Unscramble the words and solve the squares in Word²

If you get stuck, there are two ways to get help: hints and clues. Hints will let you see where a letter pair should go, while clues give players an idea of the words that they should be looking for. The game is rather generous at first and gives you 15 hints and 10 clues to start with, but if you run out you’ll have to get more through in-app purchases.


Like all puzzle games, Word² is level-based, with 80 stages to solve. You can navigate through the levels by dragging your finger horizontally across the large square in the middle of the level selection screen. However, you won’t be able to access puzzles without solving the one before it first, which is pretty straightforward. The goal of the game is to unscramble all of the words in the square, since each puzzle has pairs of words that can be read both horizontally and vertically. This means you have to unscramble words not just once, but twice, and words that are solved will be highlighted in white and locked in place.


The visuals in Word² are simple and clean, which should appeal to minimalists everywhere. The game has a flat aesthetic that makes it blend in well with the overall appearance of modern iOS, and the serif style typography is rather timeless and classy looking. Colors represent the difficulty level of the puzzles, but they are all rich and vivid in appearance, and the game shows off various hues in the background so that it looks like giant pixels. If you’re the type of person who prefers lighter, pastel color schemes, there is an option to toggle that as well, which is nice. While there are not many animations in a word game, the few that you do have when moving letters around or transitioning from menu to game are subtle and fluid. To help you focus on the puzzles, the game has a rather soothing soundtrack playing in the background, and the sound effects provide nice audible feedback during play.


Since I write for a living, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I enjoy words. I am definitely a better word person than I am with numbers, so personally, word games are one of my favorite genres out there. Despite that fact, I’ve gotten bored with some word games because they mostly feature the same Scrabble or Boggle-like gameplay, and it just gets tiring over time. So when I saw Word², I was intrigued because it was something that deviated from the norm in the genre. If you love a challenging word game, then Word² does not disappoint.


Word² ($1.99) by BorderLeap, LLC is a new word game about unscrambling words. If you love word games but have been in the mood for something more unique than your standard crossword or word search game, then Word² is definitely worth looking into. If you enjoyed other games from the developer like Alpha Omega and the Harmony games, then this will be a no brainer.

The Best Time Management and Apps

Almost everybody has difficulty with time management–no matter who they are or what they do for a living. Even people who try to run their lives like clockwork can have difficulty staying on task, being punctual and recalling the things they must accomplish every day. There are numerous reasons for this. The biggest reason for it is that, because of tablets and smart phones, we have many distractions at our fingertips that are just begging for our attentions each day. In this article we’re going to show you how to use your iPhone or iPad as a powerful tool for time management instead of as a time management unit of destruction.

Make use of Instapaper. Instapaper is an application that works with smartphones, tablets and on computers too. It is a “read later” software which can save you a great deal of time. How frequently during the day do you encounter an interesting article or website that you seriously want to explore but don’t have the time to dedicate to it? How many times have you thrown off your entire schedule by reading or looking at it anyway because you knew you would not remember it later on? Instapaper can be incorporated with Twitter and a number of other applications and save all of the links you wish to explore for a later time. The links get saved to one main account. It means that you can use any device (phone, tablet, and computer) to catch up on your reading if you have the time.

Wunderlist is a fantastic program. It’s your typical to-do list application but it hasn’t been dragged down by all kinds of graphics or complicated interfaces. You can sit down with this software each day and enter all of the things you want to accomplish. It doesn’t cost anything to use. Along with being user friendly, it is easy to sync with many different devices. Just train yourself to check the app as frequently as you check your email and you are going to quickly see just how much easier it is for you to remain on task.

Evernote is amazingly useful. It is a central location in which you can organize your random thoughts, your photos, your downloads, your emails, etc. It syncs between devices (including your personal computer) and is easy to integrate with other apps, like Wunderlist. The main downside is that this app costs money. Your monthly subscription may be paid either each month at $5 each or every year for $45 per year.

When it comes to calendar programs, Agenda is the greatest. This is true for all sorts of different reasons but the primary reason you need this is you can sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes the management of your calendar less complicated, especially for those with PCs and iPhones because they only have to key in their information into a single, centralized location and it can be accessed on several other devices. In addition, it is attractive.

There are many different time management applications that can be used. These are the best of them but a bit of research will turn up several others.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author