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Facebook Messenger is another popular app world over just like WhatsApp.

Every now and then, the app undergoes periodic updates to give its lovers the best features possible. One of the most recent updates was made in early March when the basketball tournament was going on in full swing. At first sight, the only change seemed to be the inclusion of a basketball emoji to the already existing huge list that you could send to your buddy.

Every now and then, the app undergoes periodic updates to give its lovers the best features possible. One of the most recent updates was made in early March when the basketball tournament was going on in full swing. At first sight, the only change seemed to be the inclusion of a basketball emoji to the already existing huge list that you could send to your buddy.

However, users who installed the latest app version during the tournament period soon discovered that Facebook’s basketball emoji was much more than that. As you plan to send the emoji to a friend interested in playing the game with you, remember to send it as a standalone message. In other words, there should be no text accompanying the basketball.

When the person who receives the basketball emoji presses the ball, the sender and recipient are both directed to a totally new screen outside the app. This screen does not feature your conversations and only shows a basketball and a hoop on a white background. It is worth noting that each time the game is launched, the basketball is placed in random positions. You will have to swipe the screen in the upward direction to toss the ball in various angles and direct it into the hoop. The person who is able to put the ball into the hoop consecutively the maximum number of times is the winner.



After ten consecutive hoop hits, the game becomes a little more challenging. The background starts depicting a movement, which in turn also results in motion of the hoop. You will be able to see the backboard moving and the basket sway from side to side as if someone is moving it. This movement becomes still faster after 20 hits. Added to this, the game becomes tougher at this stage with the backboard beginning to move diagonally as well. This further adds to the thrill of the game. When the game starts, you will find that it is automatically set for a full screen mode.

You do not have to worry about the speed with which you toss the ball. This is because the height to which the ball goes in the upward direction is already predetermined and preset. However, you must pay attention to the direction of the toss. This has an impact on how accurately you are able to make the ball fall through the virtual basket.

The game becomes lively with various emojis that pop up during the course of the game. For example, as your points increase, celebratory images pop up like a thumb up or a smiley face pop to encourage you to reach a higher score. Similarly, when your ball misses the hoop or the basket, a sad smiley shows up on the screen. Your high score is displayed at the top right corner of the screen and gets automatically updated when you pass a ball through the hoop.

Finally, exiting the game and coming back to your Messenger screen is very easy. All you have to do is to press on the Back option at the top left corner.

Facebook’s expectations from its fans about the game did not go for a toss. Within just one week of its launch, the Messenger app recorded the playing of a minimum of 300 million games. The number of players getting hooked or addicted to this game is increasing in large numbers with each passing day. Also, it must be borne in mind that at present, the game is available only on Android and iOS versions of the Facebook Messenger app.

The basketball game is the new game that Messenger has integrated into it after the chess game it did last year. There is only one mandatory and primary requirement for the Messenger app users to be able to play this game. Both the person who initiates the conversation and the person receiving the same should have the same updated and latest version of the app installed on their smartphones. If you have not updated your app in the recent past, then this may be one compelling reason for you to consider doing so. Moreover, this game has proved itself to be less complicated than those basketball games that come loaded on your playing consoles.

Happy playing and hope you get a better score each time you play the game.

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