Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Review

By on December 21, 2011

The must-buy Kinect game for kids.

Good: Features recognizable characters; variety of mini-games; just plain adorable.
Bad: Slight audio hiccups.
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First Impressions
My reaction is

I’m happy to belong to the generation that grew up watching Sesame Street. It was just so much better to learn the alphabet and how to count from a bunch of random fuzzy monsters. So of course I couldn’t help but chuckle to myself when I picked up Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster for the Xbox 360, as a wave of nostalgia brought back Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird, and the countless other characters I grew up watching.

Once Upon a Monster is a perfect game for younger kids, as it’s instantly accessible thanks to the magic of Kinect. While the entire game clocks in at only a few hours, its undeniable charm will have kids popping the game into their Xbox over and over again. You start the game with the loveable Elmo and Cookie Monster opening a storybook aptly titled “Once Upon a Monster”. The first chapter introduces you to a monster called Marco, who is having a rather depressing birthday party. Elmo and Cookie Monster try to help Marco have fun by organizing a series of mini games that you can take part in.

These offer plenty of variety, so you’ll find yourself dancing in once game, picking outfits in another, dancing along with Disco Grover, and running through forests to collect streamers. Each chapter brings along new and recognizable characters to the game, and there’s plenty for gamers to interact with on their adventure. There are also random moments where voice input is required, whether this is shouting ‘Happy Birthday’ at your TV or leaning forward to try and blow out candles on a cake. It’s these little gimmicks that keep the game interesting and fun at the same time.

While I was able to breeze through most of the game, you have to keep in mind that it is geared towards younger gamers, so what you might be able to play through in a few hours will certainly take a lot longer for kids. And since the game oozes Sesame Street charm with its playful musical score and loveable characters, there’s little time to be bored at all. The overall presentation is perfect for kids, and while the characters and levels aren’t as detailed as other games, they really don’t have to be. The game is perfect as it is, and proves to be a great distraction for kids while still being educational. There are a few glitches with the audio playback at times, but these are hardly noticeable at times.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is a properly executed Kinect game for kids that doesn’t try to do a hundred things just to be appealing. At last here’s an enjoyable title that stands to be a firm favorite for anyone looking for an educational game for their kids to play.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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