Girls & Drinks Rewards You for Knowing Your Drinks

Price: $1.99    Score: 6/10    By Steve BeaudryGirls & Drinks

There’s something to be said for knowing which drinks will get you how drunk in what amount of time. For one thing, you don’t want to be falling out of your chair at Last Call. For another, as this game indicates, you don’t want to lose it in front of a hottie.

Girls & Drinks by Baytex Software turns the art of drinking into a virtual achievement. With the combination of beer goggles and video game dexterity, Girls & Drinks challenges you to “drink” the right amount of alcohol in just the right amount of time so that you don’t pass out, but you aren’t hit with a cold reality either. If you do it right, you’ll see the female bartender in front of you go from frumpy to angelic in just five drinks. Choose from a wide variety of alcohol levels from lagers to whiskey and then carefully tip or flick your iPhone to choose how quickly you drink it. If your drunk-meter on the left reaches the top before five drinks, you pass out and lose.

This game gets high marks for graphics and an interesting use of the accelerometer, and the amount of knowledge required to know which drinks have what alcohol content is an intriguing concept, but there’s really not much more to the game. It’s fun for a couple of plays – maybe three to see each one of the girls – but after that, there’s not much to pull you back in. I have to be honest, though, I’m not the best person to go to when it comes to choosing drinks. I pretty much just guessed which drinks would have the right amount of alcohol. And even despite that, I won more times than I lost.

The game is, however, quite pleasing to look at. And not just because of the hot chicks behind the bar. The whole game has a genuine pub feel with graphics that really pop out of the virtual interface. The drinks look exactly like they should and the way in which the glasses empty – the the liquid draining, the foam floating, the ice falling – looks remarkable. It’s not just a picture of a drink; it’s a real drink.

Get Girls & Drinks if you’re looking for some eye-candy, but if you want some fun, re-playable game action, this probably isn’t the app you’re looking for. There’s definitely a market for this kind of game, but I’m just not in it.

Girls & Drinks requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with both iPhone & iPod Touch.

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