As good as delicious cookie.
Tim Schafer ask Cookie Monster to be narrator with Elmo for Sesame Street game, so Cookie Monster ask “Will there be cookies?” and Mr. Schafer say, “There’s not enough in the budget for cookies, Mr Cookie Monster”. Cookie Monster a bit sad but thinks of compromise and says, “Well I don’t mind store brand cookies, as long as they are delicious” and luckily Mr. Schafer say, “Well you can have those, I guess”. However, Cookie Monster take good look at script for story, ideas Double Fine brought forward from Amnesia Fortnight experiment and after playing the game from start to finish Cookie Monster says, “This is great story Mr. Schafer” – but Cookie Monster ask to make few revisions to story to allow for more time to eat cookies.
Each of six chapters play out little like episode of Sesame Street. I am star of show so know this really well: Once Upon a Monster may be better at times than show, but at very least for spectator like watching an episode. Not all Cookie Monster’s friends are in story, but that is fine because there are lots of new friends to play with. Once Upon a Monster inherently about monsters, but story very quick to debunk myth that monsters are scary. One of Cookie Monster’s favourite films is Monsters Inc. so he knows that monsters are not really scary but are really like Cookie Monster and Elmo and just want to be friends with you. Grover and Grouch say hello at times and help you out but lots of new friends are here for you to play and dance with.
You not look silly dancing… well, maybe little bit, but you dance with big smile on face. Once Upon a Monster very entertaining to play with friends, lots of catchy music and beautiful chapter design makes game a party favourite. The game is fun and keeps you healthy but it can make you tired especially if you not young kid on sugar high. Cookie Monster tells you when he thinks you should take break, both to relax but also to break up simplistic monotony of child-friendly gameplay. Maybe go eat some delicious cookies before playing some more?
“Cookie Monster may have slightly objective view because of being in Once Upon a Monster, but he say it very lovely story, gorgeously told and should not be exclusively for small children.”
Wear comfortable trousers and shoes because this game about moving around and dancing and traversing storybook world, with activities like playing in ska band and sledding down hill and stopping pesky weeds from making pretty garden look messy at forefront of gameplay experience. These series of comfortable but occasionally challenging mini-games are designed to feed into story where Cookie Monster and Elmo help new friendly monsters solve their problems.
Monsters have problems with daily lives primarily but they also have self-image complex, so Cookie Monster and Elmo play both helpful narrators and image consultants to help monsters feel better about themselves. In typical Sesame Street fashion, Once Upon a Monster has lots of moral life lessons included, laced with messages about overcoming adversity and being yourself, which for everyone to learn and driven home by strong telling of these little stories.
Elmo says he can’t read and maybe you can’t but that not matter because Once Upon a Monster is brilliantly told story brought to life with vibrant colour palette that makes Cookie Monster feel warm and happy inside. Story presentation key factor in enjoyment of game because the characters and animations and environments are exquisitely drawn; Cookie Monster reckons only thing better than presentation are cookies, because nothing better than cookies.
Cookie Monster may have slightly objective view because of being in Once Upon a Monster, but he say it very lovely story, gorgeously told and should not be exclusively for small children. Parents should play too because game is optimised for co-op play; Once Upon a Monster best use of Kinect he ever seen and possibly justify expensive purchase of system. There is a little bit of challenge and replayability for older players looking to reconnect with inner youth, but still wanting substance with style, plus Once Upon a Monster practically filled to brim with charm and appeal for everyone. Unfortunately you don’t get cookies in-game box and variety of gameplay content lacking slightly over span of game length, but other than that Once Upon a Monster is fantastic story for everyone to enjoy. Now, time for cookies.