It seems like most video games even though they are for “kids” it seem the parents end up playing the game more than the children. This is especially apparent when playing video games for small children. Some of has to do with the fact that little kids sometimes want to watch what is happening on the screen without having to worry about playing the game. Throw in the fact that the Kinect requires you to be so physical when playing game, and you can imagine how difficult it could be for kids just learning coordination to really enjoy the story.
Kinect Sesame Street really solves this issue. Rather than being a video game in the traditional sense, Kinect Sesame Street brings your child into the actual show. Kinect Sesame Street was built especially for young children focusing on:
- Promoting literacy and math
- Modeling scientific inquiry skills
- Fostering social and emotional development
Can you imagine how it would feel being able to become a part of the actual Elmo’s World you see on the TV screen? How about interacting with Cookie Monster or Big Bird, I was not ready for the reaction from both Rock and X. Coincidentally, this game has come at a great time. X, our youngest, has really developed a love for all things Sesame Street. So when Rock started to play I was treated with a wonderful little dance and screams of joy from X, especially when St. Elmo came on the screen.
Game play consisted of a number of mini games that bring you into the show. When I say bring you into the show I mean use actual footage from the 2011-2012 season of Sesame Street. The game is broken out into two volumes: 1) Growing Up 2) Science which consists of four separate episodes. I think its this unique approach that really separates Kinect Sesame Street from the rest of children’s game for the Kinect. When playing with Rock I noticed how sensitive to movement the Kinect was. It seemed like the calibration of the sensor was kicked up a notch in order to truly to capture the movement of little arms and legs.
The images and videos quality was great. Overall, this has to be one of the best children games (actually for children) on the market. For those families who own Kinect, Kinect Sesame Street is definitely a must own.
Disclosure: We received a review copy of Kinect Sesame Street. This post represents my unbiased opinion.