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Design notes

Letter from the play designer

Hello there! Come on down to the farm!

Welcome to the countryside and to Toca Life: Farm. As with all of the apps in the Toca Life series, Toca Life: Farm puts kids in the director’s seat to create their own stories. This means no rules or scripted scenarios: It’s all up to your kid to decide what happens to the inhabitants of Toca Life. Many kids love to role-play with farms and animals, and we hope to support that in the best of ways with Toca Life: Farm.

You and your kids can explore farm life with new characters and fun farm scenes. Step into the barn and meet the animals that live there. Feed the pigs, milk the cow or let the veterinarian examine the sheep. You can also turn day into night and have a secret sleepover in the hay. If you prefer some real beds, there’s a nice big house just for that. There you can cook a nice meal — maybe with fresh eggs from your hens in the garden.

Let’s grow some crops! In Toca Life: Farm we introduce the cycle of making food. Head over to the field where you can grow a variety of crops, flowers and berries either by hand or with the help of the tractor’s attachments. If you want to rest a bit after working, enjoy a picnic on the green. Ready with your harvest? Take your produce to the store where you can sell it to the store owner. Or use the food machine to transform your produce into products. Grab a snack in the stalls outside or maybe buy some new tools for your farming.

With Toca Life: Farm we hope you have a great time playing on the countryside. With updates and more exciting additions to the Toca Life series coming in the near future, we hope you’ll find Toca Life a place that encourages the storyteller in everyone.

Enjoy life down on the farm!

Petter Karlsson, Play Designer

 

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How to play

What to do

On the map screen, tap on a building to visit one of the various locations. You’ll find lots of things to do in each location.

Characters

  • Move characters around to act out situations.
  • Dress up characters by dragging hats and masks lying around onto their heads.
  • Change characters’ costumes by dragging them onto their bodies.
  • Give characters food or drinks by dragging edible items to their mouths.
  • Give characters things to hold by dragging objects to their hands. If you give a character an item to hold, they’ll bring it with them even if you go to another location.

Objects

  • Move objects around to set up for different scenarios.
  • Toggle certain objects by tapping them, such as putting out and lighting candles and programming on a laptop computer.
  • Tap some objects — like the water faucet in the kitchen or fridge doors — to get different results.

Everything is saved the way you left it as you leave a location. There are lots of things to do like throwing stuff in the trash, flushing the toilet and taking a shower. Explore the app with a curious mind and you’ll find a lot of surprises!


To talk about

With Toca Life we want to supply a toolbox that will let you and your child act out as many different situations as possible. You can play hide and seek, clean up a messy place or prepare a family breakfast. It’s especially interesting to explore everyday situations that your kid isn’t usually in charge of, like getting ready for school or going shopping at the mall. What would happen if your kid were the boss of these things? A lot of crazy things, maybe, but you might also find a lot more responsibility than you thought your kid was capable of in these situations. What else would you be interested in seeing your kid handle?


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Sidewalk
You can find all your characters by tapping the sidewalk sign in the bottom right corner. You can also transport the characters and anything they are holding between locations via the sidewalk.


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Resetting
If your locations are starting to feel a bit too messy, you can do a quick cleanup by pressing the reset button in the top right corner of the map screen. Everything will be magically tidied and all of your characters’ hairstyles and clothing will reset to their default settings.


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Storage
Are you missing some items you have seen before? Or maybe you’d like to redecorate your home? Head over to the storage location on the map. In it you can find seasonal items and outfits that have been packed away. You’ll also find a bunch of storage boxes you can bring with you and fill up. Maybe pack a box with things you don’t need right now and move it to storage for later use.


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Settings
If you’d like to have a bit of peace and quiet while your kids are playing Toca Life, just go to settings at the top right corner on your start screen. If you tap this you can switch off the music in the app. This also gives you the option to turn off the icons on the start screen for what we call Toca News, as well as for the For Grown-Ups section, which you are reading now.

The Team

A SPECIAL THANKS TO

Viktor Khan, Freelance animator
Fille Åström, Freelance programmer
Markus Gustavsson, Freelance programmer
Elvira Björkman, Music
Håkan Lidbo, Freelance Music & sound
Jonas Kjellberg, Freelance Music

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Toca Life series is made possible through a dedicated game team but also by using various open source plugins, other open source software and sometimes we work with friends or others companies that we like to acknowledge.

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