There have been some Apple Watch games announced — mostly simple affairs, like Nimblebit’s upcoming Letterpad — but nothing truly epic.
WayForward Technologies, the veteran developer behind Ducktales Remasters, wants to change that. They’ve just announced that their latest adventure game, Watch Quest, will be available exclusively for the Apple Watch, starting next week.
Like other Apple Watch apps, you’ll have to install Watch Quest on your iPhone first. Once you do, you’ll find what appears to be a fun, simple, lite RPG. On your watch face, you’ll explore a game world, battle monsters, and find equipment; on your iPhone, you’ll manage your character.
Here’s how WayForward describes the gameplay:
The iPhone serves as the player’s kingdom, while the Apple Watch represents a journey that spans several hours.
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.
WayForward made the excellent remake of the classic NES game Ducktales Remastered for the iPhone and iPad last year, so they have the chops to deliver a killer game.
I’m less crazy about Watch Quest’s financing model: It’s thoroughly freemium. The game will come with one training quest, with each additional quest and character available as in-app purchases through the iPhone App.
Watch Quest will be downloadable April 24, same day as the first Apple Watch units start arriving.