The Amazon Alexa Skill store is growing constantly with 7000+ crazy and intriguing skills that can be activated to add more ability to your Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap. We'll take a look at the best skills available for games and entertainment.
Because these are skills, you must enable the ones you want. You can use the Alexa Companion App to enable them, but none of them require account linking, so your best bet is to enable them with voice, something like "Alexa, enable Jeopardy". Here are the best game and entertainment skills:
- Jeopardy! J6 - Play a new twist on the famous game which puts clues in the form of an answers, and you must phrase your response in the form of a question. Turns out every Jeopardy game has an extra 6th clue. This skill lets you play just like you are on television. This is the official game from the folks who put it on TV. Start by saying "Alexa, Play Jeopardy".
- The Wayne Investigation - This is a great example of an adventure game that takes full advantage of the voice capabilities of Alexa, including using digitized voices and special effects. We've written about this one before. You can get going saying "Alexa, open the Wayne Investigation".
- Amazing Word Master Game - This is a fun, fast paced word game. You take turns saying words with Alexa. Each word has to start with the last letter of the previous word. You build your language skills by coming up with appropriate words and also have fun. This is Win/Win! Say "Alexa, ask Word Master to play a game".
- The Magic Door - Imagine a choose-your-own-adventure game that lets you explore the dark forest and find dragons. You are told a story, and you can impact how that story carries out by what you say. There are real sound effects as well, making it more believable. To get started say, "Alexa, open the Magic Door".
- Short Bedtime Story - This is for those who like bedtime stories. The skill will give a thirty second to one minute long bedtime story personalized with your name or the name of your child. There are many stories here on alot of funky topics. Young children are sure to love the variety here. Start with "Alexa, open BedTime Story". Alexa will ask for your name.
- Dungeon Adventure - This is a complete fantasy role playing game (RPG), which means if you like this type of game, you will love this one. You create a character, build that character, and then engage in an adventure. This is a pretty complete and fun game. Start with "Alexa, stard Dungeon Adventure".
It will be another banner year for Alexa. Millions have been sold and many more skills are sure to be delivered. There is much it can do out of the box, but you can see how enabling a couple of skills can really extend the functionality of this speaking device.