Thursday, July 24, 2008

iPint for iPhone - Trivial Fun

Here's a way to have a little bit of fun when you're out practicing good beer etiquette with friends. iPint is a free application for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch from the makers of Carling beer. The game uses the phone's accelerometer to sense movement as you slide a pint of beer around obstacles along a bar, delivering the glass to an outreached hand. After completing the course successfully you are rewarded with a virtual pint. The virtual pint is also viewable at anytime by clicking a button in the application. The beer virtual pint sloshes around in reaction to the movements of the iPhone. You can "consume" the beer by tilting the phone as if pouring. Drink as slow or fast as you like. Yep, that's all it does, but it's pretty fun, for awhile anyway. Interestingly, according to the iTunes store you must be at least 17 years old to consume a virtual beer.

View iPint in action
Download from the iTunes store

Update, July 30: iPint is no longer available in the U.S. iTunes store. I've written Carling for comment and will post if/when I hear more.
Update, October 16: Apparently the removal of iPint is due to a lawsuit by the makers of the iPhone application iBeer.

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