Face­book adds free games like ‘Pac-Man’ to Mes­sen­ger app

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

You can now play “Pac-Man” with your Face­book Mes­sen­ger bud­dies. Face­book is adding the op­tion to play games with your con­tacts on the mes­sag­ing app be­gin­ning this past Tues­day. You can ac­cess the fea­ture in the lat­est ver­sion of the app by tap­ping a game con­troller icon. Games avail­able in­clude clas­sics such as “Pac-Man,” “Space In­vaders” and “Galaga,” as well as newer ti­tles like “Words With Friends.” It’s the lat­est ef­fort by the world’s big­gest so­cial net­work to get peo­ple to spend even more time on its prop­er­ties.

Mes­sen­ger has a bil­lion users. The app will rec­om­mend games based on whether your friends play. Cur­rently there is no way to play with peo­ple who are not your Mes­sen­ger con­tacts, so if your friends don’t like to play games, you are out of luck.

Called “In­stant Games,” the fea­ture will be­gin in 30 coun­tries, with 17 ti­tles, though more will come. In ad­di­tion to Mes­sen­ger, users can also play solo games in their Face­book news feed. Face­book tested the wa­ters with two sim­ple Mes­sen­ger games ear­lier this year - soc­cer and bas­ket­ball, both of which in­volved flick­ing balls on the screen with your fin­ger. They proved pop­u­lar.

Face­book has a long his­tory with gam­ing, which be­gan with “Far­mVille” years ago when peo­ple logged in us­ing desk­top com­put­ers. But since then, Face­book gam­ing has sort of fallen by the way­side, even as mo­bile games from “Candy Crush” to “Poke­mon Go” have re­mained pop­u­lar. Face­book hopes to change that with its In­stant Games.

The games them­selves are sim­ple to play, and like the ear­lier soc­cer and bas­ket­ball games, load in­side Mes­sen­ger and don’t open in a separate app. — AP

SAN FRAN­CISCO: This im­age pro­vided by Face­book shows a demon­stra­tion of Face­book’s new op­tion to play games with con­tacts on Face­book Mes­sen­ger. Be­gin­ning Tues­day, Nov. 29, 2016, the fea­ture can be ac­cessed in the lat­est ver­sion of the mes­sag­ing app by tap­ping a game con­troller icon. — AP

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