Did you know that your Apple Watch can keep you entertained as well as informed? Here are some of the best Apple Watch games you can play today.
It’s no estimation to say that smartphones have changed gaming forever. You used to be able to play video games on consoles, computers, or dedicated handheld devices. Now you can play some amazing games right on your phone. But did you know you can also play some genuinely awesome games right on your wrist?
Whilst it may not appear to be the ideal device for gaming, your Apple Watch can actually provide a lot of entertainment if you add the right games to it.
Here are some of the best Apple Watch games you can check out today.
If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, then 20 Watch Games is probably it.
For 99 cents you get 20 games, including versions of classics such as Minesweeper, Sudoku, Pong, and the original cell phone classic, Snake.
The quality is a little hit-and-miss (the spelling of ‘success’ on the ATM game is truly something to behold) but there are some genuinely addictive games to choose from. With so many options you’re likely to keep coming back to 20 Watch Games again and again.
Download 20 Watch Games (Free)
The small amount of real estate available on an Apple Watch face means that most games have fairly simple rules. Rules! takes this concept and runs with it. You have a screen with four cards and all you have to do is tap them in the correct order, following a rule such as ‘highest first’.
However, after each correct turn a new rule is added which takes precedence over the previous rule. You need to follow all of the rules in order to clear each board, and you soon have a long list of rules you’re desperately trying to recall. This is another highly addictive game where you’ll find yourself having ‘just one more try.’
Download Rules! ($2.99)
If you are a fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books, then you’ll love Lifeline. You receive a message from a marooned astronaut, and you get to choose how to continue the conversation by tapping one of the suggested responses. The more you communicate, the more of the mystery is unraveled. Taylor will go offline for a while now and then, and you’ll need to wait for him to get back in touch before you can continue with the game.
You can play on your Apple Watch or on your iPhone, but it’s definitely a game that’s suited to the Apple Watch. You can dip in and out, and interacting with the responses is a simple tap. If you love Lifeline, the good news is that when you’re done, you can play Lifeline 2 and a whole host of other sequels.
Download Lifeline ($2.99)
If you enjoy Lifeline’s style of interactive fiction, then Komrad is another Apple Watch game you should check out.
You receive an anonymous message that you’ve been hacked. The only way to clear your name is to use an old computer system to find some mysterious codes that you can trade to clear your name. As you communicate with the computer’s AI, you slowly peel back the layers of the mystery. Just like with Lifeline, you interact by choosing from one of the suggested responses, and your choices affect how the game progresses.
Like Lifeline, the game will pause for significant periods occasionally, and you’ll need to wait for the next message before you can continue.
Download Komrad ($0.99)
If you’re looking for a way to kill some time, you can’t go far wrong with a game or twelve of Solitaire. The good news is you can play the game right from your Apple Watch.
This single-player classic is surprisingly easy to play on such a small screen. Tapping any playable card will automatically move it to the right location. Tapping an Ace, for example, will place it up in the top row. You have the option to undo a move if you did something by mistake, and you can even see a record of your current and longest winning streaks.
Download Solitaire The Game (Free)
Creating great games for Apple Watch is a challenge due to the minimal screen real estate and lack of physical hardware. One physical control that your Apple Watch does have, however, is the digital crown, and Pocket Bandit makes brilliant use of it and your Apple Watch’s vibration.
Your mission is to crack safes, and you use the digital crown to turn the tumbler. When you near the correct number, your watch vibrates. You’ll need to crack multiple numbers to unlock the safe, and you’ll face other obstacles such as moving trip wires that you need to avoid if you don’t want the police to come knocking.
Pocket Bandit is another simple but highly addictive game, and one that’s designed purely for Apple Watch.
Download Pocket Bandit ($0.99)
Apple Watch is one of the best fitness wearables out there. One thing it’s not great at, however, is providing motivation to work out. Unless you’re in the middle of a really long streak, closing your rings isn’t a huge incentive. That’s where Pocket Plants comes in.
The main aim of the game is to collect and grow plants. As you do so, you can combine plants to create new ones. This takes energy, and you can harvest energy from your plants as you grow, but you can also get it by completing steps, recorded with your iPhone, Apple Watch, or even your Fitbit. When you complete a set number of steps, you can convert them into energy or other rewards.
The majority of the game is played on your phone, but even without your phone, you can set out for a walk and convert all those Apple Watch steps into energy for your plants when you get home.
Download Pocket Plants (Free with In-App Purchase)
8. Trivia Crack
If you love a good trivia night, then Trivia Crack may be the perfect Apple Watch game for you.
Not only can you choose from a wide range of topics covering everything from history to country music, but you can even create your own questions. To make use of the more complex features you’ll need your iPhone, but if you just want to test your trivia knowledge, you can play directly from your Apple Watch.
Tap and hold the screen to start a new game and choose an opponent, or opt to be paired with a random player. Spin the wheel and hope your trivia skills are up to scratch!
Download Trivia Crack (Free with In-App Purchases)
There are a ton of games out there that claim to train your brain. Elevate may just be one that actually lives up to the promise.
It’s designed to improve your focus, processing speed, memory, math skills, speaking ability, and more, through a range of fun brain training games. You can track your performance and see how you compare against other people, or even create your own custom workout.
To get all of the features of Elevate, you’ll need to play on your iPhone, but you can play a selection of games directly on your Apple Watch. These include spelling, math, and vocabulary games. If you want to use your watch to get smarter, give Elevate a try.
Download Elevate (Free with In-App Purchases)
Do More With Your Apple Watch
Hopefully, you’ll have found your next favorite game on this list of the best Apple Watch games. If you have any other favorite Apple Watch games you think people should know about, then let us know in the comments below.
Gaming is just one way to get more out of your Apple Watch. Did you know you can use your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone even when you’re wearing a mask? Or that you can do it the other way round, and use your iPhone to unlock your Apple Watch?
You can even use your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac without needing to enter your password.