I finally broke down and bought a copy of "Give Me The Brain" from the BGG marketplace. After having enjoyed "Lord Of The Fries" as a light card-playing romp, I knew I would like this, and I was right. What's to like? Let's take a look:
What's To Like?
Good lookin' color cards. Most of the rules are on 'em, so you should be able to keep play flowin' like beer at a frat house.
Brief rules. Read 'em and start your shift at Friedey's right away! (No Avalon Hill-esque rules novella here!)
The theme is just too damned funny. Even the comments and card titles make you giggle. I liked, "Look, a squirrel!," or "I can hear the ocean!" Even the descriptions of the actions on the cards are funny.
Play proceeds logically and smoothly.
Simple mechanics with few glitches.
What's Not Likeable?
It says "fifteen minutes" for playing time, but don't you believe it. This is only not likeable if you only have fifteen minutes to play. It CAN play in fifteen minutes, but can take twice that long or longer, depending on the breaks.
Brief rules. While short and succinct, the rules could benefit from just a wee bit more clarification tweakage. Not a major beef, though.
The "I'll Have Someone Bring That Out To You" card. This is a major, grain fed angus beef, unless someone can explain it away for me. Technically, the way I see it, you could simply play this card, then the player to whom you handed it plays it, then the next player plays it, ad infinitum. I mean it. Forever. As long as you played it to the player on the left and they did likewise, the game could be frozen in a purgatorial limbo forever. Why you'd want to do that boggles the mind, but it did happen when I was playing with my kids. They thought t'was funny; we were all down to two or three cards, and since no one had any "brain-free" job cards, (the one with the brain had only bid cards!) and NO ONE wanted to take a turn loafing, (thus drawing a card) the gates to purgatory were thrown open wide! With each round that passed, I transmogrified a bit more and more into a sort of demented Jack Nicholson. I finally kept it and took a loafing turn, just to keep things rolling. It's only redeeming factor? It's good to hang onto to play when you're trying to go out. (My sweet, SWEET revenge!!) Not that redeeming, actually, but hey... accentuate the positive.
The Final Verdict?
This is yet another fun and funny game from Cheapass Games, and well worth the effort. It's certainl worth the money! Don't let my histrionics about that one card fool ya. It's a great game, great mechanics, has great flow and a great theme. For a light, fun game, you just can't beat it. Two big, fat, Roger Ebert thumbs up!
Seperated At Birth?
It's "Look a monkey!" and "There's a Squirrel in my Head", btw.
I'm not sure what happened with I'll Have Someone Take That Out to You. I've never had that happen to me. First of all, it's a one-handed job, so the player can play it as well as another one-handed job card. And secondly, it is often more strategic to pass it to the right. If the person on your left keeps passing it on, then they must not have any other good cards to play, so let them take a loafing turn or play something crappy.
We have that situation with the IHSBTOtY card crop up with some regularity in 2-player games. Basically, we've got an unspoken rule much like "ko" in Go, where you can't duplicate a board position: if IHSBTOtY comes back to you in one of those situations, bite the bullet and do something else.