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    November 30, 2016

    Facebook rolls out Instant Games for Messenger and News Feed

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    Facebook has officially rolled out new HTML 5 cross-platform “Instant Games” which are accessible within Messenger and News Feed.

    Remember that time that Pac-Man became a Google Doodle and you lost hours of your life trying to complete each new level? We’ve got good news and bad news: with ‘Instant Games’, Facebook has just rolled out the exact same premise.

    The social network has officially launched 17 new titles under the Instant Games banner which, by nature, are based on HTML 5 and work across platforms such as the web and Facebook’s mobile apps.

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    Right now, users can jump on board with games that can be enjoyed not only within Messenger, but further within Facebook’s News Feed as well.

    And here you thought staying off Facebook during working hours was difficult enough already.

    Facebook offers that Instant Games are a ‘fun and social experience’ – citing the fact that gamers can play with anyone and haggle with friends for a spot on game leaderboards. Users will further be able to play titles that friends either recommend or share through a status update.

    Facebook has thus far released Instant Games in 30 countries  and has promised not only to release new games in the future, but will further expand international availability going forward. To that end, we’re awaiting word on when instant games will land on our shores in South Africa.

    The titles include:

    • PAC-MAN (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)
    • Galaga (BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.)
    • TRACK & FIELD 100M (Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.)
    • Words with Friends: Frenzy (Zynga)
    • Shuffle Cats Mini (King)
    • EverWing (Blackstorm)
    • Hex (FRVR)
    • Endless Lake (Spilgames)
    • Templar 2048 (Vonvon)
    • The Tribez: Puzzle Rush (Game Insight)
    • 2020 Connect (Softgames)
    • Puzzle Bobble (TAITO CORPORATION / Blackstorm)
    • Zookeeper (Kiteretsu)
    • Brick Pop (Gamee)
    • Wordalot Express (MAG Interactive)

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