iBeer

Common Sense Media says

Beer-pouring app isn't OK for kids of any age.

Age

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are no intricacies to master except playing silly tricks on friends. For instance, press the "Magic Trick" button until it turns orange and is replaced by a fake apps screen. Tap the screen to pour a sudsy brew while commanding, "Beer!" in order to make gullible friends think the app is voice activated. (Unfortunately, the fake apps screen has a tendency to freeze, making it difficult to get back to the main menu.)

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

An in-game link launches the Hottrix site, which features banners for its other apps, including iMilk and iSoda. On the same page is a prominent ad for a sex apps site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Kids get the message that not only is drinking okay, but that it's also funny to pretend you're swilling a cold one from a cell phone.

Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this popular gag app turns the iPhone into a virtual frosty one. In addition to beer, the iPhone app simulates mouthwash and coffee, and players can purchase add-ons such as milk, cola, and wine. The iBeer Keg app for iPad will "pour" beer into an iPhone running this app. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

iBeer looks and sounds so much like the real thing you half expect the "mug" to feel cold and sweaty to the touch. Choose one of five types of brewskis from the virtual vending machine, watch the screen fill with amber liquid, then tilt the phone (ideally into mouth) to make it drain. Repeat. Remain sober.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$0.99
Release date:May 31, 2009
Category:Entertainment
Publisher:Hottrix
Version:3.05
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later, Android 2.1 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
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Teen, 15 years old Written bybpixie July 11, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Really funny

Hilarious! Come on CSM, it's not THAT bad ... my THREE YEAR OLD brother uses is all the time!! :)
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byeeef May 16, 2010
Parent of a 2, 8, and 11 year old Written byDa Nerd May 28, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Beer pouring

To pretend to drink beer
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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