Given that Flappy Bird is basically the perfect smartwatch game (quick, easy to control, detrimental to your dignity), it was only a matter of time until someone hacked the world’s most maddening game onto the world’s most expensive digital timepiece.
Since the release of watchOS 2 at WWDC, developers have had more of a chance to build proper native apps for the Apple Watch, rather than the half-assed versions that exist currently. In this case, developer Hamza Sood managed to hack together a Flappy Bird clone for the Apple Watch, using the touchscreen or digital crown to control flight, and piping the sounds through the Watch’s tinny little speaker.
Hacked a Flappy Bird clone onto Apple Watch with native SpriteKit rendering, touch/crown control, SFX through speaker pic.twitter.com/U1cavXb7SN
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) June 16, 2015
Although the game looks even harder on the tiny screen, smartwatch Flappy Bird is a harbinger of something much better in the future: namely, real third-party apps for the Apple Watch. Let’s just hope that we get something more than Snake clones.