04.03.09 @ 2:30pm Amelia Sauter Score: 9/10 Price: $0.99
When I was a kid, I used to play bingo at the church hall with my mom. Bar Bingo is slightly more irreverent, and a heck of a lot more fun.
Before I even started playing Bar Bingo by EXTEND Interactive with my friends, looking at the game board made me laugh out loud. Just like regular bingo, you have to complete a vertical, diagonal or horizontal row across the board.
With Bar Bingo, the game board does not have numbers; rather, it has things you would see in a bar. Some of the squares will be easy to obtain such as juke box or glass shelves. Others will require you to watch other patrons, like laughing head toss, talking on cell phone and dance moves: sprinkler. Most of them are humorous, including butt crack, Amish beard and Elvis sighting.
Playing Bar Bingo with my friends was even more entertaining than reading through the items on the board. Because many of the items are outrageous, it makes it hard to actually win the game, but the enjoyment comes from playing, not winning.
Bar Bingo not only encourages people-watching, it gives you permission to make fun of things with your friends. When is the last time that you got excited because someone’s butt crack was showing? It is a real treat to find one of the stranger things on the board, like lint picking.
Sometimes one item shows up more than once on the Bar Bingo board. If it is something you end up finding in the bar, I suppose this could be beneficial. A number of the squares are cocktails, many of which are hard to identify without talking to whoever is drinking them.
Competitively playing Bar Bingo relies on someone else besides just you having an iPhone or iPod touch, as well as the Bar Bingo app. The app is only 99 cents, and it is definitely worth downloading with your friends if you enjoy spending time in bars and you want a good laugh.
It’s not your grandma’s bingo!
Extend Interactive (www.extendinteractive.com) today announced the launch of “Bar Bingo,” a new game application for users of iPhone and iPod mobile devices. Bar Bingo brings a contemporary twist to the ever-popular, age-old game of chance. But be warned: this is not your grandma’s bingo.
“If you’ve ever been at your favorite watering hole with friends and everyone seemed a bit bored, you’ll understand the reason for Bar Bingo,” says Extend Interactive President Shawn Collins. “Bar Bingo makes even the dullest bar scene a unique entertainment event in itself.”
As in traditional bingo, players start with a “card” that contains 25 squares (5 x 5 array with “free” center square). Instead of numbers, each square holds a description of something you might see in a bar: stereotypical patrons (“cougar,” for example), individual features (pink hair stripe), attire (cowboy boots), behaviors (PDA/public display of affection), kinds of drinks (bottle beer import), and myriad other stuff, from peanuts to license plates on the wall.
“Every card is different, so every player has a unique set of squares to play,” says Shawn. “Several hundred different possible game pieces randomize into millions of different card combinations, so every game of Bar Bingo is unique.”
When a player completes a bingo, “You Win” flashes on screen and signals the end of the game. Players then reset and start a new game.
Future editions of Bar Bingo will feature an ever-expanding pool of game phrases; players can even suggest their own ideas at BarBingoMobile.com.
“Our developers are planning some cool enhancements,” says Shawn, “including Wi-Fi connectivity for multiple players. Or, imagine playing remotely with a friend in another city… when you hit your bingo, you can send a screen shot of your card with corroborating photos.”
Bar Bingo is available for download (99 cents) at the iTunes App store. Or visit BarBingoMobile.com for easy access to this and other applications from Extend Interactive.
About Extend Interactive
Extend Interactive (www.extendinteractive.com) is a consulting firm for optimized customer relationships and ROI via the application of digital technologies. Through selective partnerships with leading interactive companies, we bring clients a unified network of expertise in all facets of interactive development. Our business model recognizes the essential interconnectedness of marketing & communication, infrastructure, and R&D. From this unique perspective, we create synergy across all business operations for our client partners.
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Shawn Collins, CEO
EXTEND Interactive is pleased to announce that our sixth iPhone Application has been submitted to Apple for approval. Bar Bingo features an Interactive game board, 350 unique phrases, and loads of laughs. Please take the time to check iTunes for this unique form of entertainment.
Once you have had a chance to play Bar Bingo, come back to provide us with your own Bar Bingo phrases and we will add them to the list in a future release.