"Quick to play" essential for Apple Watch Gaming Apps
With pre-orders setting an alarming pace, it won’t be long before the Apple Watch starts to hit people’s wrists for the first time and a lot of gamers will be keen to see what is in store for them.
My view is, at least initially, the biggest winners will be gaming studios with already established users who add on functionality to the Apple Watch; so rather than being a complete game it will be an add-on to the full game you are already running on your iPhone or iPad.
For those of you who play games like Clash of Clans or Boom Beach, it might be a quick notification that you have Gold or similar to collect, which you do simply by tapping your phone, rather than having to pull out your phone to open the full app.
“It’s not very comfortable looking at your wrist for a long time,” said MobilityWare VP Robert Jackson. “The mobile game market is about filling your day with quick gameplay sessions. The watch is an even more extreme version of that.”
It would be unlikely then that a full blown FPS would work on your shiny new watch, but given the trend for simple iOS games that are basic in look and feel, but hook players in with their quick to play but frustrating to get far gaming, we can see it won’t be long before a simple Apple Watch game goes viral.
One of our most popular apps is also one of our simplest; a basic slot machine which predominately relies on the taping the spin button, therefore could be the type of app which an Apple Watch user might enjoy during a few slack minutes on their commute. We are yet to port it but you can check out the original iOS version here.
With the Apple Watch almost ready to ship, I’m sure it won’t be long thereafter where the media will get a picture of a well known politician or congressman tapping away furiously on his Apple Watch whilst he should be concentrating on an important business meeting. You can’t pay for that sort of publicity, right?