Toca Life: Town

LQ: 9


Brain grade: 8.2
Fun score: 9.8

Platform/Console: , , , LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: ,

Toca Life: Town is a virtual village populated by a diverse group of characters, allowing users to move digital paper dolls through a three bedroom apartment, a small studio apartment, a grocery store, the park, a restaurant, and a police station. Serve them food in a restaurant, tidy up their apartment (or make a mess) — even lock them in jail. Characters can interact with just about anything on the screen. Items and objects can be used to create elaborate, realistic, and even humorous scenarios. Toca Life: Town is charming, immersive, and wholesome, making it an ideal digital toy for users 4 years and older.



download (3)There's no shortage of things to do in Toca Life: Town. There are six locations to explore, each with as many variables and objects to play with as the last. Users can play in the park day or night, where there are marshmallows and hot dogs to be roasted on an open fire, animals to find, a lake to swim in -- complete with inflatables -- and a sandbar where users can build castles. Bring items from the grocery store to the park for a picnic. Exercise the cat in the three bedroom apartment. Toca Life: Town is all about the flexibility thinking skill, with various characters and places to explore and experiment with. Toca Life: Town is a digital sandbox that encourages users to engage in virtual free play.


download (4)Even during free play, children use the planning skill. Playing with dolls and action figures involves setting the scene. Send characters out to dinner at the local restaurant. Plan the number of courses and the type of food. Then take the chef from the restaurant and bring him to the grocery store to buy food to cook. The virtual town encourages children to engage their imaginations and recreate daily and nightly activities. Even seemingly mundane tasks involve quite a bit of planning, and Toca Life: Town is a great tool to exercise that thinking skill.

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