[Review] Gamer - Time Your iOS Gaming Wisely
Are you one of the many people having a hard time managing your time when you are lost in a good game? Does it cause you to get back to work too late by mistake? A new jailbreak tweak dubbed Gamer
will help you manage your time with gaming by keeping you on a time limit. The tweak will set you back $1.50 to reserve your copy, but it has some really cool features any avid iOS gamers will have to try out.
The tweak works like an alarm clock; you set a time for which you want to limit your gaming (just as you would limit your sleep at night), and then it alerts you when it’s time to stop playing (just as the alarm clock would alert you to stop sleeping). When the alert comes up, you have the choice to play along with your original plan to close the game you’re in, or you can tap on the snooze button, which will postpone the alert for a set amount of time. This again, brings the alarm clock analogy into play. Each of these settings – the amount of time you will allow yourself to play a game and how long you want to the snooze to be, will be configurable from the Settings application after you install Gamer from Cydia:
Gamer works with all kinds
of applications, not just games – even though that was its intent. You can limit yourself to using certain applications for a certain amount of time so you’re not on them constantly. If you’re a Facebook addict, or a Twitter addict, this tweak can help you manage your time on those social networking sites. From the preferences pane in the Settings application, you can select the applications you want to be timed using. Any deselected applications will not be timed. You can even invert your selection to make the application selection process easier in bulk.
Gamer also includes a widget (iOS 5-only) for Notification Center, which will show you the time you currently have remaining with using a tweak before it alerts you that your time is up. The widget can be enabled or disabled at any time by dragging it in and out of Notification Center from the Notifications preferences pane in the Settings application. It works just fine with IntelliScreenX and other third party widgets:
If you need to limit your application habits, then give Gamer a try. The tweak has a lot of flexibility for making sure you do not go overboard and the way it’s implemented, it doesn’t force you to stop what you’re doing, making it unobtrusive and useful.