Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Now available for the Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ -- Elmo's Musical Monsterpiece: The Game (Review)


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment recently released Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece, an action-filled console and handheld video game encouraging preschoolers to sing, dance, and learn through a series of fun musical games. Based on “Sesame Street,” the award-winning children’s television series, the learning game for Wii™ and Nintendo DS™.

“In Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece, parents can inspire an understanding of music and dance in a kid-friendly environment with their favorite Sesame Street characters,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We worked closely with the early childhood development experts at Sesame Workshop to create fun interactive activities that help kids foster a love for music.”

“Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece gets children up and dancing and encourages music creation,” said Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D., Vice President of Education & Research, Sesame Workshop. “The game also explores emotional expression through music and dance, introduces instrument names and sounds, and helps children to practice early math skills through music.”

All of the music in the game is performed by Ozomatli, and includes some original songs by the popular Los Angeles-based band, whose music is a combination of hip-hop, salsa, dancehall, cumbia, samba, funk, merengue, Jamaican ragga, and Indian raga influences. The upbeat score will appeal to kids and parents alike.

Developed by Griptonite Games, Inc., the games are entertaining and intuitive, enabling preschoolers to play by themselves with minimal involvement while offering ways for parents to help. The game features a “Parent’s Page” where parents can review games their child has played, and review curriculum goals. Parents can also customize up to three profiles, set limits for number of games played and more.
Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece is the latest in a series of Sesame Street video games from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment that includes Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover! for Wii and Nintendo DS which promotes healthy habits for life, and Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival which encourage early literacy and math skills, respectively on Wii, Nintendo DS and PC.

Families can continue the Sesame Street experience with Sesame Street: Elmo’s Magic Numbers available on DVD on July 10, 2012. Kids can join Elmo, Big Bird, Zoe and Rosita as they learn the importance behind counting, numbers and early math skills.

For more information on Sesame Street: Elmo’s Musical Monsterpiece, please visit www.SesameStreetVideogames.com.

My Thoughts:

I was hoping to hide this Wii game and surprise Savannah for her birthday in a couple of weeks with it.  But, she found my secret stash of gifts, and gave this to me yesterday, wanting to play it.  I knew she would like this Wii game, as she is a huge Elmo and Abby Cadabby fan.  I have had to go out and buy her the next size up in the same Abby Cadabby shoes  -- that is how much she loves her Sesame Street characters.  

Elmo and Abby in Elmo's Musical Monsterpiece

This is the 3rd Wii game I have reviewed and shared with Savannah.  And, I can safely say that this new release is my favorite by far.  What I love most about it is that you can use a second remote and help your younger children along during game play.  Savannah was too excited about the music and dancing, that I ended up playing the game for her, just so she can dance around the living room, as Elmo and friends rocked out.  What a great way to introduce young children to different types of music, rhythms and instruments, through fun identification games.  In addition, this fun, interactive game for young children, is a great teaching tool for counting, shape identification and so much more.  

Savannah had a blast joining Elmo, Abby Cadabby and the Count on their musical adventures. The game can either be played in adventure mode, where your child can follow along with story guides, which make game play for younger children easier.  Once your child successfully completes a particular game, then they are able to move onto another game.  If you have older children, they can jump right in and use the "Play Games Mode," where they can choose from the game areas -- The Magical Street, the Music Room, the Neighborhood and Count's Castle.  Again, like with the adventure mode, you cannot move ahead until you complete a game successfully.

At first I thought Savannah would be too young to understand the concepts that were being taught, but I was amazed at how quickly she took to each educational game.  She especially loved those that dealt with pattern and shape identification.  One of Savannah's favorite games was Grab That Instrument, which starred him favorite Sesame Street character, Abby Cadabby.  In this game, you have to catch the correct floating instrument that Abby Cadabby is looking for.  Another favorite game was Do the Elmo!, in which Abby follows Elmo's lead in learning to dance to different genres of music.  By the end of this game, both Savannah and I were winded, from dancing around so much. 

But, I think the best part about this new Wii game, that she and I enjoyed, was the music.  We were both dancing around in the living room, having a great time together.   If you have a young child at home who is a fan of Sesame Street -- who isn't?  Then, why not surprise them with this fun and educational game for the Wii console.  You will not have to worry about the type of game they are playing, as it from a trusted brand, Sesame Street.

---BUY NOW---

You can buy this game at your favorite retailer, as well as online.  Right now, Amazon is selling it for only $19.99, for both the Wii and Nintendo DS.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street. The Workshop produces local Sesame Street programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

About Griptonite Games
Griptonite Games is the leading developer of high quality, fun games for handheld platforms. Located in Kirkland, WA, the studio employs over 100 people who are passionate about making handheld games. The studio has shipped over 50 titles across most of the major handheld platforms including GBC, GBA and DS, and is currently developing games for DS, PSP, iPhone and iPod Touch. Griptonite is a Foundation 9 Entertainment Studio. For more information, please visit: www.griptonite.com

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this game from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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