5 Apple Watch Games You Want to Play

Even your watch can be a fun gaming device

In addition to being a pretty powerful productivity tool, the Apple Watch can be a fun time-waster when you're waiting in line at the grocery store, riding the train on your way to work, or waiting for your kids to get to the car after school.

Apple Watch games are a whole different breed of mobile gaming. They're often very simple in execution and are meant to take just a few seconds at a time, rather than mobile games designed for your smartphone that you could easily become engrossed in for hours. This of them as miniature games, but like the Apple Watch is sort of a miniature version of your smartphone.

If you're looking to get started with an Apple Watch game, here are few good ones that are definitely worth a look:

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For Pet Lovers: Tamagotchi

Tamagotchi Apple Watch App
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What We Like
  • Very simple and addictive.

  • Great time filler for idle time.

  • A nostalgic classic.

What We Don't Like
  • It isn't exactly an active "game" in the traditional sense.

  • Can be a little too addictive.

The Apple Watch has its very own Tamagotchi app. Just like the Japanese keychain you carried around in the 90s, the app allows you to hatch your own pet Tamagotchi and then feed and nurture it into adulthood.

The watch app works alongside Tamagotchi’s existing iPhone app. With it, you’re able to check the status of your pet at any point throughout the day and you’ll receive a notification on your watch if your Tamagotchi needs something. For things like feedings and bathroom breaks, you can even initiate those actions from your wrist.

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Get Your Trivia Fix: Trivia Crack

What We Like
  • Fun and interactive.

  • Addictive gameplay.

  • Interesting trivia.

What We Don't Like
  • Games need to be started on the iPhone.

  • Functionality isn't entirely on the watch.

If you use Facebook and have any friends at all, chances are one of them has tried to lure you into the addicting game that is Trivia Crack. The game’s Apple Watch version allows you to answer questions on your wrist as well as spin the wheel. Unfortunately, games have to be started on your iPhone before you can play the pint-sized version, but it can make keeping up with a fast-playing game much easier.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Lifeline

What We Like
  • Classic style gameplay.

  • Interesting and engaging concept.

  • Simple controls.

What We Don't Like
  • Might require a little too much attention.

  • Like all choose your own adventure games, it can get frustrating.

Lifeline is a choose-your-own-adventure game that was made for the Apple Watch. In the game, you’re chatting with someone who has crash-landed their ship on an alien moon. The game goes on throughout the day, just as if this person really exists, and you’re tasked with giving the person instructions on how to proceed. It can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re stuck in a desk job and need a casual distraction throughout the day.

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Fun With Words: Letter Zap

What We Like
  • Fast exciting gameplay.

  • A new take on a classic brain game.

  • Great in quick bursts.

What We Don't Like
  • Small screen might be limiting.

  • Issues have been reported on the Watch.

If you’re a fan of word games, then Letter Zap is likely to one of your new favorites. The addictive game has you unscramble as many words as you can within a 30-second timeframe. All the action can happen on your wrist, and the game keeps track of your personal bests so you can try and improve over time.

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For the Puzzle Enthusiast: Rules!

What We Like
  • Fun fast paced games.

  • Great engaging brain teasers.

  • Excellent design.

What We Don't Like
  • Games are condensed on Apple Watch.

  • Watch play can be limited.

If you like puzzle games, then chances are you’ve already played a ton of Rules!. The games’ iPhone app made it to Apple’s Best of 2014 list, and the game was one of the first to become available for the Apple Watch. Due to the Apple Watch’s small screen, the gameplay is condensed considerably, so what would sometimes be a nine card game is now just four, but the game can still be a ton of fun to play of your wrist, especially during a few minutes of downtime during your commute or while you’re waiting in line.