I love Toca Boca. They are an digital games company based in Stockholm in Sweden and make really funny games for small children from toddlers up. I love their company ethos, their brilliant design, and most of all, their sense of fun. They let kids mess around and aren’t too focused on the rules of a game. The most popular ones in my collection, from a two year long, intensive survey of 9 under 9s (my nieces and nephews) are as follows: at number 1: Toca Hair Salon, 2. Toca Doctor, 3. Birthday Party. Will fill you in about our favourite, Toca Hair Salon now.
Toca Hair Salon
You might think a hairdressing game could be a daft, pink-princess-with-a-pink-poodle type one but no, it’s cool, and boys like it too. Toca Boca aim to make their games gender neutral which is refreshing.
There are two version of this and both are good but number 2 has curly hair and some more features and different characters. You select one of the characters and then do their hair. If you are feeling evil you can give them a really bad hair-do and the characters react with little groans and chuckles and smiles. Or you can replicate the hair style of your favourite auntie! You can cut and shave the hair and then make it grow back again. Then wash and dry it. If you put the hair dryer on their face their whole face gets blown around, it’s really funny.
If you are buying your first Toca Boca game then get Hair Salon 2. The next one on my list is the Pet Doctor.
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