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SWIP3: the first game built for Android Wear

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Swip3 is the #WearFirst game for Android, available now on Google Play.

UNIT9 Games has launched the first game built specifically for Android Wear.

SWIP3 is a slick grid-puzzle with minimal swipe controls that takes full advantage of the wearable device.

SWIP3 challenges players with a 5-by-5 grid based puzzle. The goal is to match blocks by color in combinations of 3 or more by swiping the blocks around the grid, with 3 blocks added to the grid with each swipe. SWIP3’s elegant design makes gameplay simple, challenging, and insanely addictive.

When we tried the device first, we really felt the gaming potential of wearable platforms, it’s a new form of entertainment—“microgaming” from a visual and time sessions point of view—you will play while downloading your email, waiting for your coffee or at traffic light,” explains UNIT9 Games Business development manager Steve Brown.

“Microgaming will have to be explored further as a lifestyle, new gameplay will emerge soon since possibilities are endless as wearable tech is an augmentation of yourself. Our first attempt focused on understanding and using size constraints since our greatest challenge was designing something that would make sense on your wrist. Our visual approach embraced material design theory—motion provides meaning—to achieve an obvious and natural gameplay without any instruction. The multi-directional swipe control was the key to reach fun on the tiny screen.”

“But we’re all here because we want to experience the future, and that means playing games on our wrists.”

Jeff Grubb, Venture Beat

SWIP3, the first game built specifically for Android Wear, is a slick 5-by-5 grid-puzzle with swipe controls that takes full advantage of being played on a wearable device. The goal is to match blocks by color in combinations of three or more by swiping them around the grid, with three blocks added to the grid per swipe.

The game was designed with Google’s material design efforts in mind. We wanted to create a visual language that combined classic principles of good design with technology and science.

“We are excited about the new possibilities of wearable tech and committed to explore it both as entertainment and as a functional platform,” said Piero Frescobaldi, Chairman at UNIT9

SWIP3 automatically installs on Android Wear devices once opened on a connected Android phone. On iOS and Android devices, the game features a leaderboard that tracks players’ scores locally and globally. The new version also allows players to share their high scores on Facebook.

We approached SWIP3 as the first exploration of how wearable tech will affect the industry. Our greatest challenge was designing something that would make sense on your wrist. Our visual approach embraced material design theory—motion provides meaning—to achieve an obvious and natural gameplay without any instruction. The multi-directional swipe control was the key to reach fun on the tiny screen.

The SWIP3 app has been redesigned for Android and iOS devices, and has been updated for the web and wearable devices as well, so that it now works on round watches such as the Motorola 360, too. 

The updated version of SWIP3 can be purchased from both Google Play and App Store. You can play online here.

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