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Facebook Messenger Has A Secret Soccer Game: Here's How To Play It

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After rolling out a hidden basketball game within Facebook Messenger a few months ago, Facebook is once again pushing out another cool, hidden game within its app: a soccer game.

The updated Messenger app both for Android and iOS users brought with it the game, which a few app users are already regarding as "more addicting" than the basketball game.

Messenger head David Marcus revealed the news via a Facebook post, saying that the company decided to update the app in honor of Copa America and Euro 2016, thus throwing in a mini soccer game.

How To Play Messenger's Secret Soccer Game

Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can play the soccer game:

1. Download and install the updated app on your iOS or Android device.

2. Send a friend an emoji soccer ball to activate the hidden game.

3. Tap on the sent emoji soccer ball and, presto, the game will launch in seconds.

The goal in playing the game is to keep the soccer ball in the air as long as possible. To start, you have to hit the ball then continue tapping to keep the game going. It is also interesting to note that you can check out the scores of your friends you are chatting with (pretty exciting!).

If you think this game is easy, then you are WRONG. The game, according to those who already gave this soccer game a shot, is in fact difficult.

"It took me a few dozen attempts to get over 10, after which all sorts of distractions appeared on the screen and I immediately dropped the ball," says CNET's Jason Cipriani. "I'm currently sitting with a personal record of a lowly 11. Embarassing."

Messenger's Basketball Game

Similarly, Facebook unveiled in March one nifty game that users can play using the company's well-renowned messaging service: a basketball game.

So how does the basketball game work? The game enables users of the app to shoot basketballs through a hoop. As soon as gamers make 10 straight field goals, the backboard will begin moving — making it even trickier to shoot the ball into the basket. What is interesting is that users can challenge other people to see who can make the most number of goals.

To activate this mini game, send the basketball emoji to other people. As with the soccer game, you can then hit the sent emoji to launch it.

Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns | Flickr

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