Alexa Games: The Best Games To Play

Alexa Games: The Best Games To Play

Alexa Games: Amazon’s Alexa has more than 70,000 different skills, from telling you whose turn it is to do the dishes, to helping you choose what to do for the day. Some of the more fun Alexa skills are games, perfect for game night. There are choose-your-own-adventures, trivia, and kid-centric options, as well as official or knock-off versions of TV favorites.

You already rely on your Amazon Alexa for so many things, from turning off your lights to turning on your favorite new song. But as you probably suspected, your Alexa has a ton of features that you might not be aware of. For example, it can help you play games. Yep, your Amazon device is equipped with a ton of Alexa games—everything from Tic Tac Toe to Beat the Dealer—that have the potential to occupy you for hours. There are also games for sports-lovers, trivia fiends, and adventure-seekers. Find out which is best for you with this comprehensive list of incredible free Alexa games you can play with everyone’s favorite Amazon accessory.

The Best Games To Play With Alexa

Games To Play With Alexa

Because many of them were developed when only the Echo and Dot were around, they often don’t require a screen, though some have now added features featuring a screen for the Show. Others require the new Echo Buttons, which let you buzz in for more competitive games.

If you’ve never played a choose-your-own-adventure game with your smart speaker, you might want to start here, as it can be hard to go back to Alexa’s somewhat emotionless voice after listening to a game with actual voice actors (which we’ll get to later). In this game, you get a monotone Alexa saying things like, “Oh, my, I’m really scared now,” in the exact same tone she replies that she’s turned your lights off.

Still, it’s a good game for beginners. To start, Alexa will ask if you want to explore the mountains, sea, or forest. Each will send you on a magical quest along a path strewn with magical objects, talking creatures, and occasionally creepy sounds. For some reason, you need to turn on notifications to enable this skill.

Earplay has more stories you influence with your choices. In the demo, a woman sits at your table in a restaurant and asks you to pretend you know her. Every choice you make, from playing along with her ruse to rummaging through her purse, will have consequences. Earplay’s secret agent story, Codename Cygnus, is a seven-chapter interactive fictional world where you are a secret agent trying to accomplish your mission. Earplay now has five additional stories you can choose from, including Jurassic World Revealed and You and the Beanstalk, perfect for the whole family.

When this story opens, it’s shortly after the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. As a Gotham detective on the case, the clues you focus on will direct the course of the investigation. Sometimes you’ll be able to fix your mistakes, but some choices are irrevocable. The game is an odd mix of noirish music, sound effects, voice actors, and Alexa. She prompts you to make your choices but also chimes in her dry voice to tell you when you chose poorly.

“Maybe you’re not cut out for this line of work. Haha,” she says in a jarringly different tone than the rest of the game. It may have been designed as a promotion for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it’s still pretty fun.

Alexa Trivia Games

Alexa isn’t just for scheduling, running your smart home and giving reminders. This gal is fun, too. Alexa’s third-party skills make it the life of the party with parlor tricks, easter eggs, and corny jokes.

Plus, Alexa is loaded with party games that are challenging and surprisingly fun. Here are 25 of the best games you can play on your Alexa speaker.

Editor’s note: Originally published on Mar. 16, 2016, this article has been updated to include newer games and to reflect changes made to existing games.

1. Bingo

Bingo is a timeless classic. To play it with your Alexa speaker, say, “Alexa, open Bingo.” Each number called by Alexa will be repeated and viewable from within the Alexa app. To advance to the next number, say “Next” or “Call the next number.”

When someone wins, say “Bingo!” and the game will end.

Of course, to play Bingo, you will need a number of cards, which you can download for free from lovemyecho.com.

2. Tic Tac Toe

If a standard game of Tic Tac Toe against a computer is too easy for you, try playing around with Alexa. If you don’t draw the board yourself, you have to imagine the game in your head.

To start a game, say “Alexa, ask Tic Tac Toe for a game” or “Alexa, ask Tic Tac Toe to start a new game by taking the center.”

Alexa will then speak Alexa’s move, and you will have to speak your next move. For example, say, “top left” or “Bottom.”

3. Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock

Out of the box, you can challenge Alexa to a round of Rock Paper Scissors. But the built-in functionality is a bit sterile, and it doesn’t give you any information, like who won the round. To spice it up a bit, try the more advanced version, Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.

If you enable the Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock skill, Alexa will explain how you won or lost, keep track of your wins and tell you who racked up the most wins over several rounds.

To open the skill, say, “Alexa, open Lizard Spock” and follow the prompts.

4. Akinator

Try to stump Alexa with Akinator. It’s essentially a form of 20 questions, where you select a character and answer a series of yes-or-no questions and Alexa tries to guess who you’re thinking of.

To start a game, say, “Alexa, open Akinator.” The game will immediately start, and you will need to answer each question with a yes or no. Don’t be surprised when you can’t stump Alexa.

Best Alexa Games

Best Alexa Games

RuneScape is an online RPG, but you don’t have to know anything about the game’s fantastical medieval world to play One Piercing Note. As an adventurer, you’re tasked with solving the mystery of the abbey. It’s a bit like The Name of the Rose, only it’s dead nuns instead of murdered monks.

Unlike The Wayne Investigation, this quest is Alexa-free, helping to keep you in the atmosphere of the secluded abbey, which may or may not contain a demon. Fair warning: Some of the details are pretty gruesome.

In this quick little mystery, you play an LAPD detective on the hunt for a missing woman. It seems practically impossible to permanently mess up this case, as it lets you rewind when your choice leads you to a dead end. It took us a fast but entertaining 15 minutes to solve the case.

Escape games are all the rage, so it’s not surprising one exists in an Alexa-compatible format. It’s not quite a choose-your-own-adventure game, but more of a verbal hidden object plus puzzle game. A smart speaker may not be the best format for this, so be prepared for some repetition.

There are only a few simple commands to control most of your movement, so if you want to look at objects on a shelf, you have to first be looking at the shelf. If you’re looking at the door and say, “Look at the shelf,” Alexa will tell you there’s no shelf to look at. For some reason, she also had some trouble understanding us in general. We said bucket, not a buffet! Despite the difficulties, it’s still a unique game for the platform and will take longer than some of the others on the list.

This isn’t quite a story game, but you are answering questions to determine your fate. You’re a medieval lord just trying to live under the reign of a temperamental king. The monarch isn’t happy if you’re too rich, too poor, too influential, or if you hold no sway. Sometimes you’ll find yourself with too much money and make a move that should empty the coffers a bit, only to find it backfires. Good luck trying to survive with your head intact.

Games On Alexa

If you enjoy gambling games but don’t have time to make a trip to Vegas, then all you need to say is, “Alexa, ask the dealer to deal the cards” or “Alexa, ask the dealer to play blackjack.” Or, more simply, “Alexa, ask the dealer to deal.” When you do, Alexa’s dealer will tell you what cards you have and let you in on what card they’re showing. Just continue to say “hit” until you think the hand you have will beat the one the dealer is holding, at which point you can tell Alexa that you want to “stand.” But just like the real-life game, don’t go over 21 or you’ll lose.

2. Escape the Room

Escape rooms are a popular pastime these days, which is why you may be thrilled to find out that you can now play a virtual version. “Alexa open Escape the Room” is all you need to say to launch this game, which will force you to search a cyber “space,” find items and solve puzzles in order to make your way out of your imagined imprisonment. The game currently offers three rooms at varying levels of difficulty—jail cell (easiest), office (medium), and car (hardest)—as well as a bonus garage room escape level.

3. Would You Rather

Something fun to play on your own, with a friend, or at a party, this popular game prompts you to decide between two options that are either silly, saucy or thought-provoking. Just say “Alexa, launch Would You Rather.” While some questions seem easy to answer—like would “you rather have the power to read minds or teleport?”—others will surprise you, and the answers can often be more revealing than expected. If your kids also want to get into the action, there’s a PG-version called Would You Rather For Family that is suitable for anyone who’s old enough to make a choice or two.

What games can Alexa play?

25 fun games you can play with Alexa
  • Bingo. Bingo is a timeless classic.
  • Tic Tac Toe. If a standard game of Tic Tac Toe against a computer is too easy for you, try playing around with Alexa.
  • Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.
  • Akinator.
  • Blackjack (Beat The Dealer)
  • Earplay.
  • The Wayne Investigation.
  • The Magic Door.

What games can Alexa play with Echo?

10 Best Alexa Games to Play On Amazon Echo
  • Best Alexa Games to Play on Amazon Echo.
  • Alexa Skill Store: Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock.
  • Alexa Skill Store: Dungeon Adventure.
  • Alexa Skill Store: Bingo.
  • Alexa Skill Store: Akinator Safari.
  • Alexa Skill Store: Earplay.
  • Alexa Skill Store: Escape the Room.
  • Alexa Skill Store: The SpongeBob Challenge.

What games does Alexa play for kids?

20 Alexa games to keep your kids busy
  • Lemonade Stand. Lemonade Stand is a voice-only take on one of the first computer games by the same name.
  • Panda Rescue.
  • Hungry Birds.
  • Freeze Dancers.
  • The SpongeBob Challenge.
  • Silly Things.
  • Outer Space Alice.
  • Kids Court.