Developer: Christian Mardelli
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

With lines and graphs aplenty, Happenstance might intimidate at first but it’s worth taking the time to master as it’s a quite satisfying goal tracking app to use.

Like all good goal tracking apps, Happenstance is adaptable to a huge array of situations. Users enter a goal before setting such parameters. It’s possible to set a target such as a date or amount for the end goal. Such amounts can be changed to many different things, such as a currency, hours, miles, or even calls and meetings. It’s a varied bunch and I found it simple to find something that fitted any of my ambitions.

Further flexibility comes from the ability to set recurring goals, such as to exercise a certain amount of times per week, as well as the option to set specific end dates for something more time focused. In each case, it’s easy to see a snapshot of how things are going as well as update the progress through a relevant button.

Further functionality stems from the many stats that come out of all this, such as a progress chart and bar which shows the percentage of the task completed. A handy graph tracks where the user has faltered at certain times, as well as a progress report that tracks how well the user is doing overall. For stats addicts, Happenstance is a dream come true, while for control freaks, it gives them a sense of power over their goals.

All this does take a few minutes to figure out. Unlike other, more simple tools, I found it took a bit more time to understand fully. At first, I found myself oversimplifying my tasks then getting confused, before realising that I could adapt so many options and units accordingly. Take 30 minutes to master Happenstance, though, and it’s great. It’s clear to view and satisfying to see those progress bars increase. Something that is surely all anyone could want from a goal tracking app that’s come out at the perfect time of year.

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