Say What You See: The Collection ($0.99) by Big Ideas Corporation Limited is a punny puzzle app. Like a combination of Where’s Waldo, a rebus puzzle, and visual puns, Say What You See is a feast for the eyes and the brain.
When you first launch the app, you sign in with your Game Center credentials. You can play anonymously if you prefer, but you will get Game Center nag screens if you go that route. Anyway, you can download one 50 puzzle iCanvas and two 10 puzzle iCanvases to start. Choose from Scary Movies, Books 2 Film, or 80’s Movies. After that, you can pay $.99 to upgrade each of your 10 puzzle iCanvases to 50 puzzles. Each month, you will get a new free 10 puzzle iCanvas (which you can upgrade to 50 if you like, for $.99 of course). In addition, you get about a dozen simple “bonus puzzles” to solve. Currently, since it is December, all of the bonus puzzles are Christmas-related.
I chose the 80’s Movies for my 50 puzzle iCanvas. Each puzzle is a visual pun, a play on words in the film’s title, not a clue from the actual movie. Spoiler Alert: For example, one puzzle was a young goat dressed in a karate uniform, doing a karate chop. The answer? Karate Kid. Get it? A juvenile goat is a “kid”. There are no goats in the movie. The pictures below contain some spoilers as well, so don’t scroll down if you don’t want any of the puzzles spoiled.
Each iCanvas is visually pleasing, retina-quality, with a hand-painted look. However, I got bored fairly quickly — if I knew it, great, if not, then not. I’m not one to puzzle over and over something until it comes to me. I think it would be more fun to play with a friend, live, so you could bounce ideas off of each other. Actually saying the words out loud (Say what you see!) does sometimes help you solve a puzzle. In theory, this would be fun to play with kids, except that most kids haven’t seen most of these movies. Hopefully an update will include a kids’ movie iCanvas so they can join in the fun.
If like rebus puzzles, visual puns, movies, and/or Where’s Waldo, you will definitely get your dollar’s worth of fun out of this app. If you like the puzzle idea, but want something besides movies, there is a music version you can check out as well.
Would you like a chance to win a promo code? If so, simply comment below. We have a total of four codes: two codes for the iPhone/iPod Touch version and two codes for the iPad version to give away. You must specify which iDevice you own in order to be selected to win. Contest ends December 14, 2:00 p.m. EST. Good luck!