With everyone getting all excited over using the new Echo Spot as a smart alarm clock, these little plastic doodahs are easily overlooked. But maybe they shouldn't be, particularly if you're looking for a fun game to play with the family after you finish Christmas dinner. That's the promise of Echo Buttons, Alexa-enabled gadgets with a Trivial Pursuit twist.

There's a reason why these gadgets bear such a striking resemblance to game show buzzers. It's because you can use these reasonable facsimiles for precisely that purpose. The Echo Buttons pair up with your compatible Amazon Echo device of choice via Bluetooth, and then you can play games together.

One of the first games to take advantage of Echo Buttons is Trivial Pursuit Tap by Hasbro. It's exactly what you think it is. Each button lights up a different color to correspond with different players. The Echo reads out a question from one of six categories, you buzz in and answer, and the game continues.

This version of Trivial Pursuit can be added to your Amazon Echo the same way you enable any other Alexa Skill. Some other options for game night include Beat the Intro, Button Monte, and Sounds Fun with Mike Epps. If you want more games, you can ask your Echo: "Alexa, what games can I play with my Echo Buttons?"

"At Hasbro Gaming, we're consistently working with the best minds both inside the company and beyond to create the world's best – and most unique – play experiences for our fans across the globe," said Hasbro Gaming senior vice president of marketing Jonathan Berkowitz. "We're confident this collaboration with Amazon will do just that."


Echo Buttons are available now for twenty bucks for a two-pack. You can connect up to four buttons to a single Echo device at a time.

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