Don’t split hairs over the puzzling SPL-T by Simogo

The more blocks you can successfully clear out, the more points you get. The game ends when it is impossible to make any more splits, since there is a minimum size threshold. If you can’t make a split in a block, the game is fairly clear with visual indicators. The gameplay itself is unique and different, but it definitely reminds me of other challenging games like Threes.


SPL-T only has one game mode, and the goal for that is to get as many points as you can. To do this, you simply tap on the screen to begin splitting the black background into sections. One important thing to note is the position of the little guy at the top, since he seems to be doing jumping jacks. The direction that his arms are pointing indicate the direction of your split, so this alternates after you make each move. The number of splits you’ve done is shown in the top right corner, and after you equally split up a section, the number of splits it took is shown in those sectors. After you get a certain number in some sections, the digits can be subtracted from each other, thus causing entire blocks to disappear. Depending on the result, it can drop more black blocks or just leave empty white spaces behind, which you’ll have to get rid of if you want to get more splits.


Unlike many of their other games, SPL-T has a barebones look and feel to it, which seems a bit out of place in their portfolio. However, it doesn’t matter too much because it should always be about the gameplay itself and not just the looks, right? Plus, it seems that the lo-fi and lo-poly stuff has been popular for a while, so this is just going along with the flow. SPL-T’s appearance consists of a basic black background with white lines, blocks, text, and a little stick figure character at the top of the screen. The animations are smooth and fluid, despite the super retro appearance. There is no soundtrack to the game, but there are some fun delightful sound effects as you play.


While I think I play a lot of games on my various devices and computers, my favorite genre will always be the puzzle. There is just something satisfying about being able to get past a level that you’ve been stuck on for the longest, or just finally figuring out that strategy that gets you the best possible high score so far. I love keeping my brain busy, so naturally puzzles are just the best to me. Over the years, I, like many of you, discovered the indie studio Simogo, who has done a wide variety of games from rhythm to creepy puzzles based on actual folklore to distinctive narrative experiences and even relaxing, yet mysterious, stories. So when I heard that Simogo had released a new game, I had to get my hands on it.


SPL-T ($2.99) by Simogo AB is a lo-fi puzzle that doesn’t look like much on the surface, but is packed with an interesting concept and game mechanic that will keep you busy for a long time. If you enjoyed other puzzle games like The Sequence and Sputnik Eyes, then you will get a kick out of SPL-T, especially if you’re a fan of Simogo.

The Best and Applications for Time Management

Nearly everyone has problems with time management–no matter who they are or what they do for a living. Even individuals who try to run their lives by a precise schedule can have a hard time staying on task, showing up on time and remembering their everyday goals. There are numerous reasons for this. The main reason this is true is that there are many distractions just sitting at our fingertips daily, which has become even more true since smart phones and tablets got to be widely used. In the following article we’re going to show you how to use your iPhone or iPad as a tool for time management as opposed to as a time management unit of destruction.

Download Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that can be used on your iPhone, your iPad and even on your pc. It is one of those “read later” that can help you save time. How many times during the day do you run into a fascinating article or website that you seriously wish to explore but don’t have the time to dedicate to it? And how often have you allowed your schedule to be derailed because you failed to think you’ll remember the article or site later so you read or explored it right then? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other applications to help you save all of those links so that you can read it later. The links are all saved to one central account. It means that you can use any gadget (phone, tablet, and computer) to catch up on your reading if you have the time.

Wunderlist is an excellent program. It’s your typical to-do list application but it hasn’t been dragged down by all types of graphics or sophisticated interfaces. You’ll be able to sit down with this software daily and enter all of the things you want to accomplish. It’s free of charge. You’ll be able to synchronize it to various devices and it is really easy to use. If you’re able to train yourself to check your application as frequently as you check your email, you will find it easier to keep yourself on task.

Evernote is amazingly useful. It is a central location in which you can organize your random thoughts, your photos, your downloads, your emails, and so on. It isn’t just syncable between devices (like your desktop computer) you could use it with your other applications (like Wunderlist) too. The major drawback is that this app costs money. You can pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or get a full year of service for forty five dollars.

Agenda is an absolute must have calendar software. This is true for a lot of reasons but the biggest is that it syncs with both iCalendar (the calendar app nearly all Macs, iphones and iPads use) and Google calendar. This makes managing your calendar easier in case you are somebody with a PC and an iPhone as you just have to type in your information into one place and then you can access it on any device you prefer. In addition, it looks great.

The variety of time management tools available for downloading is very large. These are the most effective, but you are going to find lots more with some additional research.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author