Another Toca success, this app combines the developer’s signature ease of use with fun graphics and the teaching of basic household chores. Young fingers and excited minds will stay busy learning about laundry, vacuuming, and other domestic duties.

Price: $1.99
Age: 2-6

Like other Toca apps there are very little distractions or complicated tasks, making it both fun and challenging for every age.

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Pros:

– No rules – there are no “winners” or “losers” as time will never run out and there isn’t a point scoring system
– The graphics and eclectic characters are interesting and visually appealing
– Kids will relate to the tasks in the game as they see them in their every day routine

Cons:

– The basic concept of this game is hard to determine. I had to read the developers note to parents

I never thought that I would play an iPad app that would make mopping floors remotely appealing, but at Toca House, the giant yellow monster wants to convince your kids that it is fun. And he actually does a pretty good job at it.

As with the other Toca games – Toca Kitchen or Toca Train to name a few – gameplay in Toca House is incredibly easy and fun. The developers intend for these games to provide younger children with a stress-free and low pressure experience, and in the house, they learn that household duties can be really enjoyable.

Because it is so open-ended, I could start on any floor in the Toca House and work my way through common chores such as vacuuming, laundry, and even sorting rotting fruit from fresh berries and disposing of the former in the proper manner.

Along the way I encountered several interesting characters including the aforementioned Yellow Monster; there’s the white-haired grandmother, a young boy and girl, and another girl child with a pink house on her head.  (Enter “eclectic” and “interesting”.)

In all there are 19 mini-games that portray different chores, and each time I chose a particular mini-game it was slightly different than the last time I played it, adding to the variation that keeps kids interested. Each character evolved as I played the games more and I can definitely see how it gives children a personality with which to identify. I also drew the conclusion that because these characters all happen to live in the same house they’re a family despite the fact that they don’t “look alike”.  As a mother I believe that this is a very important message to stress to children as they play, to help explain the diversity of family structure that is becoming more common.

I would have given this app a solid five stars had I had some indication about the domestic-duty-is-fun foundation that the developers were going for. I didn’t initially read the letter to parents written for each Toca Boca app so it took me a solid ten minutes of gameplay before I really grasped that the games were all designed to teach about daily chores.

With no solid qualifications other than being a mother to two young children, I heartily endorse Toca House. I appreciate anything that  motivates my offspring to use a broom for its actual purpose of sweeping instead of playing Jedi Knight (which inevitably ends badly).

 

Details:

– No advertisements or in-app purchases
– 19 different mini-games that change with every play
– No time limits, point scoring, or loud background music

Other Apps:

– Toca Doctor HD
– Toca Doctor HD Lite (FREE!)
– Toca Kitchen
– Toca Hair Salon
– Toca Hair Salon – Christmas Gift (FREE!)
– Toca Tea Party
– Paint My Wings
– Toca House
– Toca Robot Lab
– Parenting’s Birthday Party Playtime

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