Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster

The Sesame Street Monsters Come To Life In This Unique Story-Book Adventure

What It Is

There is a reason why Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster made’s Holiday 2011 Power Ups list. It’s the perfect game for kids and the adults in their lives to play together and one that both groups are genuinely going to enjoy.

Once Upon A Monster turns your family’s TV into an interactive story book, where you and your kids interact with the game using Kinect for Xbox and just your bodies as controllers. Players join, and take on the roles of, their favorite Sesame Street characters, including Cookie Monster, Oscar, Grover, Elmo and new characters created exclusively for the game as they explore a book titled Once Upon a Monster. This living story book tells a tale and pulls players into the action through a series of active and fun games that take place in vivid and colorful environments.

Why It’s Fun

The whole game is designed to feel like a book, which is accomplished through several unique methods. For starters, game levels are called chapters and players start a chapter by mimicking the physical action of opening a large book — standing in front of the TV and spreading his or her arms. The chapters have clear beginnings and endings that give kids a sense of completion when finished. Each chapter opens with a story that sets the stage and then asks the players to join the story through an activity that will lead players to a goal and the chapter’s conclusion.

The games within each chapter are entertaining and high energy activities that will have players jumping around, waving and dancing as they are taken through the story.

Who’s Going To Love It

The game is ideally suited for kids ages 4 through 6 but since there is no actual reading required to play — the story is told to the players — kids as young as three can play. Kids older than six will really like the “wow” factor of playing a Kinect game and will probably enjoy the activities and games. However, once they reach an age where Sesame Street is “for babies” they will probably need a little convincing that this game is going to be fun.

As for adults, the game-play is active and engaging and most adults will genuinely enjoy jumping around and dancing with the kids in their homes.

What To Be Aware Of

The story in Once Upon A Monster will have kids develop a relationship with the monsters and the games require kids to help the monsters solve problems and make their world a better place. All of the game play has been guided by the Sesame Workshop, the people responsible for Sesame Street.

The game can be played by a single player on his or her own or by two players together.

The average game-playing four-year-old will probably play through all six chapters in about six hours.


Once a chapter is completed, kids can bookmark it so that they can easily and quickly return to a favorite chapter and play again. All of the chapters are designed to be played again by featuring physical activities that kids love, including a monkey-see-monkey do game in one chapter and another chapter that has kids running an obstacle course.

Fun Scale

4 out of 5

It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!

Video Game Information

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Rated: E for Everyone

System: Kinect for Xbox 360
Genre: Adventure/Story Book
Players: 1 - 2

SRP: $49.99
Launch Date: October, 2011
Date of Review: November 7, 2011

*Rating determined by the ESRB


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