Still skeptical about the idea of playing a video game on a smartwatch? Still laughing at the thought of a balding man waiting for a bus while tapping on his wrist and making weird grunt noises? Maybe that’ll be you soon, because Wayforward Technologies is getting into it. And that purple-haired woman sure looks familiar.
Wayforward has announced Watch Quest, to be available April 24, as one of the first video games to be made for Apple Watch. They thought about the impracticality of that tiny screen and came up with a solution: the game also runs on the iPhone while the wrist version acts as a supplement that you can play in short bursts wherever you find time. Their official description provides more details:
Gameplay revolves around choosing a hero and equipping them on the iPhone, and then guiding the Hero via the Apple Watch as he or she travels lands, battles monsters, solves puzzles, and searches for treasures. Players are invited to play passively by selecting longer, easier quests and outfitting the hero up front – or by taking on more difficult quests which require foraging for items as you go.
Of course, at the end of the day, this IS a freemium game and shouldn’t be trusted completely. I would rather have another Shantae than a whale-focused game you can only play for five minutes at a time. But Wayforward has been in the business for quite a while, they’re a very respected company as far as game makers go (especially these days), and they usually know what they’re doing. If they felt the urge to make a watch title, well, then I say more power to ’em.
About eighteen hours of power, to be exact, before the watch poops out and has to be recharged.