You have to be fast to save the gaming world in HoPiKo

The game is split up into multiple stages that are composed of several runs each. To make things more of a challenge, each run has five parts, and if you die, you’ll have to start over from the first part. You only have a limited amount of time for each stage as well, which just makes the game all the more difficult — this is not for the faint of heart. In fact, you will die a lot in this game, as it is only natural. To do well, players will have to rely on their muscle memory for stage layouts and knowing how to complete it as fast as possible.


In HoPiKo, players discover a secret world that apparently can be found in the heart of every gaming console out there. These consoles are managed by the Hopiko, but then the evil Nanobyte viruses have invaded, and all of the gaming world is in danger. It’s just up to you to put on your power gloves and save gaming as we know it.


HoPiKo carries a retro-style pixelated art look and feel to it, which will appeal to anyone who grew up with classic 8-bit games. The colors in the game are also fantastic, with darker-toned backgrounds and bright, vivid neon colors in the foreground to contrast with everything. While the game is a bit too fast-paced to get a good look at everything, the sprites for the evil Nanobytes and Hopiko are fairly well done, as well as the textures for obstacles and platforms. Animations in HoPiKo are smooth and fluid, and to top everything off, the chiptune soundtrack is a delightful treat. It is recommended to use a pair of headphones or earbuds with this game to fully enjoy it, especially if you love good chiptunes.


I grew up from the age of classic platformer games, so it’s not surprising that I will always have a soft spot for them in modern-day gaming. There’s just something about platformers that keeps me coming back over and over — it could be the simple but challenging levels, and the fact that I can always improve on my previous run. In recent years, I’ve also fallen in love with the twitchy games, where you have to have pretty fast reaction times to do well. Even though I’m not the best at them, I appreciate the challenge. I first heard of Laser Dog last year when they released ALONE…, a twitchy endless runner game that was among my list of favorite games from 2014, so I got excited when I heard they were coming out with a new game this week. Now that HoPiKo is out, I must say that I’m once again impressed with their work.


HoPiKo ($3.99) by Laser Dog is a twitchy platformer game that’s all about saving gaming. If you’re a fan of platformers and twitch-reflex titles that have you thinking fast on your feet, then you will fall in love with HoPiKo.

The Best Time Management and Applications

It does not matter who you are or how you make a living, you probably have issues with time management. Even those who take pride in managing their lives like clockwork can be late, forget goals and have problems with procrastination. There are numerous reasons for this. The biggest reason is that, thanks to smartphones and tablets, we have all forms of distractions at our fingertips just begging for our attention. In this article we are going to tell you how to take your iPhone or iPad and turn it from a tool of distraction into a tool of time management.

Take advantage of Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that you can use on your iPhone, your iPad and even on your computer. It is one of those great time saving “read later” . How often, during your day, do you find fascinating web sites or articles that you really want to read but don’t have time to really check out? And how often have you allowed your schedule to be derailed because you failed to think you would remember the article or website later so you read or explored it right then? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other applications to help you save all of those links so that you can read it at a later time. The hyperlinks are all saved to one central account. This makes it easy to use any device you want (computer, tablet or mobile phone) to catch up on those hyperlinks when you actually have the time for them.

Wunderlist is one of the better programs. It is a basic to-do list software but it isn’t slowed down by plenty of complex interfaces or graphics. You could sit down with this app each day and enter all of the things you wish to accomplish. It does not cost anything to use. You could sync it to several devices and it is simple to operate. Simply train yourself to check the software as many times as you check your email and you will quickly see just how much easier it is for you to stay on task.

Evernote is very useful. It is a centralized location in which you can manage your random thoughts, your pictures, your downloads, your emails, etc. It isn’t just syncable between devices (like your computer) you could use it with your other programs (like Wunderlist) as well. The main problem is that this app costs money. It’s possible to pay $5 each month for a monthly subscription or you can spend $45 and buy a year’s worth of service.

Concerning calendar programs, Agenda is the greatest. This is true for a lot of reasons but the biggest is that it syncs with both iCalendar (the calendar software most Macs, iphones and iPads use) and Google calendar. This makes managing a calendar a lot easier for folks with PCs and iPhones because they will just have to key in their information into one place and it is accessible on all their devices. Additionally, it is attractive.

The number of time management applications available for downloading is huge. These are the best of them but a bit of research will generate plenty of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author