Android Wear or also known as Wear OS is a pretty nifty piece of software that is specifically designed for smartwatches and other wearables. By connecting a Wear OS device to your phone, you can get notifications on your smartwatch such as calls, messages, and others you define and which are supported. In a way, it all looks like something straight from the Inspector Gadget cartoon, and suddenly you don’t even have to pull out your phone in order to answer a call.
But the possibilities of your wearable devices don’t stop there. Besides counting your steps and heartbeats, you can also take pictures with certain models and even play games. With the latter in mind, we prepared the list of the top 5 android wear games you can enjoy in 2018. It’s inevitable that more complex and sci-fi games are yet to come, but even these simple ones are quite enough to keep us occupied and enthralled.
With over 10 million installs, Infinity Loop is certainly a popular game. Even the user reviews see it as “relaxing and fun”, “a very beautiful game” and “it helps with brainstorming,” to name a few. Since the game is not visually too demanding, it perfectly fits on your smartwatch.
Launched by Infinity Games, Infinity Loop is a puzzle game that you can download and play completely for free. It’s a game intended to relax you and help you fill in the time while waiting in a queue or at the doctor’s office.
The idea is to create looping patterns or connect things and have fun while doing it. The process is supposed to help you achieve a Zen state by clearing your mind and eliminating stress. There is no pressure to finish the level and you can play the game for as many levels as you want since they are – you guessed – infinite.
There is a secondary game which is called the black mode, and after the 100th level, you will have to pay a small sum to continue playing it. Additionally, you can also play Infinity Dark Mode where you have a task to disconnect all the pieces on the screen.
Technically, it’s impossible to mention Lifeline without mentioning Lifeline 2: Bloodline since both games are thrilling experiences and extremely revolutionary. They are text RPG games created by 3 Minute Games which now have cult status among the players.
There are no graphics and the whole gameplay is based on the narrative which you must follow. The plot of Lifeline revolves around you helping Taylor survive while stranded after crashing on an alien moon. You will help him make decisions and choose what to do, and see how the story unfolds. The story unfolds in real time and you can play as the notifications and problems come along, or when you are free.
The game works great on Android Wear since the gameplay is easy to follow and the games don’t require too much display space. It’s important to mention that the popularity of Lifeline has perceived through its various sequels like Lifeline: Silent Night and Lifeline: Whiteout, for example.
PaperCraft is the game you can only play on Android Wear. This is an open source app which is more of an experiment, but it’s actually really fun to play. The task is to eliminate paper bad guys by swiping and taping on your wear device screen.
The great thing about this game is that you can challenge your friends or anyone else via Google Play Leaderboards. This is a space battle type of game and it’s remarkably playable on something as small as a smartwatch. The New York-based developer Cord Project Inc certainly did a great job for those who want to leave their phones aside for a while and clear their heads in a fun way.
Space War is another game specifically designed for Wear OS smartwatches. Yes, you read the name of the game right. And yes, you guessed right as well – it’s a space arcade game you can play on your smartwatch. The goal is to travel through space and defeat aliens attacking you. The controls are simple and you can even play by simply moving your wrist besides taping left or right to move and in the centre to fire.
If you pair the smartwatch with your Bluetooth headset, you will enjoy the full potential of the game. The game has 12 levels and you can play it on both square and round displays.
Emerald Chess for Android Wear
Chess has always found a way to be played on different devices and platforms. Almost every generation of computers had chess, and users loved to try and beat the so-called artificial intelligence they played against. Emerald Chess is the version for Android Wear that turns your wrist into a new place to put your board and start moving those pieces.
This is also the first chess game for smartwatches and you will certainly have a blast trying to beat its Deep Green AITM. If you are a chess enthusiast or someone who played it on other types of devices before, have a go on this newest incarnation and try to win a match against this AI.
If you doubted smartwatches before, you are probably thinking about getting one now. Phones are great for playing games, but they are also bulky, and that makes a watch on your wrist easier to control. There are more and more games for Wear OS out there and we are certain that their number will only get higher as time goes by.
Games like Wear Maze, where you have to navigate through labyrinths, or Tilt – Augmented Reality where you move through space by moving your wrist, are only some of the simpler examples. Over time, the games will become more elaborate and complex, as the technology improves. And who knows, maybe one day they will be the door to virtual reality.