Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey is a beautiful and captivating JRPG

Combat in the game is turn-based, but it has a different approach than what many of us may be used to. Rather than go through a text based menu of choices, Zodiac presents several different icons on each character’s turn. These represent the types of attacks that they can perform, and several of them will have additional effects, such as raising defense or doing more damage at the cost of making you vulnerable for a few turns. To use an attack, just drag the icon of the one you want to use onto a target enemy until their ring goes from red to green. There are also some special abilities like calling in your mount for some backup help, and you can use items if needed. Stronger attacks have a cool-down period, as indicated by the number badge on the icon after it is used.


The controls in Zodiac are simple, though I feel that it does get a bit cumbersome at times. To skip cutscenes, you just have to tap on the screen — while this means faster skipping, I was a bit surprised that there’s no confirmation, as I was trying to prevent my screen from dimming and then realized I just missed the beginning of the story. To move your character around in the various areas you’ll be going through, just drag your finger or thumbs around and your character will follow (you fly on a gryphon mount). Interact with NPCs and objects by tapping them, and initiate battles with enemies by touching the ominous floating bubbles that are scattered around. Unlike games like Final Fantasy, there won’t be the element of surprise with random encounters in Zodiac.


The visuals in Zodiac are stunningly beautiful, which should be no surprise. If you have played any Japanese RPG game in the past, then you’ll be coming into familiar territory here. Zodiac has many anime-style cutscenes that will reveal the story and plot behind the game, and the graphics during gameplay are gorgeous with zero skimping out on the finer details and textures. The environments look lively and lush, and character models are amazingly rendered with energetic animations and movements. The atmospheric soundtrack to the game is well done, which comes as no surprise given the name behind it, and is a big draw to the game itself. Sound effects are a nice touch as well.


Several years ago, when I had much more free time on my hands, I loved just sitting back for a few hours and diving into a JRPG on my Nintendo handhelds. I could spend hours just on Final Fantasy games just grinding my team to become powerful enough to take down even the toughest foes. Nowadays, I don’t spend too much time on my Nintendo 3DS anymore, as it seems most of my gaming is done on my Plus. However, when I heard that Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey was coming out with some significant contributions from Kazushige Nojimia (writer, Final Fantasy VII) and Hitoshi Sakimoto (composer, Final Fantasy Tactics), I was genuinely intrigued and excited for this release. While it is certainly not without flaws, so far I’m finding the game to be rather enjoyable and worth a look.


Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey ($8.99) by Kobojo is a premium turn-based RPG adventure that will appeal to anyone who wants a “real” game on their mobile device. If you enjoyed other RPGs like the Final Fantasy series or even Chaos Rings, then you may like having Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey in your collection.

The Best and Programs 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 specific schedule can have a hard time staying on task, showing up on time and remembering their everyday goals. There are numerous different reasons this is true. The reason this is true is that there are countless distractions just sitting at our fingertips daily, which has become even more true since smart phones and tablets got to be fashionable. In this article we will tell you how to use that iphone or iPad as a time management tool instead of as a time management wrecking ball.

Instapaper is really worth checking out. Instapaper is an application that can be used not just on your smartphone or tablet but on your computer also. It’s a “read later” app that could save you tons of time. How frequently during the day do you run into a fascinating article or website that you really would like to explore but don’t have the time to dedicate to it? How often have you thrown a wrench into your schedule because you read or looked into it anyway (because you knew you wouldn’t remember it later on)? Instapaper integrates with Twitter and other apps to allow you to save all of those links so that you can read it later on. The links get saved to one main account. This makes it easy to use any device you want (personal computer, tablet or phone) to catch up on those links when you actually have the time for them.

Wunderlist is among the better apps. It is a basic to-do list application but it’s not slowed down by lots of sophisticated interfaces or graphics. Every day it is possible to sit down to this application and then enter all of the things that you wish to do throughout the day. It’s absolutely free. Along with being user friendly, it’s easy to sync with a number of devices. Just train yourself to check the application as many times as you check your email and you’ll quickly see just how much easier it is for you to keep on task.

Everynote is actually handy. It gives you a central location through which you could manage your random thoughts, your downloads, your photographs, your emails and more. It isn’t just syncable between devices (like your computer) you could incorporate it with your other software (like Wunderlist) as well. The only real problem with this application is that it isn’t free of charge. You could pay a monthly subscription fee of five dollars or buy a year of service for forty five dollars.

Concerning calendar apps, Agenda is the best. This is true for all types of different reasons but the main reason you need this is you could sync it both to iCalendar (the calendar Macs and Apple products use) and Google calendar. This makes the management of your calendar easier, particularly for people with PCs and iPhones since they just need to enter their information into a single, central location and it can be accessed on several other devices. In addition, it really is beautiful.

There are so many different time management programs which you can use. These are the best, but you will find plenty more with some extra research.

Edwin Basko

The Apple Mac Specialist and author