Lately I have found myself losing steam on 100 Floors. I seem to have stalled out around floor 64 or so. The problem is that I typically want to play games on my iPad late in the evening, in between watching something on Netflix or during commercial breaks. And after about 8 p.m., my brain is completely off-line. It's the worst possible time to try playing something that requires a lot of mental engagement, either in the form of thinking (100 Floors) or reflex activity (Robot Unicorn Attack).
A friend recently mentioned that she was hooked on "100 Floors," so of course I had to give it a try. It's an understatement to say that the game is baffling at first. You find yourself looking at an elevator lobby, with no clue as to how to proceed or what's happening. I have to confess, I went online to find a walkthrough for floor 2. It was the only way I could figure out what was going on.
I have been playing The Simpsons: Tapped Out for iPad for a few months now. There is a lot to like about the game, but some frustrations as well.
If you want to use your iPad for journaling, you will find yourself faced with a bewildering variety of choices, both free and paid. The first thing you should do is narrow down your list of "must-have" features:
- Will you be attaching photos very often? Or do you imagine this as strictly a text entry sort of journal?
- Do you ever want to make your entries public, by sharing them on Twitter, Facebook, etc? Or is this going to be a private diary?
- How much security do you want? (Note: Even if you don't share your iPad with another household member, you probably want at least a basic password protection to keep any random coworker or fellow student from picking up your iPad and paging through your diary.)
- What kind of style do you want? Classic leather-bound look, fun and sparkly, or high tech calendar-based?