A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about trains as they operate the train picking up and dropping off passengers and cargo. Kids can also make up stories about the passengers, such as the robot or woman who just got on the train or about what to do with the cargo they are carrying. Though Toca Train is not a structured learning activity, kids can learn a little about trains as they let their imaginations run wild.
Ease of Play
Overall, the app is easy and intuitive to use. There are no instructions given, but it is meant for kids to explore on their own.
Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Toca Train is great for kids who love playing with trains. It’s a virtual train set, plus more. Instead of pushing a train around, kids can actually be the conductor, deciding when to pick up and drop off passengers and cargo. As with other Toca Boca apps, kids are meant to explore what they can do on their own, so there’s little instruction. The app comes with a short and sweet parent info section that includes discussion topics.
Is It Any Good?
Toca Train encourages kids to explore and discover. While the tasks may get a little repetitive for some, kids who love trains and making up scenarios can get a lot of enjoyment out of the simulation. There are some cute touches like the ability to pull the whistle on the train and the fun variety of passengers. Toca Train is like a fun playground where kids explore and play.
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