Facebook has launched two augmented reality games in Messenger that can be played with up to six friends over live video chat.
The new AR mobile games give users something more fun to do if your chatting gets boring!
The first two AR games available are Asteroid Attack which tests each player’s ability to fly a spaceship using their face, helping a spaceship dodge asteroids using your nose.
Don’t Smile is a staring contest that requires you to maintain a straight face for as long as possible and if you lose, it uses AR to turn your face into a joker’s smirk. Both games need your facial expressions to win.
Coming soon there will be at least two more games: Beach Bump where players pass a virtual beach ball to one another and Kitten Kraze which is a cat-matching game.
“Facebook is constantly competing with new entrants,” said Andrew Hogan, a senior analyst at research firm Forrester. “Its new features are designed to get and keep attention … and are about more utility, more entertainment and more time spent.”
“I could envision something like this being successful,” Hogan said. “There’s a lot of attention and time spent [in games].”
Earlier this year, Snpachat launched Snappables, its own offering of cooperative and competitive games played using a phone’s camera and the user’s face. Snap Inc. is also said to be looking into the possibility of launching its own gaming platform.