Facebook has included a few hidden games inside its Messenger app. Games like basketball, soccer, and chess can keep you occupied in between messages or long waits in line.
Here are a few screenshots of the games you can play:
Hidden Facebook Messenger Basketball Game
This game is pretty easy to find. In a chat window, find the basketball emoji and send it to a friend. Once the message is sent, tap the basketball emoji that you just sent and the game will appear. To play the game, all you have to do is swipe up to throw the basketball into the hoop. Pretty simple, right?
Hidden Facebook Messenger Soccer Game
Finding the soccer game is similar to finding the basketball game. Except this time you're looking for the soccer ball emoji. In a chat window, find the soccer ball emoji and send it to a friend. Once the message is sent, tap the soccer ball emoji that you just sent and the game will appear. To play this game, all you have to do is tap the ball before it falls off the screen. The more successful taps, the higher your score.
Hidden Facebook Messenger Chess Game
The last one is the chess game. This one is a little more hidden than the others. To activate the chess game, you have to send the message "@fbchess play" to a friend in a chat window. Once the message is sent, a chess board will appear in the messages section. Tap the chess board to start playing!
This game isn't as easy as swiping or tapping the ball. In order to move chess pieces, you have to type "@fbchess" followed by the piece abbreviation and the square code you want the piece to fill.
Confused? So K stands for King, Q for Queen, B for Bishop, N for Knight (P as in Psycho!), R for Rook, and P for Pawn. Moving your king to square C5 requires you to enter "@fbchess Kc5". Once you do it a few times, it's pretty simple. Luckily, the board outline is labeled as a guide for newcomers!