Elmo, Cookie Monster and some of Sesame Street's other famous residents will be coming to your Xbox this fall in "Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster" ... and when they arrive, you'll be able to interact with them using the Kinect motion controls.
And perhaps the coolest and most surprising news of all: Double Fine Productions — the highly respected game development company behinds titles like "Psychonauts," "Brutal Legend" and "Costume Quest" — will be making this Sesame Street title.
"Sesame Street had a profound effect on me, and many members of the Double Fine team, when we were children. So did video games," said Tim Schafer, president and CEO of Double Fine Productions, in an announcement Tuesday. "Now many of us are parents and we want to share with our kids the great experiences we had, but also the completely new ones made possible by cutting-edge technology like Kinect for Xbox 360. So it’s a labour of love on many levels."
The announcement from Warner Bros. Interactive, descibes the game like this:
In a truly original interactive experience, 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 make new zany monster friends from the Once Upon a Monster world and share in their adventures, solving problems, forging friendships and learning key life skills along the way. Parents and children literally become part of the whimsical storybook adventure by getting active together through dancing, jumping, flying and more.
As a gamer and a parent myself, this sounds like great news to me. Many of the kiddie games based on franchises are very poorly done. They're meant to cash in on a child's love of a certain character or group of characters, rather than offer a truly solid gaming experience.
But if Double Fine's previous work is any indication, it seems a pretty good bet that they'll make sure this Sesame Street game is one that both children and grown-ups will enjoy and appreciate. (By the way, be sure to check out their newest game, "Stacking.")
And the folks at Double Fine certainly seem to be excited about the game. Look how hard they're working to make the beloved monsters as realistic as possible:
However, a warning: When this game finally arrives and you fire up your Kinect sensor, be extra careful around the kiddies. As you may have heard, there have been more than a few Kinect-related injuries due to the way people flail around in their living rooms. And little kids seem to be getting the worst of it.
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