Here is a list of audiogames I have discovered on the Amazon Alexa platform which can be enabled using the "skills" tab.
Most are free as are all Alexa skills, though a couple link to services that create accounts and thus have a charge.
Additions, thoughts or updates to the list are always welcome, so please use This thread[/ for comments or suggestions
Note however that due to Amazon's policy, this list contains only skills I could access from the United Kingdom version of the Alexa app, since unfortunately not all developers make their skills available in all countries, even when the language is the same (dam them!).
to qualify as an audiogame an ap must:
1: Be completely accessible via audio alone such that a blind and sighted player could play equally. Thus quizzes with the odd visual question in the ap would not count.
2: Be an actual game with a goal and some way for the player to interact to achieve that goal. Unfortunately many of the skills in the "game's section, though often doing fun things like dispensing random facts about dragons or werewolves are not games a player can interact with.
For a none official list of other things I've tried see this topic of random Alexa stuff
Also note that these short descriptions contain actual reviews, ie, they represent my opinions, both positive and negative.
The list will be updated from time to time as I try more skills so check back. This does not however mean that Amazon skills will not get db pages, just that since many are comparatively short games, this is a quick and easy way to keep people informed of what is out there, as well as perhaps alert developers of these skills to the fact that the audiogaming community exists.
Now on with the list:
An rpg with a lot of exploring. Take control of a group of mercenaries and slay your way around a vast map with turn based combat, towns to visit, dank underground caves, temples to weird gods.
With frequent updates including bug fixing, the chance to build castles, and lots of exploring this is definitely one for rpg fans, albeit don't expect progress to be too quick.
thanks to bookrage for providing some extra info about this one.
From Drew Cosgrove, the ssame person who created Harry potter letters and it works on basically the same principle, get a letter and say as many animals as you can beginning with that letter. What sets this one apart from similar skills of the type is the number of sounds for different animals , the amusing score titles, and the keeping of top scores.
Beat the intro
Supposedly a music game where you hear the intros of songs and have to identify, however when we ran it we got a major advertising their version two and couldn't actually play the game itself which was annoying, I suspect there are new puzzles each day, but not getting the old ones and just being told how awesome their next version is is not exactly a way to recommend a game to new players.
Also, the game works on recorded audio from some dj or other and this is one instance where having Alexa voice the game would've been waaaaay less irritating D.
The title isn't kidding. A really short Cyoa style game where you rescue a princess. The fact that I not only completed the game on my first attempt and! that the hole thing took me less than ten minutes likely tells you how much content this has.
Supposedly a skill where you get to battle people across the net in random duels.
One problem, to battle anyone you need their code. Since there are neither ai opponents, nor any way of searching for another player's code, nor (from what Google can tell me), a registered list of codes or similar there is literally no way to battle anybody!
So mmmm, is it a good game? I honestly don't know, but my code is blue panther twelve and anyone is free to give me a try and let me know, hay, let me know your code too .
Bbc the inspection chamber
This one is very cool! A random scifi comic game in which you are a life form in an inspection chamber being looked over by two scientists who just want to get out of the office and go home, and their database, the actually rather disturbing computer "dave"
Lots of recorded audio and sfx, although this isn't quite an interactive audio drama. Highly recommended if your strange and quirky things, I can see why it's described as a nod to Douglas Adams.
Boys and girls names letters
Again another one from the maker of animal letters and Harry potter letters with boys and girls names. This one had less sounds by nature, and also didn't recognize everything, EG it thought Cordelia was Cornelia, and couldn't distinguish the names Carol and Coral, still same keeping of top scores and same random titles which make this fun.
Supposedly a cooperative clicker game in which people from all around the world click to press a button multiple times, however it is completely broken told me it couldn't connect to database everytime I tried it.
Bio Acoustics 101
If it weren't midnight I'd go and get my lady to show her this since it's perfect for animal lovers. Try and guess ten animal sounds whichgo from standard to unusual, you can also have the sounds demoed for you before you play to give you a head start.
My only two issues are firstly voice recognition is ropy if you choose an animal not in the list, eg, it didn't know the difference between a moose and a goose (which is sort of amusing), and secondly being as the animal sounds come from public domain sites the quality isn't always great, the cobra was barely audible.
Still good fun if you like animals.
British train empire
Thanks to Cyko for recommending this one. A simple economic stratogy game where you build stations and tracks linking cities together, and then run trains to earn prophet. unfortunately, the game only has a few cities, also unfortunately, once you've built one station and connected it to another there is no way of seeing what other cities it might connect to, so unless your geography is far better than mine you do have to guess a little.
A relaxing game for stratoggists complete with leaderboard, though I do wish it included a few more stations and a bit more about the trains.
There is also an American train empire version, but that one didn't show up in the Uk version of Alexa.
A really fun word game of the think of a so and so beginning with letter such and such the shortest time possible. What is really cool is that the more you play the more categories you unlock, and being asked to think of a superhero beginning with y is sort of amusing. Speech recognition can sometimes be a bit glitchy, but not so much as to spoil the game, indeed sometimes the mistakes it makes are sort of entertaining.
One particularly nice thing is the "category of the week" in which a new category of things is chosen each week to have a go at, though obviously some of these are easier than others, EG I had no idea on either American football or the Nba (I believe that is basket ball but I'm not sure).
This is a rather recent revamped version of above mentioned categories game. Speech recognition seems smoother, and I like the fact it now announces scores after each round, but honestly I'm not %100 sure what the differences between and the regular categories game are or why it is a separate skill if they just wanted to upgrade.
Caves under thorn hill
A remake of the classic maze game of hunt the wumpus. Wander through numbered caves and try to use logic to find the monster without being carried around by bats or dropping into a pit or being eaten .
Each cave connects to three numbered caves, when there is something nasty in one of those three caves you'll be informed, so use calculated risk and logic based on which caves you have and haven't visited to avoid the hazards and track the beast.
A nice short game of logic though not an rpg, however with entertaining sounds and some atmospheric text, plus a developer who's open to suggestions. Definitely worth a look for a quick blast (Mrs. Dark is quite addicted to this one).
Alexa thinks of a word, and gives you a clue, if you don't guess it first time you get another. The fewer clues you use the more points over five rounds (I think the max score is 300).
A rather fun game, especially since there are new code words each week including categories, however, if you play a second game after the first the codes seem to be generalised.
also, some of the questions are rather American centric here, for example one word had the first clue"Prone to hurricanes", the second "lots of beaches", and only at the third "contains Miami" did we realize it was Florida, since there are lots of other places in the world that are prone to hurricanes and contain lots of beaches .
An entertaining little rpg/adventure game in the traditional of old dos adventures. Wander around what I assume is a procedurally generated map looking for treasure hoping the gods of random encounters are kind to you, while making choices about where to go.
To what extent your choices actually have an effect I don't know, still it's rather fun and does have some quite cool combat descriptions, not to mention a fair few encounters and indeed a way to actually win if your lucky. One of these games which is surprisingly addictive for how simple it is.
A game from the same dev as chance dungeon (really wish you could show skills by creator in your skills tab or in the categories rather than having to use google search or search for the creator's name).
pretty much the same thing with an out of power starship and aliens instead of a dungeon and fantasy monsters, and equally as fun.
Colossal cave adventure
The grand daddy of all interactive fiction games, puzzle your way through the caves to find the treasures (really is there nobody who hasn't! heard of this one?). Speech recognition seemed pretty good, albeit parsing can still be as interesting as in the original.
A fun simon style game with colours. I like the fact that this one has so many different colour choices, eg brown, rose cyan etc, rather than the usual red blue green or yellow, however the problem is that for anyone who's played memory games before the game is rather easy, being as even the extreme difficulty stops at 16 colours.
The reversed difficulty is imho the hardest, where you need to repeat the colour sequence backwards, and that one makes the game fun.
This one is interesting. Though like caves of thorn hill this is supposedly based on Hunt the wumpus, the feeling is far more that of a maze audiogame.
Wander around a grid based cave searching for a monster and pits. The catch is no coordinates, no directional information, just logic about when your next to a square containing a pit or monster. Of course we all really! know that anyone would be able to tell what direction the stench of the monster or the draught of the pits was coming from, but hay! it's a nice logic challenge and also cool that a sighted developer came up with what is almost like an audiogame in text (it reminded me slightly of inquisitor's heartbeat).
A full scale gamebook with a fantasy setting, multiple chapters and inventory.
The choices are a little obvious, EG fight or run, or be heroic or do nothing, but the writing is sort of fun in that rollocking 1980's fantasy way.
There used to be a huge great bug with choices not being understood by alexa, but that seems to be fixed, though be sure to say the name of the choice itself, EG if your told "option one, wake the prince, or option two, investigate the surroundings"
be sure to say "wake the prince" otherwise you'll be zapped back to the start which is sort of annoying .
Still this one is fun for anyone who likes a good old fantasy adventure with evil orcs, nasty magic and homicidal mushrooms (yes mushrooms!).
Another Drew Cosgrove skill, this one is pretty fun if you like word games.
Get three words and find the word which links them, for example, mouth, bike and oil, the linking word being motor, as in motormouth, motorbike and motor oil.
The only major issue I have with this one is the skill is entirely passive, that is it reads out the question then tells you the answer on the next day.
It’d be nice to actually speak the answer in and be told whether your guess was right or not, though I will say if your right or not.
Not as much fun as question of the day, but nice if your married to someone who also enjoys words.
Doctor who trivia
Very similar to some other trivia games I've seen. Five questions per round, probably a reasonable selection. Nice for having a mix of classic and modern doctor who topics, though a shame it didn't give more info about the background and stories the answers to the questions came from.
Step into a dungeon to slay an evil necromancer. Your classic dungeon crawl, actually it sort of reminded me of a roguelike, accept obviously without the ascii. Combat is particularly good in this one since you have a lot of options from spells to negotiation, death is also very harsh. Cursed items, gold, random generation lots of fun stuff.
The only problem is the help is rather lacking, so I recommend people check out This facebook post Which has all the commands listed.
Either way a must play for rpg fans.
I’ve been waiting for this one to be available in the UK for some time. Go through a dungeon room by room. Some rooms have randomly generated monsters such as a scary goblin or a spooky ghost which you can attack or flee from, others have treasure. Collect ten treasures to win.
As a bit of fun its rather nice for its procedural monsters (I was amused at the annoying goblin king), though the descriptions aren’t as good as chance dungeon. It also has the problem that fleeing from monsters still lets you continue and defeating monsters doesn’t get you anything but satisfaction as far as I know, this combine with the fact you can’t see your hp anyway means you could almost go straight through fleeing everything and waiting for the god of random numbers to favour you with enough treasures to win.
Sadly not an rpg, another very short Cyoa style adventure with a dungeon, treasure, locked doors etc. It did have a secret to get to on the second playthrough, but really only with ten total options (three choices of three plus an extra), two instant death traps, and not too much done in terms of back tracking or interesting stuff with said locked doors this was not as good as it could've been, indeed for a far better quality example of the same sort of thing check out minny dungeon below.
Think zork style interactive fiction with an alexa and you have it. Contains three games so far, merlin's cave, escape the garage and ancient tomb all of which are your usual puzzles in an underground labyrinth style adventures.
Quite an interesting setup actually and generally free from "guess the verb" since you only have to use one item with another, albeit the search command seems a bit wonky, also it did run into the problem I always have with if, namely trying to do something logical and no way of doing it.
Apparently it will be expanded with more rooms, ie, more adventures, in the future.
The makers of Codename Signas (and there is even a port of that). launch an environment for creating interactive stories. A bit sparse so far but I really hope they release more Echo since the speech recognition technology is so much better than the Iphone (I could only get the Ios version of Codename signas to accept speech while wearing earphones).
This is one that does require account creation, and I suspect there will be paid games eventually, though none seem to be around at the moment.
Feel the pressure
Okay, this one is pretty cool. Another Drew Cosgrove skill with rules like a Tv quiz show. Answer ten questions. Some are letter questions EG what word beginning with L means a stretch of salt water near the sea, some are multiple choice questions. There are lots of sound effects plus some rather amusing jokes, I was very amused what happened when Alexa pretended to misunderstand my answer to “oasis” then turned out to be right .
A good mix of topics and nice responsiveness, definitely one of the better trivia quizzes out there.
Another attempt at interactive fiction with alexa, but this one far more buggy, showing exits one can't actually exit through and items you can't pick up, not to mention other interaction commands such as "read book" that don't work right at all. Quite frustrating.
Supposedly a cyoa style adventure game about making it through a dark forest, however full of random deathtraps and without exactly the worlds' best writing. still I did play it enough times to find the correct path through and finish the game which probably says more about my persistence than the quality of this game.
There are far better adventure games out there for Alexa.
eight quick multiple choice trivia questions and a score out of eight. Good variety of different topics for
questions, though playing a few times unfortunately seemed to repeat questions so the question bank for this probably isn't as large as one would like. i'd love to find a true trivial pursuit type game for Alexa, something like the way trivia crack used to be on Ios before it went stupid, but this isn't it.
This one is still under development apparently. At the moment each day you can launch the ghost detector, detect a ghost and then catch it. One mildly irritating thing is that you have to relaunch the skill each time, eg, you say "alexa" launch ghost detector and catch a ghost" or even "alexa launch ghost detector and help"
Ghosts you catch give you ghost bux, which will be used to unlock missions and things down the line, but now are just collectable.
While the ghosts aren't described, the fact that they are somewhat procedurally generated is pretty cool, and of course you can detect several ghosts and try to build up a collection of them .
At the moment it's a mild amusement, but depending upon where this one goes it could be pretty awesome, so it's one to watch.
Sadly its not currently been working for a while, so I hope it'll be back soon as engaging in a daily ghost grab was sort of amusing .
Ghost word game
This is a surprisingly tough word game. Take turns saying a letter. the one who finishes a word or gets into a situation where no word is possible loses.
maybe its my cruddy spelling, but this one is surprisingly challenging, since it takes strategy as well as a good vocabulary of rare words to win, and obviously Alexa has the entire electronic dictionary at her/its disposal.
Goats of fortune
I confess I tried this one just for the name much as anything else. A bit like the old game show take your pick or the American version Deal or no deal though actually with a bit of strategy behind it.
3 doors in each round, two of them have goats behind them meaning no cash for you, one of them has money, however your offered a bribe take the money and walk on to the next round.
If you get a goat you get nothing, however you can also run across explosive goats which mean you lose all your cash.
What is nice in this one is to progress you have to make a certain amount of money in a number of rounds, and progressing raises your rank higher.
A nice and very silly game to spend five minutes with.
And to solve confusion this is the one initiated by the "launch hangman game" invocation.
This one is not as good as the hangman there used to be. No categories, you just get given a random word. Also no way to tailor the difficulty as regards number of guesses and the "moo" or "ha" when you get things right or wrong are a bit childish, indeed in general the language of this one is a bit odd, which is not what you want in a language game.
The thing that really! annoys me with this one though is the fact that Alexa slows down to spell the word and hearing aleaxa very slowly say "under score, under score, under score" simply sets my teeth on edge.
We'll probably be looking for another Hangman game methinks.
Harry Potter letters
Okay this one is pretty cool! very simple, get presented with a letter of the alphabet and try and think as many potterverse thinggs you can beginning with that letter, everyting broomstick to berbage.
I will say this one is a little odd, for example it allows character last names such as "berbage" as in charity berbage, but not terms such as "frogspawn", still its very cool and surprisingly difficult.
What is really awesome though are the sounds, potter verse adverts and fun stuff. Get hogwarts credits to have a wizard like rank, and have messages like "sponsored by weasly's wizard wheezes" when you start the game, plus words have associated easter egg sounds with them, for example see what happens if you say basalisc or dragon.
Definitely recommended for Potter fans.
Harry potter trivia game,
Pretty much same as the Doctor who (I wonder if there is a template for these somewhere), Five harry potter questions per round. nice in terms of questions being not the obvious ones, though two play throughs showed repeats so I'm not sure on the longevity of this one. Also, a shame wasn't more info about the answers.
Higher lower game
This is a nice game in theory but the execution is sort of irritating. Your given a random thing, often with pop culture significance such as Darth Vader, Manchester united or donald Trump and told how many monthly searches it gets on google, then asked if something else is higher or lower.
So on the one hand you can be disturbed by facts like Jenifer Lopez being googled more times than buddhism, on the other the language of this one is just rather annoying.
Getting told "you suck" or "You stupid brah" when you lose, or "Get lost quitter" when you finish the game or the like might be amusing to some, but I found a little obnoxious, also slightly annoying that the game tells you how terrible your score is when you get several right.
Btw there is a web based version of this with a couple of extra modes such as multiplayer elimination and beat the clock, but only the classic seemed to be accessible (though they probably would be on Alexa), furthermore, whenever you won the game you had to find your way past a really loud add video to get your results, which again is an advantage of the Alexa version for those who fancy it.
Holiday song quiz
From Volley Link, the same people who make a fair few of these games. This is a christmas song quiz where you get 7 questions and need to give the song and artist to get 20 points a go. Can be played multiplayer.
Voice recognition is good, though manifestly categories are a little limited, also it has the same problem as song quiz (which I talk about below), namely that the point scoring is craaaaaaazy!
This is a great game ruined by annoying bugs. You can select number of questions, whether you want multiple choice or boullion, how many between 1 and 50, what difficulty, including easy, medium and hard, and most crytically in what category. With a list of categories ranging from anime to books to nature, there is a huge amount available.
The only problem is, firstly the interface is clunky. You have to set each variable individually through help, and often the game will start before your ready, or continue when you've finished. Most crytically wrong is the problem that the categories don't seem to work, eg, we tried a quiz on books and were asked comparatively obscure anime questions or questions on the rules of snooker.
if this one got the bugs fixed it'd be awesome.
Credit to Bookrage:
A trivia game inspired by the American quiz show where you answer questions in forms of a question.
The game lets you play each day with categories from the program, and features samples from the actual host (Mrs. Dark was quite amused at hearing him).
Apparently you can play double Jeopardy if you have an Amazon prime account where you get 12 questions instead of six, but I couldn't get this to work, and judging by a couple of the other reviews, other people had trouble with this too.
My only major problem with this is that the questions are veeeery! american centric, I'd say four out of every six are about Us history, us presidents, us advertisement jingles, Us state capitals or other things that none us residents wouldn't get.
fortunately I've got an American wife to help me, but others who aren't so lucky and don't live in the Usa might want to give this one a miss for that reason (I doubt I'd be playing this if it weren't for Mrs. Dark).
From Verto lab, the same people who make the categories game.
A really fun game in which you hear to a song with one item bleeped and have to insert the word in the bleep.
Other than Alexa's miner annoyance about not gettiing words like boots, and my wife and I having a habbit of singing the lines rather than speaking them, this one is lots of fun, especially since most of the pop songs are fairly iconic so are ones I've heard of, though I do wish the levels were a little better worked out and the songs better plotted with less repetition, since in this game the questions on the Titanic theme are hear in your heart, and go on; and on; and on!
Play A single player game of Concentration with Alexa. the classic take two cards and match them game, all you need to do is tell Alexa the row and column of the cards you want.
A nice exercise, though I do wish you could change number of cards in the game, since right now it's always at twelve arranged in a 4 x 3 grid. A little odd since the symbols on cards are procedurally generated so you'd think there would be more options. Also, I do find it a bit harsh that if you match a pair you've already matched, Alexa counts it as an extra move so you end up with a low score if you can't recall the coordinates of the last card exactly and need to go through the board. Harder than you would think given you have no way to examine the board between moves.
It'd also be nice to have a multiplayer option for this, though hopefully it'll be expanded in the future..
Memory training recall
Similar to train my brain (I wonder if it's the same developer). You get a little story and are asked details about it. Actually a very cool idea and especially good if you like taking in audio information.
My one miner complaint is it seemed nearly impossible to get this ap to stop, or to get a score, but fun all the same.
Has two exercises, a digits memory exercise which is like simon with numbers, and a phone exercise which works with simulated phone numbers with four or six digits.
A little irritating that you don't get any high score lists or other fun bits, indeed while I get that this is all about the brain training I was a bit disappointed the presentation was so dower and it wasn't made more of a game.
A very accurate version of THE quiz show who wants to be a millionair, though sadly without the actual money . Even down to asked every time if "this is your final answer" and getting stalling comments from the host who isn't quite as irritating for this as Chris tarant used to be on the Uk version, but almost .
This one is a simple but unique brain teaser from the same devs as 6 swords. Make your way out of a maze starting in one corner and get to another. The problem however is you can do mazes in more DIMENSIONS which EFFECTIVELY MEAN more exit types. At the start you get basic 2d n s e w type affairs, add third dimension and you get up and down, add another for in and out, and you can go up to six, all with coordinates.
The only miner thing I did notice is that for some reason in and out are the wrong way around, meaning you have to say out to go in and visa versa.
This is another very short Cyoa style game for Alexa set in a dungeon choosing coloured doors and options. While it did only take me five minutes or so to finish, it actually had room descriptions, a few different choices and some locked door puzzles too, plus no random instant death traps for no reason.
I really hope the developer makes longer games since unlike much of the other short Cyoa stuff this actually had potential to be interesting, worth a playthrough if you want a short adventure with some interesting locked door puzzles, also a dragon!
Not to be confused with the above mentioned song quiz. Answer multiple choice trivia questions on music. It has a nice selection, albeit it's one attempt at a classical question was rather pathetic and it seems slightly more geared towards the post 2010's. Still its worth a quick break if you want some extra trivia questions using the same question set as other trivia games.
Sort of a clicker incremental game about owning a farm where you start with one chicken, collect eggs to sell, buy other animals etc. Its got some nice touches such as a minigame where find your cat and get paid for it, farm workers and characters with different voices (I liked the Welsh chap who ran the market).
My only problem is that with no ability to click quickly, the game can get rather grindy. For example you can only sell eggs in batches of twelve, and to get an egg you first have to feed the chickens then collect the egg. This means to get a second chicken you need to feed chickens and collect eggs twelve times, while to get a piglet (assuming you've maxed out your chicken production at three chickens), you need to feed chickens and collect eggs twenty times.
I really hope you get some auto clickers later, or at least the equivalent, still nice to spend some time with and see what you can buy, and of course there are more unlockables down the road too.
My pet rock
An alexa version of everyone's favourite Tamagotchi random pet care game. Log in each day to play with your rock, feed it, take it for walks and teach it new tricks.
The tricks are sort of amusing but I do wish this one had a little more by sounds and random descriptions to it, then again my rock is only a baby so far so maybe it'll get more descriptions later .
Supposedly a maze game with monsters, in actual fact a less than exciting cyoa style game where your asked to pick numbered doors. No description at all, a completely static maze and no gameplay other than try the alternatives until you win make this one very dull indeed.
Official Harry Potter quiz
This is the officially licensed Harry potter quiz from Pottermore and audible and such. It has several good points, and some bad ones. The good points are that each day you get three Hp related questions. You can choose either multiple choice (O.w.l” or giving answers “N.E.W.T.” level.
If you get all questions right you get a bonus question. The questions use actual audio samples from the Stephen Fry readings of the Hp books which it is nice to hear, also fun for someone whose read the Potter books waaaay more than he should’ve done, some of the bonus questions particularly are rather tricky.
You can earn points for a Hogwarts house, though what getting house points does I’m not sure exactly.
Now on to the bad stuff, this ap was firstly intended for kids, and secondly intended to make money off them.
The first is obvious because there are a lot of annoying design choices, EG having to reconfirm your settings each and every time.
The second problem is that while Stephen Fry sound s amazing as usual, the woman whose voice they recorded for the main host of the ap is patronising as hell! Especially the way she exclaims every time you get a question right.
The second problem, is that the ap is so obviously a money spinner its not funny. While its nice to hear Stephen fry, whenever you finish the questions Alexa automatically tries to direct you to audible to buy the books, (then in our case it complains because I don’t have an audible account).
Also, as a miner point, yee gods this one needs John Williams music since what is there is just generic and annoying. So, is it worth playing? Probably. Is it worth playing every day? , possibly not.
Thanks to Aaron for pointing this out (ha ha). A game based on the quiz show. Get three questions each day with the same format as the tv program, that is they ask 100 people a question with possible multiple answers such as “Name a word ending in K E T” or “name a football team with an L” and you need to find the answers that the fewest people gave. If you can, find the pointless answer that nobody gave.
The game is fun, and has different daily questions, plus unlike the tv show its completely accessible because there are no pictorial rounds.
Be asked a random riddle by the puzzle machine, then get the answer if you can't work it out.
Riddles tend to be brain teasers such as "In what sport do the losers advance and the winners go backwards!"
My only miner complaint is that there is no way of keeping track of what riddles you've been asked since the game doesn't rank your answer, also the syntax for getting the game to tell you the answer either to check your correct or if your stumped is a little floofy.
Question of the day
Thanks to orko for pointing out this one. A daily multiple choice trivia question, though also with badges to earn, bonus questions and point ranking if you link your account with the Amazon skills.
Rather fun, especially what percentage of players got the answer right or wrong (I was rather appalled to find out 11 percent of people did not! know who wrote a Christmas Carol), this is one my lady and I have taken to doing daily.
Another quiz game with multiple choice questions and categories. Questions are a little more well written, but getting the options and choices in this game to work was a right pain. A shame since there are many categories of question here and the questions themselves are well written.
Rock, paper, scissors
The game I first knew as "scissors paper stone" can be played with Alexa. Sort of amusing given that when my lady and I are trying to decide things like who is making the coffee each morning we usually come down to playing this, it'll be sort of entertaining to have Alexa try it too.
No sfx though I do like the use of extra verbs when you win, e.g "scissors cuts paper, scissors slices paper, sissors chops paper" etc.
Rock, paper, scissors, Lizard spock
Five symbols to choose fromm with amusing interactions, for example paper disproves spock, but spokc vaporises scissors, while scissors decapitate lizard but lizard eats paper.
Only one problem? So buggy it won't start! grrr! hopefully it'll be fixed soon.
From Verto lab who make the categories game as well as some other things. This is a really simple game that makes you think on your feet, actually its very similar to a game my maths teacher was quite fond of.
Count through the numbers and Say booom! (I love the way Alexa says boom), when you hit something with a seven in it, be that a multiple or the digit, so twelve, thirteen, boom, fifteen, sixteen, boom etc.
the cool thing is that Alexa will randomly change both the word you have to say, and the number at any time, while you start off booming on 7, you could then be boinging on 7, then perhaps boinging on 8, or woofing on six etc, so you always have to think fast and count. Five strikes and your out.
I often talk about games where you have to use your judgement in a situation, this is one of the simplest and most brilliant examples I've seen and one I think my lady and I will enjoy.
From Daisfly, the same developers as escape room. Another and longer interactive fiction game. The writing in this one actually is QUITE atmospheric, albeit I got slightly stuck and the free version doesn't have hints .
to get the paid version you have to go to the website and make an account, though it's just three dollars, though whether I'll do that probably will depend upon me making a bit more progress in the free game.
This is the regular version of the holiday song quiz previously mentioned from Volley.
Each round you get a song and have to name title and artist, it can be played with multiple people at one device or if your on your own, Alexa will connect to someone else and let you play head to head with someone across the world.
I only have two issues with this one. Firstly the scoring is craaaaazy! each round you get increasingly more points for title with an extra ten points for the artist from ten to 50 points, then! there is a bonus question for 100 points.
This means you could four out of five questions correct and be beaten by someone who just got the bonus which is nuts!
The game also lets you play with music from a specific decade from the 60s to the 2010s, the problem though is it won't do a random selection or let you have more than one decade, this means if we play 80s Mrs. Dark destroys! me since her knowledge of 80s pop music is extensive indeed, where as my knowledge of pop music generally is sketchy at bestD.
It'd be nice to vary the selection a little so my lady doesn't have things so! easy .
This is another Drew Cosgrove skill, like Animal letters and Harry Potter letters and actually is pretty cool if limited. Flying a spaceship you must deliver packages to different planets. Planets are located on a basic 2d map, meaning at each planet you can blast off in one of four basic directions. Each planet has something to visit which can give you some directions or ask for an item, for example you might be asked to take medicine to a hospital.
Occasionally there are hazards between you and where you must go, meaning you need to obtain weapons to go there which you can get by exchanging something you get from another planet.
The game is rather fun, I particularly like all the different locations sfx and messages, and the galactic news or other info you get while flying.
The problem is its really easy, anyone who has done a basic delivery quest in any mud or other 2d navigation game will find this familiar indeed. I also really wish there was a way to skip through some of the sequences if you’ve heard them before, though you can always interrupt Alexa with the wakeup word.
While the game is intended for fun, and possibly aimed at kids, I will say the sheer number of samples and destinations and goods is pretty huge.
There are three galaxies so far, with hopefully more on the way and while the game is fairly simple it’s a fun way to spend a random half hour and likely more challenging to people who don’t have as much experience memorising 2d maps.
A Mmorpg for the alexa by the same dev as 6 swords resembling trade wars where you fight for two factions by flying to different star systems and dropping drones off. Again, a game with a lot to it that I'm just trying to work out, but potentially fun, especially for strategy fans.
Okay this one is a major bust, it's the sticks game from crazy party, the one where each player needs to take one two or three sticks from a pile and the one with the last stick loses. Only problem? The game is %100 fixed the computer's favour. if you know the formula for winning you can see from the first move your doomed, and with neither the order of players nore number of stones changeable it's pretty pointless.
A maze game, but one with surreal descriptions of your surroundings. What I particularly like here is that you choose the colour of what door to go through rather than a number or direction, which makes it more of a memory test. I thought this one was a simple Cyoa affair, then when I tried it second time I realize the maze is different each time you play which is always nice, albeit there is no combat or such in this one, just tracking your way out of said maze.
Another game from the creator of 6 swords. Sort of a mix of classic battleships and a lone wolf style sub combat game. listen for enemy subs and sink them with your torps. Actually rather fun for a quick burst, though I'm trying to work out tactics at the moment.
The magic door
This is an amusing cyoa style game with a fairy tale atmosphere. I suspect it's nominally aimed at kids but the descriptions are nice, and they produce more adventures and content on a regular basis. Actually the shear amount of content in this one is quite surprising. I also like the way you get progress over multiple adventures with characters you've met in one turning up in another etc. The use of sounds is nice too even if some characters like the fairies themselves have voices so cute I wanted to strangle them .
I got excited initially with this one, since I thought it was an Alexa version of the sadly now inaccessible Iphone game. unfortunately it seems not. Start a quiz in easy, medium or hard with multiple choice questions.
Unfortunately the game is quite buggy and I suspect programmed by a none native English speaker, not the least because some of the questions are phrased rather oddly.
You need to be very precise in what you say, eg you actually need to phrase your instructions "begin a quiz in medium difficulty" no variation will do.
The quizzes comprise just three questions and then the program says goodbye and shuts down. when you answer a question, The game gives you no information, just says "answer correct or incorrect", indeed sometimes I'm not sure whether it registered the right number answer or not. And the most major issue is that for some odd reason, Alexa's speaking speed slows right down in this skill.
Very disappointing and not one I'd recommend which is a shame.
The valley of the ivory dragon
This seems to be a homage to legend of the green dragon on alexa. You go to a village to slay a dragon, can look for trouble in forest, enter the healers hut and battle monsters and get random encounters (it even has silver and gems as currency and a format for it's monsters of "you have encountered x which lunges at you with Y").
The only two problens are firstly there is no help meaning you have to guess at the commands and such, not to mention basic facts like when the game days refresh (assuming it has game days), or how much xp you need to level, and secondly, there is a really! irritating encounter where you hit your head, lose all but one hp and all your gems which seems to show up extremely often.
since it takes nearly all your silver to heal from this first time around, and it's prone to show up twice in a row, progress is frustratingly difficult.
Lastlyy and most seriously, saving seems weird in the game. If you die or run away and are told to come back then start the game later, the game resets . This is quite annoying indeed! though I'll do a little experimentation and see if I can work out what's going on here.
I'll probably persist because I am bloody minded and because I suspect there is more by way of random encounters and such out there when you get going, not to mention more combat moves etc, but I'm surprised they left things in such a basic and buggy state.
Train your brain
A short quiz with teasers, maths problems, number sequences. I like the fact that with this one you are deliberately supposed to answer quickly and can't repeat the question.
Only two problems, firstly the game sometimes doesn't recognize input and marks questions down for no reason, and secondly if your two quick with the answers and don't wait for the ding you actually crash the game .
Train your brain, odd one out
Not sure if this is related to the other train your brain skill. Get a list of four words and pick the odd one out, for example Pius, Ascetic, Hermit and mendicant. What’s interesting with this one is that some of the choices require a little knowledge, for example one I got wrong three were capitals of Indian Provinces and one wasn’t.
There are only two problems, firstly, the game does not stop or give you a high score, it just goes on asking questions, and secondly, the game often repeats questions (I saw one about mole hills three times in about 20 answers).
A trivia skill in which your asked questions until you Lose. Has a rather amusing quiz show host with an Australian accent, some of the questions were a little American. Still, it has lots of extra sounds and the speech recognition seems pretty good.
This is one from the same developer as true or false (see below), that Mrs. Dark and I are really enjoying. have a 60 second round against the clock to answer as many questions as you can. Really awesome when played in competition, and even awesommer when your significant other gets annoyed since she keeps getting obscure film questions which cause you to win .
The speech recognition here is particularly good, though we did laugh when my lady didn't know what the Ninja turtle's favourite food was, said "pass" and was interpreted as saying "pizza"
The only thing is you get 250 questions at the start for free, and another 250 when you link your account. I am guessing you'll have to buy questions after that, but exactly how much they cost I don't know at the second. Still 250 questions, being that one round is usually around 10 questions is still quite a lot, and with all the noises and the time limit the game is lots of fun.
Trivial pursuit tap
Okay this is the first skill that takes echo buttons, of which we have two. The buttons act like buzzers on a quiz show with fastest finger first which makes the game quite a lot of fun, even if sometimes recognition of buzzer presses can be a bit wonky.
Also like the categories in this one, and the fact that questions are interesting as well as moderately hard, as well being nicely varied in subject.
True or false
Absolutely what it says on the tin. Five true or false questions with stat tracking and regular updates, nice for their descriptions and extra facts. Possible to play with more than one player, which Mrs. Dark and I liked.
Trump against humanity
Warning! if you are a Donald trump fan this is not for you.
if however your opinion of Donald trump's is like Mrs. Dark's then you would find it amusing.
Distinguish the real vs fake tweets from his trumpesty, and earn inspirational messages from everyone's favourite American president.
Very well put together, and only included on this games list by virtue of actually being a game, but very very funny if your humour is inclined that way.
Btw, I asked my lady if her opinion of Donald Trump was lower than her opinion of Cockroaches, she said it was probably a close thing since Trump wouldn't make her want to stand on a table and scream, but probably would! cause her to vigorously employ a fly swatter if he were in her immediate vicinity .
Unofficial eight pages
Recommendation by Cyko. This is similar to the Slenderman lost vision audiogame. Wander around creepy locations looking for pages while being chased by a creature who distorts sounds (I think it's slenderman, though it's not named in the game).
On the plus side, speech recognition was flawless in this one and the sounds are damn creepy!
On the minus side, the game plays very slowly, some of the commands are just plane odd, eg, @turn around the old truck [email protected] to search, and while the sounds are creepy, hearing a long burst of them everytime you move quickly loses their appeal, as do the generic Alexa responses such as @there there” or “now now” you get when you do something.
There was also little to no description, and to even get directions of what is around you on the map you needed to say help each move. It was also physically impossible to actually die, since if you run into a square with the creature, your asked if you want to go back, and then can take the same direction again with no trouble. The creature also doesn't interupt while your random searching, which unfortunately you do lots and lots and lots! of, indeed after looking for the last page for a solid half hour I actually gave up with this.
A potentially nice idea but not a game I would recommend I'm afraid.
A Cyoa style game where you’re the captain of a star ship which crashes.
This one has an extensive number of sounds which make it quite atmospheric, especially with the Alexa sounding rather like the enterprise Computer. On the other hand deaths are rather random and don’t always make sense, for example on one occasion when I’m told the ship’s reactor is overheating and had to run to the other end of the ship to shut it down as quickly as possible, I got killed for not waiting for the computer to scan the safety of the route, then slightly later got killed because I took the time to put on a radiation suit first.
Then again, since dying just puts you back to the last decision rather than requiring you to solve the adventure again random death isn’t too bad.
The skill thus far has two short missions, but hopefully more will be added in the future which continue the story.
volley family trivia game
Similar to True or false in that it has true or false questions, but slightly different in it's stat tracking and that . also where true or false works by having rounds and seeing who gets the most, Volley family trivia works by sudden death.
volley trivia head to head show down
Same as above, however instead of playing with one or more players live, you play against actual humans across the internet, also rather than being sudden death, the game has 7 questions and you earn points.
volley daily trivia
Seven new trivia questions each day with percentage tracking vs you and all other players, one Mrs. Dark and I do each day, also comes with cool music and some rather fun win or loss messages. Questions can be a little Us specific, though not imho as bad for this as some other games (Jeopardy is much worse), then again I'm probably only saying that because Mrs. Dark and I tend to do very well with this one.
A streight up numeric duel for Alexa with different skills of opponents, experience, stat boosters, turn based combat and global rankings.
A neat idea (even though the amount of descriptive or atmospheric text here is minimal), however the fact the stat
boosters you get to raise your stats on levelling up don't actually work makes this one a bit pointless.
Okay this one is pretty bloody awesome! You start off in a cryo pod on a spaceship where you are still frozen but can interact with the ship’s systems through a neural link, this includes robots and computers. You do this with voice commands, instructing robots to do things like “Examine the rope”, or “look around the cargo bay”
There are however two things that make this really different to your usual interactive fiction/coya game, and not just the sound or the really intelligent use of Alexa voices.
Lots of tasks take time, that is real world time. Send a robot to look for supplies it’ll be back in 6 hours, ask a robot to hack the computer? It’ll take four hours, with a notification when they’re done.
Some tasks use multijell, that is robot fuel, which you can find by salvaging the ship, you can use multijell to create overdrive batteries and speed matters up, but obviously you have a limited amount.
More tasks to get multijell appear every real world 8 hours.
So, this is sort of like land of livia in space, with multiple robots instead of one hero, accept for one other thing.
Personality. All the robots have slightly different personalities, from poppas Beta to snarky alpha. They also use the default Alexa voices for different English languages, for example Gamma is the Australian female, whilst Beta is the English male. Oddly enough this makes things really atmospheric, and also gives you an amazingly nice sense of the different robots tasks and priorities.
I have heard some people say you can pay to buy multijell rather than grind from daily tasks, but I’ve not seen options for that as yet, which possibly means its not available in the Uk. Either way this is one I’ll be playing for a while I expect, and nice to find a longer game on the Alexa for a change.
the chain link game, where you start a word ending with the last letter of the previous word in a given category. Being as this is a game Mrs. Dark and I used to play together ourselves, having a version with alexa was nice. I particularly like that you can actually add Alexa as a player and see how long you can go cooperatively, as well as play until one person is eliminated.
Word games - anagrams, hang man and more
This is an idea which is really good but an execution with problems.
Hear an anagram and solve, with progressive difficulty, stat tracking, increasing scores and even I believe more games.
one problem? The voice recognition was very ropy. Mrs. Dark said alexa didn't like her, and judging on this she's sort of right, since the game didn't understand her and we kept being docked points for wrong guesses.
It did work for me, so I don't know if Alexa is just not good at having two people use one device, though being as we didn't have the same problem in other trivia games I suspect this is an issue with the word games.
Also lots! of game crashes in this one which was irritating, since the principle of the thing is such a good one.
Word of the day quiz
Gives you an unusual word each day (the first one I tried was Salebrosity), and asks you a quiz about that word.
there is a connected flash briefing to hear the word of the day, and then word of the day quiz where you can answer questions.
Rather nice for having a quiz show host and some fairly funny humour, indeed I confess to enjoying this one more on the second or third go due to me getting a little more used to the announcer's voice which I initially found offputting.
The audio prizes you get for logging in each day are also fun, methinks Mrs. Dark and I will enjoy this one.
This is another word game similar to the categories game. Alexa names a category such as fruits and Vegetables, countries, olimpic sports activities or world capitals then says an item in that category. You hear the sound of a tennis ball bounce, and have to return the serve to Alexa by saying something in the same category, only problem is it can't be an item that's already been used. At the end you get a ralley which is your score.
The only problem with this one is that usually games end when Alexa doesn't recognise something and decides you've made a mistake. For example after a long 41 word ralley inn countries, Mrs. Dark lost out because Alexa planely hadn't heard of Greenland, and Alexa arbitrarily decided to make me lose when she forgot that Paris is a world capital.
A fun game, if a little unfair due to the bugs.
Credit to Psycho for this one.
A trivia/geography game in which you must track down a criminal or missing person through clues about what countries they're visiting, eg, if your told a person admires the work of Chopin the answer would be poland.
A nice test of general knowledge and geography in an entertaining setting, albeit when i tried the voice recognition did manage to confuse Belgium and Brazil which was sort of amusing, if a little irritating.
I also like the fact that the dramatic English male voice rather than Alexa's standard female one is used for this game.
This one is a rather cool game similar to world detective. You are told a treasure is in a Uk city and have to find it within a time limit. Asking various helpers such as professor, librarian or police officer tells you a clue to a Uk city, you then need to fly there to continue and get clues to the next location. The more clues you get the more time passes, likewise if you wind up at the wrong place and need to backtrack it'll take time. Too much time and you lose the treasure. This one is actually very fun and rather tough, and highly recommended if you like trivia games.
Apparently there is an Us based one and it wouldn't surprise me if there are ones for other countries.
Okay, a kind person would say this is a homage to yes sire (see below), an unkind person would say it’s a rip off. On the other hand, while the rules are exactly the same the game has utterly different scenarios, (it seemed rather easier to me), and what’s more has lots of sounds and portentous quotes.
So, if you like Yes sire (as indeed I do), you will probably like this.
This one really is a favourite of mine .
From the same developer as the Volley trivia games and word of the day, You are a lord put in charge of a kingdom and need to keep things running. Your adviser will ask you for your opinion on various matters and you just say yes or no. Depending upon how things work out your influence and wealth will either go up or down. Obviously if your influence or wealth go to low, you lose, however the problem is if they go too high the king will see you as a threat and have you executed (this King obviously follows the George R R Martin school of political theory).
So you actually have to occasionally be randomly nasty to lower your influence or throw money at a bad job which is sort of fun.
Lots of different events in this one, all of them with amusing descriptions and unpredictable results, and fairly frequent updates with new events plus what is doubly cool is Alexa's voice changes to a dramatic sounding English chap for the duration of the game .
Also annoyingly, apparently there is a @yes Mr. [email protected] version of this game, once again isn't available in the Uk grrrr!
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)