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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

FOR more than four decades the furry cast of Sesame Street has been en­ter­tain­ing an­klebiters all over the world with their sub­lim­i­nal teach­ing an­tics.

Now the TV show has made its way into the dig­i­tal realm, for the first time on Xbox 360, and I have to say I thor­oughly en­joyed be­ing a big kid as I took this new game for a spin.

Sesame Street: Once Upon A Mon­ster brings to­gether eight episodes of the show’s re­cent sea­son with added dose of in­ter­ac­tiv­ity, via the Xbox con­sole’s con­troller- free mo­tion and voice sens­ing Kinect pe­riph­eral, which is sold sep­a­rately.

As well as your young ones be­ing able to watch all their favourite Sesame Street mo­ments again, the game in­vites them to in­ter­act with the show.

Coined as a unique two- way ex­pe­ri­ence, chil­dren will be­come a mem­ber of the cast, as they par­tic­i­pate in the show and play along with all their favourite char­ac­ters.

At the start of each episode your host, Cooper, a dig­i­tal Mup­pet, guides you through the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties invit­ing chil­dren to get in­volved. The 3D vi­su­als aren’t ground­break­ing, though the pre­sen­ta­tion per­fectly cap­tures the vivid colours and cute charm of the TV se­ries.

Many of the seg­ments plucked from the show tend to rely on hav­ing play­ers sim­ply spot hid­den items, thank­fully though, the new in­ter­ac­tive seg­ments suc­ceed far more at ed­u­cat­ing in an en­ter­tain­ing way.

One fea­ture that won’t grow old quickly is the Sea­son Pass, which of­fers a year’s ac­cess to the Sesame Street TV App. This fea­tures a huge ar­chive of video clips from the TV se­ries.

While your young ones will likely churn through the in­ter­ac­tive episodes quickly, the ex­tra on­line con­tent will keep them en­ter­tained well af­ter the game is over.

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