You can play interactive games with a regular Echo device. But sometimes you want a more hands-on approach you can enjoy with family and friends.
Enter Echo Buttons. Designed for two or more people, Echo Buttons light up as you press them to trigger different responses and actions for specific games. Liven up an evening by playing Trivial Pursuit Tap, Cat Facts, or Fourth Down Football Trivia, among others. By using the Alexa Blueprints tool, you can even cook up your own personalized Game Show for your Echo Buttons. Here’s how.
Pair Echo Buttons
First, you need to pair your Echo Buttons, an easy task since Alexa handles the hard part. Just say “Alexa, set up my Echo buttons.” You can set up one button after another. When you’re done, you can dive into some gameplay by saying “Alexa, what games can I play with my Echo Buttons?” You can also see all the supported games at the Amazon Echo Button Skills page. Now, it’s time to check out some specific games.
Trivial Pursuit Tap
You can play Trivial Pursuit Tap with two to four people. Say “Alexa, open Trivial Pursuit Tap.” Alexa explains how to play and then kicks off with the first category and question. Be the first to tap on your button if you know the answer. If you guess right, Alexa challenges you with another question. If not, the next question is open to all the players.
Hanagram is a game for two to four players where you try to solve anagrams by responding to letter clues. For this one, you’ll need not only your Echo Buttons but also an old-fashioned pen and piece of paper. Say “Alexa, open Hanagram.” Alexa welcomes you to the game and asks each player to register with a tap.
Our friendly voice assistant indicates the category of the word you need to guess, such as a color, a type of building, or a job, and tells you the number of letters in that word. Alexa then gives you one letter at a time in that word. When you think you know the word, tap on your button and give your answer. The gameplay continues until one person gets three right answers to be declared the winner.
How quick are you on the draw, or rather, on the tap? Say “Alexa, open Bandit Buttons.” In this game for two to four players, you’re asked to tap on your button when all the colors on all the buttons are the same. But…don’t tap on the button when it’s red. If you’re the first to tap when all the colors are the same, you score a point. If you tap at the wrong time, you earn a strike. Tell Alexa, the number of points and strikes you want, and the showdown begins.
Don't Cut That Wire!
Here’s an explosive game for one to four players and two to four buttons. Your task in Don’t Cut That Wire! is to disarm a bomb by memorizing a series of colors that appear on the Echo Buttons, and then recreating that sequence. You can play the game by yourself but it’s more fun to play with other people, since everyone will be working together to stop that bomb from blasting.
Here’s another game in which you have to select the right sequence of colors. Say “Alexa, open Rush Order.” Alexa challenges you to create a fruit smoothie by tapping on your button. You’re given a list of colors and fruits, like red for strawberries and green for lime. You have to remember the color sequence and then recreate it by tapping on your button when each color appears.
Here’s a fun game for two players that requires both of you to think fast and tap quickly. Say “Alexa, open Alpha Buzz.” Alexa gives you a specific category and a letter. Your challenge is to come up with a name or word that fits that category and starts with the letter. See if you can survive through all 26 questions to emerge victorious.
Yep, it’s time for some farting. Not much of a challenge to this game. Just a chance to pass some gas and blow some wind. Say “Alexa, open Button Tooter.” Each time you tap on your button, Alexa emits the immortal sound of a fart. And each time, the flavor is just a bit different. From one to four players can thrill as Alexa cuts the cheese.
Want to hear some facts about felines? Say: “Alexa, open Cat Facts.” Alexa serves up a bit of trivia or knowledge about cats. Where does the Echo Button come into play? Just tap on your button to hear the next fact about cats.
Full Count Baseball Trivia with Buster Posey
Here’s a game that can bring together two to four of the biggest baseball buffs around. Say “Alexa, play Full Count Baseball Trivia” and Alexa brings San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey up to the plate to test your knowledge of Major League Baseball. The first person who wants to swing at a question taps on his or her button. The game continues until the final inning when the winner takes home the trophy.
Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia with KAT
Is basketball your game? Say “Alexa, play Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia.” This game tests your knowledge of hoops with questions dunked by NBA player Karl-Anthony Towns. One to four players can take the court for this one. Tap on your button if you know the answer. My wife and I, who know next to nothing about basketball, tied with a score of 0-0, earning the shame of the game.
Fourth Down Football Trivia with Philip Rivers
Are you a football fan? Grab the ball, or rather the button, and try to score some touchdowns with this game. Say: “Alexa, play Fourth Down Football Trivia.” NFL quarterback Philip Rivers takes the field with questions designed to challenge anyone, especially those of us who don’t know much about the game. My wife and I fumbled on this one with a score of 0-0.
Make Your Own Game
At the Game Show page, click on the button to Make Your Own.
At the page to Customize the questions, create your own questions, hints, and responses. Click on the Next button for Experience.
Customize the Experience
At the Customize the experience page, tweak the game rules, messages, and other options. Click on the Next button for Name.
Name your game show skill. Click on the Next button to Create Skill.
Finalize Your Game
Alexa creates your skill. When the skill is ready, say: “Alexa, open [name of game]” and get ready to tap your button.
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