Facebook officially introduced a new feature called Instant Games recently this week. This latest feature from the biggest social media platform in the world basically allows users to play games on their own news feeds as well on the Messenger mobile app, and they do not need to install any new app in order to get started.
What is so cool about the Instant Games feature is that it delivers classic titles such as Space Invaders, Galaga, and even Pac-Man. Of course, included in the mix are newer options such as Zynga’s Words with Friends: Frenzy, and Shuffle Cats, a game by Candy Crush creator King. To date, 17 games are made available (scroll down for the full list), but it is a sure bet the Mark Zuckerberg’s crew wants developers out there to further expand the current roster of games. Based on the titles mentioned earlier, some may have noticed that most of the games are scoring based, as opposed to role playing games.
According to Leo Olebe, the director of global games partnerships at Facebook, including some classics such as Pac-Man was a deliberate move, mostly in an effort to re-engage as broad a demographic as possible. Classic games become classics because they appeal to any generation, and it makes perfect sense to offer them in Facebook, a place where people of all ages can converge and connect, and now play against each other.
So how do people get started on playing via the Instant Games feature? They simply need to tap on the new game controller icon located at the bottom section of the Facebook Messenger mobile app. Upon doing so, they will be directed to a new section of Messenger that will allow them to start playing and also explore new game titles. For those competitive spirits, they might be excited to know that not only will they be able to message friends about Instant Games but also get to compete with chums and even see leaderboards. In Facebook (the main app), a new Instant Games tab will be added, letting players view and select game options. Users will also be able to post recommended titles and even challenge other users to play.
By the way, here is the full list of available games:
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