Summary: My daughter unexpectedly won the school spelling bee. We purchased this to help her prepare for district. She ended up placing 4th which is good for a first time contestant but I don't think this game helped much. It has a very limited database for inputting your own words and the method to enter them is quite tedious. The games themselves were fun, it was just too limited for our needs.
Summary: I got this for my son who hates to study his spelling words the traditional way. I liked the idea that he could play these games on his DS with his weekly words. Well it is a pain in the but to replace the words every week and only the minigames work with the words you input. The main game does not use those words. So for us it is not that great. If your child is into spelling and trying to train for live spelling Bees this would probably be a great product.
Summary: Like the other parent reviewers, I was looking for new types of spelling practice/reinforcement. The mini-games are good, but the inability to drill on custom word lists is a flaw. As noted in other reviews, you can only use your custom word lists in the mini-games, not in spelling bee competition or practice mode. So you can't use the game to drill yourself on spelling (where the DS says a word and you have to spell it), just to play the word building games.
Summary: CONS 1) If I hadn't read the prev. review, I probably would not have figured out how to make a study list. No instructions on how to get there. Bummer that study list can only be accessed via mini game (not spelling bee or practice mode). But it's probably because definition, sentence and word origin aren't programmed in for each study word.