Apple Watch Games
Watch This Homerun
From Atlanta-based Eyes Wide Games comes the first of many sports games. Watch This Homerun is a watch-sized baseball experience, delivering bite-sized (ten- to 15-second) game experiences. The game has you touch the screen at the right time to whack baseballs — be they fastballs, curveballs, or changeups — into the bleachers, with inaccurate taps sending you back to the bench.
The game’s companion iPhone app tracks competitive leaderboards, achievements, and personal stats against friends and the rest of the community. Future one-touch sports games include football, basketball, soccer, and boxing, says the developer.
One of 2015’s most downloaded iPhone games is also available for Apple Watch. Trivia Crack lets you play rounds of pop culture trivia — without ever taking your iPhone out of your pocket. Animated characters guide you in defeating all your opponents while you answer millions of questions submitted by users from around the world.
Questions appear on the watch’s screen, and you can answer them right on the watch; once an opponent answers and it is your turn, you are notified from your watch and can continue playing from there. Example: What’s Muhammad Ali’s real name? Rocky Balboa, Rocky Marciano, Anderson Silva, or Cassius Clay (correct answer).
Gamers looking for a richer gaming experience might consider Runeblade, a fantasy adventure RPG (role-playing game) that’s simple enough for anyone to pick up and play but offers far more depth for players looking for a deeper experience, says Everywear Games. The company’s first Apple Watch title increases in depth and complexity over days, weeks, and months of gameplay, although games are designed to be played in five- to 15-second sessions.
The game stars you as a High Priestess of the War Mages — challenged with stopping an ancient menace from consuming the realm as you use might and magic to defeat mystical creatures, unlock new spells and abilities, and level up to grow stronger over time.
If you like such matching games as Candy Crush Saga, Apple Watch owners might enjoy tapping through Best Fiends — one of the first mobile games for the platform and based on the popular iOS version. In the single-player puzzle game from developer Seriously, players explore the lands of Minutia, collect treasures, and battle the malevolent Slugs of Mount Boom.
What’s more, players earn rewards that can be applied to their Best Fiends game on their iPhone — used toward leveling up characters, unlocking new powers, and defeating enemies. In the iOS version, players drag a finger up, down, and diagonally to match identical items on an obstacle-laden game board.
Australian developer Right Pedal has released Snappy Word, a word game that places four random letter tiles on the watch face. By tapping the letters in order to create words, your goal is to see how many words you can create in 30 seconds. For example, E, M, S and A can create words like same, mesa, and as.
Also playable on iPhone, iPad or iPod, this Apple Watch game includes a real-time player-versus-player mode or you can compete against others through the Game Center leaderboard. Snappy Word’s dictionary is said to be made up of nearly 4,000 words.
Even before Apple Watch debuted in the spring of 2015, buzz amassed in the gaming world over an adventure title called Watch Quest. Players first choose characters on the companion app for iPhone, equip them with gear, and then have them embark on a quest on Apple Watch — filled with combat, solving puzzles, and hunting treasure.
Starring a male or female protagonist, the colorful game includes passive play — slower-paced and easier quests — and more difficult active play, including battling monsters and foraging for items. Watch Quest is free to download and comes with one training campaign, but you have to pay for additional quests and characters from within the iPhone app.
One of the more intriguing offerings sneaking onto Apple Watch is from UK-based indie developer Bossa Studios — best known for Surgeon Simulator and I Am Bread.
In Spy_Watch, you’re the head of a spy agency that’s seen better days. To turn the agency around, you must train spies, send them on secret missions, and earn money to improve their abilities.
According to the developer, this ambitious Apple Watch game centers around short bursts of real-time notifications between you and your agent in the field, which take place in two- to five-second rounds. As the agency head, you need to make strategic decisions on the fly that will ultimately affect the success of the missions — be they related to time, resources, or locations. No guarantees you’ll look as suave as James Bond while tapping on your wrist.