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Design notes

Letter from the play designer – Toca Life: Pets

Woof! Woof!

Sometimes pets are cuddly, fun, weird or even scary. Regardless, they are often a big part of our lives. In this app you pick which pets you want to play with in your life and decide their stories. Are they tagging along on a family picnic, going to the vet or maybe going by themselves to have a birthday party? You decide!

As with all of the apps in the Toca Life series, Toca Life: Pets 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.

We hope you’ll enjoy yourselves playing Toca Life: Pets. Expect updates and more exciting additions to the Toca Life series soon!


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 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.


  • Put a pet in a character’s hand to transport it with the character between locations.
  • Give a pet some style by putting a hat on it.
  • Place a pet on an outdoor pet-potty spot or in a litter box to make it pee and poop.
  • Move a pet into a mud puddle to make it muddy; clean it up with a sponge or by giving it a bath.


  • 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 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, cook food and go to sleep. Explore the app with a curious mind and you’ll find a lot of surprises!


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.


Life Weekly
Life Weekly is your source for fun insights into the world of Toca Life! Located in the top right corner on the start screen, this feature offers fun videos and the best tips, and is updated weekly to give you the inside scoop.


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
Roy Yasasindhu, QA

Johanna Andersson, Art Director
Rebecca Crusoe, Marketing Director
Michaela Rosengren, Designer

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

Viktor Khan, Freelance Animator
Ivan Höök, Freelance Programmer
Eddy Moulder, Freelance Animator
Oliver Holmgren, Freelance Designer
Red Pipe Sound Design AB, Freelance Music & Sound
Håkan Lidbo, Freelance Music & Sound
Walid Sodki, Freelance QA
Dennis Bagstevold, 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.