imaginative play is the best way to learn. Toca Town's open-play environment lets young kids explore at their own pace, in their own way.

Ease of play

The open-play environment has no instructions and no rules. Kids explore on their own and play however they want. Characters are easy to move around, and the interactive features work with a simple tap.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Characters use the bathroom (clothed), complete with plopping and farting sound effects.

Consumerism

A large icon at the bottom of the start screen links to other Toca Boca apps, but it's accessible only after a user enters an adult's birth year, and it can be disabled in the device's settings.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toca Town is an open-play environment designed for little kids. It's like a whole setting of virtual doll houses and people for kids to play with. The town includes a home, an apartment, a restaurant, a store, a police station, and a park, along with about a dozen diverse characters of all shapes, sizes, and colors, including some familiar Toca Boca characters. Whatever kids do to a character carries over into other places in town, so they could shop in the store and then take those items home and put them in the fridge. Kids can reset everything using the circular arrow in the top right of the screen.

What's it about?

In TOCA TOWN, kids (and their imaginations) run the world. The town includes six areas for kids to explore and play in, directing a diverse cast of characters. They can lock people up in jail or wash the police car at the police station, create food dishes at the restaurant, and shop for and wrap gifts at the store. In the house, they can wake people up, feed them, turn lights off and on, and even make people use the toilet and then flush it. They can picnic at the park and have a dinner party at the restaurant. There's much to explore and do.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Toca Town takes classic preschool play and manages to adapt it -- perhaps even improve it -- using technology, without losing the open-ended possibilities of imaginative play. There are no rules or instructions to limit kids, and there are no little toys to pick up and store. Toca Town is more toy than app, really, with lots for young kids to play with. It's like a doll house on steroids. Each building has different features, and kids will delight in finding out what they can do in each, from turning on lights and flushing toilets to blowing out candles. The fun and depth of play can extend as kids' ideas grow. All the characters remain as kids put them -- dressed or carrying certain items -- so kids can create complex scenarios, perhaps with a character shopping for a birthday gift and cake at the store and then bringing it home to give to another character. Toca Town is the place for lots of giggles and hours of fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the stories kids create about the people in their towns.

  • Show kids the reset button at the top right of the screen if they want to start over. Otherwise, rooms stay as they were and people stay wearing or carrying whatever they've been given throughout.

  • Read the letter from the developers in the Parents section for more ideas on playing with your kids.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Language & Reading: storytelling
Arts: playing
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, logic, thinking critically
Creativity: imagination
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:June 24, 2014
Category:Education
Size:61.50 MB
Publisher:Toca Boca
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old October 26, 2014

Great App!

I have no complaints about this app. I am a tween this app is my favorite! I totally recomend it.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Kid, 8 years old October 23, 2015

WOW!

This is possibly the best app I've ever got for my two year old brother. I think pretty much any child in between the age of 2 and 8 would love this app. I am a huge fan of the sims and this is just like a baby's version of the sims. Totally worth the money so go get it now!
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Easy to play/use
Parent of a 3, 11, and 13 year old Written byB H. November 23, 2016

Awesome for toddlers!

My youngest daughter is three years old, and she loves this app! She isn't allowed too much screen time, but this is one of the three or four apps she's allowed to play on. I love it, and sometimes even my older kids will ask for a turn. My youngest loves to arrange all of the merchandise in the store and move the various characters around, and gets a kick out of the bathroom sounds. It's easy to play, and has lots of possibilities!
What other families should know
Easy to play/use