Instant Games on Facebook Messenger are now available to more than 1.2 billion people around the world. From Pac-Man to 8 Ball Pool, now there are more than 50 no-download HTML5 Instant Games to play on Facebook Messenger. Facebook on Tuesday announced that it is rolling out Instant Games to all of its users worldwide and it is introducing features that were previewed to the developers at F8 conference last month. The updated Instant Games on Facebook Messenger will be rolling out in next few weeks for both Android and iOS.
For all the Instant Games fans out there, one of the new features added is turn-by-turn games. As reported turn-based games have been the most requested feature by the users and the company has finally introduced it. Instead of just a single player game, the Facebook Messenger Games now support turn by turn playoffs with leaderboards and tournaments. The first game to use these features is Zynga’s Words With Friends, which allows the player to play and chat at the same time.
The other feature added to the Instant Games is Game bots that can communicate with the player about new games, levels, and rewards. These game bots will help engage players by calling out new game options and announcing competitions with updates on leaderboards.
There are now more than 50 titles available on Facebook Messenger depending upon the device and location of the users. The social networking giant has been introducing more games almost every week. The company is also going to bring the world’s number one pool game Miniclip’s 8 Ball Pool to Instant Games on Facebook Messenger very soon.
Facebook Messenger Games give people a conversation starter and something to do while waiting for the friends to reply to your messages. While the traditional app store is overcrowded with the game apps, most of the users seem reluctant to experiment new plays. The major reason behind is the need to download. Instant Games encourage experimentation by the user and that is why these Games were played 1.5 billion times in just 90 days, as revealed in F8 conference.
It is pertinent to state that neither Facebook nor developers are making money from Instant Games on Facebook Messenger yet as there are no ads or game purchases available. Later in 2009, the company put up a huge business and developer network around its desktop gaming platform. But now when the company’s desktop revenue has declined and messaging app users have been growing day by day, it has an opportunity to present a new gaming platform.
How to Play Instant Games on Facebook Messenger
Playing Instant Games is quite simple and it takes less than a minute to get started. But before you start, make sure that you are using the latest version of the messenger app. If you have not updated your app, go to Google Play Store and find Facebook Messenger app. Tap the Update button and once the update is complete, tap Open to start the app.
If you are using iOS, open a messenger chat with a friend and find a small gamepad icon on the bottom menu. Once you tap the button, you will see a list of games including Pac-Man, Bingo, Snake, Solitaire, EverWing and others. As you choose a game to play, you can send that friend a challenge to play and beat your score.
The interface of Android is a bit different than iOS. First, open a messenger chat and look for a small circle having a + symbol inside. As you tap the circle a menu with colorful icons will open. Tap the Games bubble and the game page with a list of several games will open.
How To Play Games Without Friends
If you want to play a game alone rather than challenging any of your friends, it is pretty easy. Open the main screen of Facebook Messenger – a screen where all of your chats are listed. Scroll down for a section named Games. You can access games directly from this section and without going through any chat. If you cannot find the Games section, use a simple trick. Just start a Messenger chat with yourself and then start the game in that chat.