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Windows Phone App Review: BarBuddy

BarBuddy for Windows Phone

BarBuddy is a great app to have on your Windows Phone if you're not sure what you want to order at the bar or make yourself. It also doubles as a novelty sobriety test.  It's not as extensive of a mixology app as Cocktail Flow but BarBuddy ain't too shabby in its own right.

BarBuddy is laid out in a simple fashion so you won't waste too much time finding an adult beverage. The main screen is where your drink concoctions will appear. Just shake your Windows Phone (make sure you have a firm grip on the phone) and a drink mix will appear at random. If what appears isn't to your liking, shake the phone again (or tap the "Shake for a drink" button).

You can filter out the various alcohols from the three-dot menu that will appear at the bottom of the drink recipe screen.

Now to the sobriety test. We first must emphasize these are not an actual sobriety test but rather novelty games to give you something to do in between drinks (an adventurous soul could turn them into drinking games).

BarBuddy has two games that are to the side of the main screen. The first is a Reflex Test where assorted drinks appear on the screen and you have to tap them for points. Tap on a bar patron or miss the drink entirely and points are deducted.

The next test is the Balance Test where you use your Windows Phone sensors to balance a martini. The longer you balance the martini, the more points you collect. The longer the drink stays balanced, the harder things become.

Both tests use your point totals to evaluate your "sobriety". Sad thing is when your cold sober, these games will make you feel drunk as a skunk.

BarBuddy is a simple way to find an adult beverage when your feeling adventurous or simply don't know what you're in the mood for. The games are a nice touch and gives you something to pass the time while waiting for a friend. All in all, BarBuddy is not a turrible app.

Oh, if you don't run across your favorite drink or have a suggestion for the menu, the developer is open for suggestions. Just tweet your mixology to @BarBuddyApp.

BarBuddy will run you $.99 (no trial) and you can grab your copy here (opens in new tab) at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • Somethig about asking a potentially drunk person to shake their phone seems silly to me.
  • Maybe if it was free...
  • I would be all over this....if it were free, lol
  • Like everyone else, I'd get this App but at the price of $0.99 cents it's a deal breaker!
    So yah I would be all over this... If it were free lol (You hear me? F-R-E-E) /s
  • You guys need to review my app, Power Planner! It's the best homework planner app on WP7 with a 5/5 star rating from 150+ reviews!
  • I don't understand y some apps cost
  • Whats not to understand? Apps don't come from the "iCloud" or "Marketplace god", they're made by people dedicating time and effort into creating them and ensuring that they are updated, free of issues, and that the customers are satisfied. I'm an IT guy and I wouldn't do free work. Time is too valuable. And at $.99, is it really too much? Skip your coffee/mcdonalds/smoke for a day and you'll be fine.
  • I think it's more about use more than .99 being too much. First off, buying apps do add up. Its why I like trials. Which leads me to my next point. I like to know my .99 is going to an app that's well designed and that I am gonna use more than every now and then