Toca Cars Review

Toca Cars Review

Jan 16, 2014

Toca Cars is the latest in the long line of Toca games by Toca Boca aimed at children. Known for their simple gameplay and unique, hand drawn graphics these games are great for keeping kids amused.

Screenshot_2014-01-11-12-37-51Toca Cars is about as simple as driving games get. The player just picks a whenevr to play a pre-defined world or to create their own. Then they can just cruise around, enjoying the drive. Everything in the world of Toca Cars is made of cardboard so running into it will send it flying. It’s fun to smash into houses and watch them go tumbling away. When the player causes too much destruction they can tap a reset button to return the world to its starting state.

Besides just running into stuff there are also paint puddles which kids can use to leave paint trails behind them, colouring the map. Unfortunately the paint trails disappear quickly, which prevents them from doing anything fun with the paint, like drawing a picture or writing their name.

That’s Toca Cars’ gameplay in a nutshell. It’s an exceedingly simple game, but well suited for kids to tool around in and play with.

Screenshot_2014-01-11-12-38-15What will give Toca Cars some longevity is the world editor. The world editor lets players simply drag and drop ramps, trees, houses and even creatures onto the map and create their own playground. This feature is dead simple to use and just about any kid should get the idea quick.

Some fun creatures inhabit Toca’s world. There is a cute doggy that follows the car around and a robot that pushes the car away. A bird also chirps happily as he hops around. This may seem minor, but it makes Toca Cars feel more alive.

The main problem with Toca Cars is that there’s no real goal in it. Players just drive around, knocking stuff over and reset the world when they feel like it. There no actual racing or such, it’s more about simply interacting with the world and the car. Kids may get tired of it rather fast.

Toca Cars has a neat cardboard like visual style. Smaller objects like trees are on pedestals just like toy trees and larger ones like houses are cardboard boxes with draw on details. This gives the game a really nice “playland” type feel and it feels a lot like smashing down a town built by children on a table to play in and perfectly suits the age bracket Toca Cars is aimed at. The graphics certainly got my imagination working on just what I could do with cardboard.

The sound is fairly basic, some catchy music accompanies the action and some basic bangs and taps are heard when running into objects.

Toca Cars is not a game for adults as it is far too simple, but for kids it can be a fun, if short-lived experience. Worth 99 cents, but not much more.