"Elmo's 123s" is an educational title based on the television series "Sesame Street". Elmo, one of the main characters of the programme, stars in this game and teaches basic numeracy and mathematics skills through the use of numbers.
"Elmo's 123s" follows clearly from "Elmo's ABCs" in gameplay. For this game, though, the setting is in outer space and Elmo is required to complete numeric games to help fuel his intergalactic vehicle and escape. These games can range some simple counting to more basic addition and subtraction with single digits. With each game, the player will see a short animation of Elmo gathering supplies for his ship; it is required to complete a series of three games before watching Elmo board his spacecraft and blast off which signals the end of the game.
Graphics seem to keep with the previous "ABCs" title and show no improvement. That is not to say that graphics were poor in the first title; this area is actually quite colourful and vivid. It is not to say that true cinematics and enhancements would be required in an educational game such as this, though, and the player should not be looking for such things in this title.
The audio implementations in this title seem sporadic compared to "ABCs". This could perhaps be seen as a positive as, like graphics, additional sound enhancement would not necessarily be a requirement for an educational title like "Elmo's 123s". The few effects that do exist include a slight bass-like sound with Elmo's movement to gather supplies and eventual takeoff.
"Elmo's 123s" would likely only be suitable for children of early years who are beginning to learn numeracy. This title does not offer any suitable challenge or replay value to those outside of this range.
Elmo's 123 by Children's Television Workshop (who produces the classic show Sesame Street) and Jim Henson Company and Bonzai Entertainment is a pretty entertaining game for kids. Story: I believe the story in the game is that Elmo is pursued by Aliens from outer space. lol (In the beginning intro of the game Elmo is walking down the street, while a spaceship starts zapping out building) However, it's a pretty good attempt at an educational game by the guys at Sesame Street. Graphics: 4 Since this is a kids game I wasn't going to be critical at the graphics like other games. The graphics are about what you expect from Gameboy Color. Elmo looks like the Elmo character from the tv, and the educational levels for the game are pretty well designed. A pretty good use of sprites and 2d backgrounds provide some pretty decent graphics for the game. The game is marketed for kids so obviously the graphics could have been much better but what do you expect. Sound 3: The sound consists of midi music files and a couple of sounds to signify a correct answer, and a wrong answer, after each correct completion of a puzzle we are rewarded with a brief scene of a rocket taken off. Challenge and Overall: 5 This the real heart of the game. The puzzles and games for the game itself are good but short. The game is split up into 4 games, a choose game, a plus and minus, and a count. Each teaches kids some basic math fundamentals. The count game is a game where kids by looking at the graphics and Elmo count the number of stars in the screen and guess how many there are. The plus game is similiar except now kids will use math to try to count the number of stars. The educational games in Elmo 123 are good, but I found to be very short. I also found that the game could have better if other minigames could have put in the game. <
br>Fina lly if would have fun to see other Sesame Street characters in the game for the kids, but other than that I think the game successful accomplishes it's goal of providing some educational math games for kids. Elmo's 123 overall is a very good and fun by Television Workshop and the Jim Henson Company. It has pretty decent graphics, kids should enjoy the many educational games it has. They also will have see their Sesame Street Elmo in a very cool graphical game.