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  • Summary: 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Oct 19, 2011
    99
    Double Fine has achieved an amazing feat with Once Upon a Monster. Not only is the game ideal for children in both design and presentation, but it is a game that parents will want to play with their kids.
  2. Jan 3, 2012
    88
    Once Upon a Monster is the finest Sesame Street game on the market, and one of the best Kinect games to date. This perfect blend of entertainment and enrichment fills a void on the home console, and provides a wonderful experience for the whole family.
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    85
    Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is a fantastic game for kids and is still mildly entertaining for adults at the same time.
  4. 80
    Unless you're a Sesame Street super-fan, playing alone or with another adult will rob those sequences of their full impact. As with the TV show, kids are clearly the center of Monster's universe. But for parents seeking a videogame to share with their children, this game offers hours of joy.
  5. Dec 20, 2011
    80
    A great game for children that makes great use of Kinect capabilities. Kids from any age can play thanks to the absence of a controller, and the story is charming and happy, with very accesible gameplay.
  6. Oct 19, 2011
    80
    It's a unique window into the world of the iconic TV show, with splashes of brilliance from one of the finest developers of this generation.
  7. Nov 15, 2011
    60
    Clearly an inferior product to Kinectimals. [Issue#78, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 4, 2011
    10
    BEST GAME FOR KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise!
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    10
    Looks like there are some strange reviews on here. I love this game to play with my kids, and they love playing it as well. I am obviously their target audience with children under 10 years old and a little bit of time to play here and there. My wife, a non-gamer, even said she would like to play this cute game with me and the kids. Basically, there are several story lines to help the Sesame Street puppets get through. The game involves arm waving, body posing, matching games, and other simple things to get a young person's mind thinking and working to coordinate personal actions with actions on-screen. It's lighthearted fun and gets you and/or your children up and moving.

    For me, this game alone makes the Kinect worth owning.
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  3. Oct 19, 2011
    10
    best 50 bux i ever spent, as this is truly a monster of a game... before you spend hundreds of your parents dollars sucking down activision's annual "call of duty" enema, stop being casual filth and support companies that look out for "TRUE GAMERS" Expand
  4. Feb 20, 2012
    0
    This is the worst kids game I have ever purchased. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Expand