The Brainstormer 4+


Designed for iPad

    • 3.5 • 34 Ratings
    • $1.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The Brainstormer is kindling for creative minds. A tactile tool to randomly combine a plot, a subject and a setting or style, the Brainstormer provides a moment of inspiration for writers, painters, or any creative mind. Combat creative block, spark new ideas and summon up quick subjects for doodling, sketching or journaling.

NEW! Find Inspiration anywhere. The Brainstormer now supports the Apple Watch!

The Brainstormer has three spinning wheels featuring plot/conflict, theme/setting and subject/location. By manipulating the wheels -- or do a random spin -- you generate combinations that make fantastic creative prompts for writing, sketching or any creative activity. Edit the wheels: tweak the built in lists or create entirely new scenarios from scratch.

More Wheels! The Character Builder wheel combines of archetypes attributes and backgrounds, and the World Builder combines theme, mood and place to create one-of-a-kind settings. NEW! Sci-Fi Brainstormer generates ideas with a science fiction flavor.

Please Note: The "Classic Brainstormer" wheel is included in the purchase price as always, and you can add the bonus "Creature Builder" wheel for free! Additional expansion wheels are available as in-app purchase, or you can share and get more wheels online!


"The Brainstormer is a very attractive app that spins wheel to randomly combine plots, subjects, and styles. It's great for quick prompts or a new impulse."
-- Jurgen Fauth, Huffington Post

"The Brainstormer app provides a cornucopia of ideas for creative minds"
-- Kelly Hodgkins, TUAW

"Next time you're fresh out of ideas, give the wheels of Brainstormer a spin."
-- Mike Rankin,


• Time-tested and artist-proven, featuring the carefully curated ‘Classic Brainstormer’ lists.
• Circular ‘Wheel Mode’ and linear ‘Slot Machine’ mode provides two views into the nearly endless combinations.
• Shake your device or roll the dice for “Random Spin”.
• Lock any of the wheels to fine tune your spins.
• Fully editable: Tweak the ‘Classic Brainstormer’ or create your own wheels entirely.
• Export and Share your wheels with others via email, AirDrop and more.
• Supports International Characters and Emoji!
• Found the perfect combination? Send it via email or share it on Twitter and Facebook.
• Apple Watch support for ideas on the go!
• Edit your wheels in your browser over Wi-Fi.



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Original Concept, all Art and Design by Andrew Bosley
Software Development by Joel Davis

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

- Supports all iPhone screen sizes!
- Apple Watch support for ideas on the go!
- Export and Share Wheel Sets
- Improved Word Editor
- Use International Characters and Emoji!
- New Sci-Fi Brainstormer
- Edit Words from your desktop Browser

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

RobertDG ,

Fun writing/character/world prompts

I really like the interface on this app, and the fact that I can create custom brainstorming sets based on existing ones (or from scratch). Very well thought-out. My only complaint is this:

If i want to randomly create 20 characters with the Character Builder, in order to save each one, I have to either Tweet, post on Facebook, or email every combination. I would very much prefer to add the randomized combos to a list that I can email all at once (or even just add to the paste buffer). As it is, I have to use this in combination with a computer, or a pen and paper to collect a set of character (or other type) prompts. I'm certainly not going to bombard my twitter followers with the output of this app twenty times in a row.

Please consider making it possible to accumulate a list of brainstormed combinations.

MissSophie ,

I love it, but it could use some small tweaks

It works great for what I want it for, but it’s VERY noisy. I have to turn my notification sounds all the way down, which is a problem, rather than having a simple switch to turn off the sounds. I’d also love if it could save combos you like to the app instead of having to share them.

Blue Pine ,

really fun, and very useful

I love this! I've been goofing around with it, and the surprising combinations are really fun to think about!

Some have made me laugh with delight, some brought serious thoughts and memories to mind, others suggested quirky, funny ideas.

I'll be relying on this when November rolls around, and National Novel Writing Month comes back to the top of the calendar!

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