Back in November, IBTimes reported Facebook Messenger is preparing to launch a new “Instant Games” platform that will let people play games against friends. Tuesday, the social network launched its gaming platform called “Instant Games,” along with 17 different games including iconic titles like Pac-Man . Facebook is calling it a cross-platform” since you’ll be able to play most of the games not only in the chat app, but also in your News Feed. They both work on mobile and the web without having to download standalone apps.
Instant Games launches in 30 countries including the US, with 17 games from developers like Bandai Namco, Konagi, Taito as well as studios like Zynga and King.
How To Play Games on Facebook
The biggest highlight of Instant Games is how quickly you can start playing games. To start, all you need to do is tap the game controller icon in one of your message threads, choose a game from the list, and it will load in a few seconds, play a short game, and your score will get posted in the chat thread.
Here’s a list of games available on Messenger:
Shuffle Cats Mini
Tack & Field 100M
The Tribez: Puzzle Rush
Words With Friends Frendzy
To keep developers interested in building games for its new gaming platform, Facebook will eventually offer developers ways to make money. Currently. the games don’t feature ads or in-game payments Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus told TechCrunch, “Over time we’ll find ways for game developers to monetize. That’s our commitment to them in the new year.”
Instant Games is available for newer iOS and Android operating systems.