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Review Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster (This Is My Joystick)

So yes, the team responsible for Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, Costume Quest and Stacking have released a Sesame Street game. Get it? Got it? Good.

Interestingly, however, the game originally started life as a children’s game focused on monsters, without the Sesame Street affiliation. Monsters, such as Marco and Seamus, were previously created by Double Fine artists, and would be the lead characters in a game that was originally going to be known as Happy Song. However, as time went on and Double Fine started pitching Happy Song, they kept hearing that the game would be a natural fit for the SSVerse. Queue meetings with top execs and leading publishers and BAM!

As such, even though Once Upon a Monster is distinctly Sesame Street, with Cookie Monster and Elmo taking up most of the screen time with their own personalities, there is an unmistakable Double Fine quality about this game. The team have done amazing work in blending the two entities together to create a very smooth partnership.

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