We all know how useful the Google Home smart speaker can be for playing music, streaming content to your TV, looking things up online and controlling your smart home. But there is also fun to be had, thanks to several games the Google Assistant can play with you.
There are games for adults and children, games to play alone or with friends, and games which could help boost your memory skills with daily use. There's even an adventure game to play with Dustin from Stranger Things.
Just like the games you can play with Alexa, these are entirely voice-focused, so you've got to listen carefully, speak clearly and often say exactly the right answer to earn your points. To launch each of these games and quizzes, just ask your Google Home to "open" or "launch" the title, and they should work. Asking Google to "talk to" the title of the game also works
Here are some of our favorite games to play with Google Assistant on the Google Home smart speaker. (Note: you can buy Google Home on Best Buy for only $129.)
Ask Google to play Lucky Trivia and the assistant almost bursts with excitement. Ours said: "Oh yeah! This is so much better than telling you about the weather!"
Google then plays a little jingle and welcomes you as if you've just stepped onto the set of a TV quiz show, complete with applauding and laughing audience. The Assistant then asks how many contestants there are, assigns you with a random name (like 'Fluffy' or 'Sleepy Head'), then kicks off a five-round game of true or false on general knowledge.
Lucky Trivia for families
This follows the same formula as the regular game, but with questions more tailored towards children.
Dustin from Stranger Things
One for fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things, this activity sees you have a walkie-talkie conversation with Dustin from the show. First, you need to answer a question to prove he can trust you (what is Eleven's favorite food?), then Dustin takes you for a ride through a mini game based on the plot of the show. You're asked multiple-choice questions and Dustin's responses fit well to the answers you give (whether they are right or wrong), making the conversation feel surprisingly natural.
SongPop asks you to pick a music genre, then plays snippets of songs for you to identify. Points are awarded for guessing either the track title or artist correctly, and for each question you can ask for a hint, which gives you three options for the answer.
This classic party games works just as you'd expect. Ask Google Home to play it, say how many chairs and players there are, then get ready to sit down as quickly as you can each time the music stops.
Ask Google to look into its crystal ball and the game will begin. "I just need to hang these velvet curtains," the Assistant says, before asking you to come closer, close your eyes and clear your thoughts. You can then ask a series of yes or no questions and Google will provide the kind of unsurprisingly vague answers you'd expect from a fortune teller.
Described as the 'world's greatest word game', Mad Libs asks you to give a wide range of words to help the Google Assistant create an amusing story. You'll be asked for nouns, adjectives, numbers and names, before the sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-baffling story is read out. Naturally, the more creative you are, the more fun and rewarding this word game will be.
Less of a game and more of a memory test, this simply reads out numbers in sets of threes. After Google reads out the first three numbers, you need to say them back in the right order. Easy at first, but when you're trying to remember a sequence of nine, 12 or 15 numbers it gets tough. But who's to say with daily practice your short-term memory skills won't improve?
Don't forget to check out The GearBrain, our compatibility checker, to see all the connected devices that work with Google Home and Google Home Mini.