The best hidden games on Facebook Messenger

Nacho Requena Molina

Nacho Requena Molina

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Do you use Facebook Messenger? The popular messaging system from the social network has more and more followers worldwide, to the point that last year, its numbers skyrocketed. Why this surge? Well, Facebook has given it more importance than ever, combined with seductive changes that it copied from WhatsApp (which after all, is also part of the Facebook Group).

With these changes, Facebook Messenger has become a very comprehensive app. And did you know that it has secret mini-games on its chat screen? Today, we’re bringing you the best hidden games on Facebook Messenger. You can now waste a little time when talking to your friends.

The best hidden games on Facebook Messenger


This mini-game is one of our favorites, as its interface is straightforward. How do you access it? Well, first you have to download the mobile version of Facebook Messenger. Yup, it doesn’t work for the web version, so go ahead and download the mobile version for your phone.

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Once you’ve linked your account, the next step is as simple as sending the basketball emoticon to a contact. Tap on it, and a new window will pop up.

The goal of this mini-game is to score as many baskets as possible. To do this, just slide your finger in the direction of the hoop and ta-da. The touch system is very similar to Pokémon GO, where you have to toss a Pokeball to the Pokémon located in the middle of the screen.

We should note that after ten points, the hoop begins to move left and right. It was never going to be that easy.


If sending a basketball makes a hoop pop up, we know something will happen with a soccer ball too. When you send the soccer ball emoji to somebody, click on it to start a mini-game. Of course, just like basketball, this app is exclusive to smartphones, so don’t even try it from your browser.

Once you’ve got it, it is easy to play: you have to kick the ball as many times as possible. Put your finger on it and good luck! This mini-game is complex and challenging, so you’ll need all the luck you can get.


We’ll wrap up this list of hidden games on Facebook Messenger with the most entertaining of them all since there’s another player: chess. In the chat screen, type in @FBCHESS PLAY and suddenly a chessboard will appear before you.

Don’t expect an intuitive mini-game, i.e., where you can move pieces on a touchscreen. For this mini-game, you need letters, and it’s not exactly easy to use. Of course, if you get the hang of it you’ll waste lots of time, we guarantee it, from experience.

Nacho Requena Molina

Nacho Requena Molina

Journalist specialized in videogames and technology. Almost two decades dedicated to it.

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