Many times we get bored of playing the same games on our mobile phones or some people just don’t have any games installed on their devices. It can also happen that all we want to do is get away from a boring conversation.

So be it the need for getting away or just the need for passing some time, here are 2 hidden secret games which are present on Facebook’s Messenger App. These games are present by default and do not require any installation.

Make sure the latest version of Facebook Messenger is installed on your Android smartphone or iPhone.

Here’s how you can access and enjoy these games on your devices

Game # 1 – Chess
Facebook Messenger App
Facebook Messenger Game: Chess


You can access Facebook chess by typing a secret code into a chat window of the person you want to play chess with.

The secret code: @fbchess play

The game is a little tricky and will need getting used to.

Type “@fbchess play” into the chat screen of the person you want to play with. This will reveal the chess board.
The person that initiates the game will by default play White and is also allowed to make the first move.
Every move needs to begin with the prefix “@fbchess.”
So, if you want to move your pawn (P) to square E3, you would use the command “@fbchess Pe3.”
The descriptive notation for the pieces is: K for king, Q for queen, B for bishop, N for knight, R for rook and P for pawn.
Need help with the game? Type “@fbchess help.”
Some more info:

“@fbchess resign” ends the game
“@fbchess stats” reveals the statistics of the players involved in the game
“@fbchess play white” or “@fbchess play black” to choose the color you start playing with. If no color is specified, the default is white
All through the game, you can continue having a conversation with your friend, and nobody’s stopping you from making fun of the way he plays the game.

Not much of a chess player? There’s another hidden game for you – Basketball.


If you hate basketball as much as you hate chess, then it’s back to the boring conversation with your friend for now. But I suggest you try the game.. just once.

Game # 2 – Basketball
Facebook Messenger Games
Facebook Messenger Game: Basketball

With the March Madness tournament taking place in the US, Basketball is everybody’s favorite game right now. The final Championship game is being played at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas on April 4 – if you’re interested.

For now, it’s Basketball with Facebook Messenger.

Once you’ve launched the Facebook Messenger app, load up any conversation.

Select the “basketball” emoji and send it to the other person. (You will find the emojis on your keyboard)
Launch the basketball game by tapping on the basketball emoji you just sent. A basketball and a hoop will show up.
Flick the basketball with your finger to play the game.
You score a point when the ball lands up in the hoop.
If you manage to score a point, happy emojis pop up. If you lose, then you’re confronted with sad emojis.

But be warned that it’s not a very easy game to play. At first it’s easy enough, until you reach a score of 10. After that, the basket starts moving sideways, making perfect shots very difficult, if not impossible.

Agreed, they may not be the best games, but they’re still worth knowing about, especially if they can get you out of boredom when you have nothing else to do and with no game installed on your smartphone or tablet.

Who can play? iPhone, iPad and Android users.

Download an updated version of Facebook Messenger at App Store