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  • Summary: Cranium Kabookii brings a new dimension to Wii play by celebrating the amazing things friends and family can do as they create, perform, discover and connect with one another. Using the Wii Remote and special Kabookii Decoder Glasses, Cranium Kabookii changes the television screen into a living canvas where teams jam, draw, act, puzzle and even crack codes to win. New questions and activities get players to spray paint the solar system on a wall (you actually hear the can shaking in your hand!); use the Wii Remote as a mallet to hammer out "Auld Lang Syne" on a xylophone; solve word puzzles (what word is both a face card and car lifter?); or trot the globe to test their knowledge of world flags, landmarks and national anthems (frequent flier miles not included!). Kabookii Decoder Glasses add an extra twist, allowing one player at a time to view hidden clues on the screen. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
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  1. It might make the hardcore gamer in us cringe at its mainstream appeal, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. [Feb 2008, p.85]
  2. This is a fun family game that’s burdened with some unfortunate technical issues. Beyond that, Kabookii’s only flaw is that it’s essentially a digital board game at video-game prices.
  3. It's totally devoid of game modes other than the core team-based play, so forget about it unless you plan to play with a group of friends fairly regularly. If you do, then this party game offers enough new ideas that aren't seen in every other family Wii title to make it worth adding to your collection.
  4. You absolutely need at least four people to play this game, which means it’s useless if you don’t have friends around.
  5. 60
    Cranium Kabookii is definitely a fun little product for Wii, with lots of variety involved and clever puzzles. Sadly there are a few niggles that prevent this from being a must-buy, especially given how the board game itself is a much cheaper alternative.
  6. Cranium Kabookii is fun for a time, but only if you've got a large group of people or big family to play it with. That makes it a good rental game, but not much else.
  7. As a video game, Cranium Kabookii offers an experience that can't even match that of its low-tech predecessor. The poor control and repetitive gameplay coupled with the underwhelming graphics and sound make for an experience that's better left off of the video game console and back on to your family's dining-room table.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. S
    Apr 2, 2008
    A lot of people have complained of the controls not working, I found if you went into the options and turned the controller sensitivity all the way up, it fixed that problem. That aside, loved, and still loving the game. It's great for gatherings, and cute to boot. Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2014
    This game is great as a party game, the more people you have the more fun it tends to be. Some of the games are a little unresponsive which is annoying such as the acting/miming one it tells you to act something on the screen with your wii remote ie. hammering, but it doesn't always respond which leaves you whacking it so hard you injure yourself! But the games are light hearted fun! Expand
  3. RichardC.
    Dec 19, 2007
    The reviews have really trashed this, but its not that bad. The motion controls *aren't* broken, they're just very specific. For instance you might have do a motion like "shake a maraca". If you do it up and down, it wont register, but shake it left to right and it will. Its just a matter of quickly changing tactics if something doesn't work. I've never played a computer game that matched the original board game, and this is no exception. But overall its not bad (boring without friends of course). Would be a good buy when on sale. Expand
  4. DougL
    May 23, 2008
    UGH... I have never been so frustrated in my life. There was one game where the controls just did not work, and i don't mean it was inconsistent or glitchy i mean NADA NOTHING ZERO movement no matter what you did. This had potential to be and ok game 6-6.5 but I was ready to snap the game in half. OH and YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST 4 PLAYERS, which is fine but not clear from the indications that only 1 controller is used. SAVE your money aggravating and I bought it for $20 bucks. I have my Wii on component and the glasses worked fine and we had no probs with other controllers just the one game that did not work at all. Expand
  5. K.P.
    Jan 2, 2009
    Awkward, I'm glad I rented it. Naturally the decoder glasses were missing from the rental rendering the game virtually unplayable. Eventually we found a red plastic wineglass that did the trick. Handy if you like hte game and lose yours, but the controls are silly, it's slow to load and is much better in its original incarnation. Expand
  6. GrouchoM.
    Dec 26, 2007
    I bought this game for my mother as a gift for Christmas, being that she is a huge fan of Cranium games and is also recently grown fond of the Wii. Christmas day we sat down to play and we were all dissapointed in it. The game itself *tries* so very hard to capture what makes its tabletop predecessor so fun, but fails miserably. The controls were frustrating, and at times completely broken. There is far too much animation and unnecessary dead time between rounds, which leaves people sitting back staring at the screen dumbfounded. This is a game that is much better left on the table, and off of the LCD. Expand
  7. BradyM.
    Dec 18, 2007
    This game is awful. Controls are lacking. Gameplay is unlike the board game. I'm a fan of Cranium, but this is hardly an authentic game.

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