Smartwatch on, game on
Your wearable device isn’t only about sending the phone’s notifications to the wrist. This is an entire game platform in its own right
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Smartwatches are steadily making a place for themselves in our tech lives. And they are useful not just to get information from our phones, but also for entertainment. Yes, some may believe it is a little difficult to play games on screens that are barely a couple of inches in size, but the fact remains that if you have a smartwatch, be it from Android or Apple, you can actually play games. The games will not come with jaw-dropping graphics, but they are more than handy for whiling away minutes.
So if you are willing to give your smartwatch a try as a game device, here are a few titles you can download.
Apple Watch, Android Wear
Rs10 (Apple Watch)/free (Android Wear)
Remember the classic Space Invaders game where you had a gunship on the base of the screen and had to keep firing at stream after stream of aliens who kept dropping bombs on you? Well, that very popular time waster of the 1990s has now got a smartwatch avatar and while it might seem a little difficult to play initially, it remains as addictive as ever. Download the game, keep tapping on your watch screen to save your ship, and knock off those aliens one by one.
Apple Watch, Android Wear
Rs160 (Apple Watch)/Rs140 (Android Wear)
The Lifeline series delivers perhaps the most intense gaming experience one can get on a smartwatch and it does so without any graphics whatsoever. Like earlier games in the series, Whiteout is totally text-based. A man is stuck in a frozen wasteland. He has no idea how he got there. He has no idea how he can get out. And he can talk to just one person—you. Your job is to keep reading his messages and giving him instructions by choosing different courses of action. Brilliantly written, with many twists, this is a game that will have you staring at your wrist for long periods, waiting for the next message from the stranded man.
Imagine playing a whole, proper role-playing game (RPG) right on your wrist. Well, that’s what Runeblade delivers. You end up trying to rescue a world with dollops of swordplay and spell-casting and pretty much everything you would expect in a heroic fantasy. It is not the most intense experience—you just have to tap on the watch screen for everything and the enemies are not the most powerful or persistent—but the graphics are actually very nice for such a small display and the sheer simplicity of the game will see you returning for more.
This is one for those who love quizzes. Trivia Crack is the Apple Watch version of the popular quiz game. And thanks to its simple format, it is extremely easy to play on your wrist as well. You get questions from six categories and have to pick the right answer and face off against opponents. It is as simple as choosing the right answer—you also get vibration alerts when your opponent has answered a question.
2048 is a popular game, with millions of gamers downloading it all over the world. The idea is to push numbers across a grid and pair similar numbers together to see how far they could get (think Bubble Bash with a major mathematical twist and a much smaller area to work in). And now the game can be played on your Android Wear watch as well. The gameplay remains remarkably similar to the one on the phone—you use your finger to slide tiles on the small screen—and is just as addictive.