Australian Council on Children and the Media

Toca Builders - Toca Boca

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A virtual block building tool suitable for all ages.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Toca Builders was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 28 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Toca Builders
Developed by: Toca Boca
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 5+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Toca Builders contains the following information:

App description

This open ended app provides children with a virtual block building tool. Using six different “Toca builders”, each with their own skill, such as building, painting or demolishing, children can create any structure they desire.

Reviewers comments

In this App the player has the option of creating any structure – this open-ended nature is an opportunity for learning and play and means that children can create structures in a way that is similar to a set of blocks. As children master the role of each “Toca builder” they may need some assistance, however, once this is mastered most children are confident in construction. Some children observed playing found the open-ended nature challenging and were initially unsure of what to build – a quick online search of images using the phrase “toca builders gallery” presented a range of structures that could inspire challenging buildings, or prompt new ideas.

The ability to move through the virtual structures the player makes and explore it from multiple perspectives has potential for mathematics learning, although this is not the intended goal of the tool. The ability to paint blocks provides opportunity for creative engagement, with structures limited only by the players imagination.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

No game playing behaviour which may be of concern to parents was found during the review.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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