It’s the weekend, and you want to relax. Find your zen.
TanZen is a classic tangram game. It is so well done, that you can just lose yourself in the solving. It works smoothly and the controls are very intuitive. Just slide the pieces in place. Tap to flip, spin to rotate. There is even some soothing background music if you care to enjoy that, too.
I have had the TanZen game on my iPhone since the day I got my first iPhone. (The iPad hadn’t been invented yet. Obviously I’ve had this game for a long time, and it has never crashed or given me grief in any way.)
There are several versions of the game available. One for the iPhone, and another HD version for the iPad. In both cases there is a free version (I’ll provide links to the free ones). If you enjoy it, and want more puzzles, you always have the option to buy more.
But the free versions give you close to 50 puzzles, so you can thoroughly enjoy TanZen without laying out any $$$$$$.
TanZen HD Lite for the iPad is Free in the iTunes store
TanZen Free for the iPhone is free in the iTunes store.
Posted by sharechair on September 27, 2013
With SpiroDoodle you, well, you doodle lovely spirograph-type designs.
The learning curve is as I like it. Very small.
You get one screen, and you doodle within the circle. You can vary the thickness of your lines, and the number of them as well. You can choose colors for your lines, you can change the background color or fill in spots with colors. The more you
fiddle with it doodle, the more variety you will add to your design.
It’s simple and surprisingly relaxing.
SpiroDoodle is 99¢ in the iTunes store
Posted by sharechair on September 6, 2013
This is a special kind of game.
You don’t have to think.
You just kind of zone-out. Seriously. I often play this on my iPad before I go to sleep. It’s downright relaxing. zzzzzzzzzzzz
Not boring. Relaxing.
The basic premise is that you are given a jar full of marbles, and presented with one marble at a time to drop into the jar. Every time you click three marbles together, they drop out of the jar. Your goal? Empty the jar. Yawn, right? Surprisingly addicting!
There are LOTS of options, of course. Difficulty level, free style or timed … and the shapes of the bowls can be altered, also, to make it a bit more challenging.
This is a Big Fish game, and those who are familiar with Big Fish know that they are known for excellent graphics and solid design.
Jar of Marbles is a free download in the iTunes store. There is an in-app purchase (if you like it) to unlock the entire game for $1.99. This works on the iPhone or iPad.
Posted by sharechair on February 22, 2013
I came across this on the internet the other day and I thought it was really
A web designer, using a map of the world, displays a bright pixel for EVERY tweet, as it happens. When you open the page, the world is basically dark. But as the tweets fly, it gets brighter and brighter.
There are bunches of statistics at the bottom of the page, too, and if you are interested in learning more, you can stick around on his website to take it all in.
I just enjoyed leaving the image on my screen and watching as the tweets made the planet brighter and brighter. Remember, it’s dark at first, because the tweets are counted from the moment YOU access the page. The longer you stick around, the brighter it gets.
(When you first open the page, tap the center arrow to drop the statistics down to the bottom.)
Then prepare to be mesmerized as you watch the Tweets light up the world at:
Posted by sharechair on February 3, 2013
At this time of year, everyone is busy doing something. Decorating, shopping, baking, visiting, partying, traveling … whew.
No time to “learn” a new game. That’s too much effort.
But how about a real distraction? You already know what to do.
NO learning curve.
Pretty, colorful, and responds nicely to your touch.
Fit the shapes on the screen. That’s it.
Gradually gets harder, but not crazy.
Go ahead .. Zone out … but don’t forget those cookies in the oven!
Montezuma Puzzle is free in the iTunes store.
Posted by sharechair on December 14, 2012
This Weekend Distraction requires a bit of thinking. Not too much (you won’t strain your brain), but some thought is required.
It is a simple game, yet … not.
Highly reviewed, mostly 5 star ratings.
It looks beautiful on the iPad.
It starts off with several blue blocks. These blocks are moveable, and so are various other blocks on the screen. Your job: move the blocks around so that similar colored blocks can touch each other.
Each screen gets a tad harder. You’ll see more blue blocks, and other color blocks are added to match as well. The screens also get more complicated with obstacles that don’t move at all.
When you have done your job, and the appropriate blocks touch, they light up, they glow, and pleasantly let you know that you succeeded and it’s time to move on to the next screen.
Blockwick is designed for both the iPhone and the iPad and is FREE in the iTunes store (for the first 60 levels).
Posted by sharechair on November 9, 2012
After all this commotion this week about the release of the new iPhone and all the good (and bad) of iOS6, well, I’m ready for a “little” Weekend Distraction.
I like my devices to occasionally deliver a little peace. A little down-time. A little Zen.
It’s time for “little things”.
This is a hidden pictures game that doesn’t try to hide the pictures within a scene, rather it just assembles mass quantities of “little things” into the shape of a bigger thing, and your job is to find some named little things within that big thing.
You can zoom in (my eyes thank the developers for that feature) to find those little things.
The background music is soft and soothing. Truly relaxing.
Just open the app and zone out. No thinking required. No interacting with anyone.
Find a few little things, then return to the real world if you can (it is a bit addictive!).
Little Things is $2.99 in the iTunes App store.
Posted by sharechair on September 22, 2012
We’ve all played this kind of game at some point in our lives. You know the type: Look at two pictures of the same thing, (except they aren’t really the same), and find the differences.
I downloaded this game a very very long time ago, and the app has been improved several times since then. It’s wonderful when developers keep after their apps and keep making them better. Applause for improvements!
This game is simple and quite beautiful. The photographs are stunning on the iPad. Many subjects in nature, scenery, cityscapes and all sorts of animals. And, there are ONE THOUSAND photos to play through. It’s pricy at $4.99, but the app is quality, and with so many photographs, it will keep you busy for a long, long time. You can also play your own music which is always an appreciated feature.
There are several modes of play, including a ‘beat the clock’ type, and the more zen-like ‘just take your time’ (which I prefer).
It’s one of those games that you can just pull up, spend a few minutes and move on.
All you do is gaze at the photos and tap a spot where you see a difference. If you are correct, a circle will appear around the spot.
As the picture is presented:
As the picture is presented:
One more……. only this time, I’ll just show you the screen shot. It’s your turn to find the differences! (there are 5 )
Photo Hunt HD for iPad is $4.99 in the iTunes store.
Posted by sharechair on September 14, 2012
Gratitude Journals are very popular, and you can find a number of them in the iTunes store. But this new one joined the crowd a short time ago, and it is a winner.
Gratitude365 is simple, intuitive and visually attractive.
You create a daily entry and list anything that you are thankful for that day. You can also add a photo from your camera roll, or take a photo through the app. Each time you list an item that you are grateful for, it appears on a line with a bullet in front. It is designed for lists, so it’s quick and snappy. Having this app on your iPhone allows you to add to it throughout the day, rather than having to try to remember and re-wind your day later that night. (This is a great way to grab those “small things”, those everyday things and moments that are actually extraordinary treasures.)
The calendar view (below) displays the photos you have chosen individually throughout the week, giving you a lovely visual through time of all things for which your are grateful.
Gratitude365 will work on your iPhone and/or on your iPad. You can share the gratitude calendar from within the app through email, Twitter, Flicker or Facebook.
Looking back at the calendar view, and knowing what all those pictures represent, how can that do anything but make you Happy?
Gratitude365 is currently 99¢ in the iTunes store.
Posted by sharechair on August 28, 2012
I do not enjoy walking up to an alarm. There is something just so horribly jarring about “sudden” noise when you are sleeping. I don’t think nature intended us to wake up this way, but (of course) we have to wake up when it’s time to wake up.
Alarm apps abound, and over the years I have downloaded several. (Well, to be honest, more than several )
Of them all, the Progressive Alarm Clock always rises to the top of my most-used alarms.
It has been completely reliable, and has never, ever let me down.
It provides a gentle, peaceful way to gradually wake up in the morning, using the chime sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls.
You can choose between 6 different chimes, and it is easy to sample all 6 to make your choice.
There are a variety of options, so you can tweak it to your personal preference.
I have set a deep bell on my alarm. When morning comes, it starts to chime very softly…… so softly at first, that it is barely audible.
Then, every 10 seconds, it chimes again. Just a little louder, then a little louder again. A peaceful, gentle wake up.
Progressive Alarm Clock by Spotlight Six Software is $1.99 in the iTunes store.
Posted by sharechair on August 14, 2012