11 Best Google Home Games of 2021

Kids and adults alike will enjoy these fun activities

Your Google Home devices aren't just for turning on your lights or listening to some music. Try these great, interactive, Google Home games to test your knowledge and entertain your family!

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Mad Libs: Become the Funniest Storyteller Ever

What We Like
  • Mad Libs without having to buy the notebook

  • Easy way for kids to play Mad Libs, even if they can't write yet

  • The asking party can't cheat and look ahead at the story

What We Don't Like
  • You'll be asked for nouns, adjectives, numbers and names...so if you're playing with kids you might need to explain some of the grammatical terms

Chances are you've played Mad Libs on a pad of paper. But with your Google Assistant you can quickly create a surprising and funny story without any idea where the plot is headed!

Ready to play? Say "Hey Google, lets play Mad Libs!"

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The Magic Door: High-Tech Choose-Your-Own-Adventure

What We Like
  • Family-friendly, with lots of different environments, and an online map and community to help you explore them all.

  • Another offering from the same company, Rogue's Choice, provides a more adult-appropriate story in a medieval world for mature adventurers.

What We Don't Like
  • This one isn't a quick game; it can take a long time to explore all the areas.

Remember the novels where you used to make a choice and then turn to the directed page? Now you can do that with your Google device as your partner in crime.

Ready to find some adventure? Say "Hey Google, open the Magic Door!"

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Wait Wait Quiz: Trivia for NPR Enthusiasts

What We Like
  • Content is new every week, based on news and events

  • Play on your own or with friends

What We Don't Like
  • Nothing. There is nothing to not like about Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me! Ok, maybe it's not great for kids.

Ever listen to "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me" on NPR and thought you'd make a great contestant? Here's your chance! Hosted by Peter Sagal and BIll Kurtis, the Wait Wait Quiz will ask questions pulled straight from this week's headlines.

Ready to brush up on current events? Say "Hey Google, talk to the Wait Wait Quiz!"

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Lucky Trivia: For Game Show Aficionados

What We Like
  • "When the music starts, things might get a little weird...prepare yourself!" Your Assistant has some fun as your host, including theme music and applause

  • Questions are super varied, but multiple choice, so you'll still have the chance to guess

What We Don't Like
  • No options to pick categories or topic areas

So, are you feeling lucky? If you're a trivia buff then Lucky Trivia is the game for you. Your Google Assistant will act as host for a quick-paced game for you and up to five of your buddies.

Ready to test your knowledge? Say "Hey Google, I'm feeling lucky!"

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Absurd is the Word: Surprising "Would You Rather" Scenarios

What We Like
  • Great as a party game

  • Good replay value, since prompts and responses are always different

What We Don't Like
  • Some categories (like politicians) might not appeal to your group and make it hard for younger kids to play

The party game "Would you rather..." is always fun, but sometimes coming up with ideas is hard. Absurd is the Word puts your Google Assistant in that role, asking for you to pick a category and then name items within that category. The result? You might get asked which movie star is the weirdest, or which author you'd rather marry.

Ready to learn something new about your friends? Say "Hey Google, lets play Absurd is the Word."

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Crystal Ball: The Magic 8 Ball, Minus All the Shaking.

What We Like
  • The introduction is witty, complete with descriptions of velvet curtains and asking you to "come closer" and "clear your thoughts" before you get started

  • Answers are just as random and vague as you would expect, but with far more variety than your Magic 8 Ball had

What We Don't Like
  • This one probably doesn't have as much staying power, but it's fun for a little while; better with a group than on your own

Remember the Magic 8 Ball and it's wonderfully vague-yet-sometimes-foreboding responses? Well, Google Home can be your next-generation fortune teller.

Ready to learn about your future? Say "Hey Google, lets play Crystal Ball!"

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Song Pop: Name That Tune

What We Like
  • You can select a genre (pop, rap, rock, etc.) to narrow down the game to your interests

  • You get more points if you know both the artist and the title of the song

What We Don't Like
  • No option for multiple genres

Think you know every rap song under the sun? Song Pop is ready to put your musical prowess to the test!

Ready to start humming along? Say "Hey Google, lets play Song Pop!"

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Akinator: Play 20 Questions With a Genie

What We Like
  • Real or fictional people and characters are all fair game

What We Don't Like
  • It takes a LOT to stump the Akinator, since questions aren't limited

Remember playing 20 questions on long road trips? Akinator is ready to read your thoughts and figure out who you're thinking of. You choose a character, Akinator will ask you questions to determine who it is!

Ready to see if you can outsmart the genie? Say "Hey Google, let me talk to the Akinator."

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Mystery Sounds: Practice for Your Next Radio Contest Giveaway

What We Like
  • The game keeps score, with more points being awarded if you answer quickly

  • Noises are typical things, even if they might stump you for a bit

What We Don't Like
  • While playing with a group is fun, yelling over each other makes it hard for your device to understand you

Ever listen to the radio and hear a contest where listeners have to name a random sound? Mystery Sounds is here to help you hone your skills. Your device will play a sound and you'll get to guess what it is.

Ready to play? Say "Hey Google, lets play Mystery Sounds."

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21 Blackjack: Vegas, Without the Cards

What We Like
  • Simple and quick to play

  • You're able to check your hand if you forget what you were dealt

What We Don't Like
  • Rules are somewhat simplified, ask 21 Blackjack to tell you the rules before you start if you're someone who likes to split your hand or double down

If you're missing your favorite blackjack table, Google Home is here to help. Deal in and see if you can beat the house; by the way, the house will remember your streak.

Ready to try your luck? Just say "Hey Google, let me talk to 21 Blackjack!"

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Tic Tac Toe: Test Your Memory

What We Like
  • It's surprisingly challenging to play without a pad and paper

  • Simple and quick game

What We Don't Like
  • Really difficult for kids to play, although they can grab paper and a pen to try to help keep track

Tic Tac Toe is easy, right? What if you can't see the paper with the X's and O's? Play against your Google device and see if you can remember where to make your mark next.

Ready to stretch your brain at this simple classic? Say "Hey Google, lets play Tic Tac Toe."

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