The game helps children to develop reasoning skills and it also allows them to practice logic and problem-solving skills, both of which are important aspects of everyday life. It is widely accepted that learning mathematical facts and numbers comes about most easily when they are presented in order, one number set at a time. Twist & Shout Subtraction uses this concept and by adding catchy music to the games, it reinforces memorisation by making the learning fun.
There are four game modes included, all of which are ready to play after twisting the game dials and selecting the appropriate mode. "Math Master" mode for example--a simple, straightforward game--invites players to twist the two number dials and select one number on each side of the equals sign, then hit the activator button, when the first part of the sum appears on the screen. Twist & Shout speaks the equation and its answer, and the whole is accompanied by catchy music.
A volume control is included on the learning aid, including low, medium and high. There is also the option to use headphones (not included) for quiet learning play. There is an inbuilt safety device that automatically switches Twist & Shout off after 18 seconds if it hasn't been used or switched off. Accompanying the learning aid is an excellent pamphlet explaining all aspects of the games, and this should be read before beginning, especially the section related to the use and removal of batteries. As this game is produced in the USA, certain spellings and pronunciations are Americanised, and care should be taken when listening to instructions. However, this in no way detracts from the enjoyment and learning potential as this is another excellent game from LeapFrog which will provide hours of fun and stimulation. Adults also might learn from playing the games! Recommended for ages 7 years and older. Twist & Shout Subtraction also makes a great learning aid for Key Stage Two maths students.--Susan Naylor