KINECT SESAME STREET TV
“Crappy day, sweepin’ the clouds our way. On my way to where air
smells like feet. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame
Street? NO! Go away!”
Umm, thanks Oscar. Next!
“Elmo sees a sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away. Elmo is on my way
to where the air is sweet. Can you tell Elmo how to get, how to get
to Sesame Street?”
Uh, what’s with all this third person stuff, mister? Erm, monster?
Urk. This isn’t gonna work. But luckily this new Kinect experience
does. Kinect Sesame Street TV takes eight 40-minute-or-so
episodes of the venerable kids show and makes them even more
interactive than usual.
Presented by fuzzy new Muppet Cooper, and sidekicks Mirror and
Camera, players are drawn further into Sesame Street’s
Sometimes literally! From catching and chucking balls with fave
characters (Cookie!), to spotting hidden objects then pointing and
squealing “Picture!”, to digging funky learning songs to clapping
letters with Guy Smiley, there’s heaps to get busy with. Players can
even be absorbed into Elmo’s World, appearing onscreen and
interacting with surrounding stuff.
Despite being alleged adults, we couldn’t help smiling, lots
(Cookie!). We love how Sesame Street isn’t condescending,
unlike some kids shows (suck on that, Miss Helena!), and there are
even gags for parents – that’s jokes, not chokes. The Kinect
connection (Kinection?) allows leeway too, so kids shouldn’t get too
frustrated by stuff that bugs older gamers.
Some sections could benefit from more interaction as children may
get bored, and others can be super-challenging – to our shame we
failed to spot all 20 hidden objects eight times. Otherwise, save
for limited Cookie Monster (he our hero!), the keenly-priced
Kinect Sesame Street TV is an om-nom-nommy interactive
experience that’ll fascinate little kids – and many big ones.
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