You Can Now Play Pac-Man And Other Retro Games Against Mates On Facebook

Ruthless, retro-inspired competition

If the wild popularity of Nintendo's recently released Nes Classic has taught us anything, it's that retro gaming is back with an 8-bit bang.

So it was inevitable that Mark Zuckerberg would jump on the bandwagon sooner rather than later. Facebook have constantly tried to prove themselves as a gaming platform, as anyone who's spent an afternoon deleting Farmville players out of their lives will attest.

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But unlike with their needy agriculture phase, we're actually excited about this one.

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It's called Instant Games, the tab for which is located underneath the typing bar in Messenger. You get a choice of 17 nostalgic games of yore, including Pac-Man and Space Invaders, and the chance to play against one or a number of mates.

It's not just retro titles though. Words with Friends makes an appearance, as does EverWing.

Bad news, though: you'll need iOS 8 to play – and we all know how that can end.