How to play Facebook Messenger's secret basketball minigame

18 Mar 2016    10:03 pm

In the spirit of March Madness, Facebook’s Messenger app has a little surprise for anyone who needs to kill some time while waiting for replies — a secret basketball minigame.

Unless you read the notes of the latest Messenger update, you wouldn’t know you could shoot hoops right in the app. To play, make sure your app is updated, send a basketball emoji to somebody and then tap it to bring up a fun little basketball game.

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It isn’t the most complicated game — just flick the ball toward the hoop to get a point, and try to beat your high score. Don’t worry about the speed of your flick, as the ball automatically moves to a certain height, so you only need to focus on direction. For such a simple game, it’s pretty addicting.