The other interactive TV makes it way and for the younger crowd, this is an excellent title. If you haven’t heard anything about this one yet, the synopsis states:
Kinect Sesame Street TV uses Kinect motion controls to let you pay a visit to Sesame Street! You’ll literally go inside episodes of the beloved PBS program, interacting with favorite characters like Elmo, Oscar, Grover, Big Bird, and more. Follow simple commands that prompt movements in engaging mini-games that entertain and teach. Those same fun teaching segments you see on the show are now interactive experiences, where players can learn number and letter skills, reading comprehension, and more. Motion controls get kids moving and let them focus on the play, so they don’t have to worry about how to use a controller.
The way this one is set up is how I kind of expected Kinect Nat Geo TV to be but that one is different than my expectations. This one has you more or less involved in the whole episode. The way kids will interact is great because I can easily see the little ones as young as 2 years of age being able to play this. I would guess that maybe the 7+ age group might be pushing unless they are still into Sesame Street but more than likely this one is just for the young ones.
The menu is very simplified. This is another 2-disc title with 4 episodes on one disc and the other 4 on the other. The only thing kids will want to do is choose one of the episodes. There’s 2 other menu items at the top which are More For Kids (covers safety and links to other kids games in the dashboard) and Get More Sesame (which downloads the Sesame Street TV App). There is an option if you use the controller that says “Parent Menu” but all that’s in here is the Kinect Tuner, Credits and Save Game Device. The one thing different with this one is there is no voice navigation, but then again it’s targeted at kids that are just starting to read so more than likely they won’t be able to read aloud the episode name, so no voice navigation wasn’t a big deal to me.
Disc One/Disc Two
The majority of the episodes run about 40-45 minutes. I am assuming we are going to see a lot more episodes with this one. The episodes are as follows:
Disc One – Season 1 – Volume 1 (Growing Up)
- Baby Bear’s Baby Doll
- Goodbye Pacifier
Disc Two – Season 1 – Volume 2 (Science)
- Humpty’s Big Break
- Failure To Launch
- Rocco’s Boat
Now the one thing different with the way the episodes are setup is they are broken down by chapters which is a really good idea because kids don’t have to watch everything from the beginning, they can pick and choose what they like. Each episode consists of 6-7 chapters. Each episode also features the normal Sesame Street stuff such as the Letter of the Day, the Number of the Day and the Move of the Day. How it’s broken up is you are first introduced to Cooper who kind of introduces you to how everything works. He has 2 friends, “Mirror” and “Flash”. Mirror is just your image projected into the title. Flash is just a camera as you get to take pictures during the Sesame Street section, which I’ll go more into in a little bit.
Anyhow, after you meet Cooper you then go into the normal Sesame Street stuff. The first one I played had me playing catch with Elmo. The next one I did had me jumping with Cookie Monster which I made of below so you can idea of how the learning experience works, it’s quite authentic to the Sesame Street series in my opinion:
Then after an interactive session, there’s either a cartoon or a music video (I noticed Bruno Mars singing a song with the characters). After that, then it’s an actual Sesame Street episode, kids will recognize all of the familiar places such as Hooper’s restaurant as well as all of the characters, I don’t think there are any missing. During the Sesame Street episode, you are given a hint to take some pictures of an item by pointing and yelling Picture! One of them had rulers everywhere, another had bottles and there’s something in each one. I won’t lie, I watched 3 of these things and still couldn’t find all 20 items so it may actually keep the young ones busy for a while.
After the episode is over, Cooper reviews the photos you took and I think they are badges or something you collect, which your goal is 20. I’m not sure what happens when you get all 20 as I gave up on it but it’s probably rewarding for the kiddies. After that’s all done, then it goes back into some more interaction, one example is ringing some bells with Bert and Ernie. Then you typically go into “Elmo’s World” which is this weird interactive thing but I think it’s in the normal show (although I haven’t watched it in years). Elmo’s World basically puts you into this augmented reality where you can interact with all kinds of crazy things. Elmo does a little story and you watch some videos but you can also jump around and do all kinds of things. If your little ones get tired, they can just sit down and it switches to full screen. After Elmo’s World then Cooper wraps it up by going over the letter, number and move of the day again.
So all in all, it’s basically like the regular Sesame Street episodes which is cool in my opinion. It really takes the gaming aspect out of it whereas “Once Upon A Monster” is definitely a game. This is really all about learning, watching and being interactive while doing it so if your kids love Sesame Street, this is probably a definite purchase for them. You also get a 1 year Season Pass with your purchase which states access to:
- Thousands of Sesame Street clips, music and videos
- Your own Personalized Playlist
- Complete seasons of Abby’s Flying Fairy School and Bert & Ernie’s Great Adventures
So more than likely, they will be supporting this one heavily which is probably a good thing but again, we all know most kids can sit and watch/play the same thing over and over without being bored so I’m not sure if thousands are necessary. Being it’s not a game, I couldn’t give it a higher score since that’s not the purpose of it and realistically we don’t want to confuse people and asking how is this better than Forza 4 or Mass Effect 3 since it’s not even comparable, but for what it is, it’s a good one.
This review is based on a retail copy of the Xbox 360 version of Kinect Sesame Street TV
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