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Google Home’s secret superpower: It’s really good for playing games


There’s lots of methods to have enjoyable with Google.

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Google Home ($99 at Crutchfield) has a ton of superior options hiding in plain sight. It’s a bluetooth speaker, for one. It’s additionally a white noise machine. But possibly the good factor you are able to do along with your Google Home sensible speaker or show is play video games with it.

No, we’re not speaking Call of Duty-caliber FPS video games. But Jeopardy! and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? had been only in the near past added to the Nest Hub ($90 at Crutchfield) and Nest Hub Max ($229 at Crutchfield) repertoire, together with a handful of others. Don’t fret if you do not have one of many Nest sensible shows, both. There’s loads of enjoyable voice-only video games to play as nicely.

Here’s our listing of a few of the most enjoyable Google Home video games we have found for each audio system and shows. If you’ve got obtained a favourite we do not point out, tell us within the feedback!

Trivia video games

Trivia nights are an effective way to spend a Friday out, however when you do not feel like leaving the home, you possibly can nonetheless take a look at your information. For extra conventional trivia recreation on both a speaker or show, simply say, “Hey, Google, talk to Trivia Crack.” 

Otherwise, you possibly can preface any of the names of those trivia video games with, “Hey, Google, talk to…” and take a look at your popular culture information on any of those matters:


Bored? Your Google Home will be your entertaining companion.

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Visual video games for Nest Hub and Hub Max

In July, Google raised the bar on leisure with the corporate’s Nest Hub and Hub Max sensible shows, saying seven additions to its recreation library. If you will have a Nest sensible display and a few idle time in your fingers, check out a number of of those nice visible video games (simply say, “Hey, Google, talk to…”):

  • Jeopardy!: Hint: A daytime TV gameshow staple since 1964 now you can play on a Google Nest sensible display. 
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Three lifelines and a (fake) $1 million prize carry this early 2000s sensation again to life.
  • Trivia Crack: This fashionable cell recreation has solo and multiplayer choices on Google Home as nicely.
  • Guess the Drawing: Like Pictionary, with single and multiplayer modes.
  • Escape the Room: Experience an escape room-like problem with out leaving dwelling.
  • Puzzle of the Day: A brand new crossword to tease your mind every day.
  • MadLibs: Craft a foolish story with this street journey basic.

Quick video games  

  • “Hey, Google, talk to Did Thanos Kill Me” would possibly poke a sore spot when you’re not over Avengers: Endgame. It’s extra of an Easter egg. Google will let you know whether or not or not you survived the snap heard around the world.
  • Big Bang Theory followers ought to strive, “Hey, Google, I want to speak to Lizard Spock about a challenge.” Instead of Rock-Paper-Scissors, you get to play Sheldon Cooper’s Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock in opposition to Google Assistant. 
  • Harry Potter followers can get sorted into their Hogwarts home by saying, “Hey, Google, talk to the wizard world.” 

Mystery video games 

If you are into tales or an extended recreation, Google has a number of choose-your-own-adventure video games that may pique your curiosity. If you fancy your self an armchair sleuth, say, “Hey, Google, talk to Sherlock Mysteries.” For followers of the Netflix sequence, “Hey, Google, talk to Dustin from Stranger Things” combines trivia with a thriller journey recreation for an immersive journey recreation expertise. 

Longer video games are finest performed via a Google Home show just like the Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max (the Google Home app works too), so you possibly can learn the textual content and higher perceive what’s occurring. 

For extra methods to fend off boredom whereas caught at dwelling, strive these 12 methods to entertain your self with Google Home. If you end up zoning out throughout Zoom calls, strive livening them up with entertaining digital backgrounds. Bored with all this enjoyable you’ve got been having? Maybe it’s worthwhile to de-stress with some stress-free actions as an alternative.


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