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Alexa Skill of the Week: Escape the Room

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, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.

This skill of the week article is a bit early this week, but it’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a wonderful holiday break and we hope you are able to enjoy friends and family!

This week’s skill: Escape the Room

Description: You are trapped in a room. It’s up to you and only you to escape. Search your room, pick up items, and solve puzzles to find your way out. There are three rooms to choose from and more being added. The skill will track your stats and how fast you complete each room.

Real world use: My wife and I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of the escape type games. In it, we were thrust into the past in an old-time train car. We were given clues to locate hidden objects and solve complex puzzles to keep the U.S. president from being assassinated. There was a group of us – I think 8 or 9 in all – and it was a fun time. We were successful in completing the mission, but just barely. We defused a bomb with less than 30 seconds left on the timer.

This skill for Alexa is very much like that, except without the physical pieces. And, its also a good time. I recommend using an actual piece of paper and pencil to write things down as you go, though.

There’s three different games and they vary from easy to difficult. They’re not as elaborate as the one my wife and I were part of, but you can try to escape a jail cell, an office, and a car.

Things you can say…

To play the game you have three basic commands (plus some more contextual commands you’ll find out in the game):

  • Look {Direction}
  • Inspect/Look at/use {Object}
  • Use {Item} on {Object}

 

Other useful commands are:

  • Help – can remind you what you can do at that point in time
  • Inventory – reminds you what items you have
  • Stats – will let you know how many times and how fast you completed each room

 

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



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