Turn on your smart phone, click on #Facebook Messenger and then open up a chat with a friend or family member. If you take a look at that bar near the bottom of your screen, you'll notice that there is something different. Yes, you got it, it's a new games controller icon!
After Facebook recently launched into PC gaming with Gameroom, the next step for the social media company was in a similar direction, at least where games are considered—instant arcade games in your pocket. The new addition to the Messenger app is called 'Instant Games', and it basically allows you to play games such as Space Invaders, Pac Man and Hex instantly with anybody. Once you've chosen your opponent, simply tap on the controller icon and then choose from the list of #VideoGames.
What Games Are Included On The Facebook Messenger App?
The idea behind it all is to offer a fun, social and seamless cross-platform experience through score-based games. For the developers of these games, it's also a pretty massive opportunity to reach Facebook's 1.79 billion users. At the moment though there are only 17 games to play, which are only available in 30 different countries to people using the latest iOS and Android operating systems.
So, in order of appearance, we have...
- Pac-Man (Bandai Namco) - This is a classic arcade game where you have to control Pac-Man through a maze, avoiding ghosts and eating dots.
- Galaga (Bandai Namco) - Destroy aliens in this classic space ship shooter.
- Arkanoid (Taito) - Control a space vessel and hit back the ball against the impending wall of bricks.
- Space Invaders (Taito) - Control a cool laser cannon and fire at the endless swarm of invading aliens!
- Track & Field 100M (Konami) - Smash those buttons as you try and win the athletics event.
- Shuffle Cats Mini (King) - Get down to Lucky Lane and play the hottest card game in town.
- Words With Friends: Frenzy (Zynga) - A bit like Scrabble, but you can play it anywhere and anytime.
- Hex (FRVR) - Create lines and then destroy them in this fast-paced game!
- Everwing (Blackstorm) - A fantasy based ship shooter.
- Endless Lake (Spilgames) - A pretty intense game where you control a small creature as he tries to cross the endless lake.
- Templar 2048 (Vonvon) - In this game you get to play as a peasant, infantry man, knight, noble or the king.
- The Tribez: Puzzle Rush (Game Insight) - A pretty funny dinosaur themed candy crush.
- 2020 Connect (Softgames) - It's a blocks and numbers kinda game with some added coins and boosters.
- Puzzle Bobble (Taito) - You must point and fire randomly generated different colored bubbles, at the same time as trying to get rid of all of the bubbles!
- Zookeeper (Kiteretsu) - It's a puzzle game with animals.
- Brick Pop (Gamee) - A colorful destroy-all-the-squares kinda game.
- Wordalot Express (Mag Interactive) - A timed game that's also a bit like Scrabble.
There's Even A Totally Wacky Launch Video You Can Watch Too
Will you be using the new Instant Games feature on the Facebook Messenger App?