There are lots of games you can play on Alexa, and today there’s a new option: a role-playing game called Starfinder. RPGs are pretty geeky, which is why Amazon is calling this a ‘multi-part interactive audio adventure game that transports players to a futuristic science-fantasy world where they can make decisions to advance and influence the outcome of the story just by using their voice’.
Starfinder – which also exists at a tabletop game - is quite a bit more elaborate than other choose-your-own adventure stories available on Alexa: the script by James L. Sutter runs to 745 pages and the voice acting – which includes performances by Nathan Fillion (best known for Firefly and Castle) and Laura Bailey (who worked on The Last of Us Part II) - took 125 hours of studio recording.
The project is a collaboration between Paizo – the creators of the board game – and Amazon, but there’s no need to know anything about the game to enjoy it on Alexa.
“The Starfinder skill for Alexa is a great example of how audio and voice-enabled experiences can create immersive and ambient entertainment,” says VP of Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services Marc Whitten, “We are thrilled with how incredible sci-fi storytellers and amazing voice talent bring this interactive adventure to life.”
Many Skills are free to use, but being a premium production, Starfinder episodes are not. You can play the pilot for free, but episodes cost £1.99 / $1.99 each or you can buy the full season for £9.99 / $9.99. To open the skill just say "Alexa, open Starfinder".
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