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Monday, February 29, 2016

Cranium Cariboo (1998)

Cranium Cariboo (1998)

Ratings

6.11122 out of 10 with 321 ratings
Board Game Rank: 4753
Children's Game Rank: 152

Description

Cranium Cariboo is a game for young children (Ages 3 - 6) to help them learn letters, numbers/counting, colors, and shapes.

Players take turns drawing a card and opening one of the treasure hunt doors that has a trait corresponding to the card (color, number of objects, etc.). Once the door is opened, players look for a ball. If they find one, they drop it in the "tide pool". Once all six balls are found, the treasure chest opens and everyone wins (there are scoring rules, if a cooperative win is not desirable).

Reimplemented by:
Cariboo Island

  • Publisher: Cranium, Inc.
  • Year Published: 1998
  • Number of Players: 2 - 4
  • Suggested Number of Players: 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 4
  • Playing Time: 20
  • Suggested Ages: 2
  • Language Dependence: Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
  • Subdomain: Children's Games
  • Category: Children's Game, Educational
  • Mechanic: Co-operative Play
  • Family: Cranium
  • Alternate Names: Cranium Cariboo, Cranium Cariboo Expanded Edition

Reviews

7 out of 10
By
Fun game for kids. My little girl (nearly 3) soon grasped the beginner's game and it taught her to recognise the letters A, B & C and numbers 1, 2 & 3 after three games (obviously this wasn't the first time she'd seen these things, but following the game her knowledge was clearly stronger). Now three & a half, she is happy to play this by herself (though the cards end up all over the floor!).

5 out of 10
By
This isn't much of a game, but if you have kids who are 2 and 4, they will love it! Components are excellent, and the 'game' teaches basic concepts of colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.

9 out of 10
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My son Ben absolutely loves this and would play it any time it's offered, and often suggests playing it. I rate it a 9 for him, almost the perfect game. For adults it's not as bad as some games and encourages interaction with the child, so that's a plus too!

7 out of 10
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Rated for kids. My son (2yr) has really loved this game. As an adult, it's really boring, but there are educational aspects to it. It does somewhat bother me that the child's success at identifying the matching squares has nothing to do with winning the game (there is no relationship between correctly finding a match and the locations of the balls)

5 out of 10
By
6 for younger kids, less than 5. After that it doesn't hold interest.

7 out of 10
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Excellent first kids' game. The version that includes the advanced cards is great for pre/early readers.

8 out of 10
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I’ve just bought this for my daughters second birthday. Before she was born I made a list of about 10 games to get her started in the hobby. The first game I was supposed to buy her was this; Cranium Cariboo. I didn’t check the list for well over a year and when I eventually did last week a lot of the games had gone out of print including this one. I eventually tracked a copy of this down, the only place I found that still had it in stock anywhere was at a school equipment website in the UK (which was handy since I’m in the UK). It’s still 10 months until my daughters second birthday, but it’s here waiting. I unwrapped it from the shrink to check it over. It looks the part, although I must say the cards could have been a little thicker and bigger. I was tempted to buy a few copies to sell on at a later date but I don't know how 'in demand' a game like this will get. Will I regret that I didn't?

4 out of 10
By
I don't understand the attraction, but kindergarten kids love this game!

9 out of 10
By
An excellent game for it's age bracket. Our seven year old still enjoys this game and we originally got it for him when he was three. We just introduced our two and a half year old to it this morning and it was an instant success. The rating of 9 is based on the childrens love of the game. At this writing, there are 79 owners, and NONE of them are trading.

6.5 out of 10
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My daughter loves this and calls this the ball game

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Bought for Finn--he LOVES this game and, in fact, this is reason he now knows the word "game" which is about the cutest and most lovely word to hear him say.

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Looking forward to playing this with my 3 year old niece.

5 out of 10
By
Fun game to play with my little ones

8 out of 10
By
Great game for young kids.

9 out of 10
By
My 3 year olds loved it, never really got the rules but just repeatedly opened the doors to find the balls. They ended up destroying the game within 3 to 4 months. I am still debating on whether or not to buy them another one.

2 out of 10
By
My 5 year old loves it. It's a better learning tool than it is a game.

10 out of 10
By
Rating from the perspective of the intended audience (2 and 3 year olds).

4 out of 10
By
really no strategy. A modified memory game, but only the last one matters. I'll play with my niece but that's for her sake.

5 out of 10
By
Decent fun for the kiddies, so I'll play if they want to.

6 out of 10
By
rated as a kids game:huge hit with 2 and 3 year olds

7 out of 10
By
Great game for a 2 year old. My daughter loves trying to find the balls and although she goes ADD after about 15 minutes and starts to open everything, she still likes it.

7 out of 10
By
A good game for what it is: teaching very young kids their colors, shapes, and numbers.

6 out of 10
By
RATING FOR KIDS. From ages 1 to 4, the kids have enjoyed different ways to play this game. Starting from a simple "where's the ball?" discovery game to a pattern and number recognition. Recommended for geeks with little ones.

5 out of 10
By
Great for 1.5 - 2 year olds. I had to make the game harder for everyone 3 and up

5.5 out of 10
By
Fun mechanics that help teach my son colours, numbers, letters, and shapes. I get bored quickly with it, but he seems to enjoy it.

7 out of 10
By
The surprise element in finding the ball under the door makes this a fun game for both kids and adults. Finding all six balls then provides a special award that reveals a hidden treasure. I like the fact that this has two levels of difficulty. For my 2-year old granddaughter it's fun watching her following the clue on her card to the game board. She prefers to keep the doors close after opening them, making it much much harder for adults to remember which doors are still undiscovered!

5 out of 10
By
Younger children enjoy the mechanics/treasure aspect of this.

9 out of 10
By
When you have your first child, you can never tell what is the game that will make them first fall in love with the gaming experience! This was it for us. She asks for this over and over -- not the first game she's done that with, but FAR surpassing the first enthuasism, plus this is also the first game she's actually played by the rules while repeatedly loving it. This is a winner in terms of helping your child identify quantities, colors, shapes and initial letters. But they especially love the little physical "rewards" -- a ball here, a treasure there! It's so much fun. Congrats to the designers.

7 out of 10
By
Rated as kids game

8 out of 10
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When our kids were toddlers, they really liked this one. Since then, they have grown out of it, lost some pieces, and broken the board.

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kids game

8 out of 10
By
Noel's Game.

8 out of 10
By
My rating is based on the target age group - my daughter loves this game & is ~2 years old.

8 out of 10
By
Rated for very young kids. Best game we've had that my kids would enjoy at 2 years of age -- really their first great game. I love it that you can use colors and numbers for the younger kids and increase the difficulty slightly (using letters) as they get a little older. The kids love opening the doors and the anticipation of finding the balls that will help them open the treasure chest. A little fiddly to get the balls seated in their places at the beginning, and relatively easy to cheat by looking into the opened doors at an angle to find the remaining balls, but overall a great game for the little ones. We had MANY plays of this one - definitely got our money's worth.

8 out of 10
By
[Rating is from the point of view of my 3-year-old daughter, who's played it once.]

4 out of 10
By
Rating is based on my two year old's interest. The play with balls is very compelling to young kids. No actual thinking here most of the time.

3 out of 10
By
I rate this high because my kids want to play this all the time. I have the version with the advanced rules and when my 5 year old can play without the 3 year old she chooses this version. It is a game that the kids can play on their own as well. Not anymore I guess.

8 out of 10
By
A very good, positive, colorful, cooperative game for the preschool set.

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Birthday gift from Lanouettes - 2011

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Complete. Box isn't in great condition

7 out of 10
By
This rating is based on this being a young child's game.

6 out of 10
By
sean's

4 out of 10
By
I guess the child rating would be a 7 under 5 years of age

5 out of 10
By
Bought this for my three year old, she likes it very much. Balls tend to roll together, which often means two will get in the same square and the door gets jammed shut. After about a week of constant playing, some of the plastic doors are beginning to get bent. But DD loves the 'treasure' and it IS a nice cooperative game - pick it up if you have a very young gamer and you can find it cheap!

7.5 out of 10
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Why the high rating, you ask? Because my kids repeatedly request we play this and I never inwardly groan at the prospect. In fact, there's even a little tension as you get to the end, wondering who will find the final ball and open up the treasure chest. Also a big plus in that it is educational without being needlessly complex. My 2 year old can play it and be learning at the same time.

8.5 out of 10
By
There are very, very few games in existence that a bright 2-year-old can handle. This is one of them. If a child knows the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4, the letters a, b and c, and the four basic colors, then he can play this. And it works fine solitaire, which makes it perfect for a parent to guide a child through. Nothing much here for older kids or adults, but it's wonderful fun (and a great gateway!) for preschoolers. Rated as such. The only negative is that the gold-painted sandpaper grain in the treasure chest can flake off.

10 out of 10
By
My daughter LOVED this game as a kid. We played it so many times that I'm keeping it in her memory stuff, even though it takes up a heck of a lot of room!

9 out of 10
By
Best kids game, BAR-none.

8 out of 10
By
Players are trying to locate hidden balls on a treasure island, and use them to unlock the treasure. Simple children's game where players take turns reveal a card, then use a key to unlock a compartment in the game board where the trait on the card matches the compartment. The compartment may reveal a small rubber ball, which is extracted and placed into a treasure chest "chute". When the sixth ball is found and placed, the treasure chest unlocks and that player wins the revealed jewel. Wonderful discovery game for children from the age of 2 up - enforces shapes, colours, numbers and letters and the production is wonderful. My son just loved it from the moment I bought it home - his first real boardgame.

7 out of 10
By
My 2 year old daughter loves this game, and I love playing it with her. I was amazed the way she instantly recognized one door could stand for its color, picture, count, and a letter. I highly recommend this for 2-5 year olds.

5 out of 10
By
Great game for young children. My favorite of my son's first games (Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly Jr., etc. games).

2 out of 10
By
Cool memory-oriented game for toddlers. The rolling ball mechanism keeps them interested.

6.5 out of 10
By
Not sure why this has such a low rating. For it's target audience (toddlers) it's great!. Perhaps the reviewers are just too smart for this game :)

8 out of 10
By
Best game EVER for the 2-4 yr old set. HOURS of entertainment, even solo entertainment.

4 out of 10
By
Rating is for adults. With my now 2 year son, I'd rate it a 9...he has the colors and shapes down well and is just learning the letters and numbers. Good beginner game.

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Sold on eBay

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thrift store find

8 out of 10
By
One of the games of choice for younger kiddies around ages 3-4, and educational too. For it's target group, this is an excellent game, and juniors are happy to play it over and over. My children would rate it as 8 or higher: "Very good game. I like to play. Probably I'll suggest it and will never turn down a game."

8 out of 10
By
Not my personal favorite, but the kids go nuts when we bring it out (1-4 yrs)

7 out of 10
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This is a children's game. It is basically a simple children's memory game with high end production values. Good as a first memory game, after mastering Hi Ho Cherry-O and Candyland. It has really nice production value.

6 out of 10
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My 3 y.o. love it! It's somehow cooperative, although it could also be argued that there is no real "game" in there. Still, the components are gorgeous and he'll be happy to open the box and play with it. Not something you will enjoy playing with your kids though.

5 out of 10
By
good for say ages 2-5 with the exspansion cards

7 out of 10
By
Rating is based on what my 3 and 4-year olds would give it...fun for them, okay for me to play with them.

7 out of 10
By
Nice. An "ask for" game with nieces and nephews.

7 out of 10
By
Rating is from my kids at the age targeted by the game. Definately not for kids over 8.

6 out of 10
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Was great when my daughter was 3-4 years old. She was so motivated to open the treasure chest & win the gem she learned her letters, numbers & shapes. The booster set made this games life extend to the next level. Great for little ones. We played many times over & over again. Well worth the $.

7 out of 10
By
GREAT introductory game for small fry (age 3 or so). The components are top notch & it teaches taking turns & matching skills.

5 out of 10
By
When you have kids in the house you have the games that come with them.

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Bought the expanded edition on 11 October 2008.

4 out of 10
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Good for kids and developing initial counting, color, etc skills, but not terribly exciting for adults(G)...

1.7 out of 10
By
My 4 year & six year old play it seldomly. I would never play it. Personally, I'd give it a "1".

6 out of 10
By
It is hard to truly be inspired by a game for three year olds, but this isn't a bad time killer if you are equiped with a three year old.

6 out of 10
By
For Ellie. I've "played" this a number of times with my daughter.

1 out of 10
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Definitely for the kids, and the younger the better. When I get roped into this I can't wait for it to end and only play because I love my daughter.

4 out of 10
By
Just not that interesting

4 out of 10
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Not very interesting. Almost no decisions or even observations. Even for a kids game, this is pretty dull

4 out of 10
By
Kids.

7.5 out of 10
By
My son LOVES this game. To the point of driving us crazy about playing it. But we do our part to grow our little gamer!

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Kids like the jewels and balls. The game can scale pretty well as younger kids age out of the basic game. But it is a matching game at it's core, with just a little extra oomph to make it more exciting.

7 out of 10
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Fantastic bits -- the rubber treasure balls are really exiting for kids to find, and the key mechanism of opening the doors is extremely attractive. Just a *bit* higher than our 2-year-old can handle, but he loves playing with the bits, and I'm sure by the time he's 3 he'll be totally into this game.

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Sold on eBay

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Parts copy.

6 out of 10
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I really looked forward to getting this game. I know how well it worked with other kids. The concept of drawing cards, matching the cards to the doors, then unlocking the doors to find one of the six balls. Finding all six balls opens the chest. Sounds like the perfect activity. Unfortunately, my boys are too excited about finding the balls and taking off the paper of the doors to pay attention to drawing cards. Although, opening doors to find the balls is also an activity.

5 out of 10
By
Thrift store purchase, $1.50. The 3 year old LOVES it. Can't see anybody older than that liking it: So a high rating for 3 year old's but rating goes down after that age.

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thrifted for toddlers

8 out of 10
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Balls-out fun, but the goddamn treasure wouldn't come out of the chest! Best when played hardcore with the target demo. Be advised, though—AP can be a problem...

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quiet play, 2

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Fantastic game for four and five year old's. They will play it all by themselves. Easy to pick up at a thrift.

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Great kids game, but I got two copies.

3 out of 10
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First played January 18th, 2010. This is a light game. Taught in 1 min, played in 10 minutes. Of course this is for young-ons. Match the letter, color, shape, etc to the object and then open the box with a key. Find a ball and place it in the chamber. Find 6 of them and you win (as a team?).

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KIDS

6 out of 10
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A children's game that teaches letters, colors, numbers and shapes... Good for what it is...

6 out of 10
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A very charming little kids memory game. The treasure chest mechanism is really worth the price of admission. My 5 year old daughter loved it.

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Daughter loves this game!

6 out of 10
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Rated as a kids game. Good game for 3 year old kids. Very age appropriate.

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My son (2 yrs) loves this game.

3 out of 10
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More of an activity than a game, but it's a game-like thing that very young kids enjoy. Kids (2-6) rating would likely be 7.5-ish.

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Daughter's game. Don't log plays.

5 out of 10
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haven't played yet

5 out of 10
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my 3 yr old loves it, but both the "easy" and "advanced" versions are really too easy.
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