Facebook silently added chess and Football games in Messenger a few months back. Now Facebook has added a complete game platform in messenger to let you play games while waiting for your friends to text back. Not just Messenger, You can also play games directly from the news feed.
Today, Facebook announced “Instant Games” to make messenger more interesting. You can now play games, challenge your friends in messenger conversations.
Playing game is very easy. Just open the messenger app and open a conversation. You will see the game controller icon just below where you type your message.
Tap on it and choose a game to start playing. Once you finish the round, people in the conversation will see your score and will have the opportunity to beat you and challenge you. You can also search more games by using the search field in the messenger.
Instant Games launches today in 30 countries including the U.S. with 17 games from classic developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, and Taito as well as newer studios like Zynga and king.
Instant Games are available on newer iOS and Android devices, and can be found by hitting the game controller icon in your Facebook Messenger threads next to the photos and stickers buttons. You can also play across platforms from Facebook on desktop thanks to a little overlaid phone screen.
Hands-On: Dicey Controls, But Frictionless and Addicting
I played all 17 of the games, and was impressed by how they quickly load in three to ten seconds considering the high quality graphics and gameplay, as well as how Messenger repeatedly shares high scores and leader boards so it’s easy to challenge people. Since most of the games are simple to pick up and take around 30 seconds to play a full round, anyone can slot them into their day.
The biggest draw of Instant Games is how quick you can start playing. You tap the game controller icon in one of your message clothing, choose a game from the list, it loads in seconds, you play a short round, and your high score gets constantly posted to the private or group chat thread.
You can even share a stylized high score screenshot that you can Doodle on top of like Snapchat to trash talk your opponents. And if you share a game to the News Feed, friends can jump right into the action from Facebook’s app or website.
Facebook famously says its mission is to connect everyone on the planet. It’s also intent on gobbling up every minute you spend online from streaming live video to chatting with businesses to hailing rides. Gaming is a key way to hook people for longer stretches by pushing them to do far more than chat inside the Facebook app and the Facebook Messenger app.
“Users in general really take to games. They love them as a pastime,” Blau said. “From the younger generations to millennials, they expect that entertainment to be at their fingertips.”