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Have a Drink on Your iPhone Using the iPint App

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 12/28/2009
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iPint is a free iPhone application that lets you guide a beer down the bar, and down your throat.

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    Mobile Gaming

    Many iPhone users are still waiting for the day that Apple will begin releasing great videogames for the phone, letting its touch technology rival handheld devices like Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP. Though games like Crash Bandicoot Nitro and Super Monkey Ball have definitely provided real gaming experiences utilizing the evolution in gaming technology, the kind of library that defines a console is still unavailable. In its place Apple is continuously flooding us with minor cell phone distractions, and this may be just fine.

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    Serving a Digital Beer

    One of the greatest of these is iPint. The application itself is modest in what it provides, but as a quick game for hidden moments it is just perfect. The game itself gives you easy, medium, and hard settings for its “game”. From here you are given a pint of beer that you need to angle down a bar to get into the hand of the pensive alcoholic waiting eagerly. You do this by angling your phone perfectly, avoiding obstacles and the doom that waits if it falls off the edge. This can be a lot harder than it sounds, especially if you have had a comparable amount of drinks to your digital counterpart. Once you do it successfully you get an “iPint”, which turns your phone into a glass that fills with beer. By tipping your phone the beer will pour out, making it look as though you are drinking it.

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    Quick Fun

    This is a silly application without much purpose, and that is its greatest strength. It perfectly applies the touch technology of the phone and does so in a way that is a great sight gag and entertainment. It does not require much of a time commitment, which makes it great at bus stops and medical waiting rooms. And did I mention it is free?

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    Drink Up

    One of the strangest things about the program is that you must state that you are at least eighteen years of age. This is odd because there does not seem to be a public mandate for the age one must be to drink computer beer. None the less, this is a fun application that will not take up much of your storage space and is great for a laugh.