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The Best Toca Boca Apps for Kids 2021

Educational Games

Kids can't get enough of these educational simulation games, but at $3.99 apiece, which ones are the best to spend your money on? We tested (with real kids!) to find out.

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The Best Toca Boca Apps for Kids 2021

Introduction

Mobile games are great for keeping young ones entertained, but the costs for these games can add up, especially when boredom prevails. Toca Boca apps have been a leader in this sphere since 2011 with almost 50 games released to date, most of which cost $3.99 to download (with no in-app purchases). So, we tested the most popular ones to see which one offered the best value. After all of our research, the Toca Life: City came out on top, but the games in second and third made it a close race. Read on to find out why we picked Toca Life: City, and which other games made our top 3.

Our Pick

Best app for the most gameplay

  • Welcome to Toca Life: City, a metropolis filled with everyday fun!

    4.4 Ratings 40K+ Reviews 500K+ Downloads
    $3.99
    $3.99

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Most Toca games are a make-believe life simulation to some degree, but this one puts you into an entire virtual world. You can move around the city, doing a range of different activities including getting a haircut, going for food or doing your grocery shopping. 

Why we chose Toca Life: City:

  • Only $3.99 for one of the most comprehensive and jam-packed Toca games.
  • Great graphics and fun gameplay that everyone will enjoy.
  • Easy-to-use controls make playing the game super simple, which is great for kids.
  • Incredible detail in the game means you can explore the game looking for new creative features
  • Very expansive game. There’s so much more to do than the majority of Toca games, so your kid won't get bored.

It’s a great game that will provide you with hours of fun as you explore the city and let different characters interact with each other in dozens of role-playing scenarios.

Read Toca Life: City's Full Review
Runner Up

Best app for the chef in training

  • The wildly popular Toca Kitchen is back!

    4.2 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Free
    $3.99

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This is not only a super fun game but also a great way of teaching your kids about different meals, how to cook, and what foods go together. Sure it’s only on a mobile game, but it still gets them thinking about how to create their favorite dishes.

Why we chose Toca Kitchen 2:

  • Great graphics and very user-friendly to play.
  • The characters are hilarious and will even interact with and comment on your meals.
  • Kids get to actually experience cooking the food.
  • Hours of enjoyment without the mess and hazards of a real kitchen. 
  • Good news for Android users, it's free. (Don't ask us why it's still $3.99 for iPhone; we have no idea.)

Our favorite parts really were all the character interactions. They are extremely funny as they let you know when they like or dislike their food, (and they really don't hold back!)

Read Toca Kitchen 2's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best app for creative players

  • Our most popular app series returns, better than ever!

    4.2 Ratings 9K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    $3.99
    $3.99

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We couldn't round out this list without one of the most popular types of Toca Games; Hair Salon. This game truly lives up to its reputation.

Why we chose Toca Hair Salon 3:

  • A simple concept that provides hours of creative fun!
  • Kids can go wild with all kinds of crazy styles, including changing their client's clothes or entire look.
  • Funny character reactions make this game more enjoyable.
  • Very easy to play; you can even play with one hand.
  • You can get a wide range of characters, ethnicities, and hairstyles, very inclusive

Kids will love playing this one as they get to try out new colors, funny styles, and whatever designs they can come up with.

Read Toca Hair Salon 3's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick

    Toca Life: City

    4.4 Ratings 40K+ Reviews 500K+ Downloads
    Welcome to Toca Life: City, a metropolis filled with everyday fun! Customize characters, explore exciting locations and find hidden treasures — there’s something in every corner!

    INTRODUCING TOCA LIFE
    Thanks to the great response to Toca Town, we're bringing you Toca Life — a series of apps that gives you an even bigger world of everyday fun. First out in the series is Toca Life: Town and Toca Life: City!

    CREATE
    Try, experiment and customize. It’s time to get creative in Toca Life: City! Change outfits, dye your hair any color and switch hairstyles in the Hair 3000! There are millions of ways to personalize the characters — we dare you to create them all.

    EXPLORE
    Say hi to 6 locations and 34 characters! Go shopping at the mall, grab a bite to eat at the food park or invite friends over to your loft. Characters, and anything they are holding, can easily be transported between locations.

    FEATURES:
    - 6 locations to explore: loft apartment, shopping mall, hair salon, food park, theatre and tailor
    - 35 characters that are customizable in over 4 million ways!
    - 47 hairstyles to test, 37 colors to choose from and various outfits to try on
    - 7 different food stands at the food park — have some sushi with your burger and try the famous fish ‘n chips!
    - Shop for clothes, kitchenware, pets, toys and groceries at the mall
    - Write a play and perform it at the theatre
    - More fun videos and games for the TV
    - No time limit or high scores — play for as long as you like!
    - No third-party advertising
    - No in-app purchases

    WE LISTEN
    Toca Life: City was uniquely created for you by you. We received over 10,000 feature requests after Toca Town was released, which we added directly into this app. We want to keep hearing from you so don’t be shy and keep on suggesting! What do you want to see next? Share your ideas with @tocaboca on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!


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    ABOUT TOCA BOCA
    At Toca Boca, we believe in the power of play to spark kids’ imaginations and help them learn about the world. We design our products from the kids' perspective to empower kids to be playful, to be creative and to be who they want to be. Our products include award-winning apps that have been downloaded more than 130 million times in 215 countries and offer fun, safe, open-ended play experiences. Learn more about Toca Boca and our products at tocaboca.com.

    PRIVACY POLICY
    Privacy is an issue that we take very seriously. To learn more about how we work with these matters, please read our privacy policy: http://tocaboca.com/privacy
    Cost
    3.99
    3.99
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Runner Up

    Toca Kitchen 2

    4.2 Ratings 2M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
    Do you want to be the head chef of your very own sushi restaurant? Check out Toca Kitchen Sushi, the newest app from Toca Boca 👉 http://bit.ly/TocaKitchenSushi_GooglePlay

    The wildly popular Toca Kitchen is back! With new guests to cook for, more tools to play with and new food combinations to test out, Toca Kitchen 2 invites all chefs to get messy and start playing!

    GET CREATIVE
    Who said dishes have to be pretty and tasty? In Toca Kitchen 2 you can cook however you want! Juice tomatoes, boil the salad or make a burger. Come up with your very own recipes and treat your guests to something special.

    MAKE A MESS
    With six different kitchen tools to choose from, you have the perfect setup for preparing fun foods! Load up with your favorite ingredients, add a squeeze of messiness and finish off with a pinch of weirdness. Time to let your guest have a bite! Was it a winner?

    WATCH THEIR REACTIONS
    Discover your guests’ preferences by watching their reactions. Oven-baked fish head with fried leftovers and lettuce juice coming right up! Oh, they didn’t like it? Try adding some salt. It’s fun to get the “ew”!

    We added a whole lot of fun stuff! You can now enjoy cooking:

    New foods!
    - Chicken
    - Prawn
    - Pineapple
    - Corn
    - Peach
    - Strawberry
    - Watermelon
    - Onion
    - Octopus
    - Spaghetti
    - Rice

    New condiments!
    - Ketchup
    - Dressing
    - Soy

    Watch the characters react to spicy hot sauce and sour lemons or and laugh at loud burps.

    At last but not least, we added more levels of grossness to the characters. Have fun!

    Features:
    - New ingredients in the fridge
    - New characters to feed
    - Stronger character reactions
    - New juicer and oven
    - Deep fryer! You can now deep fry anything. Get your crust on.
    - No rules or stress - just open-ended, kid-directed fun!
    - No third-party advertising
    - No in-app purchases

    What are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and start cooking!

    Toca Kitchen 2 is a free cooking app for kids that’s perfect for aspiring chefs. Kids can roleplay a chef in a kitchen full of tasty foods and ingredients! Learn how to cook your favorite dish or experiment with fun combinations to feed hungry customers. This fun cooking app is sure to deliver nothing but fun for kids!

    There’s no time limits or rules, right or wrong, so explore all the ingredients and tools the kitchen has to offer! Cook up some crazy food and feed your guests.

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    ABOUT TOCA BOCA
    At Toca Boca, we believe in the power of play to spark kids’ imaginations and help them learn about the world. We design our products from the kids' perspective to empower kids to be playful, to be creative and to be who they want to be. Our products include award-winning apps that have been downloaded more than 130 million times in 215 countries and offer fun, safe, open-ended play experiences. Learn more about Toca Boca and our products at tocaboca.com.

    PRIVACY POLICY
    Privacy is an issue that we take very seriously. To learn more about how we work with these matters, please read our privacy policy: http://tocaboca.com/privacy
    Cost
    Free
    3.99
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Also Groovy

    Toca Hair Salon 3

    4.2 Ratings 9K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Welcome to Toca Hair Salon 3! Our most popular app series returns, better than ever! What do you feel like creating today — something quirky, pretty or edgy? Choose your character from dozens of looks that you can customize — characters have randomized styles and personalities, which creates endless play opportunities! Grab your tools and get styling!

    AMAZINGLY REALISTIC HAIR
    The hair in Toca Hair Salon 3 looks and moves like real hair! You can style silky straight hair, bouncy waves, crinkly curls, and for the first time in the Toca Hair Salon series: kinky hair! This super-curly hair type means you can create fluffy 'fros and other natural hairstyles.

    AWESOME STYLING TOOLS
    No salon would be complete without the right tools!

    Basics: Of course you'll find everything for a good wash, including shampoo and a blow dryer. You'll also find scissors, clippers, a razor, a brush and a multipurpose combing tool to use on your client's hair. In case you cut off a little too much, we've brought back our amazing grow tonic to regrow hair — definitely customer pleaser!

    Hair types: The electric styling tools let you move between the different hair types to get just the right look.

    Braids: Use the brand-new braiding tools for more styling options! You can make thick braids or thin braids!

    Beards: Visit the beard station for the best in beard-grooming (or growing!). Lather up with shaving cream, then use scissors, clippers or a razor to get just the right length. Every character can have a beard!

    Color: Ready for some color? Toca Hair Salon 3 introduces a more advanced hair color tool with two different cans for different sized sprays. And the new rainbow spray lets you create the most colorful styles you can imagine!

    CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES
    Now characters can change into different clothes! Try on new looks to suit that new hair style! Accessorize the look with glasses, caps, headbands and silly stuff. Choose a photo booth background and take a picture to save to your device and share!

    FEATURES
    - All-new characters with dozens of starter styles
    - Straight, wavy, curly and now kinky hair!
    - All the tools you need to create the style you want!
    - New braiding tool!
    - Every character can grow a beard to style
    - More advanced hair color tool: Dip-dye and fade hair in any colors you want!
    - Change clothes on characters!
    - Dozens of new accessories: hats, glasses, jewelry and more
    - Change backdrops in the photo booth!
    - Snap a picture in the app and share with your friends!
    - Gender-neutral aesthetic: Unlike most hairstyling apps, all kids are welcome to play!
    - No time limit or high scores — play for as long as you like!
    - No third-party advertising

    Nothing but endless hours of hairstyling fun awaits with these hair cutting tools and accessories at your disposal! Be the hairstylist of your dreams and give your friends and family a fresh, fun cut that they’ll remember forever.

    With no rules or time limit, this hair salon app is perfect for boys and girls of all ages. Any hair cut or hair style is possible, so creatively tap into your imagination and start cutting hair now!

    ABOUT TOCA BOCA
    At Toca Boca, we believe in the power of play to spark kids’ imaginations and help them learn about the world. We design our products from the kids' perspective to empower kids to be playful, to be creative and to be who they want to be. Our products include award-winning apps that have been downloaded more than 130 million times in 215 countries and offer fun, safe, open-ended play experiences. Learn more about Toca Boca and our products at tocaboca.com.

    PRIVACY POLICY
    Privacy is an issue that we take very seriously. To learn more about how we work with these matters, please read our privacy policy: http://tocaboca.com/privacy
    Cost
    3.99
    3.99
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No

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