The ten best Apple Watch games
So guess what? A screen 42mm across and with a resolution of 312 x 390 pixels isn't natively the world's best platform for games, nor will it be offering Skyrim levels of life-hobbling immersiveness. Nope, like everything else on the Apple Watch, its games are all about stolen moments – a few seconds of furious activity before you pull your sleeve down to catch your plane, unlock your electric BMW or pop open your five-star hotel room door, wirelessly, if Apple's marketing is to be believed.
Here are our picks of the best Watch battery drainers.
Possibly the pick of the Watch bunch, this spy game by Surgeon Simulator chaps Bossa Studios is a text-based spy romp, with your pretend spook contact getting in touch every 20 minutes or so with reports via notifications. You're like a hairy-wristed Q, making decisions and instructing your boots-on-the-ground chap on what to do next, which pushes your faux 007 through their adventure. While you pour an expensive scotch and play with the executive toys on your antique desk, presumably, fingers steepling.
Fantasy RPG adventure from Remedy (Alan Wake) and Rovio (Angry Birds) veterans shrinks what's usually a bloated and complicated genre into bite sized, 15-odd second bursts of combat against fantasy beasties. It's a bit Dungeons & Dragons, but it's addictive and works remarkably well. Plus, it's native to the Watch, so no phone required.
Surprisingly pretty shaded toon twitch-puzzle game is – like most mobile games – a matching some things kinda game, with the twist being that you match to rules. So you'll start prodding numbers in descending order, then green toons first, followed by numbers in descending order. Then you'll have missed four stops and your dinner's in the dog and the locks have been changed.
4 Tamagotchi Classic
Much like Nineties time sink Tamagotchis, the tiny-screened Apple Watch is pretty much the ideal size for a virtual pet, so expect it to be a Battersea Dogs Home of dish-eyed, needy, Japanese anime. Bandai Namco have also clearly recognised this gap in the market, reissuing the classic game. So now your Watch screen can be home to a needy critter you'll play with, pet, and march to the crapper from the wee screen.
Countdown-style wordsmithy sees you making words from the selection of letters on screen tied to clues. The small screen means that rather than go freestyle, you have to find the right word from the number of letters available. So 'Apple', for instance, might be the clue word for 'uppish', 'minted' or 'crowing'.
6 Trivia Crack
Stupendously popular trivia game lands on wrists. It's not rocket science, you take on strangers and fight them across a selection of categories, winning not-at-all-Trivial-Pursuit-like counters for bragging rights and schadenfreude. Note: history mostly means American history, geography mostly means American geography and whatnot.
Much like Spy_Watch, this is a text-based adventure with a sci-fi twist, as a spacecraft shipwreck survivor starts communicating with you via notifications and you choose from a brace of options to help him explore and stay alive. And in a 24-style twist, it plays in real time, so if Taylor says it'll take an hour to reach his goal you'll get a buzz 60 minutes later. And the around three day cycle is not guaranteed to end in success. Annoyingly, you start to care for this made-up chap in a way a grown up really shouldn't.
8 FIFA 15 Ultimate Team
Accept bribes, double-cross World Cup bidders and evade the police in this incredibly realistic football administration simulation. We jest, of course. The most-played FIFA feature now has an assistant on your wrist, feeding back to the iOS game. So you'll be able to manage your top five player transfers and get notifications as to how that's going. Having football sticker-style swapsies on your wrist could get dangerously addictive, especially if transfer prices vary depending on the notification.
9 Cupcake Dungeon
This oddball, wacky RPG is a watchface-mashing slasher devised to be a five-second blast. You journey across – oh God – Cupcakia, slaying pastries and desserts to steal their crayons and buy nunchucks and/or increasingly violent tools to duff up more anthropomorphic iced buns. But it's made by the chaps behind the Pebble's great Pixel Miner, headed up by the ex-head of games at Disney and there are no in game purchases. For now.
10 Singularity - Modern Lights Out
Puzzler based on the classic 1995 game presents you with a simple grid of squares. Some are lit. Some are dark. You figure out how to endarken the grid by turning all the lights out. The twist is that for every light you poke, another fires up and you have to figure out which order to whack them, to tidy the grid. Each level's a pretty perfect 20-second ADHD Watch session.