We have the German version of this CDRom, which has been available in Germany for some time now and has clocked up excellent reviews there. Our five-year-old and all his friends love it and we love it too. Younger children may need some help getting through the first stages. Parents may get addicted.
The graphics, the music, the game ideas are wonderful. Learn to get your opponent's king in opposition by doing some sumo wrestling, or learn how the bishop moves by breaking toilet bowls with a ricocheting ball, or play a real chess game (you can ask for a tip if you need assistance) and check out the reserve benches to see how many points you have captured. There are various opponents to choose from, some of which are hopeless, so even I get a chance to win!
There is a wide variety of games and exercises to hone your skills and there are trophies to collect in your trophy cupboard. It is a really fun way to learn chess, without even realising you're learning.
This is a CDRom you won't be selling second hand in 6 months' time.