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Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster - Xbox 360

by Warner Bros
Xbox 360
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews) 79 / 100

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  • ASIN: B004OCK9KG
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,818 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is an uplifting and funny, family adventure game playable on Kinect for Xbox 360. Players join favorite Sesame Street characters Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar, Grover and all new characters as they discover a long lost children’s book titled Once Upon a Monster. As they read, they join the action to become part of a living storybook adventure, helping new monster friends with their problems by exploring the book chapter by chapter, page by page. It features active co-op gameplay that is specially designed for sibling and/or parent-child co-play; and teaches social, emotional, and other important life lessons through its colorful and whimsical gameplay.

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster is an Adventure game for young players that combines the hallmark educational themes of the Sesame Street universe with the fun and ease of play of the Microsoft Kinect Sensor.* An Xbox 360 exclusive, Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster is an interactive storybook like no other as children join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Oscar the Grouch and other characters as they meet new monsters and help them overcome their problems. Game features include: multiple 'chapters' of play, familiar Sesame Street characters as well as friendly new monsters, drop-in/out 2-player co-op support and active gameplay featuring the controller-free Kinect Sensor.

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A Living Storybook Full of Lessons for Children

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster is an Educational Adventure game in which young children learn lessons as as they accompany some of their favorite Sesame Street characters in a truly interactive storybook experience. Gameplay revolves around an in-game book called Once Upon a Monster that is found by Cookie Monster and Elmo. As the book is opened they along with players become functioning characters in its six chapter storyline. Here they encounter a variety of friendly muppet like monsters who need help with age-apropriate problems and scenarios. Some of the subjects touched upon include: cooperation, empathy, appreciation of similarities and differences in others, the value of exercise and preschool level skills. The game also features drop-in/out co-op gameplay support allowing additional kids or parents to join in the fun and/or come to the aid of a child who needs help, a variety of in-game activities and controller-free action using the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360.*

Cookie Monster, Elmo  and Oscar the Grouch with new friend in Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster
A storybook Sesame Street adventure that utilizes the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360.
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The Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360

The Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360 allows you can experience gaming like never before. Easy to use and fun for everyone, the Kinect Sensor utilizes revolutionary full-body tracking to put you in the center of the fun. This amazing technology allows the sensor to recognize your body and mirror your movements in the game, making you the controller. The sensor is compatible with every Xbox 360, features a color VGA motion camera (640 x 480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second), a depth camera (640 x 480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second) and an array of four microphones supporting single speaker voice recognition.

Key Game Features

  • A Fun, Cooperative Play Experience - Every activity is designed to be fun played by oneself, but even more fun with a family member or friend. Drop in/out cooperative gameplay is ideal for parent-child or child-sibling co-play
  • Living Storybook Adventure - The game is a guided exploration of a living storybook where players help their monster friends with problems, all while interacting with enchanting and whimsical environments around them
  • New and Familiar Characters - Players can interact with their favorite Sesame Street characters as well as make new monster friends as they progress in their adventures
  • Broad Range of Games - A variety of entertaining and intuitive activities enable young kids to play easily with natural controller-free motions using the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360
  • Active Gameplay - Players can engage in fun and physical activities such as monkey-see-monkey-do, playing instruments, flying, and running obstacle courses

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Familiar and new friends to be had in Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster
Diversity & other life lessons.
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The Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360
Play powered by the Kinect.*
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Ghost images of player hands projected into Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster by the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360
Controller-free gameplay
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A co-op game Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster screenshot featuring Oscar the Grouch
Drop-in/out co-op support.
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* Gameplay requires the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360 sold separately

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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game - Especially for Younger Kids October 18, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Every once in a while, a game comes along that transports you to a magical destination. These types of games are full of adventure, charm, and whimsical fun. Sometimes a game can lift the burden of every day life and let you be a kid again. Sometimes a game can let your kids be the decision maker. And sometimes there are games that blend both perfectly.

If you have small kids in the house and are looking for something fun and educational, then "Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster" may be the perfect thing for them. Once upon a monster is a kid-friendly Kinect game that brings to life the same show that has been watched by kids around the globe. All the favorite characters, and even some new ones, stop by and help teach some great life lessons.

The free demo is available on the Xbox marketplace and is a fairly good representation of what the game is about. Although there is a huge market for people seeking nostalgia, adults probably will not be playing this game solo. While there are some kid themed games on the Kinect that adults may enjoy, Once Upon a Monster really comes to life with a younger audience in the room. Playing side-by-side with a younger participant can yield great rewards. This is perhaps the best game on the Kinect where the parent can play with the child at the same time. This is perhaps also the best game on the Kienct where two siblings can be playing at the same time. Having a shuffling living room is no problem, because Once Upon a Monster follows whomever is playing without any hitch. Players can jump in and out as they please, at any point in the game.

There are six chapters in this living story, with the ability to add content through possible future downloadable expansions.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Both Kids & Adults Can Enjoy October 12, 2011
By I'm Uzi
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
At its simplest core, Once Upon A Monster is an incredibly well done collection of mini-games suited for children; however, this game has both the quality and whimsical tone that many adults will find heartwarming. In the same way Pixar films can be viewed and appreciated by everyone, I believe Once Upon A Monster is very much the same. Granted, it's still something that's more geared towards kids, but many will find Double Fine's work on this title admirable regardless of age. Hey, kids deserve quality games, as well as adults, and this game is a perfect buy for those out there with kids of their own, as it's a good time for any family.

There are a bunch of different mini-games in Once Upon A Monster, all with very intuitive and well done Kinect controls. Sadly, outside of the main dish, there's no other additional game modes, which makes the package a bit slim when it comes to content. However, while it's not packed with a ton of features, what's here is good and quality gameplay, nice graphics, and some enjoyable scenes with your favorite Sesame Street characters.

Once Upon A Monster is right up there with The Gunstringer as one of the best examples of what the Kinect can do if developers take their time and make something good.

4.5/5 - Docked a little because it's on the short side, but I do believe it's a very replayable game.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I hope it gets better December 28, 2011
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The ideas here are really neat, and the kids *desperately* want to like this game. I just don't think the Kinect is designed for very young kids. My 3-year-old can play Cosmic Family on the Wii with only a little help, but getting the sensor to actually recognize her and let her play this has been an uphill battle of frustration and disappointment. Sometimes it sees her without incident, but a lot of the time it just doesn't even notice that she's there.

Like most Kinect games, some of the gestures don't get picked up right away, or are misinterpreted, but at least this is designed to be really forgiving. The animation is very well done, though, and of course she loves the familiar characters. I'd gladly give it 5 stars if it worked as well for the target audience (my daughter) as it does for me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent November 4, 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Absolutely love this game for my 3 year old daughter... she can do most activities on her own but when she needs help i can just go stand next to her and it turns into a two player team activity. Love the stories music and graphics too
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good start! January 31, 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all, this game was designed for co-op adult and child play, so if you're expecting to get this game for your kids to entertain themselves with, forget about it.

We bought this for our 3 1/2 year old since he really wanted to be involved when we were playing Dance Central or Kinect Adventures. I would say 3 1/2 is probably the very youngest a player can be for this game.

I have a huge qualm with the menu screen, there is an option for downloadable content that your child can EASILY flip to and purchase if you have points available. It seems like they set this up deliberately so that your kid will purchase something without your knowledge. Granted, it's kid content, but still, this kind of marketing is so backhanded, I'm severely disappointed in Microsoft for including such an option.

For those that mention the Kinect has trouble recognizing smaller bodies, it's true, there's one pose that the Kinect has trouble recognizing my son do, and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that little kids' head to body ratio is much different than adults. Other than that, as long as you select the Kinect's viewing angle to make sure your kids' feet and head are all in frame, the Kinect does a pretty good job of recognizing little people. However, with the viewing angle so low, that leaves adults playing on their knees for co-op play.

The title screen is a bit difficult for a little guy to navigate, my son can't seem to master the idea that he needs to only use one hand to turn the pages and two hands to pull the tabs to pick a page. I feel like this could have somehow been simpler.
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