Facebook adds free games like Pac-Man to Messenger app

Posted December 01, 2016

Facebook Messenger already has a bunch of hidden games buried inside the app, but it's now getting a fully-fledged gaming hub for battling your friends.

Facebook on Tuesday unveiled "Instant Games" allowing users of the world's biggest social network to play from its Messenger application or directly on their news feeds.

Instant Games is now available in 30 countries for iOS v8 or later and Android 5.0 Marshmallow or later.

Users can access the Instant Games on Facebook Messenger through the new game controller icon located in a message thread, next to the icons for stickers and photos.

This image provided by Facebook shows a demonstration of Facebook's new option to play games with contacts on Facebook Messenger. Facebook made Messenger a standalone app in 2014, a move that initially irked many users.

The new feature comes after Facebook's previous experiments on games including the Messenger basketball game back in March and the secret soccer game in June. Facebook is also coming up with many other games in order to cash in on the more fun. Messenger and WhatsApp each have more than 1 billion users, while WeChat has about 850 million users.

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Facebook adds free games like Pac-Man to Messenger app

"We think this is just the beginning for games on Messenger", Facebook states in an announcement blog post, "Look for new titles to be added, and for new ways to play".

A total of seventeen games are available with Instant Games at present.

The games are based on HTML5, so they pop up rather easily and quickly, allowing gamers to play instantly. Since then, it is released on every newest platform at that moment such as feature phones, game consoles, arcade and smartphones.

The statement read: "Frenzy; or try again to beat your roommate at PAC-MAN just once; and of course, you always have time to challenge your brother to EverWing, SPACE INVADERS, TRACK & FIELD 100M, Galaga, and many other Instant Games".

"Right now it's still early in the process, monetization will come later down the road", he said, adding that Facebook wants "to drive the engagement in the overall experience". Now the gaming platform is free of cost and ad free but we could expect to evolve it as a big advertising platform for Facebook.