Here's a cool Amazon Alexa skill you may be unaware of: Interactive storytelling. There are a bunch of interactive audio games you can check out now with your Echo. Here are a few worth trying.
This Batman-themed Alexa skill puts you in the shoes of a Gotham City detective trying to solve the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents. There are over 37 different decisions to make, and depending on how you play, it can take anywhere from five to 40 minutes to crack the case.
If you're having trouble finding the culprit, just remember that you can ask Alexa to "go back", "skip" or get "help" at any time.
The best video game of the year might just be Universal Paperclips, a browser-based clicker that explores the dangers of unchecked artificial intelligence. It's kind of like FarmVille, but instead of growing vegetables you're making paperclips - and (spoiler alert) you might just end up destroying the world in the process.
This choose-your-own-adventure game sends you on a quest through a magical world filled with riddles to solve and magical creatures to help. You'll travel through a forest, a garden and a hidden temple, while interacting with gnomes, monkeys and wizards.
If you follow the directions listed here you can experience the entire adventure. Or just try it for yourself without a guide and see what happens.
In this medieval game, you play as a noble lord, doing your best to make the right decisions to stay in power. Lose too much wealth and influence and you'll be banished, but if you accumulate too much power the king will get jealous and have you beheaded.
The game is controlled with simple yes or no questions and the story is often nonsensical but funny. It can also get dark at times, like when you accidentally open a box that releases The Plague and wipes out humanity.
Finally, head to the fictional town of Ravensburg where the locals need your help to fight off an evil necromancer and his monsters. This Alexa skill is like playing Dungeons and Dragons with your Echo, and Alexa will even simulate rolling dice to see if your attacks succeed.
Reviewers note that while this game is a lot of fun, the voice controls can be limited and the right decision isn't always that obvious. Thankfully, if you need a break, you can always ask Alexa to save your place and pick it up again later.
"The Inspection Chamber" tells a darkly funny science fiction story, asking you questions along the way that put you in the middle of the action. This Alexa skill from the BBC isn't exactly a choose-your-own-adventure game. There's only one branching decision, according to Engadget, and the rest of the story is pretty linear.