Trick Shot puts your precision skills to the test

The objective in Trick Shot is to get a ball into a box, that’s it. However, you’ll see some shaded and dashed square outlines on each level. These areas are the only spots that you can launch balls from. To aim, just drag your finger around in these squares to make a ball show up and check the trajectory. To launch, just release your finger from the screen. You can keep doing this until you pass the level, since there are no restrictions on the number of attempts you get for each stage.


Like other games of this nature, Trick Shot is based on levels and you go through 90 of them in chronological order, with the difficulty gradually increasing as you go. As you make progress, new objects and obstacles are introduced, keeping things fresh and interesting. And while it looks easy, again, do not be fooled — this game can be rather deceptive.


Visuals in Trick Shot are simple and clean, going with a minimalistic look that is incredibly popular these days. While it appears flat at first, there is a bit of depth to it thanks to the 3-D rendering and shadow effects, so the game genuinely pops on the crisp Retina display. The game also has items like wooden planks in levels, which sport a realistic texture pattern to it, so it shows that the developer put a lot of care into the game when making it. There is no soundtrack, but the sound effects are fun and whimsical.


In terms of mobile gaming, one of my favorite genres will always be puzzle games, even if they have some devious physics involved. They are perfect for the mobile platform, especially with touch screen devices. These are the games that make you think before every move, providing a great challenge and keeping your mind stimulated, which I like. When I heard that Trick Shot was coming this week and was from one of the minds behind Monument Valley, well, I just had to have it.


Trick Shot ($1.99) by Jonathan Topf is a physics-based puzzle game with a deceptively simple concept. However, don’t be fooled — this is one of the trickier games that you’ll come across. If you are a fan of Monument Valley, then this game should interest you, as it is created by one of members of the ustwo team.

The Best and Applications for Time Management

It doesn’t matter who you are or how you earn a living, you probably have difficulty with time management. Even individuals who try to run their lives by a precise schedule can have a difficult time staying on task, showing up punctually and remembering their daily goals. There are lots of different reasons this is true. The reason this is true is that there are hundreds of 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 teach you how to use that iphone or iPad as a time management tool rather than as a time management wrecking ball.

Use Instapaper. Instapaper is a program that works with smartphones, tablets and on computers also. It’s one of those great time saving “read later” applications. How frequently, over the course of your day, do you find fascinating web sites or posts that you truly want to read but don’t have time to really look at? And how many times have you allowed your schedule to be derailed because you didn’t think you’d remember the article or site later so you read or explored it right then? Instapaper can be integrated with Twitter and a number of other programs and save all of the links you wish to explore for a later time. All the links you save are stored in one main account. This means you can use any device (cell phone, tablet, and personal computer) to catch up on your reading when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is a great program. This is a basic to-do list app but it’s not slowed down by lots of complex interfaces or graphics. Each day you can sit down to this app and then enter all of the things that you want to do throughout the day. The program is free. You can sync it to various devices and it is easy to use. If you can train yourself to check your app as often as you check your email, you’ll find it easier to keep yourself on task.

Everynote is definitely handy. It gives you a common location through which you can actually sort out your random thoughts, your downloads, your photos, your emails and more. It syncs between devices (including your personal computer) and is easy to incorporate with other programs, like Wunderlist. The main downside is that this software costs money. It is possible to pay $5 monthly for a monthly subscription or you can spend $45 and invest in a year’s worth of service.

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 app many Macs, iphones and iPads use) and Google calendar. This makes managing a calendar much simpler for people with PCs and iPhones because they’re going to only have to enter their information into one place and it is readily available on all of their devices. It’s also really pretty.

The variety of time management programs available for downloading is huge. These are the best of them but a bit of research will turn up several others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author