Crane Game (minigame)

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Crane Game
MP1 Crane Game.png
Mario Party.
UFO Catcher Pario Marty 2.png
Mario Party 2.
Appears in Mario Party
Mario Party 2
Type 1-vs-3 minigame
Time limit 30 seconds
Music Coins of the World (Mario Party)
This Way That (Mario Party 2)

Crane Game is a 1-vs-3 minigame in the games Mario Party and Mario Party 2. The game involves three players lying around as stuffed dolls while another player, being hoisted by a crane, tries to pick them up and drop them in a pipe.

Gameplay[edit]

Characters can try to wiggle free if grabbed by repeatedly tapping A Button. The player attached to the crane can hold on to the character it has grabbed by tapping A Button.

In the original Mario Party, the player on the crane had to pick one of the other characters only. The player can also choose to pick up a treasure chest worth ten coins, a Coin Bag worth five coins, or a single coin. If the player on the crane successfully drops a character into the pipe, they will take one-third of that player's coins, but if the character is dropped to the ground before reaching the pipe, the solo player gets nothing. This version is set inside a building similar to a claw machine.

In Mario Party 2, the rules of the game underwent a change, as the player on the crane must capture all three opponents. To make this task easier, time bonuses (stopwatches with "+15", "+20" or "+30" imprinted) were introduced. When the player drops one of them into the pipe, more time will be added to the game timer according to what the watch shows. This version is set inside a machine in the style of a lunar landscape.

In the Mini-Game Coaster, the human player always plays against the team of three.

Controls[edit]

Solo (1 player)[edit]

  • Control Stick – Move
  • A Button – Lower Crane
  • A Button (Repeatedly) – Grab

Group (3 players)[edit]

  • A Button (Repeatedly) – Wiggle

In-game text[edit]

Mario Party[edit]

  • Game Rules"You are the Crane Game crane. Try to grab the prizes by pressing A Button repeatedly. If caught, wiggle free with A Button."
  • Advice"When you grab somebody, you steal one-third of all their Coins."

Mario Party 2[edit]

  • Game Rules"It's the new and improved Crane Game! Drop all your stuffed rivals into the pipe to win. Leave none behind!"
  • Game Rules (Mini-Game Coaster)"You are the Crane Game crane! Grab all three opponents and drop them in the pipe to clear this Mini-Game."
  • Advice"Grab the clocks to add the number of seconds shown to the timer. Grab a clock by pressing the A Button button once."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くれくれ!クレーン
Kurekure! Kurēn
もっとくれくれクレーン
Motto Kurekure Kurēn
Gimme Gimme! Crane (Mario Party)
More Gimme Gimme Crane (Mario Party 2)
Spanish Juego del Gancho Hook Game
French Jeu de la grue Crane Game
German Kirmeskran Fair Crane
Italian Gru Spaziale Space Crane

Trivia[edit]

  • In Mario Party 2, the controls for the solo player on the Game Rules screen says the A Button is to "(Repeatedly) Grab" like the previous game, but on the pause menu during gameplay it says to "(Repeatedly) Hold On".