Android Wear Weekly: Do You Play Games on Your Watch?

January 30, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson


Since Android Wear launched last Summer, it was only a matter of time before games hit the platform and now we’re heading further into 2015 and the platform becomes more established, there are even more games available. The question is though, are they any good, and would you even play them on your wrist? There’s a decent variety of them available in the Play Store nowadays, but again I keep on asking myself, how much fun can they be? As such, for this week’s feature, I spent some time playing games on the tiny wrist-mounted computer we now call a watch.

I tried out a few games and a stand out for me was Wear Video Poker (found here). It’s basically what you think it is, it’s simple video poker on your wrist. Now, I like to play Poker, but I like to play Poker with real chips, real cards and real friends around my dining room table. This is perhaps why I liked Wear Video Poker so much, in that I could use this simple game to practice my hands on the go, I can easily sit down somewhere and practice spotting pairs or when not to hedge your bets on better cards coming along. of course, I did feel an idiot playing this in public, I won’t deny. This was simple fun and I’m not so sure anything more complicated than this is going to be all that fun for the majority of users.

Another fun game that I came across was 2048 for Android Wear (specifically this version also known as the Power of Two). This is obviously based on the 2048 game that’s been around for some time now, and essentially tasks you with swiping to put certain numbers together, so swiping up to move two 4s together to make an 8. The game ends when you either reach a figure of 2048 (which I have never reached) or you run out of space on the board. This was a nice little game to play on Android Wear and it’s nice and easy to just swipe left, right, up or down. I did find that holding a claw above the watch to swipe was far from comfy, but then again is any sort of game going to be fun on such a small screen?

These two are just a couple of stand out games that I’d play on Android Wear. I know that there’s a vast variety out there nowadays, but these are the two types of games I’m more likely to play on my wrist – if I am at all – so please, let me know what your favorites are in the comments below and over on Google+!