Australian Council on Children and the Media

Toca Pet Doctor - Toca Boca

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A role playing vet app suitable for all ages.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Toca Pet Doctor 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 Pet Doctor
Developed by: Toca Boca
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: developer (Toca Boca): 2-6; iTunes: 4+; Google play: Everyone
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Toca Pet Doctor contains the following information:

App description

This App offers imaginative and dramatic play with animals. The player is placed in the role of the vet (pet doctor) and moves through a set of tasks to assist animals. Tasks include feeding, cleaning and helping injured animals.

Reviewers comments

This App is open-ended and offers largely free exploration, with players choosing animals to assist. Each animal is presented as a cartoon character and encourages the player to help them in some way, such as completing a simple jigsaw puzzle of bones to “fix” a broken wing and then feed them. Animals respond to care with simple animations and happy sounds. The cartoon representation of animals is generally accurate but significantly simplified. In observing children playing with this App it should be noted that most children have an empathetic response to the animals, but many commented that “real animals” don’t look or behave like the simplified cartoon versions.

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 that children will bring this imaginary play into real life, where caring for unknown animals may not be seen as appropriate.

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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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