Having enjoyed playing the classic board game of Cranium for many years I was excited to discover that Cranium had branched out to create a game for the Wii. For those people who havn't experienced Cranium, players can take challenges such as creative cat-drawing or dough, data head- numbers and facts, word worm-spelling challenges and star performer-think along the lines of charades and you won't be far wrong!This roughly translates to Cranium Kabooki. Players engage in a selection of fifteen activities aiming to gain medals. The winning team is the first to collect all four medals and pull the cord on the screen!
Each game has the instructions on the screen which are at times a little vague and open to differing interpretations. I found it was often easier just to have a go and find the right way to play. I also found that it was not always easy to use the wii remote in this game.
Whilst this game is a multiplayer game, it does require a four players to work, this can be hard to achieve. In my opinion it would be better to be able to access say an individual or 2 player mode also, however this is not the case. Possibly a game for party nights, but all in all a disappointment-think I'll stick with my board game!
Buying games because they are cheap is not always the best strategy to owning great games; I do it non the less.
Getting this game cheap I was quite excited to play it. Having played the original cranium bored game and liked it, i imagined this would be a good virtual version. And on the most parts it is.
The game begins with up to four teams of 2 or more people. This is the first negative part of the game: it requires 4 people to play. There are no single player versions, or two player games. This can be very annoying when there arent enough people to play.
The games when you have 4 players, are fun. there are 4 types of games, such as performing ones, spelling and drawing ones. The use the Wii controls very well, my favorite one has one person with their back to the TV, and the other team members have to desribe the action shown on TV, and they have to perform it with the Wii, such as fishing or frying. The second negative point however, is that the games difficulites are not even, there are some shockingly hard games, especially the spelling ones, although maybe we are just rubbish!
Kabookii is a Wii-version of the board game Cranium. Having never played the board game version, I was unsure as to what Kabookii actually involved. Having read that it was a party game, I thought that it would be great for when our friends come round and, inevitably, have quite a few/lots of beers.
Kabookii is a party game that involves the use of just one Wii Remote and a pair of glasses similar to those old-style 3-D glasses that everyone seemed to have when I was a kid (these are included with the game). Up to four teams can play Kabookii, but I reckon that it's ideal for two teams in a Kabookii-face-off to the death. Kabookii is highly recommended as a party game, and isn't really suitable for playing on your own - unless you like the challenge of being two teams at once and trying to beat yourself.
Points are awarded for correct answers to the puzzles in Kabookii. It is the first team to 24 points that wins.
Points can be gained through a number of challenges. Some of these can be through answering questions, whilst others involve actually getting out of your seat and making a complete fool of yourself. But after a few drinks, who cares?
Points that can be won from the comfort of your seat are through the Zelpuz (anagram) game, Select-a-quest (multiple-choice questions), Polygraph (true or false?) and a game similar to the Blankout game found in the board game edition (guessing a word with certain letters missing). Another activity sees players attempting to guess where certain countries and landmarks are on the earth by clicking on the right position on the globe. To make things more difficult no names of countries are provided, which makes things more interesting (unless you possess superb geography skills)!
In addition, there are music questions, in which one person will attempt to play a famous piece of music for their teammates to guess.
Motion-based controls are used well for the Wii version. In the Cameo game players have to use their Wii Remote like the object being shown on screen. So, if a hammer is shown, the user has to pretend to hit imaginary nails. Talkback Cameo is the same game, but this time the player with the Wii Remote can not look at the screen. Chaos ensues as teammates yell instructions, whilst the opposing team - in our house, anyway - always puts off the player.
Some of the most fun puzzles are the drawing-based activities. There are a few variations within Kabookii of drawing. Some involve drawing a picture (for teammates to guess) using only pre-given shapes such as squares, triangles and circles. Another game involves drawing, but this time the drawing disappears as your drawing it (which can be a real laugh). Finally there is a standard drawing game involving use of air-brush type tools. The most fun in Kabookii is, I think, through these drawing games. As all activities are timed, there is always desperation as the time ticks away with your team badly needing points.
Kabookii is a great game to play with friends and family. It is perfect for any get-together. It is suitable for all ages (my four year-old nephew loves it), and it has provided many laughs in our home when played with friends. The wide range of questions means that the same question rarely appears twice, in my experience. It isn't suitable for one player, and the game does not have any extra content other than the standard team vs team mode. It is a shame that I haven't played the board game version as I can't tell you whether it is worth investing in the Wii version if you have the board game. However at a glance, I think that the Wii motion activities, the music and the geography rounds - all of which use the Wii Remote - would warrant anybody buying the Wii version despite owning the board game.
Kabookii is a fantastic game and will provide hours of entertainment for all the family and - for this reason - is a recommended buy rather than a rental.