Bottom Line: Great development of a terrific idea...an app that lets kids "play doctor." Another big winner from Toca Boca.
Toca Doctor starts with a small floating assistant indicating to the child where a young patient's problems are. The child must then press on each of these areas and complete a puzzle/mini-game to heal the patient and move on to the next problem area.
There are a total of 18 doctor-themed activities that solve various patient ailments. My favorite is one I call "Help! My organs have fallen!" where the child has to drag and drop organs back into place. There are also games for putting the parts of the ear back together, squeezing eye drops into an infected eye and bandaging up a skinned knee.
Every little thing in the app is well-done. For example, when the ear activity starts, there is a sound of muffled music full of static, but when the repair is complete, the music can be heard clearly and short tune is played. Really great stuff.
Most of the more advanced developers charge a premium for apps like this, but Toca Doctor costs just 99 cents for the iPhone and $1.99 for the iPad AND there is a free trial version for both. (Attention developers: Note that price point!)
My kids weren't quite as taken with Toca Doctor as they were with Toca Hair Salon, perhaps because the latter involves a great deal more creativity so it is more interesting to older kids. The games are all simple and easy to finish, so I expect that Toca Doctor runs out of gas at around age six.
It's still a terrific, well-done app and I highly recommend.
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