Friday, February 9, 2018

Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: City



Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com



Toca Life: City is an iPad app that encourages kids to explore, and tell stories about a city. I have previously reviewed Toca Life: Town, and Toca Band by the same developer.

From the developer:

FEATURES:
- 6 locations to explore: loft apartment, shopping mall, hair salon, food park, theatre and tailor
- 35 characters that are customizable in over 4 million ways!
- 47 hairstyles to test, 37 colors to choose from and various outfits to try on
- 7 different food stands at the food park — have some sushi with your burger and try the famous fish ‘n chips!
- Shop for clothes, kitchenware, pets, toys and groceries at the mall
- Write a play and perform it at the theatre
- Record your stories in the app and share with your friends!
- More fun videos and games for the TV
- No time limit or high scores — play for as long as you like!
- No third-party advertising
- No in-app purchases


What I liked: I loved the emphasis on kids experimenting and exploring. The developers stress that play is open-ended. Kids can try this and that, make up little games and record their stories by moving characters and props with a finger, then adding their own narration in short videos. These videos can be saved to the camera roll.

The game opens to a big picture of the city and kids tap where they want to go. They can shop in the mall, feed characters in the food court, try hairstyles and outfits and even write and perform a play in the City Theatre.

The developers suggest the app is for kids 5 and under. I believe children older than this will still have lots of fun with Toca Life: City, as well as cleverly creating and using their imaginations.

Where do I get it?




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