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Design notes

Letter from the play designer

Hey there!

The Toca Life series is filled with possibilities and choices. We invite you to make up your own stories and play with a variety of characters and places to visit. You can also style the characters with all kinds of outfits and props, for a fully customizable play experience. Once you’ve chosen your characters and outfitted them in a way you like, just bring them along to whatever location you want to explore, and let your imagination go wild. We designed Toca Life to be open ended and free of rules, unlike the real world. The result is a place for you to play in, where you can create whatever stories you like, however you like. Welcome to Toca Life!

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.


  • 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!


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.


Screen recording
If you see a blue film reel icon in the top right corner when you’re in a location it means you can use the screen recording feature. It records your microphone 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.

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

Toca Life MIX
Toca Life MIX is your source for fun insights into the world of Toca Life! Located in the top left corner on the start screen, this feature offers fun videos and tips, and is updated weekly so you can stay up to date on all things Toca Life.

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


Mathilda Engman, General Manager Toca Life
Emil Ovemar, Executive Producer/Co-founder
Willow Mellbratt, Play Designer

Nick Ljungqvist, Release Manager
Andreas Bergman, Android Programmer
Matti Grip, iOS Programmer

Johanna Andersson, Communications Designer
Max Heirbaut, Producer
Rebecca Crusoe, Marketing Director
Michaela Rosengren, Designer
Oliver Holmgren, Designer
Giana Calvello, Senior Marketing Manager

Chris Lindgren, Kids & Play Research Manager
Sheena Coseip, Data Infrastructure Manager
Stanley Young, Business Analyst
Nar Parisawan, Senior Analytics Manager

Leo Sundholm, Programmer
Frida Schlaug, Programmer
Roy Yasasindhu, QA
Dennis Bagstevold, Freelance QA
Walid Sodki, Freelance QA
Nathaniel Vaughn, Freelance QA
Jonathan Dahl, Freelancer Animator
Joy Chang, Senior Partner Manager
Red Pipe Sound Design AB, Freelance Music & Sound
Håkan Lidbo, Freelance Music & Sound


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.