Australian Council on Children and the Media

Toca Kitchen Monsters - Toca Boca AB

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A role playing kitchen cooking app suitable for 5 year-olds and over. Caution: advertising

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Toca Kitchen Monsters was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 29 May 2016.

About the app

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

Name of app: Toca Kitchen Monsters
Developed by: Toca Boca AB
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes Store: 4+
ACCM suggested age: 12+ advertising
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Toca Kitchen Monsters contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed for approximately 40 minutes.

App description

Toca Kitchen Monsters is a cooking game for children. The objective is to create various different meals and feed them to monsters. The skills required are comprehension, motor skills, and pattern recognition.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first opened, players are greeted with a screen with a background of food ingredients and a play symbol in the centre of the screen. In the top left hand corner is a “For Parents” section where users can read about the privacy policy of the app and subscribe to the weekly newsletter. Within this section, the app gives instructions for how to turn off the in-app volume and setting the app to vegetarian mode, where no meat is displayed within the app. In the bottom right hand corner of the app is an advertisement for all of the other apps created by the same developers.

When the play button is pressed, players are taken to a picture of two different “monsters” and prompted to select one of them. Having done so, players are taken to a messy looking kitchen area, where they are presented on the left with a shelf of ingredients. Players can drag these either directly to the middle of the screen, or to the right, where ingredients can be prepared via various methods such as chopping, cooking, and blending. Once this is cooked, players can serve it to the monster and it will either make sounds of enjoyment or displeasure.

In App purchasing

No in-app purchasing found during this review.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during this review.

Advertising and product placement

Ads for other apps by the developer appear within this app.

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 this review.

Other

This app has the option to be switched into “Vegetarian mode”. This means that no meat items will be shown within the kitchen section of the app

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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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