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Toca Band

Toca Band

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 2 - 9 yrs.
Developer: Toca Boca
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Toca Band quickly became a favorite among our testers young and old. The app explores musical pitch, arrangement, rhythm and the variety of sounds that different instruments can make. It is a digital toy that lets children explore sounds and rhythms freely and at their own pace. There are no rules, and kids can make music in a "sandbox" like environment. Using it, young ones quickly developed an interest in playing with the different components of musical composition.

Upon opening Toca Band, children are presented with an empty stage along with a cast of possible imaginary instruments and vocalists across the bottom of the screen. Tapping each plays a note to demonstrate the sound that it makes. Dragging an instrument or vocalist to the front, middle or back of the stage triggers a loop of music specific to that character and location on stage. The back of the stage is more rhythmic while the front is more melodic. At center stage there is a spotlight. Dragging an instrument there opens the screen into a delightful minigame unique to that instrument. Each makes a unique sound, and children can manipulate qualities like pitch or note length.

Toca Band is a delightful app with definite long term play value. The music changes with every play session, and there are no levels or challenges to overcome. The focus is on creativity and learning musical skills.

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Toca Boca
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