Proverbidioms (by Greenstone Games) is a unique and strangely alluring iPad Games app that combines language, humanities, and look-and-find type puzzles all wrapped up into 1 intriguing application. The whole point of Proverbidioms is to introduce a collection of English common sayings, proverbs, cliches, and catch phrases to help people understand what they are and from where they originated. All those idiomatic expressions are literally portrayed through beautifully painted artwork (by T.E. Breitenbach) — this is where the look-and-find puzzles come into play. Now, you’re ready to jump into (not literally) and scan the bizarre and intriguing painting to discover as many of these sayings as possible. Proverbidioms can be discovered using a variety of Methods: Guess from the picture or Find from the list.
In the first method you zoom in and out to get a better view. Once you think you know the answer, simply tap on a scene and a list of possible sayings are presented for your best guess (sometimes there is more than 1 possible choice), and if you guess correctly you have an option to get the definition, an example, and its origin to gain a full understanding for that specific saying. If you feel compelled, you can even share using the Share tab. On the other hand, if you make a wrong guess you can get some help using a clue or have the answer revealed to you. Believe me, some sayings or images are not quite what they appear to be and will leave you scratching your head as you try to match them up correctly (saying with image). If you prefer to check out the list area first before venturing into the paintings, just tap on the book icon (bottom left) to select a saying that you’d prefer to search for. There is a star system where you’ll be awarded a gold, silver or bronze based on the number of times it takes you to get the right answer. Included in the app is a running total of how many proverbidioms you’ve completed in relation to the overall total 264 inside the app. This application comes with 4 game packs; the first is unlocked (Proverbidioms 264 proverbs and cliches) and the other 3 can be unlocked through an in app purchase of either $1.99 or $2.99 each.
Some of the really well-known cliches/sayings were easy to match up with their literally painted counterpart. I was able to quickly identify things like: “Stabbed in the back,” “Raining cats and dogs,” “Eyes in the back of his head,” and “All Ears” — but before you get too cocky, there are plenty of not so obvious ones in the mix — which I discovered when looking at the picture alone without any help from the list: such as a woman with her pants (shorts) on fire. My first response was “Liar, liar, pants on fire,” but I was wrong. I won’t tell you the answer to the woman with her shorts on fire — I’ll let you figure it out yourself, but I was “kicking myself” after I had the answer revealed to me. One of the many things that I liked about this application was that the developer didn’t make the objective so hard that you’d either feel stupid or possibly loose interest — you can always get clues, some words of encouragement, and even have the answer revealed if you really get stuck. One tip: check out the list of sayings first, then go into viewing the painting because you may find that the painting alone “doesn’t ring a bell” — sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
I found this iPad Games application to be a fun, clever and engaging introduction to English common sayings, proverbs, cliches, and catch phrases. The thought-provoking artwork had a strange and surreal quality that kept me hooked as I hunted around to find all the literal translations depicted throughout the puzzles. I think that this application would easily appeal to a wide range of people and a wide range of age groups as well. What say you about this literal and quirky app — or has the “cat got your tongue?” Check out all of our iPad app reviews. Crazy Mike
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Size: 90.2 MB
Developer: Greenstone Games LTD
Store: iTunes App Store
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“One of the most unique games on the AppStore combining clever artwork and crafty gameplay. The game perfectly marries uniquely wonderful artful presentations with challenging hunt, peck and match puzzles making for an experience that is entertaining, enlightening and educational. Go forth and download!”
~Kevin Agot: Touch arcade forum
“Great! Awesome! Once you start you can’t put it down! A must for any puzzle player! Please, more games just like this!”
How Many Proverbidioms Can You Find? Discover hundreds of humorous, bizarre, and sometimes risqué interpretations of everyday sayings hidden within four famous paintings by T. E. Breitenbach. Imagine a real case of “butterflies in the stomach”, a “brainstorm”, “monkey business”, or a “rat race”.
Explore these tongue-in-cheek masterpieces in stunning detail backed by gorgeous soundscapes. Guess the sayings or hunt for them from a list. Have you ever wondered where our common phrases, proverbs, and clichés come from? Guess correctly, and learn the fascinating origins, meanings, and usage too!
Hundreds of thousands of people have already purchased Proverbidioms posters and jigsaws. Now for the first time, Proverbidioms the App offers a whole new interactive experience to give you hours of addictive, unsurpassed fun and learning!
There are four games in this app.
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HOURS OF FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Create users for the whole family and compete among yourselves to see who finds the most sayings. Adults love testing their own knowledge and kids learn tons of new idioms as they spend countless hours trying to find them all. But winning isn’t as easy as merely playing a lot. Proverbidioms the App tests your skills at how easily you can identify idioms.
FULLY IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
Step into the world of Proverbidioms. Pictures come to life as they make their own silly and bizarre sounds, which makes you feel like you’re really there! You can zoom in up to 6x to view the incredible detail of the colorful art. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the physical posters. Now, on the iPad, Proverbidioms the App offers an entirely new experience!
LEARN OVER 800 IDIOM’S, DEFINITIONS, USAGE & ORIGINS
Ever wondered where a certain saying or proverb comes from? Or what an idiom really means and how it emerged? Proverbidioms the App is great entertainment that also teaches you over 800 English idioms, their definitions, usage and even their fascinating origins!
MAKE YOUR FACEBOOK AND TWITTER FRIENDS LAUGH!
Share pictures of hilarious sayings with your friends. For example, find a silly and witty idiom like, “You are what you eat” (represented by a carrot man eating a carrot), and easily share this picture directly with your Facebook, Twitter or email friends. You’ll make them laugh almost as much as you are!
COMPETE ON AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER BOARD.
Proverbidioms the App includes Openfeint leaderboards technology. This means you can compete against friends with iPad’s, or with the entire world! Your skill is measured by how many and how accurately you can find the sayings.