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History of video games/Platforms/Apple Watch

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In 2014 the Apple Watch was announced,[1] launching later in 2015.[2]

Role in gaming history

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While gaming was never a focus for the device, some tenacious game developers sought to make their mark on the platform,[3] with some early developers anticipating a boom in the smartwatch gaming market similar to the smartphone gaming market.[4]

Some game developers saw a different utility for the Apple Watch, instead using it as a second display for mobile phone games with companion apps.[5]

Notable Games

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Watch Quest!

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Watch Quest was an entry related to the Shantae Series developed exclusively for the Apple Watch.[6][7]

Cosmos Rings

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Cosmos Rings was a minimalist role playing game made by Square Enix exclusively for the Apple Watch.[8]

Pocket Bandit

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Safe cracking game, making use of the watch crown as a control method.[9][10]


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  1. "Apple Watch: The net reacts to Apple's first wearable". BBC News. 9 September 2014. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29136063. 
  2. "Apple Watch prices and apps revealed". BBC News. 9 March 2015. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31794823. 
  3. "It’s not easy to make Apple Watch games, but developers are doing it anyway". VentureBeat. 24 April 2015. https://venturebeat.com/2015/04/24/its-not-easy-to-make-apple-watch-games-but-developers-are-doing-it-anyway/. 
  4. Webster, Andrew (10 April 2015). "One of the first Apple Watch games is an RPG for your wrist" (in en). The Verge. https://www.theverge.com/2015/4/10/8376769/apple-watch-game-runeblade. 
  5. Kahn, Jordan (22 April 2015). "A look at gaming on Apple Watch: 2048, Modern Combat 5, Real Racing, FIFA, & many more (Screenshots)". 9to5Mac. https://9to5mac.com/2015/04/22/gaming-apple-watch-2048-modern-combat-5-real-racing-fifa-screenshots/. 
  6. "Apple Watch is getting an adventure game from Shantae developer WayForward". VentureBeat. 14 April 2015. https://venturebeat.com/2015/04/14/apple-watch-is-getting-an-adventure-game-from-shantae-developer-wayforward/. 
  7. "Watch Quest!". WayForward. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  8. "Square Enix's first Apple Watch RPG is stylish yet dull". Engadget. https://www.engadget.com/2016-07-29-apple-watch-rpg-cosmos-rings.html. 
  9. "Pocket Bandit game lets you use your Apple Watch to crack safes". Geeky Gadgets. 4 June 2019. https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/pocket-bandi-04-06-2019/. 
  10. "The game that turns your Apple Watch into a safe you can crack is a hidden gem" (in en-gb). Eurogamer.net. 4 June 2019. https://www.eurogamer.net/the-game-that-turns-your-apple-watch-into-a-safe-you-can-crack-is-a-hidden-gem.