With the launch of Trivial Pursuit Tap, Hasbro has joined Amazon Echo’s growing content lineup.
The interactive game uses Echo Buttons, a US$20 standalone offering that combines voice assistant Amazon Alexa with an Echo device and lets gamers use illuminated buttons to compete in web-connected multi-player or single player competitions.
Trivial Pursuit Tap uses ‘buzzers’ that lets players compete with friends and answer questions from one of six categories. The buttons will light up and assign different colors for each player. (Up to four buttons can be connected to a compatible Echo device.)
Available initially in the US, the UK and Germany, Trivial Pursuit Tap is the first major board game to be adapted for Alexa with Echo Buttons capabilities. The app is free to download for users who have Amazon Echo Buttons.
Amazon launched its first Alexa skills built just for kids with Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop as partners in August. The first to bow was The SpongeBob Challenge, a kid-friendly memory game for Amazon Echo and other voice assistant Alexa devices. It was followed by Scooby-Doo in October with a free interactive mystery/adventure kids skill for Alexa-enabled devices.
Shortly after Amazon launched kids skills, Google Home followed up with its first child-friendly experiences from Disney and Sports Illustrated that included more than 50 new games.