A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to use augmented reality. They're also able to be artistic express themselves creatively through drawing tasks.
Ease of Play
Placing the AR play zone can be finicky. It can be hard to move around and maneuver items in the play zone.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Kids own drawings play a starring role in this creative yet bulky augmented reality-enhanced story. It's great fun to make drawings and watch the characters interact with them as they get incorporated into the story. For the story's AR to work well, kids do need to find a clear, flat surface with room to move around. Although it's neat to see the characters seemingly appear in the room with you, it can feel awkward to maneuver the device, the play zone, and move drawings around to the right place. As kids progress and collect drawings, the play zone gets a bit crowded which adds to the bulk. As the app's title promises, the TokoToko characters are certainly cute, but the story they tell is very text-heavy, much of which feels unnecessary. Kids must tap on the text bubble a lot to advance the story and get to the good parts. And yet the narrative still feels somewhat incomplete. At the time of this review, only the first chapter was available. Maybe the story will come together better with future releases of additional chapters. TokoToko - Cute AR Doodle is based on a great idea for engaging kids by combining AR, storytelling, and kids' own drawings -- and does so relatively well -- but needs a bit of fine-tuning to smooth out some of the rough edges.
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