Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster launches on XBox Kinect

My kids think they're too cool for Sesame Street -- but at last week's blogger launch party for the new Once Upon A Monster game on the Kinect for XBox 360, they were just as excited to join Elmo and Cookie Monster as all the other preschoolers in trying out Sesame Street's latest game! The game did not launch until October 11, so we got a special demo version -- and boy were my kids itching for more.

Here's some information about the new game:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces the launch of Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, an innovative, engaging and humorous, new controller-free video game on Kinect™ for Xbox 360®. Players can interact with popular Sesame Street characters as well as make new monster friends in a journey of learning, discovery and fun.

Developed by award-winning Double Fine Productions, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is a truly original interactive experience where young players join Cookie Monster, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they explore a living storybook titled Once Upon a Monster. In the book, they meet new, loveable monsters from the Once Upon a Monster world, forge friendships and learn key life skills along the way. Parents and children become part of the storybook adventure by getting active together through dancing, jumping, flying and more.

For more information on Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, please visit

It was wonderful to revisit the world of Sesame Street, and this time around we were introduced to some special new monster friends. The makers of the Once Upon A Monster Game have created seven new monsters: Marco, Shelby, Tallulah, Ramona, Seamus, Doo-rays and Grrhoof. There's even going to be an eighth new monster available for download later in the year! The game is initially set up to look like a storybook. Kids use their hands to turn pages and "swim" into the story.

My kids have never played with the Kinect for XBox 360 before, and they were amazed that they could control what was happening on the screen with their bare hands! It really beats using a controller, worrying whether you're holding it correctly, worrying about smashing it into the wall, etc..

The XBox does get confused when there are multiple hands fighting for control, so you're going to have to tell your little ones to play nice and take turns!

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster on Kinect for Xbox 360 is rated “E” and available now at retail stores nationwide at a S.R.P. of $49.99.

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