The greatest gaming apps for smartwatches.
Stuck in the world’s longest queue? Waiting for your lift to pitch up? Engaging in some gaming fun on your smartwatch is the perfect way to pass the time. A host of new games, as well as rebooted and resized versions of old ones, are up for grabs across the Apple and Android platforms.
What are gaming apps for smartwatches?
As long as wireless communication devices have been around, there’ve been games to go with them. The Nokia 3210 and 3310 were best known for introducing us to Snake: despite its simplicity, the game still enjoys cult status years later. Smartphones’ sophisticated graphics and audio settings added another dimension to mobile gaming. Gaming on your smartphone now represents a category unto itself among gaming enthusiasts.
Today, the Pebble and Sony Smartwatches are poised to become the next big platform for mobile gaming. However, building gaming apps for the smartwatch represents a new challenge with its smaller screen, limited control options and the fact that it’s a much shorter-session device compared to smartphones and tablets.
The Pebble and Sony smartwatches have been updated a few times since their release, which means they’re better able to accommodate more sophisticated games. Ideally, a technically sound smartwatch game would allow simple controlling - for example, single taps on the screen - and not drain battery power too quickly.
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What are the best gaming apps for your wearable?
If you’re not sure about which games to try out on your smartwatch, here are a few pint-sized options guaranteed to make smartwatch gaming a fun and rewarding experience.
|Games App||About the App||Compatibility|
|Blackjack||This game is a universal favourite, whether live or on your mobile device. A simple tap on the screen to hit or stick makes it ideal for smartwatch gaming. It’s simple and engaging, just the thing to pass the time while waiting for your coffee. Blackjack for Smartwatch is compatible with Sony Smartwatch and Smartwatch 2.||Available on Google Play for Android.|
|Snake for Smartwatch||Go full retro with this gaming cult classic. The principle is the same: guide the snake along and kick up your high score a little further every time you log on to play. Snake for Smartwatch is compatible with Sony Smartwatch and Smartwatch 2.||Available for download from Google Play for Android.|
|Asteroids||Keep the nostalgia alive with another gaming arcade classic. Move up, down and sideways to avoid asteroids flying at your ship. It’s easy to control on the Pebble, making it an ideal smartwatch game. Asteroids is compatible with the Pebble.||Available for download from My Pebble Face.|
|2048||An unlikely gaming sensation, 2048 started life as a single game on a website. The aim is to move numbered tiles across a square board and line up “2048”. When the tiles touch, they merge and form new numbers. It’s trickier than it looks and makes for a fun smartwatch game. 2048 is compatible with the Pebble smartwatch.||Available for download from My Pebble Face.|
|Turtle Quest||Help a sweet little turtle navigate his way out of dangerous caves, avoid underwater predators and keep from being pulled down to the bottom of the ocean. It’s an easy game and a great way to fill a time gap. Turtle Quest is compatible with Sony Smartwatch and Smartwatch 2.||Available for download from Google Play for Android|
Frequently asked questions
How is smartwatch gaming different?
Smartwatches feature a much smaller screen and limited controlling options for gamers. Games are much simpler: users confirm with one-touch taps and use the buttons on the watch to move characters up, down and sideways. Even as the watches themselves are updated, games played on such a small screen will have to be kept simple to remain enjoyable.
How do I get the games on to my smartwatch?
Link your phone and your smartwatch via Bluetooth, download the app onto your phone, sync both devices and run the app on your smartwatch. Some smartwatches like the Pebble only allow eight apps on the screen at a time, but a little cache of apps allows you to swap them out whenever you like.
Since they’re simpler and smaller, are smartwatch games free?
Not all of them. There are plenty of good, fun ‘freemiums’ out there, but some come at a small price. If you paid for a game now installed on your iPhone, expect to pay for the smartwatch-friendly version too.