The 10 Best Cranium Games

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in March of 2018. Created by a pair of erstwhile Microsoft employees in 1998, Cranium has since evolved into one of the most beloved board games. "The Game for Your Whole Brain," and its many expansions and spin-offs, have something to offer for everyone, regardless of age, intelligence, or particular interests. What they all share is the capacity to sharpen players' skills in creativity and recall. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Cranium Wow

2. Hullabaloo in a Box

3. Cadoo For Kids

Editor's Notes

November 07, 2019:

Of course, the best Cranium game largely depends on the ages of your potential players. But it's possible that before consulting this list you had no idea that the brand offered such a wide variety of styles.

Many of our top choices like Cadoo For Kids and Hullaballoo in a Box reflect some of the brands original games that are beloved by parents for being a great brain stimulation for the ages they are recommended for. Cranium Wow took the top spot for largely reflecting the first game geared towards teens and adults, with some fun updating.

We removed the Glee Edition because the show has been off the air for so long, and replaced it with Cranium Dark. This newer offshoot reflects the increasing popularity of irreverent party games for adults, without the topics that would require you to be tipsy to enjoy playing with family members.

4. 3-in-1 Board

5. The Original

6. Cranium Dark

7. Party Playoff

8. Pop 5

9. Whoonu Box

10. Ballpark Blast

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Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.

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