Category Archives: Apple Watch

The rumors were flying that Pokemon GO [Free] wasn't coming to the Apple Watch in the near future partly because Niantic was working on its own wearables. Well, apparently the first part of the rumor was false because an update that brings the game to the Apple Watch is currently making the rounds (keep in mind, these updates usually take a while to actually appear). The app will let you explore the world around and find those hidden Pokemon from the comfort of your wrist. You can also hatch Pokemon originally discovered in the Pokemon Gold and Silver games as well...

'Runeblade' Gets Massive Watch OS 3 Update

September 29th, 2016 11:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Apple Watch, News
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For better or for worse, Runeblade [Free] still seems to be the game to play on the Apple Watch if you're looking for something that closely resembles what you'd actually think of as a video game. If you've never played it before, it's effectively a RPG-themed clicker that has a surprising amount of depth compared to most Apple Watch games. It recently was updated to support the new Watch OS 3, which among other things, included them doing a total rewrite of the game...




As expected based on the many leaks ahead of today's event, Apple has announced a new version of their Apple Watch which they're dubbing the "Series 2." It doesn't look a whole lot different on the outside, but it's definitely got some nice upgrades on the inside. First of all, the Series 2 Apple Watch is now fully waterproof up to a depth of 50 meters, which is a nice upgrade over the original which was pretty water-resistant itself but only officially certified as "splash proof." Apple isn't joking around with their waterproofing either, as they've ran the new Apple Watch through rigorous underwater tests to simulate years of use underwater and there are new workouts specific to swimming activities. As someone who newly owns a pool, this is very exciting to me...

The Chaos Rings series holds an important part in mobile gaming history, as it was among the first truly full-featured sets of original games made specifically for mobile devices. That coupled with the fact that Square Enix was the developer lent a lot of credibility to mobile as a true gaming platform back in its formative years. Sadly, Square Enix pulled the older Chaos Rings games, among other titles, last month due to incompatibility with newer iOS hardware, and as of right now only Chaos Rings 3 [$19.99] is still available. So it sure was weird when a week ago Square Enix announced a brand new game in the Chaos Rings series, only this time it was exclusively for the Apple Watch. That game, called Cosmos Rings [$8.99], is now available...

Like it or lump it, there are some publishers out there who march to the beat of their own drum. Square Enix is definitely one of them, as today's news demonstrates quite nicely. Fresh from removing most of the Chaos Rings series of RPGs from the App Store storefront, Square Enix has announced a spin-off title in the series called Cosmos Rings. As one might expect, it's an RPG, and it's supposedly going to be releasing quite soon worldwide. Oh, and it's for the Apple Watch...

When the Apple Watch released, a number of developers attempted to take advantage of the buzz by either updating old games with new features, or by releasing new games specifically designed with the Apple Watch in mind. One of the more success of the latter group was Lifeline [$0.99], an interactive fiction game that had you guiding a student named Taylor who had been stranded on a moon. As with most games in this genre, the game mostly consisted of reading text and making the occasional choice. The gimmick came from the way the game incorporated real time into the story. Taylor would often become busy after you made a choice, and you'd have no choice but to wait until Taylor notified you, via your watch or your device, that the story could continue. While the game itself was quite simple relative to other gamebooks, this element gave Lifeline the twist it needed to stand out from the pack...

When it comes to gaming on the Apple Watch, there's one type of game that can work well; social, multiplayer type games. Mafia Watch [Free], a game by N3TWORK made specifically for the Apple Watch, has been built to take advantage of the Watch's notifications and multiplayer potential. In order to make Mafia Watch as good as it could be, the company brought in Takeshi Otsuka, who is responsible for Kaito Royale, one of the most popular DeNA games. He helped N3TWORK weave a PVP Collect + Protect mechanic into the heart of this social RPG and helped the company create a game that players can interact with many times a day as they fight to complete jobs with or against players. In this game you battle your way up the organization to become the Don (hopefully you're forced to use Marlon Brando's voice too), fight along your mafia brothers against other players to advance up the ranks, and collect and protect all the things necessary in your journey to be as bad as you can be...

If you've been watching entertainment news or you enjoy sci-fi books, you'll know that Andy Weir's The Martian, which has just hit the movie theaters, is set to conquer the box office the same way the book has captured the public's imagination. I mean, the movie and book couldn't have hoped for a better marketing boost than NASA announcing that there's running water on Mars. You do have to wonder whether it's all a marketing ploy, don't you? If you don't know anything about the movie or book (very slight spoilers follow), it's about an astronaut stranded on Mars in the near future and the world's attempt to bring him back to Earth. Now we have an official mobile game, The Martian: Bring Him Home [$0.99], that puts you in the shoes of NASA's ground control crew and scientists as they attempt to help bring Matt Damon (I mean Mark Watney) back to Earth in one piece and preferably still breathing...

Canabalt [$2.99], the seminal iOS endless runner, went open source a few years ago. The bad news is that this led to the occasional straight-up clone popping up on the App Store. Such is the drawback of open source. But the benefit of open source is that sometimes people do really cool things with the code, like porting a game to platforms you wouldn't expect them to. Adam Bell decided to port the game to the Apple Watch, and shared a video of his exploits:..

There are lies, there are damned lies, and then there are statistics. There are reports that analysis firm Slice Intelligence has noticed a slowing and decline in Apple Watch sales since its launch. Some analysts have reduced their projections for Apple Watch sales down to as far as 15 million sales. And really, the PR for Watch apps has really died down since launch, when there was a real frenzy. But since, nothing. So the Apple Watch excitement has definitely passed. But is the Watch doomed? Nope. These numbers might sound bad, but really, the Apple Watch might be doing okay, as it settles into the early days of its existence. First off, this graph showing sales seems particularly meant to be shocking:..

The Apple Watch Review: Week 2 - It's Time to Stand... And Grab a Snack

Continuing on from last week's Apple Watch review, and I'm just shy of two weeks of total ownership of the Apple Watch. As predicted, the Apple Watch is getting better, as an update released on Tuesday went a long way to address my primary concern of the Apple Watch requiring way too obnoxious of an arm gesture to activate. Unfortunately, Apple adjusted this functionality The Apple Way which anyone who has had an iOS device is no doubt familiar with. What I mean by that is the activation sensitivity still isn't adjustable by the user, and wasn't even mentioned in the patch notes. I was pretty sure I was just crazy until a bunch of people on different forums also said they noticed it was way easier to activate following the update...

Lifeline [$0.99] is a gamebook/choose-your-own-adventure novel that tries to do something a bit different from other games: it is designed as a game where you experience it through notifications as much as you do through the app itself, with simple A/B choices to make. It's got Apple Watch compatibility, so it's meant to be something that you can experience anywhere, at any time. It also plays off of the ways that we receive notifications on our devices, and wait for responses. It's a clever concept, with great writing, but it falls apart after the first playthrough, when the waiting gimmick quickly grows old and hinders the experience...

After an introduction last year, a slow trickle of information and a pre-order period of two weeks, Apple Watch is here at least. If you listen to the ravings on the Internet, I’m apparently one of the lucky few to score an Apple Watch delivery here. For all the other folks celebrating Christmas in April with a Apple’s latest piece of hardware, here are some first impressions of a few of the dozens of games already available for the device...

Bossa Studios recently released Spy_Watch [$0.99], a game built for the Apple Watch. Gamasutra spoke to Bossa COO Vince Farquharson to talk about how gaming on a watch should work, and he had some interesting things to say, such as:..

The App Store is officially ready for the Apple Watch launch tomorrow. The Apple Watch app now has a section that shows Apple's picks for the top apps compatible with the Apple Watch. Rules! [$2.99] and Trivia Crack [$2.99 / Free] make the list for games that they recommend, though plenty of games have been updated for the Apple Watch and plenty more are being updated right now with Watch support...

EA's free-to-play soccer game FIFA 15 Ultimate Team [Free] has been updated with Apple Watch support in anticipation of the wearable's release later this week. Watch-specific features include tracking the transfer statuses of your five most coveted players, including instant notifications. In other words: in less than a week, you'll be able to strap a small computer to your wrist and use it to buy and sell virtual athletes like chattel. The future is here, and the future is weird if you think about it too long...

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