Facebook folds more than a dozen ‘Instant Games’ into Messenger

As if it weren’t already hard enough to step away from Facebook Messenger, the service gets even more compelling. Today sees Facebook bringing some 14 “Instant Games” to the platform.

Available for Android and iOS phones, the new feature let users play games against friends and family members. What sort of games, you ask? How about Words with Friends: Frenzy, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Galaga, and nearly a dozen others? Yep, and that’s just to start.

After you finish a round, people in the conversation will see your score and will have the opportunity to challenge you back. 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.

As various chat platforms and services jockey for position, each has to bring something a little unique to the table. That is, of course, if they hope to stick around for the long run. Facebook, being one of the biggest names in the world, continues to bolster its offering across web and mobile.

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The new games will be available in 30 countries across the globe, but will expand over time. Additionally, other games are expected to join the fray, too.

Designed to keep you chatting and playing, the games feature threaded convos, leaderboards, contextual chat, and other fun stuff. Don’t forget to throw your friend a nice trophy emoji when they kick your butt.