In celebration of the 2018 World Cup, Facebook has released a colourful new squad of soccer games and bonus features on its Messenger app. If you've got time to kill in-between World Cup matches, here's how to access them on your phone!
With football fever kicking off around the globe, Facebook Messenger is getting in on the action with a brace of new World Cup themed features and hidden games. Here are four you can access right now.
They don't call it the 'World Game' for nothing. Alongside the Summer Olympics, the FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Over four weeks, the best 32 teams in the world will compete in 64 games to determine a winner. Here's everything you need to know about watching the 2018 World Cup in Australia.
Keepie Uppie: World Cup Edition
Keepie Uppie involves tapping an onscreen ball to keep it in the air - the longer it stays airborne, the higher the score. To celebrate the World Cup, Keepie Uppie now lets you compete as the country of your choice (even if they aren't officially competing in the World Cup.)
To play Keepie Uppie, open the Facebook emoji window, tap on the soccer ball emoji and send it to a friend. Then tap on the ball in your message and the game will show up. (Remember to send your nominated flag too!)
Fantasy Sports: World Cup Edition
Facebook Messenger's popular Fantasy Sports game now comes with World Cup contests. Select a five-person squad of the world’s elite football players and challenge your friends or a random player.
To play Fantasy Sports, go to the games tab on Messenger and search for 'Fantasy Sports by theScore'.
Play Golden Boot: World Cup Edition
Golden Boot is a penalty shootout game. (Yes, we know penalty shootouts are the worst part of the World Cup, but bear with us.) The World Cup Edition of the game lets you play in one of Russia's cities.
To play Golden Boot, go to the games tab on Messenger and search for 'Golden Boot'.
Ronaldo Kick’n’Run is an all-new Facebook Messenger game that puts you in the shoes of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The key to success is to avoid the 3D obstacles and tackles from rival defenders. The game also boasts a two-player mode that lets you compete against a friend during video chat.
To get the game, go to the games tab on Messenger and search for 'KicknRun'.
After teasing us with some hidden games, Facebook has now launched its full-blown gaming feature for its Messenger platform. You can now play a bunch of games through Facebook Messenger in a browser on desktop or in the mobile app. Here's the list of games, what devices they're compatible with and how you can start playing them now.