Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster Review

October 5, 2011    |    By +
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The Gift: Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster for Kinect on XBOX 360 (available October 11th for around $50)

The Scoop: Video Gamers have to get their start somewhere and I’d imagine many will get their start here. In Once Upon A Monster kids and families will be dropped into a storybook adventure with some very familiar friends.  Sesame Street favorites Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar and Grover (and some really cool new monsters thanks to the development team at Double Fine Productions!) all get in on the action as players help the monsters solve problems involving the “emotional curriculum”. It’s that emotional curriculum which Sesame Street playfully provides which helps kids learn on emotional and social level.

The controller-less, active game play is intuitive and is even forgiving. So kids as young as four and up to six years of age will find Once Upon A Monster fun and engaging. But what I like most about the game is the opportunity the co-operative play offers families to have a lot of fun spending time together. Once Upon A Monster is fun for everyone in that there is very little, if any, “winning” or “losing” in the game. Also, each segment segment within the game plays quick enough so young kids can stay focused, but at the same time, it’s easy for parents to find spots to take game breaks. Game breaks that might just include- COOK-KEEES!

Great Gift For: Your favorite entry-level gamer will love this one. But it’s especially or our favorite little gamer and a great game for family play too.

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