Summary: As a college student who has lived in China for 3 months, and who plans to go back as a foreign language student in 10 months, I can say that this program, though good, is not ideal for learning China before going to China. The problem with the program, is it rarely uses pinyin to teach you. It focuses too much on writing in Chinese, and not enough on how to actually say the words.
Summary: CON: The characters in the reference tab are too small to see all the strokes. When writing the characters, most of the time you don't even have to be closely accurate and the game will count it. When the game shows stroke order, it is WAY too fast, and there is no way to slow it down. PRO: Breaks up monotony. The speaking part is awesome. It has a dictionary which will say the word you are looking for.
Summary: I recently bought this game in hopes to improve my Chinese skills. When I got the game all was good in the beginning, until I actually wanted to learn something. When witting characters they used simplified, which isn't recommended because it is harder to learn the traditional afterward, and I would clearly write it in the wrong stroke order and I would still get it right.
Summary: I had this game for almost 3 months. I think it's great to start mandarin and to use it for a couple of month as a start. One problem I have with this game is that if you're not looking to learn how to write in Chinese (which is my case) then half of the game (and the mini games) are about how to write in chinese.