My children have spent a total of 5 minutes playing this game since we bought it 2 weeks ago - very frustrating and a total waste of money.
Similar to C Temple's review (Not great for LeapPad), I agree that this is designed for the Leapster and is very difficult to play on a Leappad...the Leapster controls (similar to those of a Nintendo DS, a Playstation or even an X Box) are "translated" to the touch screen, and it really just doesn't work optimally that way.
Secondly, the instruction leaflet that came in the game box says, "...parents can choose from an online list of more than 12,000 words. Connect the device to the computer. Open LEAPFROG Connect and select specific words." No, this didn't happen. I have yet to find this list.
My biggest complaint, though, is that there seems to be no form of play in this game where phonics are used (although it is indicated as a learning skill of this game pack)...the names of the letters / the way we say the names of the letters when reciting the alphabet or singing the alphabet song are used (for example: ay, bee, cee, dee, ee, ef, etc) but there are no games that use actual phonics / the sound the letter makes at the beginning of a word or within a word (for example the sound the a or the n or the t make in "ant"). Perhaps they've misunderstood the meaning of the word "phonics"?
I wish I'd known.