Your Weekend Distraction: Springtime with Simon’s Cat

As Spring begins to make itself known here in the northeast US … after an absolutely horrid winter …. Simon’s Cat has another adventure.

Enjoy!!! :)

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Weekend Distraction: Bookworm

Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 7.22.00 AMI hesitated highlighting this game. Why? Because it is so great that I have to imagine that everyone has it already. :)

But, this blog attracts lots of NEW users of the iPhone and/or iPad, and for those newbies …. you are in for a treat!!

Bookworm is an award winning game. Letters drop, and you tap them to make words. As you create words, your score grows. You’re happy and doing fine. Suddenly you see a new block, and notice that it is (gulp) on fire! Now comes the tricky part: You must use that letter before it hits the bottom, or your game is done. One burning tile isn’t too bad. But the longer you play, the more burning tiles appear. Quite a challenge! On this screen shot I waited too long to tap the burning tiles and they are starting to add up. Best to zap them as soon as you see them.

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Bookworm is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

BEWARE!! If you’ve never played this before, you will find it incredibly addicting.

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Weekend Distraction: Smash Hit (break glass with no mess!)

Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 8.23.00 AMI downloaded this app when it was highlighted in the App Store as one of their favorite picks.

I didn’t really know what I’d see, but I also noticed that it was at the top of the list in the rankings for free apps.

Couldn’t hurt, so I gave it a try.

Although it is not the kind of thing I would do for any length of time, I learned that it is surprisingly enjoyable to smash glass. ;)

The learning curve is tiny. The screen will roll and your job is to tap on pyramids made of glass, or glass obstacles that stand in your way. This will launch a ball that smashes the glass.

I apologize for my screen shot of their screen shot, but I was not ambidextrous enough to grab my own pic of the action.

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This takes some concentration, so you just might enjoy it when you could use a bit of a distraction (or when you feel the need to break something :) ) Be sure to turn up your sound!

Smash Hit for iPhone and/or iPad is FREE in the iTunes store

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Weekend Distraction: Threes!

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I don’t have a terribly long attention span for games.

But yet I enjoy pulling up an app and playing with it for a bit of challenging fun.

Threes! is the perfect go-to when you have a few minutes to kill.

(and… before I go any further, this app has NO ads, and NO in-app purchases! Yay!)

It is a lovely game. It is deceptively simple, works flawlessly and is surprisingly challenging.

You can choose to be taken through a bit of tutoring to get you started, and then away you go.

The challenge is to get the highest score you can (and then next time….beat your score.)

What to do? Combine 2′s and 1′s to make 3′s. Combine 3′s to make 6′s. Combine 6′s to make 12′s. Combine 12′s to make 24′s. Combine 24′s ….. you get the picture.

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Once you try it a few times, you’ll be drawn back again and again.

I’m not alone in my enjoyment. The reviews are all quite positive:

Threes is a puzzle game with absurd amounts of charm

Threes App Review: A cute, casual and challenging puzzler

Threes! is what every indie App Store game should be!

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Threes! for the iPhone or iPad is $1.99 in the iTunes store.

p.s…. my best score (so far) is 2,397 :)

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Weekend Distraction: Word Collapse

Screen Shot 2014-01-31 at 6.24.12 PMWord games are always fun, and this one is no exception.

It is easy to play ….. just an itsy bitsy tiny learning curve. You’ll start playing immediately.

Simple premise. Letters will fall onto your screen. Your job is to find words within a given category,  such as “fruit” or “animals”.

When you find a word that exists within your assigned theme, just swipe it. You might find words positioned either horizontally or vertically. The word you swipe disappears, and the letters on the screen collapse to form new words.

Now it gets a little tricky. You must CLEAR the screen. So, as you find the words, you must remove them  in the proper order, otherwise there will be letters left over.

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If you get stuck, you can shake your device to start again.

Word Collapse is free and you are given 70 levels to play. (There are in-app purchases available, (more levels and hints) but you will be busy for a long time with all the puzzles they provide for you for free.)

The only thing that is mildly annoying are the ads that pop up. But, hey …. the game is free. I can tolerate a few ads that close out simply with a tap.

Word Collapse (for your iPhone and iPad) is FREE in the iTunes store.

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Weekend Distraction: Card Shark Collection

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 6.55.04 PM Sometimes the best distraction is a good old game of Solitaire, and so for this Weekend Distraction we go back to the basics: card games. Lately this app has been my #1 go-to for card playing goodness.

Card Shark works flawlessly, and looks very nice on the iPad.

You can change the look of the cards, and customize the background. Within the app they give you some nice options, but you can also use a photo of your own for the background (my choice).

I have a few other card games on my iPad, but Card Shark seems to be the one I use the most.

There is a free version (9 games), and a Deluxe version. I am using the Deluxe version, which delivers over 70 games.

Tap on any game for a menu that includes the rules. There are so many games in this app that most are completely new to me, and it is fun to give them a try in between playing the old standbys.

Screen Shot 2014-01-17 at 7.49.04 PMIncluded in the Deluxe version are: Klondike (Classic Solitaire), FreeCell, Cassino, Canfield, Basic Rummy, Gin Rummy, Rummy 500, Spider Solitaire, Cruel Solitaire, Beleaguered Castle, Spiderette, Bristol Solitaire, Hearts, Memory Match (Concentration), Speed Match, Calculation, Forty Thieves, Euchre (US), Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better Draw Poker, Aces Up, Spades (non-partnership variant), Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, Speed, Batsford Solitaire, Josephine, Red & Black, Sea Towers, Crazy Eights, Tripeaks, Golf, Eagle Wing, Pyramid, Old Maid, War, Go Fish, 13 Packs (aka Grandma’s Game), Royal Cotillion, Blackjack (21), Royal Parade, Thieves of Egypt, Scorpion, Pile On, Montana, Canfield, Clock Solitaire, Kings Corner, Russian Cell, Yukon, I Doubt It, Four Seasons, Crescent, Osmosis (aka Treasure Trove), Canasta, La Belle Lucie, Australian Solitaire, Egyptian Ratscrew, SheepsHead(new), Kings in the Corner, Eight Off

(Lately I’ve been playing FreeCell …. a lot. Did you know that almost ALL FreeCell games are solvable? This has made the game a real challenge for me. When I can’t solve a game, I restart it. Again and again. Trying to approach it differently each time …. and, yes! eventually I have solved each and every one. :) )

Card Shark Collection™ (Deluxe) for the iPhone and iPad in the iTunes store $2.99

Free version: Card Shark Solitaire

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Weekend Distraction: iOrnament (beautiful AND relaxing)

Screen Shot 2014-01-03 at 2.47.08 PMSometimes I enjoy mindless entertainment on my iPad. I like to sit down with something that requires not too much thought, and is relaxing to use. iOrnament is all that. Relaxing, fun, productive, AND creative. :)

Although iOrnament is ‘do-able’ as soon as you download it, if you want to get better at it, there are some things to learn.

There is a very handy pop-up tutorial that appears as you go, and this is quite helpful as you learn how to get the most enjoyment from this creative design delight.

I included here a picture of my very FIRST doodle with this app. I really love how you can zoom in to add detail. Then…… zoom back out. Wow. When that detail is repeated all over your pattern, you look like a design genius.

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If you like to doodle, this is a doodler’s delight.

You can save your creation as a photo, use it as wallpaper, send it to others or publish it on social media.

Enjoy! (and have a relaxing weekend :) )

iOrnament is 99¢ in the iTunes store.

(there is also a free version, but it does not include the glow feature and it does not allow you to save your creations to photos or share with others)

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Weekend Distraction: A Chuckle with Conan

If you are a follower of this blog, you know that I have approached iOS7 with great caution. I didn’t download it right away, and … bluntly …. if my iPhone was older than a 5, I probably wouldn’t have downloaded it at all.

Lots of folks were concerned about this update. I just stumbled upon Conan’s attempt to update his phone to iOS7. Avoiding warnings, he did it anyway, and the results were, well, apocalyptic.

Weekend Distraction: Funny Conversations with Siri

Screen shot 2013-11-08 at 4.25.00 PM I go through phases about using Siri. I can go for weeks and simply forget about her ….. but then, suddenly, I’m using her constantly and wondering how I got along without her.

This is one of those times. Several things have happened this week that made me turn to our iPhone’s “personal assistant.” One instance happened while I was driving, and a series of text messages came in. I never, ever, glance at the phone when I’m driving, but I was curiously concerned about the unusual flurry of messages. Then I remembered that Siri can READ the text messages for us. Without taking my eyes from the road, I held the button and asked her to “read my text messages.” And she did. She even asked if I wanted to reply. That was pretty darn handy. (no emergency, by the way :) )

So I decided to make this week’s distraction Siri-related.

Just hold your home button until the Siri screen appears “What can I help you with?”

Then say any of the following. Enjoy!
(any of these might give you different answers at different times. And some answers are funnier than others, so you might want to ask more than once. I guess it depends on Siri’s mood that day..… :lol:)

Can I borrow some money?

Sing a song

You are boring

I’m tired

Which is the best tablet?

Where are you from?

Good morning (at night)

How old are you?

What is the meaning of life?

Is there a God?

What is the 2nd best smartphone?

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Tell me about yourself.

Beam me up.

Make me a sandwich.

Do you believe in Santa Claus?

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Weekend Distraction ….. (a Review, because this weekend, I’m distracted)

Screen shot 2013-10-31 at 5.33.55 PMIf you have been a reader of this blog for a while, you know that I often throw out a mindless, pass-the-time type app for your weekend consideration.  I tag this series as the “Weekend Distraction.”  

This weekend I am not supplying a weekend distraction because I am,   uh  ……..    distracted.   :lol:

I will be away for a few days,  and probably will not post again until mid-week.

Considering that so many new readers have joined this blog over the last few months, I thought this would be a good time to link to many of the previous Weekend Distractions. (Following these links should be pretty darn distracting.)   :)

Wishing you all  a nice weekend (plus a few days)!

(prices quoted may be different now, altho they were accurate when they were originally posted)

Weekend Distraction: Fairway Golf

Weekend Distraction: Falcross  a Logic Puzzle Game 

Weekend Distraction:  Flow Free

Weekend Distraction: Super Stickman Golf 

Weekend Distraction: Video Time Machine 

Weekend Distraction: Tap the Frog 1 and 2 

Weekend Distraction :  Wordsplosion

Weekend Distraction: Photo Hunt HD for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Little Things for your iPad

Weekend Distraction: RoboSockets Link Me Up

Weekend Distraction:  Greedy Spiders

Weekend Distraction:  Mahjong Towers for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Spider the Secret of Bryce Manor

Weekend Distraction: Blockwick

Weekend Distraction:  Flow Free Bridges

Weekend Distraction:  Spell Rift

Weekend Distraction:  Montezuma Puzzle 

Weekend Distraction:  Trailers

Weekend Distraction: Cryptogram for iPhone or iPad

Weekend Distraction :  Short Stories w Paragraph Shorts

Weekend Distraction: The Great Gatsby for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Finger Piano for iPad

Weekend Distraction: Jar of Marbles

Weekend Distraction: iPoe 

Weekend Distraction: Word Mess

Weekend Distraction: Skill Game for your iPad and iPhone

Weekend Distraction: Stroll Through the National Gallery

Weekend Distraction: Van Gogh Tiles and Monet Tiles

Weekend Distraction: Can Knockdown 3

Weekend Distraction: Dots

Weekend Distraction: Across Lite Crosswords

Weekend Distraction: Beatwave 

Weekend Distraction:  NPR music for your iPhone and iPad

Weekend Distraction: Spirodoodle

Weekend Distraction:  Retail Therapy, Find and Save

Weekend Distraction : TanZen for iPad or iPhone

Weekend Distraction: Swell Radio

Weekend Distraction: Unolingo

Weekend Distraction:  Jigsaw Box

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