Australian Council on Children and the Media

Toca Life Office - Toca Boca AB

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This office themed app is an “open play” or “sandbox” style game where players can freely use characters to interact with the environment. Parental guidance for 4 -8 year olds due to mild themes.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Toca Life Office was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 5 February 2018.

About the app

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

Name of app: Toca Life Office
Developed by: Toca Boca AB
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: none
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Toca Life Office contains the following information:

App description

Toca Office allows players to visit various office style buildings (e.g., a bank, courthouse, a day-care centre, etc.) and gives them the freedom to use the characters to interact with most features in the environment. Combining two or more objects can also create actions – such as placing food near the character’s mouth, which will make them eat. Players can also make their own stories and scenes through the record function – which records both actions on the screen and player narration through the microphone. There is no real set aim for this game – and that may be the point of it – as children can explore without much restriction and use their creativity and imagination to create their own stories.

Reviewers comments

Parental guidance may be needed for some children (particularly in the 4 – 8 age bracket) due to scenes that allow players to break into a bank vault and steal money without any obvious consequence (e.g., the bank alarm does not go off). Other than this, the developer’s age recommendation of 4+ would be quite suitable.

There is no tutorial at the start of this game, so players new to the Toca series of apps may not understand the app’s capabilities - until they’ve done their own trial and error explorations. Parents wanting to guide their children through this can access the “Grown-ups” section from the home screen, which has a “How to Play” guide.

In App purchasing

None.

Online information

  • Microphone

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None noted.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

See reviewers comments above.

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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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