Fall and blast your way through danger in Downwell

The controls in the game are simple and responsive, though it does take a bit of getting used to if you want to master it. In the bottom left are two buttons for moving your character left and right. The button in the bottom right corner allows you to jump, and if you long-press the button, you will fire bullets and hover thanks to your Gunboots. However, your Gunboots can only hold so much ammo, so you’ll have to be careful with how you use them up, but you can get more bullets (and shiny red gems) by defeating enemies and breaking certain objects. But shooting foes isn’t the only way to defeat them since you can also jump on top of them, as you would in the Mario and Sonic games of yesteryear. Keep an eye on the bars at the top of the screen, though, as they indicate how many hits you can take and how much ammo you have remaining.


In Downwell, players are given the choice to use five different styles, though only the Standard style is available from the get-go — the rest have to be unlocked as you make progress in the game. Once you pick the style, the game starts. Downwell has worlds and levels, similar to the classic Mario games, and you will always start with the 1–1 level. If you can reach the bottom, which looks like a bubble that you break through, then you move on to 1–2, and so on. But just because the game has a level structure doesn’t mean that each run will always be the same — Downwell has roguelike elements, so each run is procedurally generated and the upgrades you can pick from are randomized. If you die, you start over from 1–1 again.


Downwell has a classic 8-bit look and feel to it, which I am in love with. To add to the retro appearance, Downwell only features shades of black, gray, white, and red. However, don’t be fooled by the minimalism with the graphics and colors — the game is still highly detailed and packed with action. The character models and animations in the game are rendered well and are super smooth and fluid, even during the more hectic moments. And for fans of chiptunes, the soundtrack to Downwell is a joy to listen to, and there are fun sound effects.


When I was younger, some of my favorite possessions were my Game Boy handheld systems. I had several of them over the years, such as the Pocket, Color, and Advance versions, and I spent hours of my day on these things — they are great time wasters for kids, after all. Some of the first games I’ve ever played were nothing more than pixels, so I have a soft spot for the vintage look that has been made popular again lately. When I saw Downwell on the App Store, I was instantly reminded of my childhood, and I knew I had to get my hands on this game. Let me just say that I am definitely not disappointed with this one.


Downwell ($2.99) by Devolver Digital is a retro arcade game about venturing deep into a dangerous well. If you have been yearning for an old-school experience that combines infinite falling with roguelikes, then you will need to check out Downwell. It’s similar in nature to other titles like Pocket Mine 2 and Doug Dug.

The Best and Applications for Time Management

It does not matter who you are or how you make a living, you probably have issues with time management. Even those who try to run their lives like clockwork can have difficulty staying on task, being on time and recalling the things they must complete daily. There are plenty of different reasons this is true. 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 fashionable. In this article we are going to tell you how to use that iphone or iPad as a time management tool rather than as a time management wrecking ball.

Download Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that works with smartphones, tablets and on computers also. It is a “read later” application which could save you a great deal of time. In the daytime how many times do you stumble across a bunch an article or a web site that you really want to get into but don’t have the time to do so properly? How many times have you thrown a wrench into your schedule because you read or explored it anyway (because you knew you would not remember it later on)? Instapaper can be integrated with Twitter and a number of other applications and save all of the links you wish to explore for a later time. The hyperlinks are all saved to one central account. This makes it easy to use any device you like (personal computer, tablet or phone) to catch up on those links when you actually have the time for them.

Wunderlist is a fantastic app. It is your basic to-do list application but it doesn’t get bogged down in a lot of heavy graphics or a complicated interface. Every day you can sit down to this software and then enter all of the things that you need to do throughout the day. It is absolutely free. It syncs between devices and it’s user friendly. Simply train yourself to check the app as frequently as you check your email and you’ll quickly see just how much simpler it is for you to remain on task.

Everynote is really convenient. It gives you a centralized location through which you could manage your random thoughts, your downloads, your photos, your emails and more. It syncs between devices (including your desktop computer) and is easy to incorporate with other software, like Wunderlist. The only real downside of this software is that it is not free. You could pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or buy a full year of service for forty five dollars.

Agenda is the must have calendar application. This is true for all kinds of different reasons but the main 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 your calendar a lot easier in case you are somebody with a PC and an iPhone as you just enter your information into one place and then you can access it on any device you prefer. In addition, it really is beautiful.

There are so many different time management programs that can be used. We think these are the best but if you do some homework you will find lots of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author