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Cranium: Kabookii

Released on 07 December 2007

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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Cranium: Kabookii for Wii inspired by the best-selling Cranium board game series! You can now play your favourite board game on your favourite gaming system, so gather up to 4 teams for some family-night fun with something for everyone.

Gather up to 4 teams and challenge each other in 15 puzzle games, within the 4 categories as used in the board game (Creative Cat, Data Head, Word Worm and Star Performer). In addition to using the Wii Remote, you will decipher clues on the TV screen with your Red Decoder Glasses, so that you don't reveal the answers to other players in the room!

Inspired by the original Cranium board game: Move through a track of puzzle categories featuring the same four characters as the board game - Creative Cat, Data Head, Word Worm and Star Performer.

For the whole gang: Unlimited players! Up to 4 teams, each with 2 or more players, can compete against each other. Cranium: Kabookii appeals to every type of intelligence, so bring your family and friends of all ages together for an engaging and hilariously entertaining game. With so many activities to choose from, aspiring artists, trivia masters, actors and wordsmiths of all ages have plenty of opportunities to shine.

    Free decoder mask: Read secret clues on the TV without revealing the clues to other players in the room.

    customer Reviews

     Average rating (23 reviews)

     Not Bad

    | | See all Lottie1908's reviews (69)

    This is an ok game to play with the family. But as you must be in teams, you need a minumum of four players for this to work well.
    Most of the challenges are good, but it can take a bit to get used to the controls. Also, some of the challenges involve you mimicking the use of an object, and the game does not alway pick up on what you are doing, which can be frustrating.
    Also, the game can take a good while to play. It is th first to 20 points, so when you only get 1 or 2 points if you win a game, and when the game cannot pick up what you are doing so you get no points, it seems to take forever.
    However, all that said ... you can have a mighty good laugh with it, especially if you can get a good group of you together. We played with 10, and we had fun.
    Overall, it isn't great, but definaltey not bad.
    My advice: good for family nights in, and if you can get it relativley cheap, buy it!

     Great fun!

    | | See all Sunflower26's reviews (2)

    Played this with a group of lots of different ages and its really good fun - a bit like the board game but funnier, its got a good mix of trivia, acting stuff out and puzzles. Really entertaining and has something in it to appeal to the whole family

     Good... if you are

    | | See all Wiiloveit's reviews (18)

    Top 100 Games Reviewer

    All big board games have been successful because they all have either been easily accessible or good old social fun, which is why we took playing a family game of Cranium on the Wii with some caution.

    This rendition of the board game has several similarities with the original (the ability to play one of four different mini game genres, involving creativity, performing, thinking and words and the fact that you need a minimum of four players, two per team, before you can get anything going), but there are also many un-similarities. It's these un-similarities that make the Wii version of the game less appealing and less fun than the first, which is a real shame. First of all, you don't have somebody from the other team reveal the answer to you so that you can get playing, and instead you must read answers from the screen using some special "goggles" that come accompanied with the game. Although it can be slightly hard to read some of the text with the goggles, this is a well thought out alternative to the obvious problem many thought Ubisoft would be unable to beat.

    The other main differences we are thinking about here though include the fact that there isn't as much freedom as the board game. If a question is too hard for the kids (which happens several times on the "data head" mini games), you can't put it back in the pack of cards out of sympathy and try another puzzle. If a player was sooooo close to getting something right but couldn't click on the answer in time, you can't let them off, since the game automatically ends. And the un-forgiving-ness continues, as some mini games which require several puzzles be solved within a minute give you no points if you don't finish them all in time. If you were to complete six out of seven motions with the Wii remote, you wouldn't get a point deducted off the three or four you may have otherwise got, but instead you won't recieve any.

    Another bad point about the game is that most of it is completely random. You complete randomly chosen games (whereas in the board game you could at least choose the genre) and then compete to win a seemingly random amount of points. It is the first team to get a fixed amount of 24 points that wins the game, but when teams only get one or two points for some mini games, you can sometimes end up playing for ages, which drags out even longer when you're waiting for your turn, since there are no "everybody plays" style mini games in this edition.

    The bad comments don't end there though, when you also consider that the game doesn't even appear to remember which mini games you've already played, as on my third or fourth trek through the game, we were already getting some puzzles right since we'd seen them before.

    It isn't all bad however, as many of the mini games have been implemented quite well. The one where you have to shake the remote to the animations are fun, and the games with the drawing and music playback are also very addictive, if once again a little too hard for younger players and a little too hard for some casual gamers to control and get right within the sixty second limit. The fact that the game is also available quite cheap now and contains fifteen different varying puzzle concepts adds to the positive side, and if you can get around the fact that this feels nothing like the board game, there is plenty of fun to be had. One recommendation though: the frustration sometimes caused by this can be very, well, frustrating - so we wouldn't use this game to show off to your friends what your Wii can do, and we'd also only recommend this game for those with a good pop culture knowledge, with at lest one person aged in their teens or above per team.


    | | See all RedWing91's reviews (14)

    Don't bother wasting your money on this junk! Worst game we have ever owned on any console. I wouldn't even give it one star but I have too to make this review. The games on this were rubbish, there weren't many of them and we always got the same.
    Weren't happy at all with this!!! 0/10

     Craniumbelievably FUN! :)))

    | | See all bommskwad's reviews (5)

    Got this for my mum and dad's anniversary present last weekend - all the family were round so we always get the wii out for a few party games!! We used to love the board game and this didn't dissapoint at all, went down a storm with everyone. Creative Cat and Star performer are hilarious! really clever use of the wii remote thoughout - highly recommended!

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