Yes, there are games for Wear OS. Admittedly, they’re a little difficult to play so most of the better titles include easy controls and simple ideas, but gaming on your Wear OS device can actually be fun. There have been a lot of updates to the platform over the last year. However, the number of Wear OS games seems to be declining at an alarming rate. It’s simply not a thing a lot of people look for so developers don’t develop for it in that capacity very often. There are only a few left on the Play Store and fewer still that get frequent updates. In any case, here are the best Wear OS games for Android right now!
Price: Free / $0.99
2048 is a simple puzzle game. You move tiles around and combine them to form new tiles. You start with two and then combine it with another two to create a four. Continue this pattern until you can’t anymore or you create the 2048 tile. It works fine on a watch and it’ll get you through short waits and commercial breaks. However, don’t expect any depth here because it is a simple arcade puzzler. It’s also free if you use Google Play Pass.
Price: Free / Up to $2.49
Infinity Loop is another simple puzzle game. The game gives you a bunch of lines. You have to flip them around until they form an infinite loop shape. This one is actually a standard mobile phone game. However, it does have Android Wear support. The mechanics are very simple. You just tap on stuff to flip it around. Thus, control on Android Wear is top notch. The game is free with some very inexpensive in-app purchases. It’s definitely among the better Wear OS games. This one is also free if you use Google Play Pass.
Price: Free to play
Niantic promised Wear OS support for Pokemon Go. However, Ingress is a lot better of a game for Wear OS owners. For those who have never played, Ingress is a live multiplayer game where you must travel (literally) to various destinations around your city to hack and maintain portals. There is an opposing team that will try to do the same to you. The game is free with in-app purchases. Really, though, the charm is having a game on your watch that you can play almost anywhere without carrying your phone around. We’re still waiting for Pokemon Go support, especially with AdventureSync.
Lifeline and Lifeline 2: Bloodline
Price: $1.99 each
Lifeline and Lifeline 2: Bloodline are text RPGs by 3 Minute Games. They have no graphics so it’s all narrative. You play as a radio operator of some sort. The player receives communications from someone in a lot of trouble. Your goal is to make the right decisions. The right decisions keep the NPC alive while the wrong ones kill him. The games translate extremely well to Wear OS because it works like a text message that you reply to. We would even go so far as to say that these are among the top two or three best Wear OS games. Each one is $1.99 with no in-app purchases. The developer sold the publishing rights to Big Fish Games, so you’ll have to wade through its large library to find these titles.
PetQuest Virtual Pet
PetQuest Virtual Pet is, well, a virtual pet game. You raise your little virtual pet, feed them, take care of them, and teach them new skills. There are a bunch of little mini-games and you can choose between three pets. The game graphics are super simple with a lot of black elements to help preserve your Wear OS battery life. Otherwise, it’s a nice, simple little game. It’s also entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads as of the time of this writing.
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