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Letter from the Play Designer

Dear Grown-Up,

When I was a kid, my dad, sister and I used to take walks in a forest close to our home. We had found this clearing just a few meters off the beaten path where we usually stopped and played for awhile. In the middle of the clearing stood an old stump. It was like a meeting point in the middle of a town square. Once, we found a small piece of wood resembling a small person that we put on the stump. It would sit there greeting us every time we came back to the clearing, forever untouched by anyone else. We usually took the same path to reach our little hideout, but one time we decided to go the other way around. Coming from the other direction we soon found that the clearing was almost impossible to find as we had come to rely on certain distinguishing marks to know where to look. We realized the clearing would always stay our own secret.

In Toca Nature we want to convey the wonders of nature. Big and small, there are many experiences to be had in the wild. It could be finding a stick that resembles something else, or seeing a live animal for the first time. Toca Nature does not aim to replace the experience of going into an actual forest; instead we want to amplify the mysteries and magical moments that COULD be experienced in the wild. And some that you could only wish would happen… In Toca Nature the forest is in your hands – you create it and you explore it. From big to small Toca Nature simulates a world that is alive in itself but dependant of your care.

Go nuts!
Mårten Brüggemann, Play Designer