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Toca Life: Pets
© 2017 Toca Boca

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Reviewed using the Standard Rubric
For ages 6-9
For grades 1, 2, 3, 4
$2.99, iPad, iPhone, Android
Teaches: creativity, spatial relations, language, representational play
This Toca Life app is packed with all kinds of pets -- 124 to be exact. They're hiding everywhere: behind doors, on shelves and in fish tanks. We noticed they poop a lot; and that you can play with the poop, a process that might be disturbing to some. You can even feed the poop to the people. While no animals appear to be harmed in this app, it is possible to put your kitten on a hot stove, or your dog in the freezer. Hence the curse, and blessing of an open-ended experience. Unlike some of the other Toca Life apps, it is not possible to move from one area to another through a door or elevator. Instead, you must move back to the main menu. There are five locations: pet park, pet hotel, veterinary, pet shop and breeder’s bungalow, and all items can be moved to any location. Content includes 23 new characters. You can bathe muddy pets and get them clean again, or pretend to be a vet and care for sick or injured pets.

By building an agility course you can exercise your pet. Pets include a pet rock and sloth bat that were inspired by drawing and photos from fans.

Petter Karlsson, Play Designer. “In Toca Life: Pets you pick which pets you want to play with in your life and decide their stories. As with all of the apps in the Toca Life series, Toca Life: Pets puts kids in the director’s seat to make up their own stories.” This includes the ability to record and save short narrated puppet shows. The bottom line -- this is another excellent addition to the Toca Life series.
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