Well, it had to be tried. A company called SGN currently has two apps that attempt to bring accelerometer-controlled sports games to the iPhone.

The first title was iGolf [App Store] and has been in the App Store for a couple of weeks now.

iGolf let's you swing your iPhone like a golf club and then tells you how far your shot went. It guages how fast you swung and how far your shot traveled with the iPhone's accelerometer. 

The game's not perfect, but for a free app, it's a fun demonstration of accelerometer-based sports gaming on the iPhone.

Tonight, SGN released a new accelerometer-controlled game called iBowl [App Store]. Also a free app, the game allows you to swing your iPhone in order to perfect your bowling game.

  • yeah

    So this is what they're doing with their $20 million.

  • yeah

    So this is what they're doing with their $20 million.

  • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex

    I don't like to judge a game based on its graphics, but they look crap.

  • http://www.alex-hardy.co.uk Alex

    I don't like to judge a game based on its graphics, but they look crap.

  • tosui

    I've tried iBowl, and it's not bad. It certainly achieves its goal: you swing your arm, and depending on the speed and angle (via accelerometer), the ball goes accordingly. After swinging, you can influence the ball by tilting the device. And if you don't want to throw your iPhone, just use a downward "chopping" motion instead of an upwards "swinging to the ceiling" motion - that keeps the device more in your hands, thanks to gravity. What they need to do is have you slide your finger from "Bowl" to some other ("Release"?) button, rather than actually lifting your finger off the device - that's where you're no longer holding on very much, and the trouble starts!

  • tosui

    I've tried iBowl, and it's not bad. It certainly achieves its goal: you swing your arm, and depending on the speed and angle (via accelerometer), the ball goes accordingly. After swinging, you can influence the ball by tilting the device. And if you don't want to throw your iPhone, just use a downward "chopping" motion instead of an upwards "swinging to the ceiling" motion - that keeps the device more in your hands, thanks to gravity. What they need to do is have you slide your finger from "Bowl" to some other ("Release"?) button, rather than actually lifting your finger off the device - that's where you're no longer holding on very much, and the trouble starts!

  • chinopino

    SGN = Super Gullable Nerd - They just want you to throw your phone and break it!

  • chinopino

    SGN = Super Gullable Nerd - They just want you to throw your phone and break it!

  • danny

    Do they come with a wrist strap? Oh no, I just threw $300 bucks out the window!

  • danny

    Do they come with a wrist strap? Oh no, I just threw $300 bucks out the window!

  • Michael

    chinopino, learn to spell GULLIBLE before slating apps. iGolf is a good little app, especially with the introduction of holes in the update, and it's free!

  • Michael

    chinopino, learn to spell GULLIBLE before slating apps. iGolf is a good little app, especially with the introduction of holes in the update, and it's free!

  • Nathan

    I can see it now. *LAWSUIT* Apple vs. people class action. "a suit was filed today against Apple Inc." "It seems hundreds of americans are throwing their iPhone in attempt to get the iGolf high score!"

  • Nathan

    I can see it now. *LAWSUIT* Apple vs. people class action. "a suit was filed today against Apple Inc." "It seems hundreds of americans are throwing their iPhone in attempt to get the iGolf high score!"

  • David P

    This app is exactly what casual gamers want. My officemates and I had a little bowling tourney today, and I'm the only one with a Touch. I'd pay for multiplayer support.

    And no one three my Touch out the window.

    More games like this please!

  • David P

    This app is exactly what casual gamers want. My officemates and I had a little bowling tourney today, and I'm the only one with a Touch. I'd pay for multiplayer support.

    And no one three my Touch out the window.

    More games like this please!

  • Price

    iGolf is kind of crappy without an actual course to play but iBowling surprisingly is the best bowling game on the iPhone. Plus it's free!!

  • Price

    iGolf is kind of crappy without an actual course to play but iBowling surprisingly is the best bowling game on the iPhone. Plus it's free!!

  • noa

    TNX

  • noa

    TNX