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on 24 September 2012
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This is a nice product which trades on the popular and highly recognised "Twister" brand. I'm not sure how old the Twister game is, but I guess the 1960s. As I suspect the board game as a product is coming under severe pressure from electronic gaming consoles, this strikes me as a bold effort to reoccupy some of the territory lost to electronic games. However, despite being pleasing to the eye and forming a nice package, I think this item's appeal is rather limited.

The box is brightly coloured and appealing, and certainly upholds the item's credentials as a pleasing gift which would make a bit of a splash on a birthday. The game consists of a spherical speaker light combination about the size of a large grapefruit, small plastic stand, instructions, and a jack plug to connect in MP3 player. (I used an MP3 player sold by a very famous company with the name of an everyday fruit-hint hint-and found my Pod was upside down in the slot designed to receive it which made changing songs rather difficult.) There are also two sets of Twister-style small rubberised brightly coloured circles about the size of a drinks coaster. All the elements of this item are well made and look durable and good quality.

There are about six songs preloaded onto the item, which plays them to you and illuminates to flashing panels in sequence describing where you put your left on your right feet. I'm a middle-aged dad so can't be expected to look terribly groovy, but compared to many games like this in amusement arcades or on gaming consoles, the effect was mildly amusing but in essence a little disappointing. A bit more pizzazz was rediscovered when we connected our MP3 player and had a go at seeing what it made of Lady Gaga. The pattern of light seemed a little bit random but amused my eight-year-old for about 20 min. Unlike more expensive versions of the game, Twister Dance doesn't flash or beep when you go wrong, so you go on cheerfully making a fool of yourself-which some people might see as part of the appeal!

Limited really-I think this is a nicely designed and professional looking item, but I can't help but think it's a little expensive for what it is, and I don't think it has sharp enough elbows to find a place in a rather crowded market for this kind of toy/game.
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