Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is great for controlling your smart home and playing music, but it can also be used for fun, enhancing games and powering robotic toys. Whether you’re enjoying a night in or playing outside with your friends, these are some of the best Alexa-compatible toys you can buy.
Smart board game
Escape Room in a Box
The next time you have an hour to spare, Escape Room in a Box is a cooperative board game for up to eight players where you solve puzzles and find hidden clues to survive. It connects with Alexa to give hints and play accommodating music, adding a layer of immersion to the game.
Trivia board game
When in Rome
When in Rome is a travel-oriented trivia board game that tests your knowledge of 20 cities around the world. Just like Escape Room in a Box, When in Rome ties into Alexa to add music, sound effects, and even character voices. If you have an Amazon-powered speaker like an Echo Dot, Alexa can host your game, keeping score and reading the game’s rules.
Have a ball
Play Impossible Gameball
If you prefer physical activities over board games, the Play Impossible Gameball is a Bluetooth-connected ball with sensors inside that track speed, airtime, and catch force to create interactive games within the Play Impossible app. Whether you’re playing by yourself or with friends, there are 10 free games available, and Play Impossible is bringing Alexa support soon to handle tracking and start games.
If you simply have too much money lying around, Lynx is a walking, talking, Alexa-powered robot for your home. It can perform all of the standard tasks you’d expect from Amazon’s voice assistant, from playing music to answering questions and controlling other smart home gadgets, and as an added bonus, Lynx can patrol your house with its built-in 1080p surveillance camera.
Though the selection of Alexa-powered toys is still relatively slim, Amazon is working with major toymakers like Hasbro to expand its smart toy catalog through its Alexa Gadgets program. For now, though, board games like Escape Room in a Box are an inexpensive, accessible way to entertain yourself and friends with Alexa.
November 8, 2018 at 10:07AM