Starseed: Origin is a nostalgic arcade shooter in your pocket

The controls in Starseed are simple and intuitive for the platform: just drag your finger around to move your ship anywhere on the screen, and it will fire at the same time. Sometimes enemies will have defenses that you need to penetrate through before they fall, and sometimes defeated enemies will drop power-up items for you. These can upgrade your weapon or even give you a shield that protects you from a hit. Starseed’s unique feature is the fact that you get more combo points if your ship just barely grazes past an enemy bullet, so the high-risk-high-reward system can certainly be satisfying for fans of bullet hell shmups since it takes time to master. Players also have the option to adjust the sensitivity of the controls if they are not to their liking.


Starseed has nine different stages that players can battle their way through, though you’ll have to unlock them in chronological order by defeating the final boss. Each level features a different type of dreadnought that must be taken down, and you only get a set number of lives for each stage. While the game only has these nine stages for you to play, like many other arcade shooters, the replay value is high because you can always go back and try to beat your own personal high scores. Plus, there are nine available ships that you can play as (you’ll have to unlock them), with each of them having their own unique weapons and abilities.


The graphics in Starseed are completely pixelated and retro, which should appease any gamer who grew up in the golden age. Despite the strong pixel appearance, the details and textures of the various ships (yours and enemies) and dreadnoughts are done well, giving the game some extra depth. The colors are a nice mix of bright and vibrant with dark and rich, so it all blends into one amazing old-school experience. The animations are fairly smooth, though I do think that it feels a bit slow with movement (especially in the beginning), but it’s not a deal-breaker. The game even has a fantastic chiptune soundtrack and fun sound effects that are an audible treat.


While arcades have become a rare breed these days, I did spend a bit of time in my younger days at these places, with most of my money going into the machines of classic shooter games, because seriously, how can anyone resist them? I always liked arcade shooters because they always prove to be a challenge, and are packed with intense action, explosions, and sick boss battles. Plus, each time you die at some point far into the run, you’ll try to frantically continue to keep going. That’s what makes a great arcade shooter, and that’s what Crescent Moon Games and EGVroom have brought to the table with Starseed.


Starseed: Origin ($1.99) by Crescent Moon Games is an old-school arcade shooter that will keep you entertained for hours, especially if you have a sense of nostalgia for the golden arcade days. If you enjoyed games like .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne and Operation Dracula, then you will love Starseed: Origin.

The Best and Programs for Time Management

It doesn’t matter who you are or how you make a living, you probably have difficulty with time management. Even individuals who try and run their lives like clockwork can have trouble staying on task, being prompt and recalling the things they need to accomplish each day. Many things play a role in this. The main reason this is true is that there are countless distractions just sitting at our fingertips each day, which has become even more true since smart phones and tablets got to be fashionable. In this article we’re going to show you how to use your iPhone or iPad as one tool for time management instead of as a time management unit of destruction.

Download Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that you can use not just on your mobile phone or tablet but on your computer also. It’s a “read later” program which can save you a lot of time. How frequently, over the course of your day, do you find useful sites or posts that you seriously want to read but don’t have time to really explore? How many times have you thrown off your whole schedule by reading or taking a look at it anyway because you knew you would not remember it later on? You could integrate Instapaper into your Twitter account as well as some other programs, and save yourself all kinds of time by saving the links you would like to read for a time that is more convenient. The links get saved to one primary account. This makes it easy to use any device you prefer (laptop, tablet or smartphone) 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 app but it doesn’t get bogged down in a bunch of heavy graphics or a complicated user interface. Each day you can sit down with this application and enter all of the things that you have to do that day. The program costs nothing. It syncs between devices and it is user friendly. All you should do is train yourself to check this application as frequently as you check your email and you will see just how easy it is to stay on task.

Everynote is really handy. It gives you a central location through which you could organize your random thoughts, your downloads, your photos, your emails and much more. It isn’t just syncable between devices (like your personal computer) you can use it with your other (like Wunderlist) too. The main problem is that this app costs money. You could pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or buy one year of service for forty five dollars.

Agenda is a must have calendar application. There are numerous reasons this is true but the primary reason it is true is that it may be synced both to iCalendar (the calendar iPhones and Macs use) and Google Calendar. This makes the management of your calendar simpler, especially for individuals with PCs and iPhones since they just need to type in their information into a single, central location and it can be accessed on a number of other devices. It’s also actually pretty.

The number of time management applications available for downloading is big. These are the best of them but a little bit of research will turn up plenty of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author