If you’ve used Facebook Messenger these past couple of days, you may have noticed that it has became a little bit more bouncy. That’s right, Messenger has silently added a new game that allows you to play basketball inside the app on mobile.
With NCAA March Madness in full bloom, Facebook decided give users a little gift. The free-throw shooting game is simple in its UX, and all you have to do in to gain access to it, is to type a basket ball emoji in your chat (or copy/paste this one 🏀), press enter to send the message, tap the ball… and kaboom! Magic happens!
Then, all you have to do is to swipe the ball in the direction of the basket, and try to score. The more successful you are, the harder the game gets. After 10 points, the backboard starts moving, making things a tad more difficult… After 20, it moves a bit faster.
When you finish the game, an automated message is sent to the chat window, prompting your friends to beat your score. Similarly, if you stop the game early, your high score appears in the chat conversation.
Nice job, Facebook!
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