Oh Bethesda, you trolls, you. I say that lovingly, as the trailer the company showed off during its E3 press conference Sunday was a nod to its wildly successful Elder Scrolls franchise. The joke, if you didn’t get it, was that Bethesda has dumped Skyrim, the series’ most recent installment, onto nearly every modern platform it can—minus your TI-83 calculator and your car (sort of). So why not have a version of Skyrim for Amazon’s Echo devices, too?
Here’s the fun part, though. You actually can play Skyrim: Very Special Edition on your Echo. And if you don’t own any Amazon devices, that’s fine—you can also play it on any iOS or Android device with a little extra creativity.
How to play Skyrim: Very Special Edition on an Amazon Echo
If you have any of the devices in Amazon’s Echo family, including its larger flagship speaker, the tinier Dot, or the more-expensive Echo Plus, getting a Skyrim-ish game going is simple.
First, visit the “Skyrim Very Special Edition” skill on Amazon and enable it for your Echo device (assuming you’ve connected your Echo to the Amazon account you’re using when browsing that skill. You have, I’m sure of it, but I just wanted to be thorough.)
Up next: the Skyrim Super-Special Deluxe EditionScreenshot: David Murphy
Once you’ve done that, wander up to your Echo device and (Dragon) shout “Alexa, Open Skyrim.” The “game” will begin by asking you whether you want to explore an isolated shack or ancient standing stone, and off you’ll go on your adventure. We won’t spoil the rest, including some of the silly Easter eggs you’ll stumble across while exploring, but it’s a pretty fun experience—as if someone was reading a text-based RPG out loud instead of displaying your narration on a monochromatic computer screen.
And, like the real Skyrim, you can save your place in your adventure simply by telling Alexa to “stop.” When you reload Skyrim: Very Special Edition, you’ll jump right back to wherever it is you left off—on page 34 of The Lusty Argonian Maid, no doubt.
How to play Skyrim: Very Special Edition if you don’t own an Echo
Worry not, lesser-equipped adventurers. If you haven’t yet crafted an Echo during your travels, you can still play Skyrim: Very Special Edition. Just install the Amazon app on your iOS or Android device (if you haven’t already). Tap on the circle icon to summon Alexa. It looks like this:
That little circle in your Amazon app launches Alexa and, a few words later, your spoken Skyrim game.Screenshot: David Murphy
From there, ask your app-based Alexa to “Open Skyrim.” You won’t have to enable the skill beforehand, as you’ll be asked to do so if you haven’t already. Within a few seconds, your adventures in text-based Tamriel will begin. Good luck, living room adventurer.