Facebook Messenger has yet another way to lure you into spending even more time on its app: games.
Facebook today announced games such as Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Galaga, EverWing, TRACK & FIELD 100M and Words with Friends: Frenzy, to name a few, are now available on the latest version of its Messenger app. Simply open a conversation with a friend(s), tap a game controller icon and then choose what game you want to play.
“After you finish a round, people in the conversation will see your score and will have the opportunity to challenge you back,” Messenger product manager Andrea Vaccari said in a blog post.
“People can also discover games within the Messenger search field, or on Facebook News Feed where they can play solo or challenge friends back in Messenger. Games on Messenger are the first to be rolled out on Facebook’s new Instant Games cross-platform gaming experience.”
Games on Messenger feature score-based leaderboards, in-context chat, and group thread conversations to challenge, celebrate and congratulate. Messenger will also recommend games that your friends play, to give you someone to interact with. So far, you can only play with people who are your contacts on Messenger.
Games on Messenger is available in 30 countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United States.
Facebook said Games on Messenger will continue to roll out to additional countries. Messenger users can also expect to see more games added to the lineup over time.