Skill Review: Puzzle of Day



VOGO Voice RATING                              4.75/5

Voice First                                                                  5/5
Display Friendly                                                        5/5
Performance/Ease of Use                                       5/5
Accuracy/Data Quality                                             4/5
Value Proposition                                                     5/5
puzzle of the day


Puzzle of the Day by Stoked Skills LLC is a daily crossword-style puzzle game, designed specifically for Alexa. The game is more like a traditional crossword puzzle, chiefly taking those ideas, to incorporate that design experience into a voice skill.

This vocabulary skill opens with a well-guided tutorial to help players learn about the basics of the game. It gives a heads up to users before starting the game, informing them of the level of complexity. It’s a theme-based puzzle where the user is presented with a set of 5 words to solve daily. With every correct answer, the player gets to earn a free ‘letter reveal’ which can be strategically used to solve other difficult words in the game. They can even choose to skip such complicated words and attempt to solve them later with the help of the earned letter reveals. Points can be scored by guessing the right word, and there is also the scope to bag bonus points by finishing the game within the minimum span of time. In short, the lesser the amount of time taken to solve the puzzle, the greater will be the bonus points. It also gives the user multiple opportunities to answer correctly, in case of providing wrong answers. But players get only one shot to guess the theme. If they guess it correctly with a high wager, they can earn and double their points.

To boost the engagement and gamification between the users, the game comes with a leader board feature. By connecting the user accounts, users can assess their performance against other players around the world with data on a live leaderboard. Another positive is that the user can opt for a premium subscription plan to catch up with any puzzles they missed over the last ten days, and can also receive extra letter reveals. A few negatives that crept up were the random instances of having to repeat words to further the conversation, and the skill also at times, failed to capture and recognize a few phrases by the user.

The VOGO Voice team scores this skill a 4.75 out of 5-stars based on our review criteria. The crossword lovers will love this puzzle-solving experience on their devices, as the skill comes with fresh content and a well-designed user interface. If you are into crossword puzzles, then this is a good game to try.


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