Are you skilled enough to survive when it’s Almost Impossible?

The controls in the game are simple and intuitive, making movement a breeze in the game. To make your light ball go left, tap on the left side of the screen. For going right, tap the right side of your device. I’m happy with the control scheme here, because when I first downloaded the game I was afraid that it would be one of those “you can only go forward” types of games (it is called Almost Impossible, after all), like 1-Bit Ninja Remix Rush, but fortunately that is not the case. Even though you can go forward and backward as you please in the game, you still have to be careful and time your movements correctly to safely get past dangerous obstacles. Because even one touch of the wrong object will kill you, and then you have to start from the beginning of that level.


In Almost Impossible, players must make their way through over 50 levels of platforming action in linear order. Each stage flows seamlessly into the next, and the only indication that you’ve made it to the next area is the particle marker line that serves as a kind of checkpoint. While the levels are all fairly short, surviving them is easier said than done.


The design of Almost Impossible is beautiful, and definitely one of the better looking games of the genre out there. The game has a unique visual style with the retro future graphics, so it is like a modernized 8-bit look. While your character is a simplistic white ball of light, the colors that make up the obstacles and backgrounds are rich and vibrant, with the hues changing the further you get. There is also a fantastic dynamic lighting system with realistic shadow effects, and the real-time physics engine is a great addition. To top things off, the game has an awesome chiptune-inspired soundtrack that will appeal to fans of all ages, and the sound effects are fun as well.


When it comes to my mobile gaming, I love a good platformer, though it can be hard to find one with the perfect controls. Still, I practice and practice until I can make some progress, even if the controls aren’t spot-on like in the Mikey Shorts series of games. Platformers are one of my favorite genres because they test my skill, however good or bad that may be. Plus, it’s always a satisfying feeling once you finally make it through a tough level or best your previous time in speedruns. When I got an email from Counsell about a new game he was releasing, I was eager to check it out because Realmac has some gorgeously designed stuff from the past. Needless to say, Almost Impossible does not disappoint.


Almost Impossible! ($1.99) by Daniel Counsell of Realmac Software is a challenging platformer that will truly test your reflexes. If you liked titles like The Impossible Game and Geometry Dash, then you will love Almost Impossible.

The Best Time Management and Applications

Almost everybody has issues with time management–regardless of who they are or what they do for a living. Even people who take pride in managing their lives like clockwork can be tardy, forget goals and have problems with putting things off. There are numerous different reasons this is true. The main reason is that, because of smart phones and tablets, most of us have types 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 change it from a tool of distraction into a tool of time management.

Take advantage of Instapaper. Instapaper is an app you can use not just on your smartphone or tablet but on your computer as well. It’s one of those excellent time saving “read later” applications. Throughout the day how many times do you encounter a bunch an article or a site that you really would like to get into but do not have the time to do so properly? And how frequently have you allowed your schedule to be derailed because you did not think you’ll remember the article or web site 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. As a result you could use any device you want (smartphone, tablet, personal computer) to catch up and look through them in case you have the time.

Wunderlist is one of the better programs. It’s your typical to-do list application but it hasn’t been dragged down by all types of graphics or sophisticated interfaces. Every day you can sit down to this software and then enter all of the things that you want to do during the day. It does not cost anything to use. It syncs between devices and it’s easy to use. Simply train yourself to check the app as many times as you check your email and you will 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 can actually sort out your random thoughts, your downloads, your pics, your emails and more. It syncs between devices (including your desktop computer) and is easy to integrate with other software, like Wunderlist. The only real downside of this application is that it isn’t free. It’s possible to pay $5 per month for a monthly subscription or you can spend $45 and get a year’s worth of service.

In terms of calendar , Agenda is the best. This is true for all sorts of different reasons but the primary reason you need this is you could sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes managing a calendar much simpler for folks who’ve PCs and iPhones because they’re going to just have to enter their information into one place and it is readily available on all their devices. In addition, it really is beautiful.

There are all types of time management applications you can download. We feel these are the best but if you do a bit of homework you will find plenty of others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author