Detailed ReviewManufacturer's Description
Game includes 200 Cranium cards, 10-sided die, tub of clay, 1-Minute timer, 2 pawn movers, notepad, gameboard, and instructions.
Break into two teams, then take turns completing the challenges as shown on the Cranium cards. Some involve building objects out of clay, some involve drawing pictures with closed eyes, some are riddles and word puzzles, while some are physical challenges. All in all, every player gets a chance to put their personal skill set to use to help out their team.
After a challenge is successfully completed, roll the die to see how many squares that team gets to advance. The first team to reach the end, wins!
The praise we keep hearing over and over again is how well this game gets everyone into the mix. With challenges that range from physical, to spatial, to artistic, to linguistic, to trivia, all ages and skill levels are able to play.
Users report this game quickly becoming a favorite for family night, often being played multiple times a week. Games typically take less than an hour to finish, and sometimes as little as 30 minutes if players are super quick about their challenges, so this is a good game for when hours and hours can’t be invested.
Challenges vary from an assortment of tasks. Some are word puzzles and riddles, while some ask players to mold a shape out of clay that represents a word or phrase that their teammates must guess. Some challenges included charades, while some are factoid type trivia cards. Some may involve doing a stunt, or doing an impression of a famous character, or whistling a tune. Everyone will find challenges they excel at, just as everybody will find challenges that they didn’t even know they were unable to perform. It’s a rather humbling experience.
Meant for multiple players, we found that it may not work well for only 2 people. Some of the challenges require having a teammate, such as the one that asks a player to draw a picture with their eyes closed while their teammate guesses what it is. This is hard to do with only one person on a team. A minimum of 4 players is needed.
This review is for the newer version of the game, called Cranium Family Edition. We want to point out that this new version does NOT included the flipper frogs. The older version, called Cranium Family Fun does have them.
- Get a plastic bag or other sealable container for the clay to keep it from drying out
- Everything fits back into the box for easy storage
Parts and Pieces
Everything needed to complete the challenges is in the box, including the modeling clay and notepad.
Other additions of the game are available, such as the regular Cranium, and the earlier version that includes the flipper frogs.
We have noticed that in a few instances, a user purchasing the newer version of the game from Amazon may end up with what seems to be a repackaged box, wherein the clay is dried out. It only happen to a small number or users. This is not a flaw with the game itself, and we encourage users to always inspect products upon arrival.
This game includes 400 of the best mind (and body!) bending challenges from the Cranium game over the years. Take on another team head-to-head for faster gameplay. Spell, puzzle, act, hum, or just guess your way to victory within 4 categories! It's outrageous fun for everyone! Simply cruise around the gameboard completing color-coded activities within the 1-minute time limit. The first team to reach the Cranium Central space and complete one last challenge wins!
The Cranium game lets you show off your individual talents. Do you feel the urge to put yourself center stage? Then act, hum, and unleash your inner impersonator in the Star Performer category. Or sketch, sculpt, and draw stick-figure masterpieces if you think the Creative Cat category is your strength! If you have all sorts of facts stored deep in your brain, then Data Head is the category for you. And if you're a wordsmith, then you should solve the puzzles, define the words, and even spell them backward with the Word Worm questions! Pick your category, complete your challenge, and win!