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Here's how you can play Facebook Messenger's hidden basketball game

Just in time for March Madness, Facebook has rolled out an update to Messenger that lets you play a basketball mini-game with your friend directly from the conversation window. To get started, you need to select the basketball emoji (accessible from the emoji box next to the Like button), send it to a friend, and then tap on the emoji to load the game.

After accessing the emoji list, you need to navigate to the third page to find the basketball emoji, which looks like this:

Facebook Messenger's hidden basketball game

You'll get a basketball located at different positions at the bottom of the screen, and you have to swipe up to put the ball in the hoop. The goal is to score consecutive baskets, which gets challenging after you hit 10 points, as that's when the backboard starts moving.

This isn't the first time Facebook built a game into the messaging platform. Late last year, it introduced a chess game that can be accessed by entering @FBChess in the conversation window.

What did you guys score?

Thanks Christopher!

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

18 Comments
  • Facebook emoji or standard emoji?
  • Facebook emoji.
  • It won't let me play no matter what I try. I have a droid turbo. Please help!
  • Wow. Another bloat added? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Smart one! ahahahah
  • I cant find this -.- i have set emoji to basketball and my chat mates can play it. I click on it/long press the emoji and it doesn't work at all. Even the app is on autoupdate within the app and even from play store /:
  • Same. No b-ball love for me either.
  • 12 then got bored and went to work Posted via the Android Central App on Nexus 6 Assassin Edition. Android Central Moderator, Gonfaloniere.
  • No wonder the Fb messenger is heavy app because it has all this crap data in it
  • I cant even find a basketball emoji. Where is it? Ive updated the app
  • Use the Facebook emoji, not standard phone emoji
  • where are the facebook emojis?
  • Actual basketball > Google Nexus 6P
  • 15...pretty cool. Y'all need to stop complaining about fun things
  • Don't work on my lenovo phone huhu Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's in the What's New section of the app update. Streching the meaning of the word "secret" a little there
  • Whether I press the basketball emoji or when a friend of mine plays and his score appears I press also the word *play* but nothing happens in both cases. Any ideas? I own Samsung Galaxy s4 I9505
  • Have a samsung galaxy note 4 and can't get the basketball game to work. I can get the chess game to load in the chat, but can't actually play :(