The Best Alexa Games for Every Occasion
There are over 10,000 Alexa game skills out there, and it can be hard to know which ones are actually fun. This post will tell you the best Alexa games for when you’re home alone or hanging out with friends, kids, seniors or the whole family.
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Pro Tip #1: To play these games, enable the skills first so Alexa can easily pull them up with voice commands (sometimes she gets confused if you don’t first enable the games). Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Pro Tip #2: All of these games are free on Alexa, and some have premium content you can unlock for a fee (like more songs, hints or themes).
Best when you’re home alone and…
You want to relax
- Interactive adventure game with original stories that take you to a magical land
- Explore various regions, collect hidden items, solve riddles and help magical creatures
- 4.3 stars | 900+ reviews
- Great to play by yourself, especially if you’re looking for a relaxing escape
How? “Alexa, open the magic door”
Pro Tip: You’ll probably end up playing this game again and again, so be sure to try all 11 adventures listed on the Magic Door’s Alexa Skill Store page to explore the entire land.
- Akinator can read your mind and tell you what (real or fictional) character you’re thinking of just by asking a few questions
- 3.8 stars | 200+ reviews
- Great to play by yourself
How? “Alexa, start Akinator”
Pro Tips: It might take a bunch of questions, but Akinator will probably figure out who you are thinking of if you stick with it (unless it’s someone very obscure)!
You’re looking for some lively fun
- Game that Ellen DeGeneres plays on her show!
- You have 90 seconds to guess as many cards as you can, and Alexa provides the clues. You choose your “deck” theme from options like “superstars” and “on the road”
- 3.8 stars | 3,500+ reviews
- Great game to play by yourself
How? “Alexa, open Heads Up!”
Pro Tip: You can purchase more decks for more fun. There are limited time decks as well as an “Adults Only” collection. Just open the skill and say “Alexa, buy more decks” to hear the available options. If you have the voice purchasing Alexa setting enabled, you can easily buy another deck just by saying “Yes” when prompted.
- You are a medieval lord of the realm, presented with an ever-expanding array of difficult choices
- Needy peasants, a backstabbing nobility, a king who is never satisfied — get ready to make some hard decisions. Answer questions with a yes or no
- 4.7 stars | 1,100+ reviews
- Great to play by yourself, especially if you’re looking for an escape adventure
How? “Alexa, play Yes Sire”
You’re in the mood for mystery
- You are a detective investigating the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents
- An immersive mystery story game in which Alexa guides you through the crime scene and you get to decide what to do
- 4.2 stars | 150+ reviews
- Great to play by yourself, especially if you’re looking for mystery
How? “Alexa, open the Wayne Investigation”
Pro Tip: This game is very engaging and fun to play once, but it’s less fun the second and third time around. While there are different permutations of the game depending on what you choose to do as detective at the beginning, you investigate the same crime.
Best for family fun
- Choose between 2 lighthearted and silly situations and see how your preferences compare to the rest of the world (and the rest of your group!)
- Hundreds of new questions added every month
- 4.9 stars | 3,300+ reviews
- Great game to play, well, with your family!
How? “Alexa, open Would You Rather”
Pro Tip: Free editions include Standard, Harry Potter and Disney editions. You can access premium editions — including Superhero, winter or football-themed editions — for a small fee. If you have the voice purchasing Alexa setting enabled, you can easily buy a premium edition just by saying “Yes” when prompted.
When In Rome (Alexa-guided board game)
- Travel trivia board game narrated/guided by Alexa
- Visit 20 cities, meet the locals, make new friends and answer multiple choice questions correctly to win points
- Requires When in Rome board game (currently priced at $20 = 34% savings) to play
- 3.8 stars | 30+ reviews
- Need at least 2 players (and good for up to 8)
How? “Alexa, ask When in Rome to start a new game”
Pro Tips: You can easily ask Alexa to repeat the question and multiple choice answers (I did this for every question to make sure I heard all the details properly). Also, try this fun board game with Echo buttons — they’re not necessary but are a fun addition!
Best with friends
- You are trapped in a room and must figure out how to escape
- Solve puzzles, pick up items and search the room to find your way out
- 3 rooms, with more being added
- 4.6 stars | 2,500+ reviews
- If you like to solve puzzles, this is the game for you. Can be played by yourself, but more fun with a group
How? “Alexa, play Escape the Room”
Pro Tips: Start with the jail cell since it’s the easiest room. Remember that you have 3 basic actions: look (in a direction), inspect (an object) and use (an item such as a key) on (an object such as a lock). You get one free hint per room by saying “Get a hint” and you can get another hint if you’re willing to pay a small fee. You can also say “help” to remind you what your options are or “inventory” to remind you what items you have.
- Guess the song or artist or both based on short music clips
- 3rd most rated Alexa skill out of all 80,000+ skills
- 4.8 stars | 10,500+ reviews
- Play with family, friends or by yourself. If you play by yourself, the game assigns you another Alexa user as your opponent (I last played against Mike from Florida)
How? “Alexa, play Song Quiz”
Pro Tip: Link your Amazon account to Song Quiz for access to 500 more songs. You can do this by opening the Song Quiz in your Alexa app (follow these instructions to see how) > Settings > Link Account and following on-screen prompts.
Best with kids
- Dance when the music plays, freeze when the music stops!
- 3.9 stars | 90+ reviews
- Great for family fun with silly sound effects for kids
How? “Alexa, open Freeze Dancers”
Pro Tip: Updated in January 2019 with new dance moves and music.
- Listen to Alexa tell you a quick story about characters that get themselves into a difficult predicament. Then try to outsmart the genie to find the best solution
- 3.9 stars | 900+ reviews
- Great to play with kids — fun way to encourage listening comprehension and critical thinking
How? “Alexa, start tricky genie”
Pro Tip: When you get to the end of a game, Alexa will ask if you want to answer 2 questions about what just happened. Say yes to test and improve your kids’ listening comprehension.
- You’ve just been accepted as a volunteer at a Conservation and Research Center for pandas in Wolong, China. It’s your job to help raise an orphaned baby panda
- Keep it healthy as it develops from a baby to an adult, and teach it life skills
- 4.3 stars | 150+ reviews
- Great to play with kids as a way to learn life skills — like calling the doctor, taking care of someone and more
How? “Alexa, open animal rescue”
Pro Tip: Definitely say yes when the skill offers you the option of giving the panda a cuddle 🙂
Best with seniors
- Try to guess the right price of Amazon items
- 4.5 stars | 800+ reviews
- Play at home by yourself, with friends or with people from around the world
How? “Alexa, start Price It Right”
- Play the classic Jeopardy! game
- 4 stars | 2,500+ reviews
- Great game for Jeopardy! fans to play by yourself
How? “Alexa, play Jeopardy!”
Pro Tip: Remember to respond in the form of a question (e.g., “What is 3” to answer how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon).
How to enable and start an Alexa game
These easy steps will take you 30 seconds or less.
To play one of the games recommended in this post
Just follow these 3 easy steps:
- Tap the link to the game in this post (you can tap the sub-headers with the game names or the images)
- Tap Enable button
- Say “Alexa, play [insert game name]”
To play a game not included in this post
- Open your Alexa app
- Tap the hamburger icon in the upper left corner
- Tap Skills & Games
- Tap the magnifying glass in the upper right
- Type the name of the game and select it (if you don’t see it below search input, tap “Search” on the keyboard)
- Tap the Enable To Use button
- Say “Alexa, play [insert game name]”
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