Have you watched Steven Spielberg’s Ready One Player (Amblin Entertainment, 2018)? In it, it shows you the future of virtual reality where immersion goes to the next level with the users able to converse in-game just like that. No furiously typing on keyboard. It is just regular speech like you do in the real world. The new Alexa skill Jurassic World Revealed is something like Ready One Player, except that it is not a VR game.
It is a game alright, though it lacks visual. No video images or whatsoever. In fact, you don’t even need a computer or console to play it. All you need is an Alexa-enabled device and you are good to go. Instead of letting you immerse in the world of prehistoric animals visually, you get to play a game using just your voice. Think of Jurassic World Revealed as Choose Your Own Adventure Books, or CYOA in short (AKA gamebook) popular in the 70s and 80s, but in audio form. Get the idea? Is that simple. Here’s the official description:
“Ready to visit Isla Nublar in a premium interactive audio adventure from Universal and Earplay?
Travel with podcaster Janet Best in a daring attempt to report on the fate of the dinosaurs as the island’s dormant volcano roars to life. Can you use your survival instincts to make the right choices and uncover the story behind the scenes of Jurassic World…before it’s too late?
Jurassic World Revealed is a new interactive audio story set during the events of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom timeline. This skill is playable in six chapters, including over an hour of replayable interactive story from beginning to end.”
And here’s a sample of how it is going played out:
Jurassic World Revealed is free-to-enable on any Alexa-enabled device. It offers first chapter for free with option to buy the additional five premium chapters for a limited time introductory price of $3.99. After June 29, the price will be bumped to $4.99.