Australian Council on Children and the Media

Toca Life After School - Toca Boca AB

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In Toca Life: After School the player can explore four different play locations. There is a variety of activities including sports, painting, dancing, eating or sleeping. Suitable for children aged 4+

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Toca Life After School was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 20 September 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Toca Life After School
Developed by: Toca Boca AB
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 4+
ACCM suggested age: The content of the app is appropriate for children aged 4+, game play is free of advertisements, and sections that contain links to the app store can be disabled in the device settings.
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Toca Life After School contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All available features were considered for this review.

App description

Toca Life: After School is a virtual play space, set up as a club house for after school activities containing four themed levels. The player can move freely within the building and explore a variety of activities, and by tapping and dragging, characters and objects can be moved. Activities include riding a skateboard at the "Skate Park", eating food at the canteen, taking a shower and having a nap. The player can take the elevator to the next level to get creative at the "Art Workshop", where there are different paints and tools to choose from. They can also experiment with sounds and beats at the "Dance Studio". The rooftop features the "Sports Court" and a graffiti wall. Throughout the club house, there are a lot of things to discover and players can peek inside cupboards and cabinets, change channels on the radio, or dress-up characters. If parents allow access to microphone and camera roll, short video clips of game play of up to 2 minutes can be recorded and saved. This feature can also be disabled in the device settings.

Reviewers comments

Just like the other apps from the Toca Life series After School offers open-ended, interactive entertainment without instructions, scripted narratives or rules. The game designers have packed the space with a lot of interactive features, encouraging children's curiosity to explore and discover. Game play fosters paying attention to detail, and the player needs to use fine motor skills to move and place small objects. Some features invite the player to be creative, for example when exploring the painting, graffiti, or DJing section. The app can be reset to its original default settings within the device settings. Game play is free from advertisement, and within the device settings, parents can disable the parents' section as well as the features "Toca News", featuring news and offers on related products, and "Life Weekly" containing short promotion videos.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content in the game itself but pop-up ads for other apps with gambling content.

Advertising and product placement

The features Toca Life and Life News, accessible via the start page, feature promotional items like free messenger stickers, short promotional videos of related apps and links to the app store. Parents can disable these features in the device settings.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None of concern.

Coarse language

None of concern.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None of concern.

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