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It can be easy to say that Facebook is the most popular social network in the world, with a messaging service, Messenger, that people rely on to communicate with their family and friends. However, did you know that this app not only allows us to communicate, but it also offers some hidden games? While it has been receiving new updates, it also offers such type of entertainment to ensure we get the most out of it.

However, finding these hidden games is not always straightforward though—after all, they are hidden for some reasons. Fortunately for you, we have here some handy guidelines to access the basketball and chess games and master them.

Messenger Basketball Game

With this hidden basketball game, Chatting would be anything but a slam dunk, as it can provide you with hours of fun—watch out as this game can be ridiculously addictive! What’s more, finding it is surprisingly easy, but make sure that you are running the latest version of Messenger. All you have to do is send one of your friends a basketball emoji, and that is it! Click on the sent basketball will launch this hidden game.

Now, you can shoot some hoops without breaking a sweat, as you can just use your finger to swipe and play it. When you score, there will be celebratory emojis popping up, like a thumbs-up or a smiley face, but when you miss, there will be sad faces that you will get. Take note that the game would get more challenging after you break 10 points, where you will see the basket starting to move from side to side as you shoot.

You and your friend can simultaneously play within your chat window, with both of your high scores logged in the message feed, which means you are given some bragging rights. If you hate losing, then there is a brilliant way to cheat your way to victory using only a ruler.

Messenger Chess Game

If you are not into the basic swipe-based ball games and more on those that uses the mind, then you can instead play the hidden chess game, particularly Facey-B’s. However, accessing this chess title can be a little bit trickier than sending a picture-based word replacement. You see, you have to type “@fbchess play” into your chat window to see a digital chessboard appearing in a magical fashion. Now, all you must try to accomplish is mastering how to control the game, as you will find out that it is not that easy. As you can see, every time you make a move, you will need to type “@fbchess” to be followed by the piece abbreviation and the code for the square that you want to fill, which means that you are going to have to remember some shortcuts and square locations. Here they are: K stands for King; Q for queen; B for Bishop; N for knight; R for rook; and P for pawn. Now, moving your queen to square C6 will need you to enter “@fbchess Qc6”.

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