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Toca Builders

Toca Builders

Fall 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 11 yrs.
Developer: Toca Boca
Download Price: $2.99

Block by block, children can create their own 3D world using Toca Builder. The latest from developer Toca Boca, the app gives kids a set of six hardworking characters who help them build whatever they can imagine.

Upon opening the app, children are presented with a menu from which they can choose to edit a previous scene or begin a new one. Most new scenes start with a blank, gridded plane, though some start with pre-built features like boats or trees. Described simply, the app allows children to create scenes using multi-colored cube blocks, all of which are the same size. At the bottom of the screen there is a menu where children can choose which character to use to build. There are options on either side of the screen that allow one to choose which colors to use and in what direction to build. A cleverly designed and entirely intuitive ball-rolling mechanism guides mobile characters around the flat plane.

Each character performs a different task with lively personality. One skitters around and drops new blocks from a crane, and another rolls around the surface on a paint-soaked ball. Blocks can be rearranged by a character that picks up and moves blocks, and repainted by one who spits out targeted globs of paint. Should kids wish to add clouds or other floating elements to their scene, there is a character who can do that, too.

Scenes can be saved and edited later. At any point, children can zoom in or out and take a photo of their work to share. Toca Builders is an utterly engaging creative app for children, one where repeated play will lead to increasingly complex built scenes.

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Toca Boca
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