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Alexa Skill of the Week: Babbleship

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with

This week’s skill: Babbleship

Description: Captain, you’re under attack! The enemy has sent a fleet of 5 babbleships to attack you from the ocean. The enemy’s ships are positioned on a 10 by 10 ocean grid. Each target has a corresponding letter and number coordinate. To pick a target, choose a letter A through J, and a number 1 through 10. For example, D-4, B-7, or J-2. Can you sink all the ships before you run out of ammunition?

Real world use: If it seems that the name of this skill is suspiciously close to the original Battleship board game, you’d be right. The name is an ingenious take on turning the Battleship board game into a chatty version (babble).

The game play is just as you’d expect, except that its one-sided. There’s no other player trying to sink all your ships – you’re only trying to sink all the ones you can’t see. You get a set number of ammunition and you have to figure out and blow-up the enemy’s ships before you run out.

Where to get it: You can locate the Babbleship Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Babbleship


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