It looks as though Facebook is doing everything in its power to persuade people to move on over to its Messenger platform. The latest trick up Facebook Messenger’s sleeve is a hidden football (soccer) game. The launch of the game neatly coincides with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2016 competition and the centennial anniversary of the Copa America tournament.
Unlike the basketball mini-game that was launched in March, which required you to swipe the screen to get the ball in the hoop, the football mini-game requires you to repeatedly tap the football on the screen to keep it in the air. The more you tap the football (without letting it fall back to earth), the higher your score rises. Once the ball falls to the ground, your game is over. Given that I suck at these types of tapping games, my high score was a miserable 7, and repeated attempts to improve upon that score were met with failure.
Accessing the football mini-game is incredibly simple. You first have to make sure that you’re running the latest version of Facebook Messenger, then select a contact (or initiate a group conversation). Pick the football emoji and hit send. Once you’ve sent the emoji, click on the football to start the game and test your keepie uppie skills.
The football game is only available for those using the Facebook Messenger mobile app, and is not available to desktop or mobile web users. In fact, Facebook just recently posted an eviction notice for Messenger users still clinging to the mobile web version of the service.