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Numbers is an interactive Sesame Street computer game that was originally produced by the Children's Television Workshop with Philips Interactive Media in 1991.

First released for the Philips CD-i as one of two games in the "A Visit to Sesame Street" series, the game was converted for the 3DO console by Electronic Arts (1994), then re-released on CD-ROM by Creative Wonders (1995-1997), The Learning Company (1998), and Encore Software (2001). The game was also included in the Sesame Street Learning Series: Toddlers Deluxe set. CD-ROM releases feature some altered visuals, including a new intro showing the Around the Corner set, which was not conceived when the game was initially released.

Elmo guides the user around Sesame Street while number recognition, counting, adding, subtracting, and other math skills are encouraged. Other characters include Ernie, Bert, Big Bird, and the Count.

As with the companion release, Letters, this game features posthumous voice-over work by Jim Henson as Ernie and Kermit the Frog. A special thanks message to Henson is seen at the end credits.

CD-ROM Releases



  • "The Present Game": The user must find the right number of gifts and give them to Elmo.
  • "The Paper Clip Game": The user must help Bert find his paper clip collection which Ernie has hidden in their apartment.
  • "Big Bird's Nest": Big Bird provides clues to help the user find the birdseed he has hidden in his nest.
  • "I've Got Your Number": The Count helps the user find his bats, who are hiding behind one of the numbers in his castle.
  • "Storybooks & Telephones": Listen to stories in books and answer the phone to talk to characters from Sesame Street.
  • "Radios & Televisions": Each character location contains a radio and television set, which plays songs and video clips from the show. Many of these clips are not commercially available elsewhere.


Each room in the game is equipped with a radio on which three stations are tunable: W123, W357 and K100 featuring Jerry Nelson as the deejay. Each station plays commercials, songs and News Flashes by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson). Songs included are:



Additional appearances by (archive material):

Ivy Austin, Cheryl Blalock, Douglas Boyd, Fred Calvert, Kimie Calvert, Christopher Cerf, Ed Christie, Merry Delmonte, Jerry Graff, Jeffrey Hale, Jane Henson, Richard Hunt, Paul Jacobs, Jim Kroupa, June Magreder, Jeff Moss, Brian Muehl, Judith Munsen, Julie Payne, Patricia Rabe, Joe Raposo, Rebecca Reardon, Lynn Roberts, Derek Smith, Andrew Smith, Marilyn Sokol, Alan Sokoloff, Allen Swift


See also