Facebook is adding a few classic games to it’s Messenger mobile service called “Instant Games”. Users should always be on alert for possible future spoofing of this new capability by malware writers.

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Bored while you wait for friends to text back? Now you can challenge friends for high scores on Facebook Messenger’s new Instant Games, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy. Available right from your message threads, they load in seconds since they’re built on the HTML5 mobile web standard, rather than having to be downloaded like clunky native apps.

Facebook hope some friendly competition will get you to spend even more time in Messenger. You compete asynchronously via high scores instead of directly at the same time, so its convenient to try you luck any time. And eventually, Instant Games could earn Facebook ad dollars from developers promoting their games, or a cut of payments, though there are no in-game purchases allowed yet.

Instant Games launches today in 30 countries including the US, with 17 games from classic developers like Bandai Namco, Konami, and Taito as well as newer studios like Zynga and King. They’re available on newer iOS and Android devices, and can be found by hitting the game controller icon in your Facebook Messenger threads next to the photos and stickers buttons. You can also play across platforms from Facebook on desktop thanks to a little overlaid phone screen.