“Even for an early “edutainment” video game cartridge, Sesame Street ABC feels awfully formulaic.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
Can I be really honest for a moment?
Yes, yes I can. So: I am getting a bit tired of discussing “edutainment” games, even though this is only the second in a row, and even though it has been a while since I reviewed Sesame Street 123. I find the pursuit to be exhausting; sitting here, coming up with some kind of informative, relevant, maybe-entertaining-this-time commentary.
And, yes, I do find 123 to be a small step above ABC in quality. There are more minigames, the minigames themselves have a much wider variety in how they work, and the game actually has more educational merit, which different angles of learning, especially in the truly numerical/math portions.
Although, ABC does have two things 123 does not: An old-school bouncing-ball sing-along scrolling-lyric portion of the title screen for Sesame Street’s theme song, and this splendid animation effect for Ernie’s Big Splash:
I have made my disdain for “edutainment” title clear for a while now, so the most positive note I have for this occasion is my happiness at being one step closer to finishing my coverage of the available edu-library on NES. Woohoo!
If I can split some over-analytical hairs for a moment (something I am usually good for), I have to say: The “Spell The Secret Word” minigame is a weird challenge, since the word is indeed a true secret… but trying to figure out how it could possibly be educational is a stretch, aside from developing a recognition reflex for word-spelling patterns and the distribution of letters. Ah, crap, I think I just answered my own question.
I always liked Ernie.
Read The Full Review For: More gameplay screenshots, more in-depth comparison to Sesame Street 123, some very specific critiques, and rubber ducks.
NES Gameplay Tips For Sesame Street ABC: Have a few beers beforehand. Try to see the positive in life. Resist the urge to stare into the deep, dark abyss. Encourage a friend.