Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster out now!

The day has finally come, after waiting painstakingly long after our preview from E3, Sesame Street’s Once Upon a Monster has finally been released. Developed by the award-winning Double Fine Productions, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is an original, interactive experience where young and old players can join Cookie Monster, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they explore a living storybook.

In the book you will meet new, loveable monsters from the world, forging friendships, and learning key life skills. The game is encouraged to be played co-operatively with parents and children rather than act as an electronic babysitter, in order to assist this; the second player is able to drop in and out with the wave of their hand. Because it is only being released with Kinect-support, there are no controllers, no complex button combinations, and just simple, active, child-like fun as you dance, jump, fly together and more.

“I've been promising this game to my daughter for a long time,” said Tim Schafer, President and CEO of Double Fine Productions. “I'm very grateful to Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop, and the extremely dedicated team behind Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster for helping me make good on that promise to her, and to every family that's been waiting for this great chance to play together.”

Once Upon a Monster is a little different from Psychonauts, or Brutal Legend which you may more commonly know Double Fine Productions for, the game is intended to help foster emotional development in children, and promote Healthy Habits for Life, which the story and Kinect controller will provide.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster is available now for Xbox 360 with Kinect for the SRP of £49.99, however you can find it most places for £34.99. If you have not been won over by this charming specimen of a game, try out the demo on the Xbox Live Marketplace for free.