Zynga has released Words With Friends Word Pop as a new language game for Amazon Alexa. Starting on Alexa-enabled devices is part of Zynga's experiments with new ways to make games more accessible. You can play with voice commands on Alexa-enabled devices such as Echo, Echo Show or Echo Dot.
Voice is a new frontier for games that is being explored by companies like Doppio Games, a Portugal-based startup that has partnered with Netflix to develop a voice-controlled game called The 3% Challenge. Drivetime also makes interactive radio plays for the car.
Word Pop is a new version of the classic Word With Friends. In the game, Alexa prompts players to create as many words as possible from a six-letter bank in a series of one-minute sessions. Players must say or spell as many words as possible during each session, collecting points for both the number and length of the words found. To access the game, players simply say "Alexa, open Word Pop" on any Alexa device to activate the skill and start solving word puzzles.
As you can see in the video, you can play the game with an Alexa-enabled device with a screen where you can see the letter bank and the full words. However, you don't have to play it on a screen. When I played with my voice, I noticed a slight delay in the answer, and this can be confusing at how quickly you should speak.
The publisher's president, Benard Kim, said in a message that Zynga is continually investing in new platforms, markets, and technologies to attract and attract more players. He said that for Zynga's first outing on Alexa, it felt like a natural fit to bring Alexa a Words With Friends experience, and he is thrilled to have, as it turns out. The game is free and has no monetization.