Well, we are big leapfrog fans. My children have gone through the leap reader, leap pad, leapster, leapster explorer and have all the leapfrog movies, and even some of the workbooks cd's etc. we love them. I wouldn't say its awful, but perhaps not what I expected. The letter machine rescue team feels more like an introduction to some concepts, not so much as can be used as part of curriculum or to teach but feels like more of just an introduction. For example my oldest learned the alphabet and sounds from the letter factory. When we purchased the lets go to school dvd which came with a cd for the car, the kids learned The days of the week and months of the year. We later played the cd to introduce and reinforce skip counting by 2,5,10. Learned to count from another etc. I was very excited to purchase this video. My child was going over blends in school and I guess when I saw "teaches blends" I assumed it was going to go over the common blends and teach the basic blends with creativity and or a song or something. However this was not the case. It was a sing along song,, blends are friends.. and it maybe shows a few during the video but not actually teaching them, as most of the song just sings" blends, blends are friends".. not what I expected.
Of course I don't just teach my children from videos, but from previous videos they are so creative and with the songs children learn much faster and in a more fun way than from just lessons or worksheets.. Seems like touches certain concepts and introduces them but that's about it,, its just an introduction.