Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Review
Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Box Art
System: Xbox 360,
Dev: Double Fine Productions
Pub: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release: October 11, 2011
Players: 1-2
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

An additional component that will anchor young kids in the experience is the sound. All of the Sesame Street characters are voiced by their original voice actors, and all the personality the Sesame Street series has become known for is preserved by solid performances in this area. Background music here is lighthearted, and changes depending on the "theme" of the chapter you're working through. The only bit that might be disappointing is the non-speaking monsters. Instead of speaking, monsters just grunt and make cute sounds. This works if you have especially young children, but older kids may wonder why the monsters don't talk like "big kids."

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Screenshot

Once Upon a Monster is exactly the game that Kinect needed. Though the Kinect platform has been all about capturing the casual market, its first-year offerings haven't exactly lit the market on fire. However, Once Upon a Monster creates a kid's game that is entertaining, engaging, and doesn't talk down to its audience. I may be an adult, but I have no problem admitting that I had an absolute blast playing Once Upon a Monster. Kids alone or kids and parents should have an equally fun time with it.

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This game is a worthwhile investment if you've got young kids, or if you are incredibly young at heart. It may not be very complex, challenging, or long, but its heart is definitely in the right place. And that's what makes Once Upon a Monster a stand-out game.

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By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.6
Graphics
Watercolor-inspired visuals are beautifully rendered, and the Sesame Street characters look great.
4.8
Control
Controls work flawlessly.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great performances by original voice actors and nicely varied background music make this a pleasure to listen to.
3.7
Play Value
The game is a little bit on the short side, even for a kid's game, and is only comprised of six 20-minute "chapters".
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Six enchanting chapters to explore, full of exciting activities.
  • Narrated by beloved Sesame Street characters.
  • Make friends with quirky new characters and help them solve their problems.
  • Controller-free gaming where your body is the controller!
  • Features drop-in/drop-out co-operative modes, ideal for parent/child and sibling play.

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