I was very disappointed when my son started playing this game and I found that it really is just a video game, not an educational game. The pseudo educational features are few and far between the video game playing which mostly involves maneuvering the character around the board - running, jumping, rolling and kicking and pounding on "bad guys". I bought the LeapPad because I wanted my son to play games that will help him learn to read and do math, not to learn how to play mindless video games.
Based on the combination of the game description and previous reviews, I thought this would be a great game that would really engage my son while providing some learning as well. It is engaging, although it has too many words on the screen that aren't read out loud (story intros) and it is frustrating for a 5 year old that hasn't played video games before because he doesn't know how to manipulate the character on the screen very well. The learning is a joke though, I am disappointed in the other parents that have given this game such great reviews. Either they haven't really tried or watched the game to see what it really involves or they are only interested in occupying their children, not educating them. I bought the LeapPad specifically to play learning software, and I don't believe this game has any business being sold for use on the LeapPad.