The first three episodes of sci-fi RPG Starfinder’s interactive game for smart home speaker Amazon Alexa have launched, starring Laura Bailey of Critical Role fame.
The Starfinder Alexa game is described as being a “multi-part interactive audio adventure” based on the 2017 sci-fi spin-off from fantasy RPG Pathfinder. Players issue voice commands to their Alexa to progress the story and make decisions that lead them down various narrative paths, similar to a Choose Your Own Adventure gamebook. The story is narrated with voice acting, audio effects and a soundtrack.
While the Pathfinder Alexa game is set in the universe of the tabletop RPG, it’s a standalone experience written by the team behind the game at Paizo. According to Amazon, the game features up to 13 hours of gameplay.
The interactive game’s cast is led by Laura Bailey, who stars in D&D web series Critical Role and blockbuster video game The Last of Us Part II, as well as Nathan Fillion, familiar from cult sci-fi show Firefly, its movie sequel Serenity and TV series Castle.
A free pilot episode for the game, Scoundrels in the Spike, based on the adventure in Starfinder’s Beginner Box, was released last December and is still available to play. The individual episodes cost $1.99, while the full season - which spans six episodes - can be purchased for $9.99. (Update: Amazon has confirmed that UK pricing is £1.99 for a single episode, or £9.99 for the season.) The remaining three episodes will be released this October.
If you have an Alexa, the Starfinder game can be played by saying "Alexa, play the Starfinder game.” As well as the Echo home speakers, the game can also be played on the Fire TV and mobile devices via the Alexa app.