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Design notes

Letter from the play designer

Time to get well!

Hello and welcome to Toca Life: Hospital. As with all of the apps in the Toca Life series, it puts kids in the director’s seat to make up their own stories. There are no rules or scripted scenarios; it’s all up to your kid to decide what happens to the inhabitants of Toca Life.

A hospital can stand for many different things. For some kids it’s a place of thrilling excitement, ambulances and mysterious machines. For some it can be a scary or even a bit sad. To embrace all these experiences, we have created a hospital filled with things that support all kinds of storytelling.

Kids can explore the many floors and role-play taking care of a sick friend, performing surgery, cuddling newborns or maybe even sad stories that can happen inside a hospital.

We hope you have great time playing around in Toca Life: Hospital. 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.

Now, put on your scrubs and let’s play!

Petter Karlsson, Play Designer


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How to play

What to do
On the map screen, tap on a floor to visit the different hospital units. You’ll find lots of things to do on each floor.


  • Move characters around to act out situations.
  • Dress up characters by dragging hats and masks lying around onto their heads.
  • Change characters’ clothes 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.


  • Move objects around to set up for different scenarios.
  • Toggle certain objects by tapping them, such as putting out and lighting candles and changing channels on the radio.
  • Tap some objects — like a water faucet 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, cook food and go to sleep. Explore the app with a curious mind and you’ll find a lot of surprises!

Playing everyday hospital life
With Toca Life we want to supply a toolbox that will let you and your child act out as many different situations as possible. In Toca Life: Hospital you can role-play all kinds of everyday hospital activities. Maybe engage in playing a patient who needs help with a broken leg or as a doctor doing her daily chores. Your child can explore situations they’re not usually in control of, like getting a shot or operating on a broken arm. What happens when your kid is the one in charge those things? Probably a lot of fun and quirky stuff, but your kid might also surprise you with their care and responsibility. This is a hospital where it’s safe to play around all you want.

All your characters can be accessed by tapping the sidewalk sign in the bottom right-hand corner. You can also transport the characters and anything they are holding between locations via the sidewalk.

Screen recording
You might notice a blue film reel icon in the top right corner when you are in a location. This is the screen recording feature. It records microphone input along with anything you do on the screen. Press the button to activate it and you and your kids can record the stories they make. Each recording lasts a maximum of two minutes. Afterward you can choose to preview, export to camera roll or delete your video.

Reset button
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.

If you’d like to have a bit of peace and quiet while your kids are playing Toca Life, just go to settings on your device and switch off the music in the app. You also have 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


Emil Ovemar, Executive Producer/Co-founder
Willow Mellbratt, Play Designer
Daniel Abensour, Art Director

Nick Ljungqvist, Release Manager
Andreas Bergman, Android Programmer
Matti Grip, iOS Programmer
Markus Gustavsson, Programmer
Rasmus Langvad, Web Programmer
Roy Yasasindhu, QA

Johanna Andersson, Communication Designer
Rebecca Crusoe, Marketing Director
Teddy Derkert, Art Director

Chris Lindgren, Kids & Play Research Manager
Sheena Coseip, Data Infrastructure Manager

Viktor Khan, Freelance Animator
Will Jordan, Freelance Programmer
Red Pipe Sound Design AB, Freelance Music & Sound
Håkan Lidbo, Freelance Music & Sound
Alessandro Pistocchi, Freelance Programmer
Walid Sodki, Freelance QA


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.