The Apple Watch might not sound like the most likely gaming platform, but many game developers have used it to great effect. From interactive fiction to brainteasers, RPGs, and arcade classics, it’s amazing how much fun you can have staring at your wrist.
It should come as no surprise that these games are primarily aimed at short bursts of gameplay. Some of them require an Apple Watch, while you can play others on both the wearable and iPhone. Let’s take a look at the best games for Apple Watch.
1. Pocket Bandit
Pocket Bandit is a solid time-waster that makes excellent use of the Digital Crown. In it, you take on the role of a safe-cracking thief. The game uses haptic feedback to let you know when you’re close to cracking the code, at which point you tap on the screen and do it all over again.
You’ll have to work quickly against the clock if you don’t want to get caught. As you move from level to level, you’ll encounter difficulty spikes. If you’re caught you’ll lose some of your ill-gotten gains, so stay out of trouble if you want to set a new high score.
Download: Pocket Bandit ($0.99)
2. Trivia Crack
Trivia Crack needs no introduction. Just like Trivial Pursuit, the game fires questions at you from a range of categories, which you must answer using multiple-choice answers. Trivia Crack for Apple Watch simply puts the action on your wrist, so you can play anywhere at any time.
Spin the wheel, read the question, and answer directly on your Apple Watch.
Download: Trivia Crack (Free, in-app purchases available)
Elevate is a brain training program for iPhone, with an Apple Watch companion app. It feels right at home on the Watch whenever you want to pass a few minutes and test your wits.
It features over 35 different brain teasers designed to tax your focus, memory, number skills, comprehension, and more. If you fall in love with Elevate, you can subscribe to the premium plan for $5 per month, or grab a year’s subscription for $40.
Download: Elevate (Free, subscription available)
An entire RPG on your wrist may sound unlikely, but that’s exactly what Runeblade goes for. The free-to-play fantasy adventure was tailor-made for Apple’s wearable by developer Everywear Games.
Gameplay starts out simple, but develops more depth over the 2,000 or so included levels. You’ll use spells, runes, and magical artifacts on your quest. It’s a casual role-playing experience with the optional in-app purchases we’ve come to expect from similar freemium titles.
Download: Runeblade (Free, in-app purchases available)
5. Twisty Color
Twisty Color introduces another interesting way of putting the Digital Crown to use. The game requires you to collect as many balls as possible by turning the Twister to match the corresponding color.
If it sounds straightforward, that’s because it is. It’s proof that you don’t need a complex concept to create a fun and addictive game. This is the sort of title that’s perfect for a five-minute blast while waiting for your train.
Download: Twisty Color ($0.99)
If you like word games based on pictures, check out Wordie for Apple Watch. You’ll see four photos on the screen. Below the photos are slots showing the number of letters in the word, which you must guess based on the photos.
Enter the letters from the choices you’re given and see if your guess is correct. It’s fun, it’s free—it’s Wordie on your wrist!
Download: Wordie (Free, in-app purchases available)
KOMRAD isn’t just an Apple Watch game, since you can also play it on your iPhone. Fortunately, this example of interactive fiction works particularly well on the Apple Watch. It provides not only a good example of Apple Watch gaming, but also one of the best text adventure experiences on iOS.
The game has you talking to a Soviet AI from 1985, which hasn’t been informed that the Cold War is over. The computer has been training in the dark for 30 years, and may be connected to deadly nuclear missiles. You’ll decide the fate of the world by responding to KOMRAD from your wrist.
Download: KOMRAD ($0.99)
8. Tiny Armies
Tiny Armies is both an Apple Watch and iPhone game. The wearable version lets you undertake epic (if simplified) battles from the comfort of your wrist, as you swipe the screen to conquer enemies, navigate lakes, and traverse mountains and forests.
You can play solo or jump on iMessage to challenge your friends. It’s a tactical game that’s perfect for short bursts of gameplay, and comes at a bargain price.
Download: Tiny Armies ($0.99)
9. A Tiny Game of Pong
Who doesn’t want to play Pong on their wrist? Turn the Digital Crown into a precise paddle controller with this wrist-sized version of the original arcade and console classic.
There’s really not much else to say here: it’s Pong, on your wrist. Play as a standalone game on the Apple Watch or with your paired iPhone additional functionality.
Download: A Tiny Game of Pong ($1.99, in-app purchase available)
Lateres is Breakout for your Apple Watch. Just like Pong, Lateres allows you to use the Digital Crown to control the paddle for precise brick-breaking action. Lateres also works on your iPhone, which gives you two ways to play.
The game is a nice little value, providing 20 levels for a dollar.
Download: Lateres ($0.99)
11. Lifeline 2
What started as one journey has turned into another with Lifeline 2. This type of narrative game depends on the choices that you make. Start on your iPhone, continue on your Apple Watch, and jump back again.
In Lifeline 2, you play as a young woman on a mission to rescue her long-lost brother. You must stay alive against fatal forces that put all of humanity in danger. Will you make the right decisions? The fast of the world depends on it.
Download: Lifeline 2 ($1.99)
All you have to do is follow the rules to win in this brainy puzzler. You’ll test your memory, perception, and even your reflexes as you play through the challenging levels.
After you solve one puzzle, move onto the next level with the rule from the previous puzzle in mind. Do your best to keep the rules straight in this fast-paced brain test. The game offers three modes; beginner, expert, and timeless.
Rules! is a fun challenge to explore on your Apple Watch for your next break between classes or in the office.
Download: Rules! ($2.99)
13. Bubblegum Hero
Go back to the days of being a kid and blowing the biggest bubble you can in Bubblegum Hero. In this simple game, you tap the screen to start blowing a bubble with your big wad of gum. Release your finger from the screen while the bubble is within the dotted lines.
See how many successful bubbles you can make before splattering the sticky gum on your face. And do your best to make the perfect bubble. For a cute game on Apple Watch that’s ideal for a quick fix, this is worth checking out.
Download: Bubblegum Hero (Free, in-app purchases available)
14. Vegas Bowling Lite Watch
What game list would be complete without a sports challenge? It’s not baseball or football—it’s bowling in Vegas Bowling Lite Watch.
Slide on the screen left or right to aim, then pull back to toss that bowling ball down to the pins. This lite version gives you a three-frame game, making it perfect for those times when you’re standing in line at the store.
If you’ve got skills, you can upgrade the app for 10-frame games and really have some fun. When you can’t make it to the local bowling alley, take Vegas Bowling Lite for a spin on your Apple Watch.
For another cool brain challenge on your wrist, take a look at Brainess. You’ll be tested on your memory, math skills, and matching abilities.
There are seven different games to pick from including Dice, Signs, Numbers, and Colors. Stimulate your brain on the train while on your way to work to start your day sharp with Brainess.
Download: Brainess ($0.99)
Enjoy Fun Apple Watch Games
With all these unique experiences available for Apple’s wearable, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that it’s also a timepiece.