We wanted to change the way video games were played by exploring a new medium. We believe this is a unique solution to eye-strain for programmers and frequent computer users, and a unique story-telling method.
What it does
It allows the user to play through an adventure game using no other input but their voice.
How we built it
We used the Amazon Echo - a high-tech fusion between furniture and AI - the new and improved Siri. Alexa runs on AWS using special Lambda functions to execute discrete tasks. We capture the user's voice input and parse it into consumable JSON objects that the game engine we wrote parses.
Challenges we ran into
Communicating the user's actions to Alexa effectively and creating a syntax useful for gameplay.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were able to create an almost entire and complete RPG experience including NPC units, quests, a combat system, procedurally generated world with unique environments and challenges and different characters/classes with different stats - all in one weekend.
What we learned
To scale down projects to only the bare minimum needed to demo - we suffered from feature creeping too much and paid with time and a lack of sleep.
What's next for AlexaPlays
More game features and a more fluid vocal user experience.