‘Proverbidioms’ is a Fun Hidden Object-Style Game Based on the Famous Painting

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Do you know what Proverbidioms is? If you answer “no" don’t feel bad, because I didn’t either. Proverbidioms is an oil painting created by American artist T. E. Breitenbach back in the mid-70s that quite humorously illustrated various popular proverbs, idioms, and other wordplay phrases. For example, the phrase “you are what you eat" is represented by a man in a carrot suit eating a carrot. There are hundreds of these hidden throughout the Proverbidioms painting, and it went on to become a popular poster in college dorms across the lands, a jigsaw puzzle, and has even been used for educational purposes. It’s basically become a part of pop culture. And back in 2012 a digital adaptation of Proverbidioms was launched for the iPad. It featured the famous painting and all its hidden phrases and tasked you with finding them all. In the fall of 2013 Proverbidioms was updated with iPhone support, but sadly that was pretty much the last update it ever received and the app fell into disrepair over the years. Well this week developer Long View Labs released an update giving the game a major overhaul and bringing it up to speed in terms of modern device support. Here’s a brand new trailer explaining what the new Proverbidioms is all about.

As you can see, Proverbidioms the app depicts the painting and also features some minor animations to sort of bring the whole thing to life. Perhaps my favorite part is that the game keeps track of all the different phrases that you can find, which is great for my OCD completion-ist side. It’s really a fun hidden objects type of game, and you can download and check it out for yourself for free and play through the original Proverbidioms painting. Then there are additional paintings in the series available as IAP, such as Proverbidioms II, Ultimate Proverbidioms, Proverbidioms IV, and A Picture of Health. These are all actual paintings that T. E. Breitenbach has created over the years, and there’s plans to add even more of his paintings into the Proverbidioms app in the future. For free there’s no reason not to check out the newly updated Proverbidioms app right now.

  • Proverbidioms

    The aim is to find as many English sayings as you can. For example, imagine looking for “to butter someone up”, pain…
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