Ubisoft cracks open Cranium Kabookii

Publisher's board game-inspired party puzzler arrives on the Nintendo Wii in December.

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After catching on to the fact that a lucrative market exists outside the typical 18- to 34-year-old male hardcore gamer demographic, many publishers and developers have been expanding their portfolios to include casual gamers. One of those publishers is France-based Ubisoft, which announced its intentions to devote more resources to casual game development in May.

It's...it's...it's...an elephant!
It's...it's...it's...an elephant!

Today, Ubisoft revealed that its latest game aimed at the casual sect would be Cranium Kabookii, available exclusively on the Nintendo Wii this December. Modeled after the award-winning board game, Cranium Kabookii offers a party game experience where players use the Wii Remote to compete in a variety of minigames, puzzles, and other assorted interactive challenges. The game also features special Kabookii decoder glasses that allow for a single player to view hidden messages or answers on the screen.

Of course, those familiar with the board game know that Cranium features a hodgepodge of ridiculous cultural references and obscure facts that have limited relevance. Therefore, Ubisoft noted that Cranium Kabookii will be tailor-made to accommodate the various regions it will be available in, including distinct editions for Canada, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Cranium Kabookii for the Nintendo Wii has not yet been rated or priced.

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