Starfinder for Alexa, the well-known Alexa Skill finds a new home with Wanderword
Starfinder, the popular table-top RPG which found it’s way onto Amazon Alexa in late 2019 has found a new home with the Interactive Audio Entertainment developer Wanderword.
The skill, developed by Amazon has been a big hit – often being described as the “gold standard” for games being released on Smart Speaker devices. Having a star-studded cast of voice actors including Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle) and Laura Bailey (Critical Role, The Last of Us 2) helped set Starfinder apart from it’s contemporaries.
“It represents quite the experiment for Amazon, using Alexa as a vehicle for storytelling instead of a just a convenient household tool. The script, Amazon says, exceeds 745 pages and took a combined 125 hours in the studio to record all of the possible outcomes, resulting in up to 13 hours of gameplay.” – Variety
Not only does the cast of Voice Actors set the level of quality for Starfinder Alexa, but also the combat and narrative that the players follow on their adventures. From the start, your choices affect the ongoing story and the encounters that you face not only feel intuitive with how you navigate through the story – but they feel punchy, enjoyable and responsive. With the environmental soundscapes helping to draw the player into the world – firing a futuristic auto-pistol has never sounded so good!
Currently there are 6 episodes in the Starfinder Alexa series, as well as an additional introductory episode that introduces you to the world of Starfinder and helps you pick a character that suits your playstyle best. Ranging from the up-close and personal Obozaya, a lizard-like humanoid to the startk opposite of Quig, the short ratfolk humanoid who’s a masterful mechanic.
- Episode 101: Scoundrels in the Spike
- Episode 1: Gangs of Absalom Station
- Episode 2: Battle in the Void
- Episode 3: Ghost Ship
- Episode 4: System Overload
- Episode 5: Drift Phantom
- Episode 6: Hostile Takeover
You can also have up to three simultaneous games going from different characters increasing the possibilities, time spent and replayability of the release. Allowing you to test out and try different characters before settling on the one that suits you best.
“After only a brief foray into Starfinder, I’m excited to play more. Early combat is challenging, characters are compelling and the world is well-developed. The space station feels vibrant, thanks to the writing and sound design. Most importantly, I could see myself coming back for more episodes as the intrigue continues to grow.” – CNET
It will be exciting to see how the relationship between Wanderword and Paizo develops and shows great progress in the Interactive Audio Entertainment space! If you would like to learn more about the partnership between Paizo and Wanderword, you can find more information regarding this on the Wanderword website.