Game: Conga – Cranium
# of players: 3-6 players
Play time: About 30 minutes
Recommended age: Ages 8 and up
Style: Family board game – Guess what I’m thinking style
There are so many versions of Cranium. I think we’re on an unintended quest to try them all. The Cranium games all have something to offer and are a great family game staple — like the Clue, Life and Parcheesi of past.
Jack received Conga (a Cranium variation) recently. We enjoyed the game on a family night and the kids and I have played it again since. The 4 usual sections of Cranium are included in this game: Creative Cat (sculpt or draw), Data Head (math questions), Star Performer (act, hum, sing) and Word Worm (language questions).
Conga is based around a device that you write on with a small magna-doodle pen. The first player picks a card clue, writes his/her answer and closes the lid. A timer automatically starts and the other players take turns guessing what player 1 is describing, acting, sculpting, etc. The timer is sporadic so the players don’t know when it will beep. If a player guesses correctly before the timer goes off, the correct guesser and player 1 get the number of tokens the Conga device displays. The more guesses have happened in a round the bigger the tokens awarded, but the more the guesses the greater chance someone gets the beep. If a player is holding the Conga device when the beeper goes off, that player and player 1 don’t get tokens. Everybody else scores one token.
So in this game there is a difference between getting the right answer and getting it right at the best time. Either way, you win tokens, but the luck of the timing can bring a player more tokens.
The tokens fill up a wheel and the first player with a full wheel wins.
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