Your love of puzzles will be set aflame with Zirkel

The controls in the game are simple, requiring just one touch. At the start of each level, the large flame rotates around a circle, and the smaller ones will be still, waiting for you to give them the okay to rotate. To get them going, just tap on the circle that has the flame you want to move. If it makes a full rotation and does not make contact with the large flame, it resets automatically, though you can also reset it at any time with another tap.


Like many puzzle games, Zirkel is based on levels that are split up across a number of chapters. At the moment, there are 70 puzzles to solve, though it looks like there will be more on the way in the future. The objective in each stage is to light up all of the smaller flames using the one large flame. When the large flame makes contact with the smaller one, the small one grows, and the cycle continues. While this sounds easy, the game itself proves to be challenging later on.


The visuals in Zirkel are minimalistic, yet gorgeous. The game’s use of color is stunning, as shown with the soft color gradients in the background, complete with white dots that make me think of stars in the sky. The outlines of circles contrast nicely with the backgrounds due to the neon colors, and the flames that rotate on the circles have a great particle effect to them. Animations in Zirkel are smooth and fluid, and the atmospheric music is soothing. If you’re having a long day, then the soundtrack here should help put you at ease.


When it comes to mobile gaming, the genre that I enjoy the most is clearly puzzle games, as they seem to be made for the platform. Plus, there’s just something about them — the way they make me use my brain and think about the possible solution, natural-feeling controls, and music that is fairly calming. Put these together and you’ve got a great gem, and that’s just what Zirkel is.


Zirkel – a new kind of puzzle game ($1.99) by Marc-Andre Weibezahn is a different kind of puzzle game that will make you use your head. If you enjoyed games like Manowar, Lines the Game, and Ultraflow, then you will get a kick out of what Zirkel brings to the table.

Have A Less Difficult Time Managing Time with these and Time Management Apps

Time management is a challenge for almost anyone, irrespective of who they are or what they do. Even those who take pride in managing their lives like clockwork can be tardy, tend to forget goals and have problems with procrastination. Many things contribute to this. The biggest reason is that, due to smart phones and tablets, many of us have sorts of distractions at our disposal just asking for our attention. In this article we are going to teach you how to use your iPhone or iPad as a tool for time management as opposed to as a time management unit of destruction.

Get Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that you can use not just on your cell phone or tablet but on your computer as well. It is a “read later” program that will save you a lot of time. How frequently during the day do you run into a fascinating article or site that you really wish to explore but do not have the time to dedicate to it? And how often have you allowed your schedule to be derailed because you did not think you would remember the article or site later so you read or explored it right then? Instapaper can be incorporated with Twitter and a number of other programs and save all of the links you would like to explore for a later time. The hyperlinks get saved to one main account. It means that you can use any device (mobile phone, tablet, and laptop) to catch up on your reading when you’ve got the time.

Wunderlist is an excellent program. It is your basic to-do list application but it doesn’t get caught up in a lot of heavy graphics or a sophisticated user interface. Every day it’s possible to sit down to this application and then enter all of the things that you want to do during the day. It is absolutely free. In addition to being simple to use, it is easy to sync with a number of devices. Simply train yourself to check the app as many times as you check your email and you are going to quickly see just how much easier it is for you to keep on task.

Everynote is definitely handy. It gives you a common location through which you are able to manage your random thoughts, your downloads, your pics, your emails and more. It syncs between devices (including your computer) and is easy to use with other software, like Wunderlist. Unfortunately, this application is not free–which is its only true negative quality. You can pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or get a year of service for forty five dollars.

Agenda is an invaluable calendar application. 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 your calendar much easier in case you are somebody with a PC and an iPhone as you just enter your information into one place and then you can access it on any device you want. It’s also actually pretty.

You’ll find all sorts of time management applications you can download. We think these are the best but if you do some homework you are going to find lots of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author