You Can Now Play the Classic Game 'Quake' on Apple Watch

Popular 1996 shooter Quake 1 has been ported to all kinds of devices, and now it's even able to run on the Apple Watch. YouTuber MyOwnClone in late August ported Quake to the Apple Watch Series 5, with the game offering touch screen and Digital Crown controls.


In a post on Hacker News, MyOwnClone explains that he built the port on top of existing ports for iOS and Mac, with lots of tweaks to get it to work within the watchOS framework. It runs at 60 frames per second with a 640x480 resolution, and it can run at a higher resolution with a lower framerate.

The port is available on GitHub, with a demonstration and more information on the build process available on YouTube. Installing the game on an Apple Watch will require code compiling with a Mac, Xcode, and the copyrighted Quake assets.

Top Rated Comments

DFZD Avatar
3 weeks ago
Ok, but can it run Crysis?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cateye Avatar
3 weeks ago
It's newsworthy because breaking s--- is interesting. I appreciate the skill required to apply technology in ways that its creators never intended. Coming up with oddball solutions to problems no one asked to solve is how you learn to approach far more complex real problems with creativity.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
szw-mapple fan Avatar
3 weeks ago

No, you still cannot play it on a tiny screen. This is a nerd demo, nothing else.
The demo literally shows the game in action, so it can definitely be played. Is it ergonomic? Of course not, but it‘s fun to see.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NightFox Avatar
3 weeks ago
Almost 2 years to the day since someone demo'ed Doom playing... on a pregnancy test stick

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Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
3 weeks ago
It is actually pretty crazy to think about how much computational power is in the Apple Watch.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
emulator Avatar
3 weeks ago
No, you still cannot play it on a tiny screen. This is a nerd demo, nothing else.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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