Cranium Conga Gameby Jennifer Aboudi
Learning a new board game is hard. At least it is for me, which is why I'm usually more apt to purchase updates of classics. The idea of not knowing how to teach a game to someone younger than me freaks me out. And for the longest time I thought the Cranium Series was just another Starbucks revenue vehicle. (Sure, if the latte's only costing me $10, why not throw in a board game?!)
But I suppose even toy reviewers need to be proven wrong. I have seen the light, and I've been conga-ing ever since! I enjoy the multi-faceted nature of this game. Players earn points in a totally random fashion (via a 21st century etch-a-sketch device) and need not rely on factual intelligence; rather they must use creative intelligence.
Players must assist others (always a 'fave' of mine) and encourage one another with clues that can be sculpted, prompted, or acted out. The game usually lasts about 30 minutes, which is also attractive.
Overall, this is a fabulous group game. Take it on vacations, leave it in classrooms and give it as a gift. It's fun and it's good for you.