Facebook Messenger Gets Two New Augmented Reality Based Games

Facebook is finding new ways to make its chatting app Messenger more interactive to the users. To make chatting with friends on its Messenger app more fun, Facebook has introduced a couple of Augmented Reality (AR) games that could accommodate up to six players at a time. The social networking giant started rolling out the feature on Wednesday with two games- “Don’t Smile” which challenges who can hold a serious face the longest and “Asteroids Attack” that requires participants to navigate a spaceship.

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“We’re planning to roll out more games in the coming weeks and months including passing a beach ball back and forth with ‘Beach Bump’ and a matching cat game with ‘Kitten Kraze’,” Nora Micheva, Product Manager at Facebook Messenger wrote in a blog post.

Users will need to have the latest version of Messenger to try out these games.

How Does Gaming on Messenger Work?
To get started, open an existing conversation or find the person or group of people you would like to chat with and tap the video icon on the upper right corner of the screen. Then simply tap the start button and select one of the AR games. The person or group you are video chatting with will get a notification indicating it is time to get your game on, Micheva added.

Facebook is betting big on Augmented Reality platform. It’s pushing developers to join the train and introduce new AR based apps, games on the platform. Very recently, the Finnish upstart HMD Global launched the iconic Snake game on Facebook Messenger with the help of AR. The Snake game on Messenger will turn a user into a snake and play the game. It will be interesting to see how this AR future on Facebook Messenger works in the future.

With Inputs from IANS.

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