Launch day Apple Watch game brings simulation and tech parody to wrist

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[] Everett, Washington - Third Law Studios' ambitious project, Time Keepers, will ship Friday for the Apple Watch, placing it among a handful of complete games available at launch. The irreverent app has players defend their beloved tech company (and household name) Pineapple, Inc. against ruthless competitor Samesong. By pushing Pineapple's innovation players try to protect against the sea of look-alike gadgets spewing from shameless clone makers. It's part idle-clicker, part simulator, part fanboy fun. The heart of the game is researching and upgrading eight key technologies to stay ahead of the curve: you can't go shipping smart watches with potato batteries for long.

Though built from scratch for the Apple Watch, Time Keepers plays flawlessly on the iPhone. On the watch, the addictive micro play sessions it was designed for feel like a perfect fit. The data is shared between devices so players can enjoy a minute or two on their wrist, and at any time switch to their phones for a longer session. Third Law Studios has pushed the limits of what can be done with the WatchKit SDK so that the game would actually look like a game. The app delivers a loving parody of Apple's tech culture to the vivid retina display at 30 frames per second.

Much of the play draws from the idle clicker game genre, well suited for the short sessions and small screens of a wearable game. Progress through Time Keepers can be made with a tap on the game's included glance, and a few button presses to drive the progress of the engineering. Alternatively, players can dive a little deeper to hire more staff and boost efficiency, or release a new edition of their smart watch to pull ahead of the clone makers.

"We may be the first to try bringing this addictive genre to the Apple Watch," said Dylan Malone, co-founder of Third Law Studios, "but we knew this was the kind of game we wanted to play on our wrist. It wasn't easily done, as the initial release of WatchKit to developers isn't 'fully native,' but we're pleased with what we've achieved through some creative engineering."

Time Keepers is $1.99 on the App Store. "I wouldn't underestimate the gaming potential of the Apple Watch," continued Malone. "We have lots of ideas for experiences that might work better on a wearable computer than a smartphone. Like many other independent developers, we can't wait to see what else we can do with this technology."

Supported devices:
* iOS 8.2
* Designed from scratch for the Apple Watch, but can be played on iPhone alone if desired

Pricing and Availability:
Time Keepers is $1.99 and goes live on Friday, April 24th, just in time for the first Apple Watch deliveries.

Third Law Studios is new indie development house with engineer co-founders working in Seattle and Los Angeles. Expect to see their creative, technically excellent products among the first to deploy on emerging platforms like the Apple Watch and Apple TV. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015 Third Law Studios. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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