Hover your way to the top in The Balloons – Endless Floater

The controls in The Balloons are simple, requiring just taps on the screen to propel yourself in either direction horizontally. Since these taps are used for propelling yourself to the left or right sides of the screen as well as keeping you afloat, it is important to make sure that you time your taps correctly. You don’t want to overshoot when you’re trying to grab a coin, and you certainly don’t want to just put yourself in the way of an incoming array of darts either. If you hit an obstacle or even just fall behind too much (the screen scrolls vertically), then the run ends and you have to try again.


In The Balloons, there is only one game mode, and that is to float as high as you can as a balloon while collecting gold coins to gamble with for prizes. The scenery will change after you reach certain heights though, so there is a nice variety in the types of environments you’ll be floating through. While the game starts out easy enough, you’ll start to face dangerous obstacles and enemies that want to make sure you pop and stay popped. There will be spikes that you’ll want to avoid, as well as annoying dart shooters, flying ninja stars, and more. In order to survive as a happy little balloon, you’ll need to be aware of your surroundings as well as have fast reflexes.


The Balloons sports an over-the-top retro look that takes you back to the golden days of 16-bit gaming. Despite the super pixelated appearance, the environments and characters are all detailed and textured, so you can easily distinguish everything from each other. The game’s colors are bright and vibrant, giving it a ton of charm and personality. Animations in The Balloons is smooth and fluid, with no lag on my Plus. The game also has a fantastic chiptune soundtrack that should appeal to any fans of the genre.


Whenever I’m having a hard time, I like to plop down on the couch and just whip out my phone and play something to pull my mind away from reality, even if it is just for a little bit. For these moments in my life, sometimes the best type of game for the job is a challenging arcade game to keep my mind busy. I never got on the Flappy Bird hype train, but I have enjoyed some other super twitchy endless games that followed the rise of Flappy Bird, so naturally, I was intrigued by The Balloons, especially when I saw that it was published by Noodlecake Studios.


The Balloons – Endless Floater (Free) by Noodlecake Studios Inc is an infinite runner game of the vertical variety. If you love simple pick-up-and-play arcade games to kill a few minutes with throughout the day, then The Balloons is something you will get a kick out of. It’s similar to other games like Flappy Bird and Piloteer.

The Best and for Time Management

Time management is challenging for almost anyone, irrespective of who they are or what they do. Even people who make an effort to run their lives like clockwork can have difficulty staying on task, being prompt and remembering the things they must do daily. A lot of things contribute to this. The biggest reason for it is that, due to tablets and smart phones, we have a wide variety of distractions at our fingertips that are just begging for our attentions daily. In this article we are going to show you how to take your iPhone or iPad and change it from a tool of distraction into a tool of time management.

Make use of Instapaper. Instapaper is an app which can be used on your iPhone, your iPad and even on your desktop. It’s one of those “read later” applications that can help you save time. How frequently during the day do you come across a fascinating article or site that you truly want to explore but don’t have the time to dedicate to it? How frequently have you thrown a wrench into your schedule because you read or explored it anyway (because you knew you wouldn’t remember it afterwards)? You could integrate Instapaper into your Twitter account along with some other applications, and save yourself all sorts of time by saving the links you wish to read for a time that is more convenient. The hyperlinks are saved to one central account. As a result you are able to use any device you want (mobile phone, tablet, laptop or computer) to catch up and look through them when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is a fantastic application. It is your typical to-do list program but it hasn’t been dragged down by all types of graphics or complicated interfaces. You’ll be able to sit down with this app each day and enter all of the things you wish to accomplish. It is free. You could sync it to various devices and it is simple to use. Just train yourself to check the software as frequently as you check your email and you will quickly see just how much easier it is for you to remain on task.

Evernote is very useful. It is a central location in which you can sort out your random thoughts, your photographs, your downloads, your emails, and so forth. It may be synced between devices–including a desktop computer–and is quite easy to use with other software like Wunderlist. The only real problem with this software is that it isn’t free of charge. You could pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or buy a year of service for forty five dollars.

Agenda is a must have calendar software. There are lots of reasons this is true but the main reason it is true is that it may be synced both to iCalendar (the calendar iPhones and Macs use) and Google Calendar. This makes managing your calendar a lot easier if you are an individual 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 wish. Additionally, it is really pretty.

There are plenty of different time management applications that can be used. These are the best, but you are going to turn up lots more with some extra research.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author