Answer the Previous Question

Our entry into the Alexa Skill Games Challenge

John Campbell

Managing Director & Co founder

Client

Each year the Amazon Alexa organise a challenge to developers to create an Alexa Skill. Always up for a challenge we set about creating our entry for the competition with the cretia for this challenge being to create a game.

The games category is the most popular category of Alexa skills so therefor our game would need to be unique to be able to stand out from the thousands of existing games and other

 

Challenge

We used this competition as a chance to follow our framework used to create skills for clients. We knew the idea would be key so our first step was to conduct a workshop to generate ideas for the challenge. Each idea was then tested using the Wizard of Oz testing methodology where we pretend to be Alexa, this approach allows us to quickly prototype without one line of code. 

Testers voted for their favourite game and it was clear that “answer the previous question” was the winner. Inspired by the famous Two Ronnies mastermind sketch the games is a simple question and answer skill but, you answer the previous question. Developed and tested in a few weeks to hit the deadline turnaround of the entire project was just four weeks.

Solution

There were almost 400 entries to the Alexa Skills Challenge, so we’re very proud that our game, Answer The Previous Question was selected by the judges for a Bonus Prize!  

Since then hundreds of users have played the game.

John Campbell

Managing Director & Co founder

John founded Rabbit & Pork as the third agency and Voice Experience arm of TIPi Group. John has developed and launched several Google Actions and Skills, presented at several voice events around the UK, spoken on the VUX podcast and authored multiple whitepapers.
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