Toca Builders | the brand new Toca Boca kids app!
The brand new Toca Boca kids app is here and is called “Toca Builders”, because kids are supposed to build and construct with the help of little robots and building bricks on the iPad and iPhone.
The most exciting question about the new Toca Boca app, has to be the age recommendation, especially as the naigation through the 3D world is a lot more complex as in all the other Toca Boca kids apps so far, which have been mostly used and seen as toddlers and kindergarten kids apps.
We have already been a little suspicious by the announcement of the new app, that the navigation could be a little bit too difficult for the young Toca fans and we can unfortnately, not get rid of this assertion after we have reviewed this app.
We therefore tell you in advance, that the new Toca Builders app is a whole lot more special and more complicated, than the other apps of the Toca Boca series, as you can see and check for yourself, in the YouTube trailer below (recommended):
Toca Builders – the game concept
With the understanding of the app developers themselves, the latest Toca app is mainly a digital toy rather than a game with fixed targets. Basically, you could compare Toca Builders with the digital version of the colorful and small building bricks or block box. Even with the colorful bricks of Toca Builders, kids can build and construct the greatest models or landscapes – if however, they invest a lot of time into it, as those kind of perfect models as you can see on the screenshots, don’t just get built or constructed out of nowhere and especially not by toddlers or young children.
Six little robots
All the game figures have their own special features, which kids have to get used to first. Whilst one robot is constantly producing and laying bricks, another one drops stones behind it, which fall from out of it’s backpack etc. Even a crane is ready to be discovered and used for lifting and placing the stones at a higher level. Kids will need quite a lot of time for this at the start, to get used to the different navigations of those robots and their 3D world, let alone to control them properly.
Minecraft for kids
Minecraft is a very popular game, which does not only attract because of it’s brick-like design, but also because of it’s awesome gameplay. Not everyone likes the brick kind of landscape, where you can freely explore and construct, but don’t really have a goal to achieve, but instead you got to set them yourself. The kind of stuff which is produced with this sort of gameplay can be shown with this awesome minecraft universe.
Whole castles, even whole world’s can be produced and constructed by only using bricks, which can be individually and digitally placed with your hand. Nothing happens automatically and the same goes for the Toca Builders app.
We have also been surprised by the height limitation of 6 stones above each other only, especially as the main picture suggests refreshing heights. Of course we understand the attempt to confine the possibilities with this already rather complex navigation however,
you have three guesses of what children would rather like to construct… towers of course.
What would we have done different
1. No height limitations of 6 stones only
2. A much more inviting and better introduction into the game, i.e. with references!
3. Examples of world’s: Finished landscapes can be entered to explore and discover the game and it’s content, also to get used to the navigation and to get the idea of it.
4. References: Those would not only have been interested for toddlers and younger children to get back to, i.e. a Beach house, which could be expanded or simply be painted and colored in first. Especially with the “paint only” robot and it’s many colors, young kids would really have fun with this activity.
5. A whole different navigation would have been possible: Kids place a brick with their fingers freely on the landscapeand the matching robot could come driving by to continue the quest. As soon as a certain height has been achieved, the next robot i.e. the crane could come in etc.
6. It would have been a lot easier to have left out the 3D landscape, which wouldn’t have made any difference in the game fun, which is also shown with the Minecraft competition title Blockheads, which is based on a 2D landscape and is also a lot of fun. If you would like to compare, check out the 2D world of Blockheads below:
Toca Builder – kids app rating!
(+) Minecraft for kids
(- -) complex navigation, less intuitive than we’re used to of Toca Boca
(-) height limitation
It is pretty remarkable, that Toca Boca hasn’t set any age recommendation in their iTunes description. This would have been highly and strictly interesting to us. We recommend this app, because of it’s navigation, for elementary school kids at the ages of 6 years + however, another problem occurs: For kids ages 8, 9 years, the original minecraft games might become more interesting to them, which also offers many more possibilities.
A rather difficult title for toca Builders, where we could say so much more about.
Top best apps for kids rating: 4 stars