Apple Watch hack brings Flappy Bird to your wrist

It’s often asked what the Apple Watch can actually do to improve your life. This probably doesn’t answer that question, but it’s cool nonetheless.

London-based developer Hamza Sood has managed to hack an Apple Watch to run Flappy Bird natively.

What’s especially interesting is that the game can be controlled by both tapping the screen or rotating the digital crown.

The game also plays audio through the smartwatch’s speakers, although it sounds unsurprisingly tinny.

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The port is called “NanoFlappy”, and was built following Apple’s release of watchOS 2 at last week’s WWDC 2015 developer conference.

Of course, this raises the question of whether we really need to play games on our smartwatches.

Watching Sood play Flappy Bird on the wearable, it’s clear that controlling the game is awkward, with his prodding index finger obscuring most of the display.

The digital crown fares slightly better, but we’re not sure how enjoyable it would be to spin it for extended periods of time.

If, like us, you’re not sure whether the Apple Watch is really the next big thing, you might enjoy our Apple Watch: Race Across London video.