“Alexa, help me make a shopping list for next week’s grocery trip.” “Alexa, get the car ready.” “Alexa, turn on the lights.” Alexa has become such an ingrained part of many smart homes today, and you may even be using Amazon’s nifty voice assistant to get things done around your house. But did you know that apart from being your helpful assistant, Alexa can also play games with you?
While Alexa can’t physically play with you, she can still entertain you with her repertoire of virtual games, which range from relaxing to challenging, easy to difficult. In this article, we’ll show you how to play with Alexa, along with a small list of the games that you can choose to play with her.
How to Play Games With Amazon Alexa
Setting up Alexa to play games is easy. Here’s how:
- Power on your Alexa-enabled devices.
- Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Tap the hamburger icon on the left.
- Tap Skills > Games, Trivia & Accessories.
- Choose your preferred game to enable it for use on your Alexa-enabled devices.
30 Best Games to Play With Amazon Alexa
And now we come to the main highlight of this article: the games you can play with Alexa. Here are 10 of the best games we’ve found:
- Tic Tac Toe
- Escape the Room
- Price It Right
- Twenty Questions
- True or False for Family
- Deal or No Deal
- Categories Game
- The Magic Door
- Song Quiz
- Skyrim Very Special Edition
- Disney Hits Challenge
- Film Quiz
- Animal Workout
- Either Or
- National Geographic Geo Quiz
- Spelling Bee
- Disney Trivia
- Lemonade Stand
- Yes Majesty!
- Suburban Man-Eater
- Escape the Airplane
- Official Harry Potter Quiz
- State Capital Game
- Gator Lake
- Morse Code
If the traditional Tic Tac Toe game against a computer is a no-brainer for you, try Alexa’s version. Instead of a few clicks on the mouse, playing this Alexa game requires your voice command. With Alexa’s Tic Tac Toe, you need the help of your imagination to plan and execute your moves.
There are numerous ways to initiate the Tic Tac Toe Alexa game. For instance, you can say, “Alexa, please ask Tic Tac Toe for a new game.”. Once the game starts, Alexa will announce her first move. After her turn, you can tell Alexa which location you want to place your mark. You can tell her “bottom right” or “top left.” Although Alexa can be a tough one to defeat, you can win the game if you know how to accurately calculate the next moves.
Escape rooms are popular for company team bonding sessions, and you can now capture the thrill of such games on Alexa. To start Escape The Room, say “Alexa, start Escape The Room” and you will be redirected to a virtual space. When the game starts, you have to make your way out of imaginary imprisonment by finding missing or hidden objects and solving puzzles. The Alexa game has three rooms at different levels of difficulty, such as the Easiest (Jail Cell), Medium (Office), and Hardest (Car). Aside from that, you can access a bonus room in a garage.
Escape the Room works entirely on voice commands. If you’re searching for hidden items in a closet, for instance, you should tell Alexa to “look at the closet.” While it’s tricky to play Escape the Room with just your voice and Alexa, it’s a fun challenge for you to try out nevertheless.
Based on a popular game show, Jeopardy! is one game that’ll boggle your mind. After saying the magic phrase, “Alexa, please play Jeopardy!” the game’s host Alex Trebek welcomes you to the game. After that, you gain access to the bonus 6th clue from each category. You can answer a specific question from six categories daily on Jeopardy! Take note, always phrase your answers with “What is” to validate your response.
Amazon Prime subscribers enjoy six additional clues daily from the Double Jeopardy levels for free. Non-subscribers of Amazon Prime have to pay $1.99 per month to progress to the second round of Jeopardy! And if you’re more inclined to play more engaging Alexa games, you can try Teen Jeopardy and Sports Jeopardy for a change.
Another game show-based Alexa game is Price It Right, which can be played with a single player or a group of four. To begin, say “Alexa, please play Price It Right” and start putting up your spending savviness for a challenge. The host highlights seven random products sold on Amazon, describing each item with complete details. Once done, you must guess the cost of each product. The player who can provide the closest answers receives a point.
Feeling competitive? Put Alexa to the test with Twenty Questions, where Alexa has 20 attempts to guess what you have in mind. There are no limits when it comes to the categories, ideas, or objects as answers. Alexa has a maximum of 20 “yes or no” questions to ask you until she gets the right answer. If she can provide a correct answer with 20 questions or less, she wins. Otherwise, you win the game. Although it’s easy to assume that you can beat Alexa, you may end up thinking harder and come up with an extremely rare fruit or animal that Alexa can’t recognize in 20 questions—definitely a great way to pass the time.
Apart from new-fangled games that are popular today, Alexa also offers classic games like Bingo on her list. Before starting the game, make sure you have bingo cards on hand—these can be obtained from the skill page linked below. When you’re ready, simply say “Alexa, open Bingo!” to get Alexa to start with her first Bingo number.
Each bingo number from Alexa will be reiterated and can be displayed from the Alexa app. To announce the next bingo number, say “Call the next number” or “Next”.
When one player announces “Bingo!” it means they’re the winner and the game ends.
True or False for Family is a simple and straightforward Alexa game that you can play at home by yourself or with a maximum of 20 participants. Although the rules of this trivia game are easy, the questions can be challenging. Even if you get a question wrong, fret not: you’ll be able to learn along the way with the skill’s informative explanations.
Earplay is a choose-your-adventure game where you play “Codename Cygnus,” a seven-chapter tale where you are a secret agent in a radio drama-themed setting. As with any typical choose-your-adventure game, your choices matter and will affect the outcome. For example, a random stranger sits at your table in a café and asks you to act as you know her. Every action you perform, from finding something in the stranger’s handbag to chatting with her over a cup of coffee, has specific consequences.
Do note that Earplay requires an Amazon account; you must therefore launch the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
Iconic game show Deal or No Deal is now an Alexa game, featuring 20 briefcases containing different amounts of money that range from $0.01 to $1,000,000. As with the original game show, your task is to open the briefcases to find the largest amount. The round ends when you’ve opened multiple briefcases and the banker calls to make an offer based on the remaining unopened briefcases.
You then decide whether it’s a deal or no deal. If you want to continue, say “No Deal.” Otherwise, the game ends and your chosen briefcase will be opened. The game’s objective is to end with $1,000,000 or perhaps an amount higher than what’s inside your briefcase.
Also read: Funny Things to Ask Alexa
Similar to Scattergories, the Categories Game is a fast-paced word game that can be played on Alexa. You are provided with a letter and a set of categories, and you must immediately provide a word that starts with the letter provided for each category before time runs out.
You get a point every time you provide an accurate and quick answer for each category. If you don’t have a specific category, for example, or have provided an incorrect answer, you get zero points for that round. If you made a correct one, you gain a score of 50 minus the number of seconds you took to answer correctly.
This fantasy-themed choose-your-adventure game brings you into a magical land filled with a variety of enchanting environments, including a forest, sea, garden, and castle. Your task is to collect hidden items, solve riddles, and help magical creatures. Like Earplay, your choices will influence how the game runs; in this case, the places you explore change based on the paths you decide to take.
This one’s for the true-blue music aficionados: your seemingly easy task is to correctly guess the titles of your favorite songs from the past 60 years. You can either play alone or challenge your friends and family and emerge victorious as the biggest music buff there ever is.
You’ll be challenged on pop music from various decades, dating as far back as the ’60s, aka the golden era of music. New music is added to the game frequently, so you’ll never be bored with it!
Surprised this is on the list? Well…so are we! Brought to you by the one and only Bethesda Game Studios, Skyrim Very Special Edition is basically Skyrim in voice-activated AI. As with the good ol’ Skyrim, expect to scout and explore the rich world of Skyrim, master your weapons, spells, and shouts, fight dragons, and even… die. Fus Ro Dah!
Take up the mantle of Dragonborn once more and use your Thu’um (this is your voice!) to relive Skyrim all over again!
Disney Hits Challenge is the game for you if you’re a diehard Disney fan. Make sure you’ve got all your Disney songs and lyrics in order—this game will challenge you to remember everything to win. Playable both as a single-player and multiplayer experience, Disney Hits Challenge will also provide you with fun facts about Disney and its beloved movies and shows.
Want to be spooked and entertained at the same time? Try out Akinator, who will read your mind and tell you who you’re thinking about—based on a few Q&As with you first, of course! Do note that the skill has been updated to be child-friendly, so make sure that the people you think about are age-appropriate.
Embark on an exciting interactive audio adventure with Starfinder, featuring the voice talents of Nathan Fillion and Laura Bailey. Think of this game as a text-based RPG brought to life with audio narration and combat—instead of reading about attacking your enemies, Starfinder lets you tell Alexa to “attack goblin” to go on the offensive.
To date, six episodes and one “prequel” have been released for this epic adventure. Start from “Gangs of Absalom Station” and complete your adventure with “Hostile Takeover.”
Film Quiz is basically Song Quiz—only this time, you’ll be guessing films based on audio clips played from your favorite films from every time period. Voice clips are the easiest to guess, with the hardest being ambient noise; you’ll need to have a sharp ear to recognize where each clip is taken from!
Plan a fun-filled afternoon indoors with your kids with Animal Workout. With this skill on hand, you and your kids will get to exercise together with the audio aid of adorable animals. To help give your kids a motivation and confidence boost, Animal Workout will encourage and praise them for a job well done.
The premise of Either Or is very simple: choose between two situations that are totally lighthearted and formed in the name of good fun. The questions can range from being silly like “would you rather have pink fur or purple feathers?” to intense like “would you rather be attacked by a zombie or attacked by a shark?” As the game is designed to be family-friendly, even the kids can join in the fun.
Put the geography knowledge you’ve learned in school to the test with National Geographic Geo Quiz. Expect to answer questions on volcanic processes to the names of countries scattered all over the world. And as with any other trivia game, the player who answers the most number of questions correctly wins.
Build up your vocabulary bank with Spelling Bee, where your task is to spell every word presented to you correctly. This game also comes with a bit of a twist, getting you to tell Alexa how many times a letter occurs in a given word.
Go beyond the music trivia of Disney Hits Trivia and test your knowledge of your favorite Disney stories and characters with Disney Trivia instead. From classic films like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to recent movies like The Princess and the Frog and Tangled, be prepared to sift through your memories to answer every question correctly.
Inspired by one of the earliest computer games, “Lemonade Stand,” this version basically has you do the same thing: pretend to be the owner of a lemonade stand. You’ll be playing in a simulated real-world setting, complete with accurate weather conditions taken from Alexa’s weather forecast for the day. You will also have to buy cups of lemonade and advertising signs, along with setting the price for a cup of lemonade.
This is a great game to teach your kids entrepreneurship. As you play on, you’ll earn “experience badges” to commemorate every milestone you cross.
You are the king of your very own Kingdom in Yes Majesty!, and your task is to defend it and retain control over your sovereignty. This quirky little RPG will have you fight skirmishes, battle monsters, and even grapple with the politics of the royal court—pretty intense and great for transporting yourself away from the chaos of daily life.
Spice up your Alexa gaming experience with a spot of horror. Suburban Man-Eater is a great entry point into audio-based horror games, coming with a nice, chilling premise: You’re an officer investigating reports of a tiger walking through a suburban shopping center parking lot. As you continue pursuing your investigations, you’ll find that you’re getting far more than what you’ve bargained for.
The title of this game is pretty self-explanatory: find a way out of a plane that has gone awry in the air, or you’ll plummet thousands of feet to your death. The premise of this game may be simple, but don’t be fooled, you’ll be beset with a range of puzzles to solve before you can make your way out to safety.
Brought to you by Pottermore Publishing and Audible, the Official Harry Potter Quiz tests your knowledge of all things Harry Potter with excerpts lifted from audiobooks. Questions are based on many different things, such as quotes, characters, creatures, spells, objects, and potions from the official Harry Potter novelization.
You can even take a quiz to be sorted into one of four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff. Correctly answering questions will earn your house points that contribute to monthly tournaments.
Think you know America like the back of your hand? Then challenge yourself to State Capital Game, where you are to guess the name of American states based on the clues that Alexa feeds to you.
Gator Lake is a fun little game you can play with the kids. In this game, your car keys are thrown into the middle of an alligator-infested lake, and your goal is to retrieve them and get out alive. The gameplay is pretty simple, as all you have to do is, swim forward, dive down, or pretend to be a wooden log.
Every time you swim, you’ll get closer to your car keys. And when you dive, you’ll occasionally find items to add to your collection. Be careful though: each time you do any of these two actions, there’s a chance that an alligator will appear to catch you!
Ever wanted to learn morse code to send your very own super-secret messages to other people? Morse Code on Alexa can help you with that, training you to listen to and understand every alphabet letter’s morse code to get you started on crafting your own secret messages.
Play Games With Amazon Alexa Today
Amazon Alexa has proven to be more than just an AI smart home helper. She can also let loose and have fun with you, facilitating games that you can play to pass the time. And with this handy list of 30 Alexa games, there’s sure to be something for you to try out with your friends and family.