This New Alexa-Assisted Board Game Is a Game Changer

This New Alexa-Assisted Board Game Is a Game Changer

Kenya Foy
Feb 25, 2018
(Image credit: Courtesy of Amazon)

In stuff you didn't know you needed but totally do, there's now an Alexa-assisted board game called When in Rome. Instead of arguing over the rules with that pesky player who loves to find questionable loopholes, you'll be able to leave the dirty work to the Amazon Echo device. Alexa is in charge of laying out the game guidelines, tracking scores and keeping players in line (that means you, cheaters).

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According to Mashable, the Sensible Objects game is the first of its Voice Originals series which incorporate the smart speaker. When in Rome challenges players ages 5-99 to put their globe-trotting knowledge to the test. A world map serves as the board, and players select a home city and proceed to travel the world. Along the way, they encounter locals in 20 cities around the world who ask questions about customs, popular hangouts and food in global hot spots like Mumbai, New York, Chicago and more. Each correct answer yields Explorer Points. Whoever collects the most points and Souvenirs during their travels wins the game, but there are other action cards designed to trip up the other players, including the infamous "Trash Talk" card, which bids Alexa to insult other players (Seriously, what can't she do?).

When in Rome will be available this summer for $29.95. The game joins an assortment of other products that incorporate an Alexa skill, including the Echo Spot, an adorable home device; Kohler's voice-lighted mirror for those times when you seriously need a voice assistant in your bathroom (which incidentally happens to the best room in the house for your Amazon Echo).

While the game sounds fun, we're mostly looking forward to seeing how sassy Alexa will get in response to cheating attempts.

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