The 6 Best Smartwatch Games of 2023

Wear games to keep you amused all year

Mobile games have come a long way since the days of the Tiger Electronics wristwatch. A few years ago, watches with games seemed like a novelty, but developers are now taking smartwatch games seriously. We looked at the best games for Wear (formerly called Android Wear, then Wear OS) and selected our favorites for this year based on graphics, player engagement, and overall fun.

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Best for Boosting Logic Skills: Infinity Loop

Infinity Loop puzzle game for Wear OS smartwatches
What We Like
  • Fun for all ages.

  • It's great for relieving stress and anxiety.

  • Works well on the small watch face.

  • The music is calming.

What We Don't Like
  • The game is free to download, but once you get past level 100, you have to pay to keep playing.

More than 10 million users have played Infinity Loop, making it the most downloaded title for Wear. This brilliantly simple puzzle game challenges your brain without being frustrating. It's designed to help people relax as they wait at the bus stop or the doctor's office. There's no timer on the levels, so you can never lose, and you can stop or resume playing without losing your progress.

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Best Flappy Bird-Style Wear Game: Bugdroid Land

A screenshot of the Wear game Bugdroid Land on an illustrated smartwatch

Artur Załęski 

What We Like
  • Easy to play on the wrist.

  • Simple tap functionality.

  • Nice graphics and gameplay.

  • Various difficulty levels to experiment with.

What We Don't Like
  • The game is free, but you see a lot of ads.

  • The character can blend into the background sometimes.

Bugdroid Land doesn't hide that it's a knock-off of Flappy Bird featuring all of your favorite Android mascots. Instead of piloting Faby through Super Mario-style sewage pipes, you guide Bugdroid through an obstacle course of giant cats, lollipops, and ​Oreo cookies.

Previous versions of this game have been included as Easter Eggs on Android devices since 2014.

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Best Puzzle Game: 2048 for Android Wear

A player sets a new record in 2048 for Wear

Spooky House Studios

What We Like
  • A great time-waster that doesn't tax the brain.

  • It works well on a small watch face.

  • The graphics and animation look good.

  • Enter a leaderboard to compare your results with other players.

What We Don't Like
  • It might leave you wanting something a little more in-depth.

2048 for Android Wear is a free, simple puzzle game that tasks you with connecting similar tiles to form new tiles until you get to the 2048 tile. It's relaxing and a great time-waster that at least stretches the brain a bit, though after you've conquered the initial quest, you may long for more challenging levels.

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Best Test-Your-Luck Game for Wear: Roll the Dice

Roll the Dice game for Wear OS
What We Like
  • It's addictive and maddening.

  • The simple and user-friendly interface.

  • It works well on a watch.

What We Don't Like
  • A leaderboard would be a nice addition.

If you're up for testing your luck, check out Roll the Dice, a simple, user-friendly dice game that doesn't tax the brain or require a skill. Use the app to play any game that requires dice, or tap the screen to test your luck or compete with a friend.

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Best for Maze Fans: Wear Maze

Screenshots of the game Wear Maze displayed on illustrated smartwatches

Marcelo R. dos Santos

What We Like
  • Uses tilt functionality to move through the maze.

  • Levels grow increasingly challenging.

  • It's simple, fun, and works great on a watch.

What We Don't Like
  • More levels would be nice.

Wear Maze is a surprisingly challenging and fun game that puts a smartwatch twist on the maze genre. Instead of using your finger to drag your way through the mazes, you tilt your wrist and move using your watch's accelerometer. There are 25 levels in this free game, each more challenging than the last, so you're sure to get immersed.

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Best Bubble Game: Bubble Shooter

Bubble Shooter Wear OS game for smartwatches
What We Like
  • Has nice animations and effects.

  • It includes hundreds of levels.

  • The beautiful underwater and distortion effects.

What We Don't Like
  • The gameplay drains the battery.

Bubbles are a somewhat unlikely but ubiquitous game genre, and Bubble Shooter for Wear brings bubble-popping satisfaction to your wrist. This game is simple, fun, and beautifully animated with nice graphics. With hundreds of levels that grow more challenging, count on hours of idle fun.

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