The NCAA March Madness seems to have hit someone in the Facebook team. To celebrate the basketball fever, the social media giant has just updated its Facebook Messenger app with a secret basketball game hidden within it. To be able to play the game, you first need to update the app to the latest version. The game is available across both, Android and iOS Messenger app. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
To start the game, you ll first need to locate the basketball emoji (its present in the existing list of emojis) and send it to a friend. Then just tap on the basketball emoji (or a play option will appear just below it). Your screen will now have a basketball placed at different locations. All you have to do is swipe the ball upwards in a perfect angle to make sure it perfectly gets into the loop.
Your challenge is to get most baskets consecutively compared to your friend. The game is pretty similar to Paper Toss, which is available on both Android and iOS platforms. We would like to point out that the game is pretty addictive and while we could easily net in 11 basketballs, but things got pretty complicated after that.
If your friend pings you while you re playing the game, you do get the heads up notifications. However, if you go to respond to the message, the progress of the game is lost and it gets reset.
This is not the first time Facebook added a native game to its Messenger app. Last year, the company had also added chess game that allowed you to battle your logic skills with your friend, right within the app. To start the chess game, all you need to do is type @FBChess. If games isn t your thing, you could also try @Dailycute and see what happens.