Voice game developer Volley has launched a new puzzle game for Google Assistant called Magic Word. The game combines audio and visual cues such as GIFs and music cues to take advantage of the multimodal capabilities of Google Nest smart displays.
Volley is best known for its Alexa and Google Assistant voice games like Song Quiz and Yes Sire. The company acquired game studio Voxion in April to bolster its games lineup and potentially use Voxion’s technology to create games that can connect to smartphones. Magic Word is Volley’s first foray into puzzles. In this case, the puzzle game is built around themed GIFs. Multiple players gather around the smart screen to start the game and see four GIFs with a login theme. Whoever shouts the theme word wins the round. The game was built with Google Assistant’s Interactive Canvas framework, a tool that allows developers to add visuals to voice conversations with the voice assistant.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Google Assistant for a gaming experience that combines the magic of Internet GIF culture with the visceral fun of shouting answers in front of other family members,” said Max Child, CEO of Volley. .
Google Nest smart speakers and displays updated their gaming interfaces late last year, and Volley is leveraging those improvements for its new game. and creatives that apply multimodal interactions to work well. Rival studios like Earplay publish intense audio games like The Orpheus Device, which lets players explore a haunted house and investigate ghosts by voice alone, and Pac-Man Waka Waka, a Pac-Man game with motion controls based on the invented Wakanese. . The value of games as a way to entice people into trying to stick with a voice assistant and related devices is growing, and innovation in the field will likely intensify rivalry between developers over time.
“The next generation of engaging home games will combine voice, visuals and touch to bring compelling experiences to life,” David Kaufman, senior product manager for the Google Assistant ecosystem, said in a statement. “We believe that natural, effortless interactions like those featured in ‘Magic Word’ represent the future of entertainment and are at the forefront of the industry.”
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