Google Assistant includes many useful voice commands, but then so does Google Now. The Assistant stands out by incorporating some of the fun stuff that Google is usually famous for. These are some of the funniest and most interesting features you can find with Google Assistant on your phone, smartwatch, or Google Home.
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To play any of these games, you’ll need Google Assistant, which isn’t available everywhere. You’ll need Android 6.0 or higher on phones, Android Wear 2.0 on smartwatches, or Google Home. Google Assistant also works a little differently depending on what device you’re using, so we’ll note where these games work and don’t work.
Play the I’m Feeling Lucky Quiz Game Show
Platforms: phones, Google Home Phrase activation: «I’m Feeling Lucky» or «Play Trivia»
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Google’s trademark «I’m Feeling Lucky» button may be completely meaningless as instant search results eliminate the need to click anything, but the phrase has found a new home. Tell Google Assistant, «I feel lucky,» and you’ll start a quiz with an old-school announcer’s voice. You and a few friends can take turns playing trivia questions while Google gives you fun nicknames like Bubbles or Cupcake.
Answer your burning questions with the Crystal Ball
Platform: phones, Google Home Phrase activation: «Crystal ball»
If you’ve ever played Magic 8-Ball, you can guess how this would work. Start the Crystal Ball game with Google by saying «crystal ball» and the Assistant will tell you to ask him a question like «Will the new Thor movie be the best Marvel movie of all time?» Google will then respond by giving you the answer. e.g. «Of course». The answers are randomized…or predetermined and always accurate, depending on what belief you want to express in Google.
Play Mad Libs game
Platform: phones, Google Home Phrase activation: «Crazy Liberties»
Anyone who went on a trip before the advent of handheld games or smartphones will remember playing Mad Libs. For all those new to the world, Mad Libs is a game where you provide a specific type of word, such as «noun» or «verb». Then someone else fills in those words in the story. The result is about 30 seconds of light-hearted fun before you return to the question of how long until the next stop. Google Assistant makes it easy to play by filling in all the gaps without letting anyone see the story beforehand. As an added bonus, Google’s voice messages occasionally lead to the wrong answer (especially if you’re giggling during the conversation), and misinterpretations can be even funnier than your actual sentences.
Relax with an ambient noise generator
Platform: Google Home Phrase activation: «Help Me Relax»
While it’s not technically a game, this little Google Home feature is soothing enough to become a common fixture. Just say «Ok Google, help me relax» to get a random stream of ambient noise — like the sound of the ocean or a crackling fireplace — over the next hour. You can also ask for a specific sound if you have a favorite. According to Google, you can ask for the following sounds:
Sounds of nature
Sounds of running water
Sounds of a babbling stream
Night country sounds
Fluctuating fan sounds
Sounds of the river
Sounds of thunder
By default, these sounds play for an hour, but you can customize how long they play. For example, you might say, «Ok Google, play running water for two hours.» You can also ask «Ok Google, play ambient noise for two hours» to get random noise for as long as you like.
Curiously, the ambient noise generator only works in Google Home. If you make the same Google Assistant request on your phone or watch, Google will search for that ambient noise you requested on your preferred music streaming service. Of course, there are albums with nature sounds on Spotify or Play Music too. So the effect will be about the same, but Google’s own external noise generator is exclusive to Google Home.
Play with lots of mini games
Google is constantly adding new Easter eggs and fun touches to its products, so it’s no surprise that Google Assistant has a bunch more hidden ones. Here are some of the funniest things you can say to Google that aren’t really full games, but are still enjoyable (or even slightly useful).
Flip a coin (phones, watches, Google Home). Ask Google to flip a coin and it will tell you if it has a head or a tail. Useful for resolving disputes, such as who should take out the trash.
Roll a die (Phones, Watches, Google Home): Like flipping a coin, if you ask Google to roll a die, a number from one to six will come up. This can be handy if, for example, your group can’t decide which restaurant to go to.
Where is Waldo (phones, watches, Google Home)? Ask Google where you can find Waldo and Google will sarcastically tell you where Waldo hangs out. As in crowded public places or in agreement with mint. If you need a more specific answer, you can try emailing Waldo directly.
Play the game «Name» (phones, Google Home): you probably played the «Name» game as a child — a game where you take a person’s name, turn it into nonsense and call it «rhyming» — even if you don’t. Recall that it was a Shirley Ellis song from 1964 . Just tell Google «play the game with Whitson» and it will tell you «Whitson, Whitson, Bo-Bitson. Banana-fan-fo-fitson. Fee-FY-mo-mitson. whitson!
Talk Like Yoda (Phones, Google Home): Even though Yoda has a habit of speaking backwards while being a bit bloated, this is one of the character’s most defining characteristics. Ask Google to «speak like Yoda» and it will say a few garbled sentences, rearranging the words randomly. Which, frankly, would probably be insulting to the sight of Yoda if we knew what it was.
Repeat after me (Phones, Google Home): Like a parrot, this feature is probably best left in charge so as not to be abused. If it’s really funny. Just say «Ok Google, repeat after me» and then follow whatever you want. Google will answer what you told you. Of course, if your language is too dirty, Google may censor itself before recording it and uploading it to YouTube.
Of course, Google isn’t replacing your Xbox or Nintendo Switch anytime soon. However, it’s good for a little light-hearted fun from time to time. Whether you’re bored in the car or just want to show off your Google Home when you have guests, these games can be a great way out of the monotony.