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Toca Life World is an open-ended sandbox game to create storylines and build characters. Not suitable under 4; parental guidance to 15 (advertising, in-app purchasing, online connectivity)
No gambling content found in the levels played
This privacy check of Toca Life World: Build stories & create your world was completed by AppCensus on 15 November 2021.
This review of Toca Life World: Build stories & create your world was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 January 2022.
This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.
|Name of app:||Toca Life World: Build stories & create your world|
|Developed by:||Toca Boca|
|Platform reviewed:||Apple App Store, Google Play|
|Developer's suggested age:||6-12|
|ACCM suggested age:||This app is intuitive and contains no written instructions, however it is likely a bit complex for children under 4. While players are given free access to a town and building, much of the game requires in-app purchases. Best suited for ages 9+, however, co-playing and parental guidance is recommended to 15.|
|Gambling content advice:||No gambling content found in the levels played|
This review of Toca Life World: Build stories & create your world contains the following information:
All available features were considered in this review.
Toca Life World is an open-ended, recreational app for players to create stories, characters and roles, as they navigate the world they have built. This app combines the other Toca Boca apps in an all-in-one app. The self-directed game is divided into different towns with buildings, such as the mall or hairdresser. Players can enter and explore the different locations, build characters and shoot ‘films’ within the game, which can spark creativity, playfulness and imagination. Characters can play by themselves or with other characters, such as giving grandma a green hairstyle, or bringing a sloth to a theme park. The player controls the game and there are numerous possibilities to satisfy their imagination. The game begins with 9 free buildings, but in-app purchases are required to progress further.
Toca Life World offers children an opportunity to create stories and experiment with different characters and styles, and freely engage in open-ended play with an interactive environment. Films can be made by using an in-app screen recording function and using the child’s microphone to create voiceovers, facilitating children to practice language and conversation between characters. High quality animations and appealing sounds spark interest and intrinsic motivation to explore the environment and experiment with personal style without judgement. Players can explore more of the app by purchasing different towns, places to live, locations, characters, clothing and decorations. However, caution is due as the vivid animations and the upbeat sounds have the potential to lead to excessive screen time, therefore, parents are advised to limit screen time. Furthermore, it would be good if developers introduced higher security and parental controls to limit unwanted purchases.
Players can construct characters in a diverse range of outfits, skin colours, hairstyles and clothing. However, the app has no disability representation and no diverse body representation. While the body depictions are fairly neutral, body image ‘ideals’ may be unconsciously enforced in the players. The game designers should put more effort into representing diverse body shapes and sizes to limit the detrimental effects of body dissatisfaction. The effects of body dissatisfaction may be small, yet they are cumulative and can have significant impacts on self-esteem and psychological wellbeing.
There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:
Comments: The players are given one free town consisting of 8 buildings, as well as an additional building in another town. Players also receive a free gift each week. However, these free items are limited, and in-app purchases are needed to progress in the game. Players are asked to enter their year of birth before they can make in-app payments (must be 14 years or over). However, this protection is easily bypassed by entering an older birth year. The store is advertised throughout the game, such as on billboards. Sales tactics are also used in the store, such as crossing out the original price and displaying “40% off!”.
There is some online connectivity, such as:
Comments: No account log in or personal details required, except when making in-app purchases (age information not stored). The microphone and camera roll may be accessed after the app requests consent to record voiceovers and save the films made in app. No sharing functions. There is no indication of whether the microphone recordings will be shared with the developer.
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.
There is advertising in this game, including:
Comments: Advertising in-app purchases as part of the game but no additional advertising. Some of the more expensive ‘packs’ are stylised with lots of vibrant colour and smiling characters in a display picture all at once. The lower priced items, such as houses, are advertised in a less enticing, more basic format using a monochrome colour background and three items that come with the purchase.
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