Australian Council on Children and the Media

Toca Lab - Toca Boca

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A virtual science lab where children can experiment with chemicals.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Toca Lab 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 Lab
Developed by: Toca Boca
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: developer (Toca Boca): 6-8; iTunes: 4+; Google play: Everyone
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Toca Lab contains the following information:

App description

This App presents a virtual science lab, with animated chemical characters to experiment with. Children are able to investigate a range of scientific objects such as heating with a Bunsen burner, using a centrifuge and freezing – with each animated (and un-named) chemical responding in different ways.

Reviewers comments

This App is open-ended and offers largely free exploration, with players choosing the tools to use in experimenting with their chemical characters. Simple animations and sounds are engaging but no set task is given and within the App children can explore 118 elements in a table similar to the periodic table. The investigations here can prompt learning of scientific process but there is limited connection to real chemical elements and the play focus is on exploration rather than on set learning tasks.

Gambling

No gambling content was found during the review.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Some parents may be concerned about the simulated use of science lab equipment such as Bunsen burners, chemicals and centrifuges. This could be an opportunity to discuss these concerns and discuss chemical safety.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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