Embark on a puzzling journey of purification in Koi

The controls in the game are supposed to be simple in concept, but I found the execution to be flawed. It seems that you can control the fish’s swimming movement by doing a long-press in the direction where you want to swim in, or swipe and flick your finger around. Either way, the fish didn’t seem to have precise movement, as it always appeared a bit off from where I wanted it to be, or it swam too quickly, making it much harder to control. Perhaps I just need more practice, but it just doesn’t feel optimized. A button appears when you can interact with an object, such as a flower or branch. It would be great if you could use a pinching gesture to zoom out and get a better view of the map, because sometimes you swim too fast and it’s hard to steer out of an obstacle that suddenly appears. Hopefully the developers can implement better controls in an update.


Like most puzzle games you encounter, Koi is level-based, though it’s a bit different from the standard and straightforward level model. At the moment, there appears to be nine stages, but each one of these consists of multiple parts, so it’s not as short as it first seems. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a checkpoint system, so if you mess up and want to try again, you’ll have to start all the way from the beginning, which can be a bit frustrating. The objective for each stage is to gather up the small, colored fish and bring them to the like-colored flower to make them blossom, causing light to spill out and purify the large, black koi fish. Sometimes you’ll need to gather up small flowers first, or solve a Simon Says-like mini-game when there are dead branches in the way. Watch out for those black koi fish, as they can kill the small, colored ones and even you if you aren’t careful.


The visuals in Koi – Journey of Purity are stunningly beautiful, especially on Retina screens. The different pond layouts that you’ll be swimming in are bright and vivid, and the various objects, such as rocks and lily pads, are textured and detailed, though the overall aesthetic of the game remains flat. Each fish that you’ll encounter will be of different colors, but they all contrast nicely with the rich blue backgrounds of the pond. The flowers you need to open up to advance look gorgeous when they bloom, and the particle effects used are nice. Animations in Koi are smooth and fluid, so I had no lag on my 6. To top things off, Koi has a soothing and atmospheric soundtrack that is a joy to hear, and it is recommended to get some earbuds so you fully immerse yourself in the game.


These days, while it seems that most of my gaming is on my 3DS, sometimes I just want to unwind and kill some time with some games on my iPhone. When this mood strikes, I always prefer a puzzle game, because they’ll keep my mind in check with stimulating challenges, and they’re just downright fun to play. I’ve gone through hundreds of puzzle games on my iPhone through the years, but I’m always looking for more. So naturally, when I saw Koi on the App Store, I was intrigued and had to check it out.


KOI – Journey of Purity ($0.99) by dawei lee is a puzzle game about koi fish and purification. If you have been in the mood for relaxing puzzle games lately, such as Prune and Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, then you may get a kick out of Koi – Journey of Purity.

Have A Less Difficult Time Controlling Time with these iPhone and Time Management Applications

Almost everyone has issues with time management–no matter who they are or what they do for a living. Even individuals who try and run their lives like clockwork can have difficulty staying on task, being prompt and remembering the things they must do every day. A lot of things contribute to this. The biggest reason for it is that, because of tablets and smart phones, we now have many distractions at our fingertips that are just begging for our attentions each day. In this article we’ll teach you how to use that iphone or iPad as a time management aid rather than as a time management wrecking ball.

Instapaper is well worth checking out. Instapaper is a program that can be used on your iPhone, your iPad and even on your computer. It is a “read later” software that will save you tons of time. How often during the day do you come across a fascinating article or site that you truly would like 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 didn’t think you’ll remember the article or website later so you read or explored it right then? You can integrate Instapaper into your Twitter account and also some other apps, and save yourself all kinds of time by saving the links you wish to read for a time that is more convenient. The hyperlinks are all saved to one central account. This makes it easy to use any device you like (computer, tablet or phone) to catch up on those hyperlinks when you actually have the time for them.

Wunderlist is a great software. It is your basic to-do list app but it doesn’t get bogged down in lots of heavy graphics or a complicated interface. Every day you can sit down with this app and enter all of the things that you must do that day. It’s free. In addition to being easy to use, it is simple to sync with a number of devices. If you train yourself to check your application as frequently as you check your email, you’ll find it much easier to keep yourself on task.

Everynote really is convenient. It gives you a central location through which you could organize your random thoughts, your downloads, your photos, your emails and more. It isn’t just syncable between devices (like your computer) you can integrate it with your other software (like Wunderlist) also. The main downside is that this software costs money. Your monthly subscription could be paid either every month at $5 each or every year for $45 a year.

Agenda is the must have calendar application. This is true for all types of different reasons but the primary reason you need this is that you can sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes managing a calendar much simpler for folks with PCs and iPhones because they’ll just have to enter their information into one place and it is readily available on all their devices. It’s also actually pretty.

You’ll find all sorts of time management programs you can download. We think these are the best but if you do a bit of homework you are going to find several others.