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  • Exciting and funny
  • Relies on the chance element as well as skill
  • Played by two or more teams of one or more players
  • Great for teens and adults
  • Perfect for family get-togethers, dinner parties and weekend breaks
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.8 Kg
Product Dimensions26.8 x 26.6 x 6.8 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:6 months and up
Item model number667792010015
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 30,167 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 Kg
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Date First Available14 Nov 2002

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Cranium is an excellent game that embodies all the best aspects of board games--it doesn't last too long (about an hour for a game), it's exciting and funny and it also relies on the chance element as well as skill. The game is played by two or more teams of one or more players and the object is to get round the board into the Cranium Central area and be the first team to complete the activities there. Easy, isn't it? To do this, each team has to complete an activity, the selection of which depends on the square they last landed on--but it has to be completed before the egg timer runs out. There are also two routes to follow--the fast route (only available if you complete your first activity within the time) and the scenic route for those who don't. The activities are split into four groups: "Creative Cat", which asks, amongst other things, that you sculpt a miniature tea set out of clay--or draw a picture of baked beans on toast (with your eyes closed, of course). Then there is "Data Head"--do you know where the saying "back to square one" originates? Did Thomas Crapper really invent the flushing toilet? Another activity is the "Word Worm"--can you spell words backwards or solve puzzles with a cryptic clue such as "nervous neckwear"? Finally, there is the "Star Performer" activity (all families have one or two in this category.) Get them to emulate a John Cleese sketch or act "a back seat driver". When a team reaches Cranium Central, they have to complete one activity from each activity category to win. --Ben King

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Cranium - Board Game

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Board Game Ever! 6 Mar 2003
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first saw this game on Boxing Day 2002 when I played it at a friend's house. It sounded a little complicated at first but five minutes in and I was hooked. I decided to go out and buy it but couldn't because absolutely everywhere was sold out. This game is addictive and incredible fun to play (especially if combined with alcohol - give it a try and see what your friends will do).
The aim of the game is to get round the board (no change there) but the way you do it is where the fun starts. There are four colours you can land on. Red (questions, multiple choice etc.), Yellow (anagrams, spelling forwards and backwards, fill in the blanks etc.), Blue (drawing, sculpting etc.) and Green (acting, singing etc.).
Each team takes turns to move round the board and they have to take a card and perform the action from the tile they land on. If they win the challenge (one or more people guesses what the other is doing/drawing/singing etc.) and if they get it right they move on. You can also get Club Cranium cards which means every team performs the same card and the first team to guess it move on.
I can see this easily going down as one of the classic board games of all time along side Monopoly and Scrabble. There are already two booster packs for the game, the second of which contains four tubs of cranium clay so there is now the option for Club Cranium Sculptorades). The only problem with this game is that you need at least four people to play it, it is definitely a "more the merrier" style game with no limit to the number of players you can have (a maximum of four teams but no limit to the number of team members).
In conclusion, you can't go wrong. As long as you're over the age of eight (some of the challenges would be too difficult to younger children e.g. impersonate Margaret Thatcher, hum House Of The Rising Sun or spell "photosynthesis" backwards) then you'll have no end of fun playing this game. A must for any family gathering or drunken student party!
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179 of 183 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every family! 7 Oct 2003
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What a wonderful, novel, fun game Cranium is!
I went away on the annual family holiday armed with this board game and I can honestly say it's the most family fun we've had in a long time. The best thing about it is the diversity of the challenges - clay modelling, drawing, charades, spelling, humming, puzzles, general knowledge to name but a few, it's certainly not easy to get bored with it. I expected we would have a game one evening but we ended up giving up the nightly trip to the pub/club to stay in, get the drinks in and get this game out, it was hilarious fun. Age is no obstacle either, my two nieces of 8 and 10 played, along with myself (24), my partner (30), my parents (57 & 60) and even my Grandad of 85 had a go.
One of my nieces has now asked for the game for Christmas and I know it'll be a good buy as it's a game that will come out of the cupboard time and time again... well worth every penny!
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cranium; a great family game! 24 Nov 2002
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Cranium combines creativity, logic,trivia, word play and just plain goofiness in an interactive board game that is a lot of fun! It's taken the best ideas of Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, creative dramatics,and word puzzles from a sunday newspaper. In a single game players may have to hum a Beatles tune, mold clay into a frying pan, unscramble a phrase, and answer a historical question. Though it is greared towards adults and families with older children (ages 10 and up)it is perfectly "safe" from a parental point of view. Our kids had a blast playing it with us,their Aunt, Uncle and Grandmother. We never laughed so much!
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun 24 Oct 2004
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Cranium is great fun for the whole family. I know that sounds terribly cliched, but it's true! I've never had so much fun in one hour. Even if you're not good at something- let's say sculpting- you'll find yourself laughing as you try to form a tiny teaset with blue claydough.
Cranium never lets down. It's fast-paced, with each team doing silly things (at the end of each round is when the fun happens and all the teams do something very silly- act out a John Cleese sketch, imitate the alphabet, or make charades of a butternut squash). The rivalry is always friendly, and it's a fairly simple game- get to the centre first with your little coloured peg and win, accomplishing tasks along the way. It's a colourful adventure, and one will find themselves playing with the family or friends far into the night.
Cranium is overall of incredible quality. The games are each a perfect length (two times round is about equal with a trip to the cinemas) of about an hour. Everyone can play- the end result is a fabulously funny party game for all ages.
-Kevin, 15 years old, Centre London
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best board games ever! 1 Feb 2005
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Cranium is fantastic. It combines trivia, spelling, acting, sculpting, anagrams, humming famous tunes, drawing and trying to act out like charades all in one!! This means fun for everyone, no matter what kind of board games you like. This is excellent for dinner parties because the more the merrier. The only downfall is that it needs at least 4 players. Apart from that it is great!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for all 16 May 2005
By Amanda
Durability: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Our friend got this for us as a wedding gift, which was great cos if was something different from the normal gifts. It is so much fun, it combines lots of different games in one from guess that tune by humming to questions to makeing shapes out of clay.
Lots of fun for all the family. Great game.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the games you'll ever need! 29 Dec 2003
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having left all our games behind when we moved to Copenhagen I was delighted that Amazon would deliver this gem to me here. We played it non-stop over christmas -it is so much fun, a little bit of pictionary, boggle, trivial pursuit and other games all mixed into one!! Fantastic value and even better that you can replace spare parts, I recommend this game unreservedly!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
This game came recommended to me but I didn't enjoy it as I found it complicated and certainly not one to play at Xmas lost everyone's attention pretty quickly
Published 10 months ago by MRS M. FAIRCLOUGH
4.0 out of 5 stars FUN
Published 11 months ago by Denise Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun for parties or family evenings
Bought for my family as a present for everyone. despite my mother not knowing any famous people we have had so many laughs and such fun. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jc
3.0 out of 5 stars Great if you're american
the game is quite fun, but clearly geared towards americans. we found many of the questions and phrases to be practically impossible as they rely on american slang, sport and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. A. V. Konarski
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Game!
I spent a long time considering whether or not to buy this game, as for a board game it is rather on the pricey side. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Hayley
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good fun.
I got this for Christmas after wanting a good all round game that most people will enjoy and I haven't been disappointed. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by BeccaC
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent service
I was please witht the service I received. The item ordered arrived within 48 hrs of purchase and in very good condition.
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by goodreader
3.0 out of 5 stars cranium
all round more fun than trivial pursuit that can get a bit boring after a while !
Published on 8 Feb 2009 by K & B
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of games all wrapped up in one!!
Really cool game combining drawing pictures, sculpting, general knowledge questions, English language and spelling etc etc. Wide appeal to all!!! Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2008 by Cazzy-P
5.0 out of 5 stars Better with Cranium 2
this is a great game but i think Cranium 2 (or 2nd edition) is a better game for all the family
Published on 14 April 2008 by T. Douglas
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