Six of the best: Apple Watch games

4. Trivia Crack (£free + IAP/£2.29/US$2.99 for ad-free)

What is it?

An asynchronous multiplayer quiz game that’s roughly Trivial Pursuit minus the board. You spin the wheel to pick a category, and are then faced with a multiple-choice question. Successive correct answers give you a shot at a challenge round, where you can win a crown. Get all six to win the game; or if you’ve the most after 25 rounds, you’re the victor.

Is it any good?

Like BoxPop, the straightforward nature of Trivia Crack combined with how quickly you can play a round makes it ideal for Apple Watch. Playing against real people is fun, and the huge number of questions means you’re unlikely to see duplicates for a good long while.

How’s the iPhone app?

Actually less nice than on Apple Watch. The free version’s ad-infested, both versions have an IAP shop, and there’s a messaging system full of bots asking you to sext. Our advice: use it to start games, and then head back to your Apple Watch.

Stuff says ★★★★✩

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5. LightsTapPro (£1.49/US$1.99)

What is it?

One of a large number of lights-out logic puzzles that have arrived on Apple Watch. You know the drill: tap a cell and it along with its four neighbours switch. The aim is to turn all the lights out within a set number of turns.

Is it any good?

It’s not the most exciting nor the most original puzzle game you’ve ever played, but it works perfectly well on the wrist. Most challenges can be defeated within a short space of time, making the game well suited to filling the odd moment.

How’s the iPhone app?

Bar some sound effects and animation, the game’s identical on iPhone — although there are far better puzzlers on that system.

Stuff says ★★★✩

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6. Runeblade (£free)

What is it?

According to the blurb, an “award winning fantasy adventure for Apple Watch”. In reality, we’re in tap/idle territory here, with a smattering of RPG. You set out against the forces of evil, swipe your weapon about, collect gold, upgrade your powers, and then rinse and repeat.

Is it any good?

It’s OK, in a fairly mindless ‘dip in and out’ sort of fashion. The basic gameplay is tapping a sword icon and strategising a bit about power-ups. So while you won’t be buzzing with excitement at any stage, it’s quite nice to launch the app every now and again to find a few hundred thousand gold coins waiting for you, while a ‘giant frenzied grab’ gets a thorough stabbing. If only the coins were real…

How’s the iPhone app?

It doesn’t do much, merely providing some instructions, and a couple of screens that looks suspiciously like IAP gem purchasing might be on the way.

Stuff says ★★★✩

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