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Rating: 5.9 Fair
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 4-16 players
Playing time: 60 minutes

Created by: Whit Alexander, Richard Tait, Gary Baseman

Published by: Cranium, Inc., danspil, Giochi Preziosi

Alternate Names: Cranium Primo Edition


Cranium is a party game that calls itself the "whole-brain" game. The game has similarities of Pictionary, Charades, Trivial Pursuit, Celebrities or Huggermugger.

Unlike many other party games, Cranium includes a wide variety of activities. Each turn, your team will harness its collective brain power to advance around the board.

The goal is to reach the Cranium Central by completing activities in each of four sections: Creative Cat (blue), Data Head (red), Word Worm (yellow) and Star Performer (green).

The game includes 400 challenges. You will need to spell, draw, puzzle, act, hum or just guess your way to victory.

Retail Price:$39
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Players make teams, with a minimum of two players on each team.

Each team receives a pad of paper and pencil, and a pawn which goes on the board at "start".

Put each box of cards next to their appropriate space on the board.

The team with a player whose birthday is coming up next goes first.

Object of the Game

Your team must be the first to reach Cranium Central and complete a final activity successfully.

Game Play

The team to your right draws the next card from the deck that matches your spot on the board and reads the front of the card to you (they should hide the answer on the back). …

Cranium Turbo Edition is the new deluxe version of Cranium with more of everything-1,000 all-new cards, 16 activities, an electronic timer, and a faster pace!


  • Game board
  • 1000 outrageous game cards
  • Turbo Rally cards - 16 activities
  • electronic timer with music and lights
  • A tub of cool Cranium Clay
  • pads
  • pencils
  • 4 Turbo game pieces
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Be the first team to race around the board into Cranium Central and collect four Turbo Rally cards for the win.


  1. Divide into teams of two or more. Choose a game piece for your team and place it on the space marked START …


  • 200 Cranium cards
  • 10-sided die
  • tub of clay
  • 1-Minute timer
  • 2 pawn movers
  • notepad
  • gameboard
  • instructions.

Object of the Game

Be the first team to cross the finish line


Set out the game board and the four character card boxes: Creative Cat, Data Head, Star Performer, and Word Worm.

Set out the mover pieces, die, timer, Cranium Clay, Cranium Cubes, pencil, and paper.

Divide into two teams. Each team chooses a mover piece and places it on start.

The team with the player whose birthday is coming up next goes first. …

Welcome to Cadoo, the game that gets you thinking, giggling and grinning as you go for a four-in-a-row win!


  • Game board
  • Two secret decoder masks
  • Two tins of Cranium clay
  • 300 outrageous cards
  • 40 colorful tokens
  • Six-sided Cranium Cadoo die
  • Timer
  • Drawing pad
  • Pencil
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Be the first to get a Cadoo (four tokens in a row - across, up, down, or diagonally) to win!


Set out the game board, pad and pencil, tokens, SOLO cards, COMBO cards, timer, Cranium Clay, decoder goggles, and die. …

You're on a treasure hunt in a magical place called Cariboo Island.

You'll take turns matching letters, numbers, colors, and shapes to unlock doors and hunt for treasure. As you find treasure balls, place them in the tumbling tidepool.

Once you've found the last treasure, the special Cariboo treasure chest will pop open, and it'll be time to play again.


  • Cariboo Island game board
  • six treasure balls
  • two sets of cards (beginner & advanced)
  • one key
  • and a treasure chest
  • Instructions

Cariboo Beginner

Object of the Game

Work together to find all six treasure balls and open the treasure chest! …

Cranium Conga will get your whole family laughing out loud as you act, sculpt, guesstimate, and pick hilarious words.


  • 300 game cards
  • musical timer with an erasable secret answer pad
  • 6 Conga scoring cases
  • 96 scoring tiles
  • Tub of cool Cranium Clay
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

The object of the game is to be the first player to fill your Conga scoring case with scoring tiles. You win tiles by completing activities with other players before time runs out. …

Welcome to Cranium Pop 5, the outrageously fun party game where it's not what you know, it's how you show it!


  • 1 Deluxe Game Console
  • 300 Cards
  • 1 tub of cool Cranium Clay
  • 6 Cranium Cubes
  • 1 Cranium Pad & Pencil
  • 5 Activity Tokens
  • 41 Scoring Tokens
  • 2 Token Collectors
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Win the most points by taking on the other team's challenge and getting your team to guess what's on the card.

Set out the game console, card box, token collectors, scoring-token bag, Cranium Clay, activity tokens, Cranium Cubes, and Cranium pad and pencil. …


  • 2 Special die
  • 32 cards to make two boards in 4x4 grid
  • instructions
  • cloth drawstring bag

Object of the Game

Be the first to flip four cards in a row!


  1. Set out the cards and dice.

  2. Shuffle the cards and give 16 to each player.

  3. Arrange your cards face up in a 4x4 square. '

  4. The player whose birthday is coming up next goes first.

Game Play

On your turn:

  1. Roll the dice.

  2. Each player with a card matching the head- and-body combination on the dice flips the card over. If you have more than one match, choose one card to flip. …

Play your cards right to get the most balls into your goal. But watch out - one twist of a bumper can change the game in a flash.


  • the Bumparena board
  • 10 small bumpers
  • 10 large bumpers
  • 8 character balls
  • 40 cards
  • Card dispenser
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Be the first player or team to get six balls into your goal.


  1. Slide the two sections of the game board together.

  2. Insert all five legs into the back of the board and snap them into place. …


  • 100 cards
  • Six CRANIUM Cubes
  • Die
  • Timer
  • CRANIUM Clay
  • Notepad
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Work together to win as many cards in a row as you can.


Set out the cards, CRANIUM Clay, CRANIUM Cubes, die, timer, and notepad. Grab a pencil or two (not included).

The player whose birthday is coming up next goes first.

Game Play

  1. Take turns drawing a card from the deck.

  2. Choose an activity and read it aloud.

  3. Work together to successfully complete the activity before time runs out. …

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to Baloon Lagoon. Today is your day at the carnival. Step right up and try your hand at the four carnival games while the musical merry-go-round keeps times.


  • board
  • musical merry-go-round timer
  • 4 carnival games
  • 4 player movers
  • scoring balloons
  • balloon bag
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Collect balloons as you play the four carnival games. If you're the first player to fill your mover with balloons, you're the winner!


  1. Assemble the game board by attaching the four puzzle sections to the purple centerpiece. Place the merry-go-round on the purple post. …

Welcome to Cranium Connect-O-Round, the radical wraparound game where you spin the tower, drop in your tokens, and go For Four in a row!


  • connect-o-round spinning game tower
  • 21 red tokens
  • 21 blue tokens
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Get four tokens in a row- up, across, or diagonally.


  1. Set out the Connect-O-Round tower, tower lid, and tokens.

  2. Put the lid on top of the tower and turn to fasten it shut.

  3. Each player chooses a color and collects their tokens. …

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