Fire the cannons to protect your Tiny Empire from orcs

In Tiny Empire, players will come across a world map of the kingdom, and traverse through it in chronological order in terms of levels. At the moment, there are 80 stages to go through, so you get a good amount of content for the price. Up to three stars can be earned based on your performance, which unlock items in the shop. To get access to the next set of levels, you just have to clear the previous ones with at least one star. A new mechanic is introduced with each group of stages, so things are kept fresh, interesting, and most importantly, challenging. Every now and then, you will also encounter rare foes like a gem goblin, so keep your eyes peeled.


Tiny Empire sports the retro 16-bit look and feel that I’m completely adoring right now. Since I grew up with consoles like the Sega Genesis, the pixelated appearance makes me feel right at home. Despite the old-school appearance, Tiny Empire looks fantastic for a modern game due to the bright and vivid colors, textures, and detailed character sprites. Animations in Tiny Empire are smooth and fluid, and the chiptune soundtrack is delightful, even reminding me a bit of Fantasy Life on the Nintendo 3DS. The sound effects as you blast away monsters or soldiers is also a fun treat.


I tried Angry Birds 2 for a while but couldn’t get past the fact that it went from a great paid game series to a freemium title, so when I saw Tiny Empire on the App Store, I was intrigued. This is a fully paid game, with no in-app purchases or timers. Honestly, it seems that these types of games are a rare sight to see these days, so I certainly welcome it.


I remember when the original Angry Birds came out several years ago, it was all the rage among iOS gaming, and the fact that it was a paid game certainly helped out too. From that point on, many other games spawned that were similar in gameplay, making the slingshot-style physics-based puzzle genre popular among casual gamers. I was also a fan of the first Angry Birds for a short while, but it helped make me realize how fun these types of games can be when done right.


Tiny Empire ($2.99) by Mother Gaia Studio is a physics-based puzzle game that has you defending a kingdom from pesky green orcs and other nasty creatures. If you want weren’t happy with how Angry Birds 2 went freemium, and wish you had a game that combined the concepts of Angry Birds and Fragger into one, then Tiny Empire was built for you.

Have An Easier Time Dealing with Time with these and Time Management Applications

Nearly 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 punctual and remembering the things they need to do every day. A lot of things contribute to this. The biggest reason is that, thanks to smartphones and tablets, most of us have sorts of distractions at our disposal just begging for our attention. In this article we will tell you how to use that iphone or iPad as a time management device as opposed to as a time management wrecking ball.

Instapaper is well worth exploring. Instapaper is a program that works with smartphones, tablets and on computers too. It’s one of those “read later” applications that helps you save time. During the day how many times do you stumble across a bunch an article or a site that you really want to get into but lack the time to do so properly? How many times have you thrown off your whole schedule by reading or taking a look at it anyway because you knew you won’t remember it later? Instapaper can be integrated with Twitter and a bunch of other and save all of the links you would like to explore for a later time. All the links get saved to one main account. This means you can use any device (cell phone, tablet, and personal computer) to catch up on your reading when you have the time.

Wunderlist is one of the better programs. It’s your basic to-do list app but it doesn’t get caught up in a bunch of heavy graphics or a sophisticated interface. Every single day you can take a moment with this app and enter all of the things that you need to do that day. It does not cost anything to use. You can synchronize it to various devices and it is really easy to use. If you train yourself to check your software as frequently as you check your email, you are going to find it much easier to keep yourself on task.

Evernote is super great and useful. It’s a central place to sort out just about all: your emails, downloads, pictures, notes, thoughts, and so forth. It could be synced between devices–including a computer–and is very easy to use with other programs like Wunderlist. The only real downside of this app is that it is not absolutely free. Your monthly subscription could be paid either every month at $5 each or every year for $45 a year.

Agenda is an invaluable calendar software. There are lots of reasons this is true but the main reason it is true is that it could be synced both to iCalendar (the calendar iPhones and Macs use) and Google Calendar. This makes managing a calendar a lot easier for folks with PCs and iPhones because they are going to just enter their information into one place and it is accessible on all their devices. It is also really pretty.

There are so many different time management applications that can be used. These are the best of them but some research will generate lots of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author