Facebook’s Instant Games on Messenger is a year old—and to celebrate this, the social networking giant has added some very interesting features to the service. Apparently, the new features are aimed at taking the service to the next level and consolidate on the achievements of the past one year since it was rolled out globally.
Instant Games was launched towards the end of 2016 with popular games like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, and Words With Friends Frenzy. The games are available right from your message thread, which makes loading easier. The games are built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, which means you don’t need to download them to your device.
Livestreaming, video chats and a handful of new games have all now been added to Instant Games. Facebook announced that the number of games available to users on the Instant Games platform has risen from 20 to over 70.
“This progress is exciting, but even more than that, we’ve been thrilled at the response over the last year from both the people playing and the developers building,” Facebook said.
Gamers can now share their playthroughs with their friends on the platform. With the new livestreaming feature, you will now be able to play and share your experience with those who love games on Messenger. To get started, simply tap the camera icon located in the upper right corner of the game while playing your favorite games. Once selected, you can choose the audience you want to broadcast to and add a short description to say something about your video.
To start recording, simply press “Start Live Video” button, and your video will be published to your Page or profile once you have finished your broadcast. The video can be accessed by your friends; and of course, you can remove the video post at any time.
Facebook is adding a video chats feature to enable people play games with each other while video-chatting. Video chat, which will be released by Facebook early next year, “Words With Friends from Zynga will be the first game to use it and allow friends to watch each other’s reactions as they run up the score,” Facebook adds.
The fun never ends—Facebook has added some more exciting games to celebrate the first year anniversary of Instant Games on Messenger. Angry Birds, a new game built for Messenger will feature classic gameplay with an exciting new way to challenge friends.
In addition to Angry Birds, the social networking giant has promised to roll out more “epic games” in the weeks and months ahead. Some of these games include:
- Sonic Jump from SEGA, developed by SEGA HARDlight, will introduce a new, arcade style adventure to Messenger, featuring classic Sonic enemies, power-ups and traps as players challenge friends to see who can jump the farthest. [ the game is already available in a few markets, but will become globally available soon.
- Disney Tsum Tsum, published by LINE and launching in 2018, will bring beloved Disney characters to Messenger as players collect, connect and pop Tsum Tsum based on the popular Disney Tsum Tsum plushes.
- GungHo Online Entertainment, makers of the hit game Puzzle & Dragons, will launch a new casual puzzle game for both existing Puzzle & Dragons fans and new players to enjoy.