The Amazon Echo ecosystem is branching out. Previously confined to the expansive smart speaker lineup including everything from the diminutive Echo Dot to the touchscreen-powered Echo Show, one of the newest members of the family pushes all the right buttons.
A fun way to play games, Echo Buttons bring the joy of a quiz show to your living room or anywhere else. Compatible with all Echo devices, with the exception of the Echo Tap, the buttons are completely wireless and are easy to use.
We’ll be taking a closer look at the Echo Buttons, what you’ll need to begin, and six great games to play.
What Are Echo Buttons?
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, but the Echo Buttons look like they are straight out of a TV quiz show.
A little smaller than a run-of-the-mill drink coaster, a black exterior gives way to the clear light and button portion. The light on the button can turn different colors depending on what game you’re playing.
On the bottom of the button is a battery compartment. Amazon includes the two AAA batteries for each button. Sold in two packs, a maximum of four buttons can sync with a compatible Echo.
After unpacking each button, you’ll need to install the batteries. Just to note, you’ll need a small Philips screwdriver to unscrew the cover.
After screwing the battery cover back on, the button should light up. To pair it to your Amazon Echo, just say “Alexa, pair my Echo Button.” Then it’s time for the action to begin.
6 Fun Amazon Echo Button Games to Play
Now that you’ve set up your Echo Buttons, it’s time to play. Here are six games you’ll definitely want to try out. The complete list of games compatible with the Echo Buttons can be found here.
Just say “Alexa, launch Trivial Pursuit Tap.”
Made specifically to use with the Echo Buttons, Trivial Pursuit Tap takes the popular family-friendly board game into the modern age. Anywhere from two to four players can battle in this colorful trivia game.
Alexa will start with a trivia question from one of six different categories for all players. If someone answers the first question correctly, they will move on to the next category. A wrong answer will send the game back to the entire group. The first person to correctly answer a question from all the categories and a bonus questions will win the game.
If you have a touchscreen-enabled device—the Echo Show or Echo Spot—you’ll also see a visual on how everyone is progressing toward a victory.
Just say “Alexa, play Full Count Trivia.”
It’s time to step up to the plate and test your knowledge of all things baseball.
In Full Count Baseball Trivia with Buster Posey, the San Francisco Giants catcher will host anywhere from one to four players in a trivia face off. The surprisingly robust game features six questions per day and covers anywhere from the modern game all the way back to the beginning of baseball and everything in between.
If you’re not a fan of baseball, skill developer Ground Control also offers similar skills for both football and basketball—Fourth Down Trivia with Philips Rivers and Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia with Karl-Anthony Towns.
Just say “Alexa, play Don’t Cut That Wire.”
The Echo Buttons are also the star in Don’t Cut That Wire! Anywhere from one to four players can tackle the game, but you’ll need at least two Echo buttons.
Alexa will show a pattern of colors on your buttons. Then everyone will need to work together to help replicate the pattern and color of the buttons so you can correctly defuse the bomb. To help defuse some of that pressure, Alexa is full of jokes in this game as you’ll definitely laugh when she says zingers like “I hope you get this right, I’ve got a date tonight.”
4. Party Foul
Just say “Alexa, launch Party Foul.”
See how well you truly know friends and family with Party Foul.
For two to four players, one player starts the game on the hot seat. They’ll have to answer yes or no to a specific question. This can be done by choosing pink for yes or yellow for no. Everyone else will hide their button and try to guess how the person in the hot seat will answer. After Alexa tells everyone the results, the hot seat moves to the next player.
The questions strike a fun balance between overly revealing and slightly embarrassing.
Just say “Alexa, open Hanagram.”
Another game for two to four players, Hanagram is a fun word game and quiz mashup. Alexa will read a series of letter clues, and the first person to buzz in and correctly guesses the word gets a point. Whoever the first person is with three points will win the game.
Alexa will provide a little help by letting you know how many letters are in the word and a general idea of what it is. For example, a seven-letter word that is a color. You can also bring a pen and piece of paper to help out.
6. Rush Order
Just say “Alexa, play Rush Order.”
While Rush Order can be played by up to four different Echo Button users, this game is still definitely fun as a solo experience.
Testing how fast you can hit the button, you’ll be tasked with preparing smoothies with different ingredients. The Echo Button will rapidly change color to tell you that ingredient. For example, green indicates celery and yellow means banana.
You’ll have to hit the correct colors to make it to the next round. And to no surprise, each successive round ramps up the speed. It’s a fun game that will get your adrenaline rushing.
Ready, Set, Game Time With Echo Buttons!
Thanks to Amazon’s first Alexa gadget, game night is taking a big step up. Whether you’re in the mood for some cutthroat trivia action with friends, or a relaxing night of gaming fun with family, Echo Buttons make the Alexa experience even more enjoyable.
And Amazon isn’t done with just the Echo Buttons. The company is promising even more devices that interact with the smart speaker line.