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I was given this game for Christmas and have played it several times without it getting boring, as there is so much to it. It says it is a game for adults or those who are 'adult-like' - not because it has any rude content, but because the players need to be able to understand and complete the tasks involved.
If you've never seen your 83 year old mum thumping round the room picking her nose, scratching her bum, burping, and scratching her head (impression of Shrek without being allowed to speak) you simply haven't lived. My acting out of 'base jumping' had all the women wishing Santa had left them some Tena Lady as they were laughing so much. We discovered my niece is tone-deaf, my son has a great vocabulary and my sister knows all about the solar system!
The game itself is nicely presented with game board, large comic character playing pieces, paper and pencils, a tub of modelling clay, timer, and four sets of task cards.
You move round the board and at each stop one member of the team has to do a challenge with the other team members trying to ge the answer within the time allowed. There are different types of challenge within each category so you never know quite what you will have to do.
The challenges are:
Word Worm challenges. Example: Mindmeld. Each player secretly writes down three words related to the given topic. Two or more players must match at least one answer.
Data Head challenges. Example: Odd couple. Pick the two things that do not belong on the list below. One card has 'Japanese Martial Arts' and the options are karate, capoeira, shiba inu, judo, ju-jitsu.
Star Performer challenge: Example:Humdinger: hum or whistle the named song without using lyrics or gestures and the other team members have to guess the song.
Creative Cat challenge: Sensosketch. The player has to draw what is named on the card with their eyes closed and the other team members have to guess what it is.
So how does it play out?
I first played with my family at christmas and it was a terrific way to get the energy going again in that post dinner slump, instead of just collapsing in front of the TV.
This is a really funny game to play if you have the right people. It's a great combination of skills so that everyone can shine in some areas, and make a twerp of themselves in others. People can get their grey matter working on anagrams, general knowledge questions and some quite intellectual challenges. On the other hand, you can bring out your artistic side with one-minute sculptures (how do you model 'thing' anyway?) or acting.
Some of the challenges are quite difficult, hence it's a game for adults and not children, who would probably find it frustrating, but it's so funny that you don't ever feel embarassed if you fail at something. The point really is to 'take part' and have a good time rather than win, at least it is in our family. It helps if you have a silly side.
I honestly haven't laughed so much with my family for years. It's perfect for those multi-generation get-togethers.
We received this Hasbro game for Christmas and played it later on the day with my family. The game can be played with 4 players upwards, as the game is played in teams you need at least 2 players in the team.
The game comes in your standard board game box with some windows at the side that you can see the player characters through. The game comes with 4 player pieces and a number of hair and hat accessories so that you can customise them and make them your own with. The side of the box will show you the different characters there are and their names. You were able to buy extra characters to add to your collection and this will enable more teams to play.
The instructions are very simple to follow. The game is played by moving around the board by completing different challenges from the categories and the goal is to get to the middle of the board first by completing the challenges.
There are 4 categories, Word worm, Creative cat, Data head and Star performer. By completing your challenge in the allocated time you roll the dice and move. The game supplies you with pencils, pads and cranium clay to help you complete the different tasks in the categories.
The box does say this game is for adults but I think it would also be suitable for older children to join in as well since it is played in teams and they can join in with the acting, clay modelling and singing.
When we played the game we found it to be very fun and it gets the whole family involved and laughing. The game doesn't drag on for too long so doesn't lose people attention. We have since played this game with a number of different people and enjoyed it every time.
The game currently seems to sell at just under £30.
This is one of the BEST board games I have ever played (and I play a lot!). We brought it for my Uncle for Christmas and ended up enjoying it so much that we went out and brought it for ourselves! We did find it slightly confusing at first, but once we got started, the fun began!
Its a game for 4+ adults to work in teams. You start by choosing a card, either Red (Data head), Green (Star performance), Blue (Creative cat) or Yellow (Word worm) and answering the question or performing the character on the card. Once answered within the time limit you then move your character head according to the colour that you roll on the dice. It also gives you objects that you must create out of playdough for your team mates to guess.
The aim of the game is to reach the centre of the board before your rival teams do. You can also go down the 'Fast track' if you answer questions correctly within the time limit.
My family had alot of fun playing this game, and once it finished we played again and again untill 3 o'clock!! For a large group or at a party, this game is the one for you!!
I can't say I've ever been a big fan of board games, I have played a few and basically I think I just get bored. Sometimes they can be a lot of fun other times they just seem a bit repetitive. So when my son got cranium for Christmas and we decided to play, I wasn't over enthused. He did as it happens get another game, which I was keen on and that was The Logo Game, which perhaps I might tell you about later.
The Game Loosely
I guess the briefest description of Cranium is a bit of everything. Charades, Give us a clue, Name that tune, mastermind, Countdown, a piece of each of those great programs and indeed some I haven't get remembered constitute a game of Cranium, which incidentally takes around 2 hours to play. I suppose the basic idea is make a fool of yourself with all the best intentions.
The game is basically a board game whereby first to the centre of the cranium board wins after completing certain tasks. It is best played in teams of three or more since some of the questions require two participants. We were not fortunate enough to have the numbers so we played my wife and I against my son and his girlfriend. The board is laid out and the four different sets of questions are placed at each corner. The question categories are Word Worm (Yellow), Creative Cat (Green), Data Head (Red), Star Performer (Blue). Four 2 inch high pieces are used to indicate each team, these pieces are substantially bigger than those used in Monopoly or other board games, and they can be modified by adding silly hats. They are very solid and being the size they are very unlikely to be lost.
A weird shaped dice with different colours is used to decide which moves are made. At north south east and west there is a large silver oval shaped position, which can be jumped too by rolling a purple colour. The other colours on the board are red yellow blue and green each indicating which type of question you will get when you land on it. If whilst on the large silver oval you get your question or activity correct you are now on the fast track. Wrong answer and you continue round the board in the normal manner. If you roll a yellow you move to the next yellow position on the board unless
this involves passing the silver oval where you MUST STOP.
Once you have landed on a colour you must participate in one of the questions from the boxes, which are coloured accordingly. So you've thrown the dice and got a yellow. You move to the next yellow coloured section of the board. One of the opposing teams members will then ask a question from the yellow box. As the yellow box is word worm then the questions will be about words. Your team might be asked to spell a word backwards without seeing the correct spelling from the card. When you've had a wee drink this is not as easy as it may appear. If you landed on blue you may be asked to hum a song, do a charade or impersonate a famous person, if it is green you have dropped in on then you can expect to have to sculpt clay to create your answer. You may also have to draw the answer blind folded. The funniest option here is that you may have to use one of your team member's arms and legs and use them as a puppet to imply your answer. The red questions can be as simple as answering a general knowledge question of picking the odd two options from a list of five. You may here also be asked a rather obscure question to which a simple true of false will suffice. Some but not all of the questions involve the use of a small egg timer device which makes answering some of the questions a bit more fun and tricky.
The End Game
After a good hour or perhaps two you will find yourself after lots of laughs at the centre of the board. The end game sounds simple but can tack a while to complete especially if the players have been having a wee tipple whilst playing. Simply answer correctly a question from each category and keep the card once correct. Collect all four cards and then the opposing team will pick an option for your final winning question.
We had an enormous amount of fun playing this game and enjoyed it immensely; it is also amazing how much you can learn about each of the players. Especially about how they think. For example my son's girlfriend was doing a sculpture question and the timer was on. She had created several different sized balls and my son had guessed snooker, and just about every other multi-ball game you could think off. With only a few grains of sand left to fall before time was up his girlfriend created a long strand of plastacine and proceeded to wrap in round one of the larger balls. Then laid the balls out in a line and lo and behold my son got the answer. So nine balls one with a ring round it what could the answer be. Check out the bottom of the review. I was gob smacked. In any event we lost, but we had some really funny moments and a great time playing this different and very amusing game. Quite simply one of the best games I've ever played, a bit of everything and as usual everyone thinks they know the answer.
Since it was received as a present I don't know how much it was but is advertised on Amazon for £29.99. And I'd have to say that that is good value for the enjoyment you WILL GET from Cranium
Answer Solar System
When we got married we were bought some Argos vouchers and had no idea what to spend them on. We went to take a look and we found Cranium WOW and thought that it would be a great idea as it is something fun we can play with all of our family and friends. IT was £30 although I think you can get it for about £25 if you look around and it was totally worth every penny as it is the funniest game ever and here is why.
Cranium became a fast selling game and a firm family favourite, now they have brought out this second version which is called Cranium wow and it comes in a black box with WOW all over it and also the for adults sign. It is more adult than the original cranium version but it is not as the title suggests very rude which is what we panicked about when we thought it might be rude but it's not at all.
In the box you get your Cranium board which you play on, a dice with all the Cranium colours on, some pads of paper and pencils, 4 boxes of cards and your playing pieces which are cool little people and you have to put hats on them. It is very neatly packed so looks nice.
So you pop your playing board down which shows you a path from start to end and different colours to move to which correspond to those on the dice. So put you playing pieces on the board in the start position and I will beg9in to tell you what all of the cards are about. There are 4 categories and when you land on a colour you have to answer a card of that colour. You get a person from another team to read it out to you as we have found people cheat if you don't do this. Here are what you may be expected to do.
This is a good category to get and it will be questions and tasks to do with words as you could probably guess. I will give you an example of one we had on Saturday night which was to each take a turn on the team to spell the word Masquerade but backwards. Now seems like an easy task but when the timer is going and you stump yourself it takes you a while to get it.
Then you will have questions such as spell this word in your first attempt and then they are really awkward words to spell. There are also my favourites which are anagrams and they will give you a clue and you must work out what the word (s) is. This is probably my least favourite category because I am rubbish at spelling and rely on spell check on the computer so I am not very good at these.
This is my third favourite in the game and it really is a mind killer this category. As you can imagine a lot of it is to do with data and facts so a lot of them are questions that are asked and you have multiple choice answers. Now although they are multiple choice a lot of them are really obscure questions that you would never even think to look up the answer to so it is really hard.
Although I think this is probably one of the hardest categories, what makes it good is that you truly have to pull together as a team to get the right answer which is why I enjoy answering these questions. Plus you get to find out some pretty interesting things.
This is my second favourite and although I am rubbish with everything that comes out of this category it is so much fun. You have to use the play dough or the sketch pads for this category and you do get some strange things. I love making things out of play dough although quite how you do a accordion in the time given I don't know.
Then you get the drawing ones which could be quite straight forward drawings or you get sensosketch which is where you have to draw with your eyes closed. I did once draw over my mother in laws table though (sorry for that!) so do be careful. This category along with the next one is the funnier of the four and you will have fun doing them.
This is my favourite out of all of them as I it is the one that gets you on your feet and absolute hysterics ensues. I love the humming questions which gives you a song title and you have to hum it to your group which is funny. Our friend (who sings in a band) couldn't even do it which was hilarious and we had fun taking the mick out of him for the rest of the night because of it.
You then get charade type questions which give the team a hint and then off you go. You can play charades but there is not a lot of time as you are against the timer sp people start getting frantic. Then you have questions where you have to act like a famous person without using names or places which is sooo hard!! Funny though to watch people try.
So you answer the questions ad if you get it right you move spaces and the aim of the game is to reach the cranium in the middle of the board and there you have to answer one of each category and then you win. A game can last around 2 hours if people are getting them wrong but it is so fun you wont even notice the time flying by. You can get into four teams and have as many people as you like on one team which is great.
In conclusion Cranium has always been one of my favourite games so it nice to see a new version being brought out which has a little bit harder questions but they are all brand new. I have played our game about 5 times in 6 months which is good and we will be getting it out for Christmas. I would recommend it to anybody who doesn't mind looking a bit silly and enjoys having a good laugh as it is brilliant.
Thanks for reading.
I don't understand how this hasn't had any reviews yet...
I played this game last night for the very first time, had a few mates around to play and in teams of 3 we had a go at this game, bought as a birthday present to one of our mates it was the first time all but one of us had played this game and we were in for a treat. Although it does sound complicated to begin with it's anything but, it is however extremley fun and different from most board games.
In teams you are given a character to be and are able to choose his hairstyle or hat of choice, not that this adds anything except a little bit of fun to the game to start of with, from this point it's pretty much like any other board game, or so you'd have thought, you roll the 10 sided coloured dice to decide what square you land on...after your turn, the roll previously decide which card you are chosen and which task you must perform. There are 5 different colours, purple, blue, yellow, green and red, all but purple designate a task to undertake, a purple however lets you decide yourself which task to choose.
As for these tasks, what are they?
First of all we have data head, this is a set of cards where numerous factual questions can be placed. There's true or false questions which the team must answer to continue, there's multiple choice questions, general knowledge questions and questions in which the team are asked to link words to a topic and hope they get the same words, for me this was the easiest and least fun subject of the game, even this however was pretty good fun.
Next we have Star performer, this for me was one of the best catergories on the game, this involves as you may have guessed, some sort of acting skills. Questions include one of the team being a puppet, the other having to act out a word, phrase or action by moving the puppets arms and legs and hoping they guess the answer. Another question relies on a charades type game in which an actor must silently act out a action, person or thing. There's also a humming/whilstling game in which a member of the team without lyrics has to try and get the others to guess the song by humming or whistling, alot harder than first thought. Finally there's a question asking a team member to act like a famous person or character, they are able to speak like them but not say names or places. This was probably the best catergory of the game, watching people move people around like puppets and act out ridiculous clues and things was damn funny to watch.
3rd we have a word worm, this as you may guess is all about words, mixed up words, puzzles and spelling backwards. This was ok although not up there with star performer, here ranged questions from in a team having to spell a word backwards without writing it down (not too difficult although there were some tricky ones), there's also a puzzle in which a famous person or place has been scrambled (countdown conundrum style) as well as a question in which you have to find the correct definition for a word.
Finally in the caterogries we have Creative Cat, this here involves drawing and, yes, cranium clay (playdoh), questions range from drawing on a piece of paper what the thing is, yes exactly like pictionary, however the next 2 make it interesting, first of all there's a question based on sculpting a thing, person or place from this cranium clay for the other to get but best of all, the third question, just like pictionary...except you must keep your eyes closed whilst drawing the item you have been asked to draw. Very fun but pretty hard when you're the one drawing!
Obviously all of these tasks have time limits and the game comes with paper, penciles, dice and an sand timer. We played this game for about 2 hours last night if not longer before we got into the center, me and my girlfriend were lucky that we were able to take all the fact track route by getting our cranium planet questions right on the first go (or else take the long route ye must). This however falted when we got towards the end of the board and were caught up, we fell apart in the cranium circle as we lost heavily.
The cranium circle is the space in the middle of the game, at this point you have to go clockwise around the board (depending on your last roll of the dice) picking up a card from each of the catergories explained, this is done by completing a final task in each catergory, once all 4 have been collected the rest of the teams confer together and give one final task, they can pick any of the 4 catergories although can't pick an individual task.
This is where we lost it, we spent 3/4 goes on just one of the catergories as the others waltzed around us collecting cards.
I must admit this was one of the funnest, if not funnest, board game I have ever played, it's not too challenging, it's a damn good lot of fun and it's not too easy, we had a hilarious time playing this game and it'll certainly be on the menu for the next game night we have. Overall I feel this game is certainly worth the money you can buy it for on Amazon, with Articulate at £30 for what is esentially words on a card and can be made at home, this game at £27 is an absolute steal, although been around for a while now I believe it hasn't dated and there's plenty of very famous characters, songs, places so that neither the younger or older generations will have a problem with it.
This game is close to perfect.
You were born to play this game! Maybe you've always wanted to use your best friend as a puppet to act out "milking a cow", or you want to prove you can draw "bed head" with your eyes closed? Perhaps you're eager to show off your vast knowledge of "The Hoff", YouTube, and which came first, the toaster or sliced bread? If any of these are true - and even if they're not - you need to play Cranium WOW immediately! You shouldn't wait to show off your hidden talents when they're so impressive! Cranium WOW includes a game board, 600 new cards, a 10-sided die (the 9-sided die wasn't working), a tub of purpley-fresh Cranium Clay, a timer, drawing pads, presharpened pencils, 4 customisable character movers with interchangeable hats and hairdos, and sass! Blow your mind with Cranium WOW!