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Toca Blocks

Toca Blocks

Fall 2016 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 - 8 yrs.
Developer: Toca Boca
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

Toca Blocks is an app for the imaginative child who likes to create and build worlds. The Toca Blocks world is a 2-dimensional environment with a few basic building blocks (red, yellow, green, polka-dot, and dance) and some special blocks to give a head start on more advanced building (brick and some home props, like a teakettle and doors). Players can combine the basic blocks to create many more types of blocks of an increasingly elaborate nature; after days of exploration we were still finding new kinds of blocks and props. The doors allow players to step through to another 2-D world with even more options for building. Players can explore the world as any of three characters: a cat (with high agility), a bear (who can climb walls and hang from ceilings), and a bird (who has high speed and can, of course, fly -- at least a little).

The developers clearly have had a sense of humor in creating this environment; the elevators have faces, the button for erasing a block is a monster that chomps it away, and the dance block causes the player's character to stop and boogie. Every block makes a unique and slightly nutty sound. Any player is sure to crack a few smiles while playing.

Worlds can get very large; players can build all the way up into space. We had the most fun at ground level, though, building elaborate houses with every room you would expect in a well-stocked home (yes, there is a toilet available). We set up trees in the back yard (one can create several types by combining different blocks) and built a trampoline and a swimming pool. We danced on the roof. Then we turned around and built a teleport to space that dropped us onto a giant trampoline. This is a world where jumping on the bed is actively encouraged and doughnuts make an excellent lunch. Toca Blocks is an app of great fun and limitless creation.

Emily Crawford   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Toca Boca
http://www.tocaboca.com

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