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Cranium (board game)

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Cranium (board game)

Players 4+
Age range 8+
Setup time approx. 2 minutes
Playing time > 35 minutes
Random chance Medium
Skill(s) required Creativity, General knowledge

Cranium is a Gary Baseman, creator of the animated television series Teacher's Pet.


The board is laid out as a circuit, consisting of different color spaces. Each color corresponds to a question card category. Purple "Planet Cranium" spaces give the team their choice of category.


Players are divided into two, three, or four teams. Each team picks a mover (game piece).

Order of play: The team with the player whose birthday is coming up next starts the game. Play then continue clockwise to the next team. Each team, in turn, places its mover on a purple "Planet Cranium" space.

Card Categories

Creative Cat - These blue cards are creative activities. All of the blue cards have vague hints.

  • Cloodle cards require a team member to draw on a piece of paper while the other team member(s) attempt to guess the word or phrase, much like Pictionary.
  • Sensosketch cards work similarly, but require the drawer to have their eyes closed.
  • Sculpturades requires one player to mold the included putty into shapes for the other player(s) to guess the word or phrase being sculpted.

Data Head - These red cards revolve around knowledge of data and facts.

  • Factoid cards present a question that the player's team must answer outright.
  • Selectaquest cards ask a question and present four possible multiple choice answers, of which the player's team must choose the correct answer.
  • A Polygraph card requires the player's team to evaluate a statement to determine whether it is true or false.

Star Performer - These green cards are themed around:

  • Acting out clues with a vague hint such as in charades
  • Acting and speaking like a famous person or fictional character but without using proper names, as in doing impressions
  • Humming or whistling a popular tune to get your group to guess the song, such as with Hummdingers

Word Worm - These yellow cards are themed around words, spelling, and anagrams. Two types of spelling challenges and three types of cards are involved in this category.

  • Spelling challenges
    • One type of spelling challenge requires one team member to correctly spell a moderately difficult word (such as vacuum) on the first try without writing down the word.
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