BRAIN STORM by Haim Shafir is a 2-10 player game of finding phrases by connecting pictures.
It is published by AMIGO and if you happen to obtain the German language version the English rules can be found on their website AMIGO
BRAIN STORM is a very simple game and there are no actual Right or Wrong answers, only the collective decisions of the players to agree or disagree with a player's call out.
The cards show all manner of everyday items, nicely illustrated so they are very clear to everyone what the drawings depict.
The deck of cards are shuffled and placed face down near the centre of the table. One player flips over nine cards face up into a 3 x 3 grid - this doesn't have to be a tidy grid, just 3 rough rows (or columns) of 3 cards, all cards easily visible to every player.
Because the game isn't played in Turns or Rounds, all players play at the same time, it is a good idea to have a different player flip over the cards each time they are needed - which is regularly because as cards are removed they are replaced - and if one player is controlling flipping cards over from the deck then they are a second or so behind the other players at looking at ther grid.
The idea of the game is to call out a phrase or saying, something most people will have heard of, an object etc, using at least two cards but as many as you can if you can link them; linking two cards is easy and keeps the game moving fast. The illustrations give you the basic idea for the phrases but you have a fair amount of leeway on your call out. For example, if two of the cards on the table are a Clock and some $Dollars you can call out the phrase "Time is Money", if there is a Stewpot and a Heart you can stretch them to be "Favourite Food" (as in I
It really is that easy and simple, and because of this simplicity is also a fun family game. When we play we try to make it a little more difficult by looking for obscure connections or amusing links rather than always call out the obvious. This doesn't make it a "gamer's game" but it can be a little more "adult" especially if played by like-minded idiots.
I have selected a few pairs of cards which you can think on and see if you come up with the same answers I did (I have given my answers below): Remember the answers can be tenuous as well as obvious.
Chain + Shaking Hands
Lion + Burger
Light Bulb + Glass of Beer
Fish (in a Net) + Eye
Snake + Ladder
Red Pepper + Man wrapped in scarf, with thermometer in his mouth
Sun going down over the Mountains + Black Cat
Leonberger (a breed of dog)
Fish Eye (as in a camera lens)
Snakes & Ladders
Hot & Cold
You have to see the connections fast and be quick to call out. Quite often when we play one or more players call out at the same time and, believe it or not, what they call out is regularly totally different from each other and regarding different pairs or sets of cards. If the same card or cards is/are called out but with different connections (or if only one of the cards called out by multiple players is the same) then all players have to decide between them which connection they like the most and award that player the cards. This will then affect the other call outs (if they have used a card that has now been won).