What? You didn’t think you could play games with Alexa? Well, you can. Now that you know that you can play games with Alexa, you must wonder what kind of games can you play really without a screen. Alexa is not just made for news reading and music playing. There are plenty of games that you can play with Alexa Voice assistant on Amazon Echo.
Here are the best Alexa games you can play on an Amazon Echo or any other device you may have Alexa on.
Lemonade Stand is a simulation game and it’s not hard to guess what it simulates. It makes you the owner of your own lemonade stand. Alexa will let you know the weather forecast for the day. You’ll then select how many lemonade cups you’ll buy in order to sell them, buy advertising signs, set the price of a cup of lemonade, etc. You’ll gain experience points and more money as you play.
To play it, say, “Alexa, open Lemonade Stand”
Alexa Skill Store: Lemonade Stand
Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock
Alexa already has a rock paper scissor game built-in that you can play right out of the box. It feels a bit incomplete though since it doesn’t say who won. Although no one really needs to tell you if you won or lost at a rock paper scissors game, it just feels incomplete without Alexa accepting defeat.
Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock is an improved version of that game for Alexa. With it enabled, Alexa will not only tell you who won but also explain how and keep a record of your wins and tell you who racked up the most wins over several rounds. It can be a fun way to pass time during those unwanted TV commercial breaks.
To play it, say, “Alexa, open Lizard Spock” and follow the prompts.
Alexa Skill Store: Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock
Another classic, but not so much for older people as for kids. Dungeon games were a favorite amongst the generation that grew up without computers. These were even popular when computers were not powerful enough. Text-based adventure games almost always had a dungeon.
Dungeon Adventure is similar, in that you don’t get to see the game on a screen. Instead, you hear Alexa describe the situation you’re in, and you let your imagination do the rest. Of course, you respond to situations with your voice here, instead of text or gamepad input. As for the story, you are the hero of the town of Ravensburg, which is under attack from an evil necromancer and his monsters.
Your tasks are usual if you’ve played any roleplaying games before. These are creating your character, buying and selling items, fighting the monsters in the dungeon, and hunting for treasure. You get to improve your character attributes as the game progresses.
Say, “Alexa, start Dungeon Adventure” to start the game.
Alexa Skill Store: Dungeon Adventure
Would You Rather For Family
With this game, you can turn a social scene into a merry party scene. The game you usually play with friends can now be played with Alexa’s assistance. It even recognizes when you don’t give a complete answer. You can play it, use it as an ice breaker or enjoy it with friends.
Say, “Alexa, play ‘Would you rather?” to play the game.
Alexa Skill Store: Either Or
Bingo is a timeless classic that you may have heard of even if you’re not familiar with it. It’s a voice-based game but you can use the Alexa app on your smartphone for assistance. Each number that Alexa calls can be repeated, and it can be seen on the Alexa app. To advance to the next number you’ll have to say “Next” or “Call the next number.”
Anytime someone says “Bingo” during the game, the game will end. So make sure nobody is “just kidding” because Alexa can’t tell the difference. Of course, to play Bingo, you will need number-cards. Those you can download for free from lovemyecho.com.
To start the game and be able to play it you’ll need to say “Alexa, Open Bingo.”
Alexa Skill Store: Bingo
Think of something and let Alexa guess it. The game is as simple as that but you’re probably familiar with the rules anyway. In order to guess it, Alexa will ask you twenty questions that you should answer in yes or no, truthfully. Trying to stump Amazon’s assistant is fun.
Start the game by saying, “open 20 questions”
Alexa Skill Store: TwentyQuestions
Akinator Safari is a really nice time pass game to play with Alexa. It’s essentially a form of 20 questions where the player thinks of an animal and answers a series of yes-or-no questions. Alexa will be constantly trying to guess the character you were thinking of. Your job is to stump Alexa but if you’re not answering truthfully, the game’s not much fun. If you are honest, don’t be surprised if you find Alexa too hard to stump.
To play the game just say, “Alexa, open Akinator Safari.”
Alexa Skill Store: Akinator Safari
Earplay is more like a radio drama from the golden age than a game but you interact with it using your voice. And that’s what a game is right? Where you get to interact with the characters and affect the story in some play, or at least be a part of it.
Like Dungeon Adventure and other choose-your-own-adventure games on Alexa, your responses affect the outcome of the story here. Some content in Earplay may not be suitable for all ages so keep that in mind.
Alexa Skill Store: Earplay
Escape the Room
This is a game that is designed to test your powers of observation and inference. You start the game inside a locked room. You can use “Look,” “Inspect,” and “Use” to study the contents of the room and employ them to make your escape. Since you don’t really observe much without a screen the contents of the room are described to you. This is slightly easier than seeing in this particular scenario.
In order to get out, you will need to search the room, pick up items, and solve puzzles. There are multiple rooms to choose from and you can also ask for hints if you’re stuck. The Jail cell poses the easiest puzzles while the Car is the toughest enclosure to escape from.
To start the game, say, “Alexa, open Escape the Room”
Alexa Skill Store: Escape the Room
The SpongeBob Challenge
The SpongeBob Challenge is a simple game that you’ll want your child to play all the time. It’s not only meant for kids though. The game is simple, and it requires you to use your memory. If you’ve seen SpongeBob, you know how the Krusty Krab crew takes orders from customers. All you have to do is remember the customer orders. It’s a good memory training game which can be really beneficial for young kids.
Start the game with “Alexa, open SpongeBob Challenge“.
Alexa Skill Store: The SpongeBob Challenge
Best Alexa Games to Play on Amazon Echo
When everyone was focused on providing smart voice assistants to the smartphone, Amazon brought it out of the phone and into our homes. These assistants aren’t just for serious professionals though. Apart from the scheduling, reminders, running your smart home, Alexa can keep you entertained too. They do it in various ways like playing music and things. Not even Google Assistant can do as much as Alexa though because Alexa can learn so many things, including games.
The list we’ve featured above is just a drop in the ocean. The Alexa Skill Store has many other games. This was just our attempt to help you find some of the best ones.