The 5 best games you can play on an Apple Watch

Surprisingly, you can play games on your Apple Watch. The watch's own App Store is chock full of games designed specifically for the tiny wrist-sized screen.

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Pocket Bandit

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A watch game can’t feature stellar graphics or fast action, so Pocket Bandit leans into the one thing that distinguishes the watch from other devices: the Digital Crown. 

In this game, you get to play the role of a safe cracker, spinning the crown to unlock safe combinations before the timer runs out, with haptic feedback to tell you when you’re getting close. It costs just $1.

Runeblade

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This free game is the closest thing you’ll find to a traditional game on your wrist. 

Runeblade is a role-playing game in which you hack and slash your way through a tiny adventure, leveling up, managing inventory, and improving your weapons and armor along the way. Just don’t expect a ton of depth.

Lifeline

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Lifeline is a wrist-sized take on a text-based adventure game – with the twist that it happens in real time. 

You’re chatting with someone who has crash landed on an alien planet, and only you can help steer the adventurer to safety. Throughout the day, you’ll get notifications when the protagonist needs your help, and if you send him off on a task that takes an hour, he’ll check back in an hour later to let you know how it went.

Elevate

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This award-winning educational game doesn’t work out your fingers, but instead exercises your brain. 

Featuring more than three dozen game styles that focus on memory, math, reading comprehension, and more, it’s like taking a daily cross between a trivia challenge, SAT test, and brain teaser (it’s more fun than it sounds). 

Unfortunately, Elevate is pricey – you can try it for free for 14 days, but after that it’s $40 per year.

Pong

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Having the obvious advantage of being free, Pong is exactly what it sounds like and not one pixel more. 

You play against your watch to keep the ball in play, using nothing but the Digital Crown to move your paddle. It’s endearing that such a sophisticated device, strapped to your wrist, can still be used to play something as simple as Pong.

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