Cranium Board Game

How To Play Cranium

Cranium Game Rules (PDF Instructions)

4 - 16
Play Time
60 MIN
Cranium, the board game, is an award-winning board game that includes most all your senses and talents. Cranium players are required to sketch, act, solve puzzles, hum, sculpt and answer questions. You definitely will use your cranium during this board game. The game Cranium also targets a more variety of people since it offers such diverse activities.

Cranium is a popular board game that combines elements of different games, including charades, Pictionary, trivia, and word puzzles. Cranium is a fun and interactive game that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. It's a great way to exercise your creativity, knowledge, and performance skills!

The board game Cranium can be a very memorable and a hysterically funny game as you might see sides of your friends or family that you never knew they had. Since the game of Cranium only lasts around one hour, if you have any energy left after the first game you can certainly demand a rematch. Exercise your cranium with Cranium the board game.
The game Cranium should come with the following components. These are based off of the original game and don't include components from any expansion packs or different editions.

  • Game Board
  • Die
  • Timer
  • Tub Of Play Dough
  • 4 Card Boxes Filled With Different Type Cards
  • 4 Pawns
  • Pad Of Paper
  • Pencils
  • Official Cranium Game Rules And Instructions
How to Win
Be the first team to move around the board and into Cranium Central completing one final activity for the win.
How to Win
Perparation: Divide players into teams. The game is played with at least two teams of two or more players each. You can play with as many teams as you want.

Choose a game piece and color. Each team chooses a game piece and takes all the cards that match their color.

Game Play: Roll the dice. The team with the highest roll goes first. The team then rolls a six-sided die and moves the corresponding number of spaces on the board. The space they land on determines the type of challenge they must complete.

There are four types of challenges in Cranium, each with its own rules:
  • Creative Cat: The team must draw, sculpt, or act out a word or phrase without using any spoken words. Data Head: The team must answer a trivia question.
  • Word Worm: The team must spell a word forwards or backwards or unscramble a word.
  • Star Performer: The team must hum a song, act out a scene, or impersonate a celebrity.
  • Win the challenge: If the team successfully completes the challenge, they get to roll the die again and move further on the board. If they fail, their turn is over and play passes to the next team.
The first team to reach the end of the board and complete a final challenge wins the game.

Please keep in mind that the official Cranium rules and instructions could be different depending on the game version you have. The rules below are some of the exact directions that came in the original packaging and will teach you how to play Cranium. Download these original PDF game rules or print them for later use.

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susan says:

you can revive the cranium clay by massaging a little castor oil into it - works great!
Anurag says:

I have Cranium Wow. We have conflicting understandings of the club cranium rule about the bonus roll. So, everyone plays the activity, and whoever gets it first rolls the die, like they would after completing an activity. Is that in itself the bonus roll, or do they then get to roll one more time in addition as a bonus roll?
James says:

The rules are horrible. Whoever wrote these rules needs to go back to high school English. It's not clearly explained how you "land" on Cranium Central.
Megan says:

Where has this game been my whole life? Love it! Learning how to play was very straight forward and easy to explain to people. It drives me crazy when someone sits down and just reads the rules - everyone is clueless how to play when they are done. Would recommend for larger group gatherings.
Jenn says:

Love this game because of the variety. Not a big fan of just trivia games so this one hits the spot. The rules are pretty straight forward so it's not hard to learn how to play. The play dough will go dry so make sure you get some cheap stuff from the store whenever you're going to play it.
Holly says:

Played this at a New Years Eve party and it was a hit with everyone. Some people don't like trivia games or acting game but this game has a little of everything so you can use your team and everyone has their strengths. It is a great party game and I would recommend it to anyone. So fun to play and learning how to play with the rules is similar to other party games so it's pretty easy.
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