Start anew in the puzzling Forgotten Forest: Afterlife

In FFA, making matches is easy. Just draw a line that connects at least three forest tokens together, and the line can go horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally. If you are matching up a large cluster of tokens, then a number pops up on the match — this indicates the number of moves you are earning back from that large group. However, just making matches on the board won’t help Aster, the character you control who is on a journey to reach her afterlife, reach the flame and memory shards that she needs to progress. So what do you do to help move her around on the board? Start a matching chain with her and she will be able to create paths to navigate herself on the board. When you are next to a flame or shard, just tap on it to collect it, and then make your way to the front of the torch and light it up with a tap to complete the stage.


Like other puzzle games, FFA is level-based, and players will go through the stages one-by-one on a world map format. While the game only has 30 levels at the moment, getting through them all and gathering all of the objects will take a bit of time, so I believe that the content is well worth the price tag. The goal in each stage is to collect the blue flame that is somewhere on the grid, while also getting the small memory shards scattered about, and then light up the torch with the flame you picked up earlier. To make things challenging, there is a move limit for each level, but you can increase it by one or two by making large matches (this also leads to some strategic planning). Despite the restricted number of moves per stage, the game is still relaxing since you can take as long as you need to on each puzzle.


Visually, FFA has some beautiful aesthetics, and I’m in love with the darker art style, since you don’t usually see that in a match-three puzzle game. The colors are vibrant and rich, which has a lot to do with the stark dark backgrounds that the puzzles are on. The characters that you come across are insanely detailed, as well as each game piece on the board, and animations are smooth and fluid. To top things off, FFA has a soundtrack that is both hauntingly eerie and soothing at the same time, so it adds a nice vibe to the game’s tone and helps you focus on the puzzles at hand. Overall, I believe Six Foot Kid did an excellent job with the game’s graphics and audio effects.


Over the years, one genre that I’ve always enjoyed, especially on mobile devices, is the match-three puzzle. My love for these started with the classic Bejeweled (I’m sure it did for everyone), and I’ve always been eager to try new ones since. However, I noticed an over-saturation of these games on the App Store, so I’ll admit, it got a bit tiring at times — some new game would just be the same thing as something else I’ve played, just with a different skin. So when news of FFA hit my inbox, I was intrigued, as it looked a bit different from the standard fare.


Forgotten Forest: Afterlife ($2.99) by Six Foot Kid is a match-three game that is unlike anything you’ve ever played before. No matter how many match-three puzzles you’ve played prior, take what you know about the genre and toss it out the window, because Forgotten Forest: Afterlife (FFA for short) breaks the traditional mold.

The Best and Applications for Time Management

Time management is difficult for pretty much 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 punctual and recalling the things they need to accomplish on a daily basis. Several things play a role in this. The reason this is true is that there are countless distractions just sitting at our fingertips daily, which has become even more true since smart phones and tablets got to be fashionable. In the following article we’re going to teach you how to use your iPhone or iPad as one tool for time management instead of as a time management unit of destruction.

Take advantage of Instapaper. Instapaper is a program that works with smartphones, tablets and on computers also. It is one of those “read later” programs which helps you save time. How often, over the course of your day, do you find interesting web sites or content that you truly want to read but don’t have time to really look at? How often have you thrown a wrench into your schedule because you read or explored it anyway (because you knew you will not remember it afterwards)? You could integrate Instapaper into your Twitter account along with some other applications, and save yourself all kinds of time by saving the links you wish to read for a time that is more convenient. All the links you save are stored in one main account. That means that you’ll be able to use any device you want (mobile phone, tablet, computer) to catch up and look through them when you have the time.

Wunderlist is an excellent software. It is your basic to-do list software but it doesn’t get caught up in a lot of heavy graphics or a complex user interface. Every single day you can take a moment with this application and enter all of the things that you have to do that day. The app costs nothing. It syncs between devices and it is actually user friendly. Just train yourself to check the app as many times as you check your email and you will quickly see just how much simpler it is for you to stay on task.

Everynote is really convenient. It gives you a central location through which you are able to organize your random thoughts, your downloads, your photographs, your emails and more. It can also be synced between devices–including a desktop computer–and is quite easy to integrate with other applications like Wunderlist. The main problem is that this app 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 software. This is true for plenty of reasons but the biggest is that it syncs with both iCalendar (the calendar software nearly all Macs, iphones and iPads use) and Google calendar. This makes the management of your calendar easier, especially for individuals with PCs and iPhones because they only have to enter their information into a single, centralized location and it can be accessed on a bunch of other devices. Additionally, it looks really good.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author