If you’re into stuff like gaming on your smartphone, (honestly who isn’t?) you’re probably inclined to open up a game app no matter where you are and what you’re up to. It’s inevitable, too. We are a generation that can’t keep off our smartphones, and nowadays, even parents have come to terms with the fact that their kids aren’t going to go out on the lawn and play with the neighborhood kids. The world is changing and it’s changing even the way we get our gaming fix.
And because we’re always playing with one app or the other, Facebook decided to bring some of our favorite games into Messenger. Instant Games, they call it. It’s a gaming platform based off of HTML 5 and it lets users invite friends and play games from Facebook’s News Feed and the Messenger app. And the best part is that you don’t need to download anything at all and since it works on both the mobile and the web, you can pick up from where you left off anytime.
Facebook launched Instant Games in closed beta yesterday, the 29th of November with a total of 17 games including classics like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. But hang on, there’s more coming because as Leo Olebe, the director of global games partnerships, says “We’re going to find out as time goes by what works on the platform.”
How do you get to the games?
With Messenger, you can now access the controller icon on the main menu. It pops up with a list of games currently available. As for the Facebook app, you’ll have a separate bookmark where you can find games you’ve played before.
Discover new games.
Just like Candy Crush Saga or any other game you’ve played on Facebook, you’ll hear about new games when your friends share their scores. They will appear in your News Feed from where you can try the game instantly.
It’s not the first time.
Facebook, for a while, has been targeting gamers. Having recently launched Gameroom for PC gaming fanatics, they have now launched Instant Games. Whether you’re an action fan or a word nerd, whether you prefer the PC or the app, Facebook will give you your daily adrenaline rush.