Zynga Announces Alexa-Exclusive ‘Words With Friends’ Spinoff ‘Word Pop’

Mobile game publisher Zynga has announced a new game designed exclusively for Amazon’s Alexa service.

Based on the popular iOS and Android game Words With Friends, Word Pop is an interactive game that can be played through any Alexa-enabled device, using just players’ voices, explains a press release.

In the game, Alexa challenges players to create as many words as possible from a six-letter bank, through a series of one-minute sessions. Players must say or spell as many words as they can during each session, earning points for both the number and length of words found.

To access the game, players simply say, “Alexa, open Word Pop” on any Alexa device to enable the skill and begin solving word puzzles.

Bernard Kim, President of Publishing at Zynga, has this to say about the new release:

I’m thrilled that by adding Word Pop to the Words With Friends family, players will be able to test and improve their word skills, making them even better Words With Friends players. The beauty of Words With Friends is that even after ten years, we’re still discovering new ways for the franchise to bring joy to players around the world. We’re dedicated to experimenting with services such as Alexa and game modes like Word Pop, which gives players a familiar, yet novel experience.

Steve Bernstein, the director of Alexa, has this to say:

We’re very excited to have a global leader in mobile games like Zynga create a new voice-based game based on such an entertaining franchise like Words With Friends. Customers love playing games on Alexa and we’re excited to bring this new experience to them, testing their word knowledge in a fun and challenging way.

You can play the game with voice commands on exclusively on Alexa-enabled devices such as the Echo, Echo Show, or Echo Dot.