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Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster

 

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SCORE: 95

 

Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster  

 

So there I was at Microsoft's E3 press conference in the year of our Lord 2011. I was tired, sweaty, and a little irritated. Los Angeles is not a kind city to strangers. The coffee swigging, vegetable eating, sun tanning locals can be a bit rude. The horrible road layout, and lack of decent parking were all still fresh in my mind. I had just made it to my seat for the lights to go out, and my sun glasses to fall to the floor.

Microsoft was showing violent game after violent game. I was fighting to stay awake. Although the screams at another murder on the screen were helpful in that fight. It was when I started to think coming to Microsoft's E3 press conference was a waste of time. At that moment in time a shining star came out of nowhere. It was the most shocking part of the press conference - Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster.

This Kinect game on the Xbox 360 was the most exciting thing at Microsoft's press conference. I was even more pleased to get some time with Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster at my Warner Bros Interactive Studios E3 appointment. They knew exactly what I wanted to see, and what our audience wants to hear and see. They always take good care of us at Family Friendly Gaming.

The Sesame Street characters look fantastic in Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster. Children will learn to pose, dance, jump, and mainly get the wiggles out. I am an adult and Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster tired me out. The main themes of this Xbox 360 game is to help the monsters who are sad or in need. I noticed plenty of little visual touches that go a really long way. Kids love to see Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the plethora of other Sesame Street characters. The whole book theme fits masterfully.

The voices in Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster are perfect. They also give great verbal instructions. If the child is not doing something right it will ask them to try it. The funny thing is the children we had playing Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster, picked it up quicker than some of us adults. That is something I will probably never live down. But that is okay because we were having fun. Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster is one of those games you can play with your kids. Both of ya'll can enjoy this game at the same time.

Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster is one of those games that is going to be huge at Christmas time. Kids are going to want to Kinect with Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster. My own children love this game. The story is long enough to warrant a purchase. But the replay is nearly endless. Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster is not only a fun game, it gives a work out. You know you can leave your children with Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster and they will be safe.

I am so thankful with how forgiving Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster is. I did not always do the motions perfectly but the game registered them. The same thing happened when children played Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster. I also got the opportunity to teach some kids how to use the verbal commands on the Kinect. The motions are generally easy, and they will definitely help kids expend some energy. During winter time having kids outside is not always an option, so it great that there are games like Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster.

There are quite a few different lessons in Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster. The biggest one is helping out others. This is a fantastic lesson that moves people away from being self centered. I have already mentioned the exercise aspect of this Xbox 360 game. I also caught little tidbits like no more free ride. Although my arms did appreciate a little break from time to time on that mini game.

I love how Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster takes children into a story book, and makes a complete game out of it. There are six chapters to explore, and fun life lessons to learn. Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster earns our rarely given seal of approval.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 94%
Sound: 95%
Replay/Extras: 95%
Gameplay: 92%
Family Friendly Factor: 100%
System: Xbox 360 (Kinect)
Publisher: Warner Bros Games
R
ating: 'E'
- Everyone

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