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Facebook Gameroomfor Windows

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Nothing is getting between you or your games. No comment alerts, event reminders, or messaging. Just sweet uninterrupted gaming.

Play smarter on a games-only version of Facebook

Gamers gotta game. Don’t let anything slow you down. When you love games, you don’t want to waste any time.

Get lost in the story, not in a news feed. Facebook Gameroom feels like a true, real gaming experience and not like another app.

Nothing is getting between you or your games. No comment alerts, event reminders, or messaging. Just sweet uninterrupted gaming.

Facebook Gameroom, once known as Facebook Games Arcade, is a desktop application requiring Windows 7 and above. Get into your games without the endless distractions of Facebook on the browser. Note: you still need an Internet connection and your Facebook login info to play any game within the desktop app.

There are standards to help maintain quality control. Every game on Facebook Gameroom includes an in-game tutorial to explain how to play, and makes use of the keyboard or mouse. No guest mode, no logging out of Facebook within the game, and small file sizes of no larger than 500 megabytes keep games short ‘n sweet (and faster loading than a larger game).

If you already play games within the Facebook browser, you’ll love to see them on the “big screen.” All your Facebook faves are on the free gaming platform, from Farmville to Words with Friends to Candy Crush and Bejeweled Blitz.

Always accessible

Accessing games through mobile phones is the pits. The minuscule screen and the update interruptions are a constant annoyance. Accessing games through Facebook is even worse. Now, you can be a part of Facebook without being on Facebook. It's the best way to play.

What’s fun about playing your favorite games through the Facebook Gaming portal is you can view what other friends are also playing your game. The app includes circular profile images. Hover above the image and profile names will appear. Trash talking is a click away.

Installing the gaming app

Are you ready for this? Eighteen game categories are waiting to “wow” you: action, bingo, board games, builder games, card games, card battle games, casino games, casual games, match 3 games, poker and table games, poker games, puzzle games, role playing games, runner games, simulation games, slots games, sports games, strategy games, and trivia and word games. Each game includes one category though several games appear in multiple areas.

After logging in, you’ll zip to the home screen. The main screen shows an overview featuring lists of games from a specific category. See selected titles from your account or the “Because you played” group of games the service thinks you’ll love based on your past history. Cycle through the grid or check out the left-hand side for Categories and Downloaded Games.

Tap on the categories to see more games in the category. It can help you find relevant games in your preferred genre. If you love Farmville, the app can help direct you to other similar titles you may not have noticed.

Click on any title for more details. Read a blurb about the game to help you make up your mind. Take note of the game’s player rating, then click the “see more” button for a detailed account of the game. Watch a trailer, sift through images, and peruse a longer list of features and game play mechanics, if included. Take the game for a test spin with the “Try Now” button or click “Buy Now” and dig in. When you load up a game through the software, click the box to save a convenient shortcut.

Your games, your terms

Don’t lose any games in the shuffle. When you love games, it’s too easy to lose a once favorite game in the “must play all the games” shuffle. You can use the My Games tab to keep tabs on your game playing.

Use the share button to entice your Facebook friends to download and play too. Join in the fun. Facebook includes a block function, so if you find an app offensive or if a game was the worst hour you ever spent, you don’t need to see a constant reminder plastered across your Facebook Games account. Give feedback about the app from the same place too so developers can learn how to make it better.

If you choose to remove a game, a Facebook pop-up alert will remind you that the game might still have your personal data. Follow the actions to take care of that.

It’s immersive. Unlike playing a game on Facebook from your mobile phone, when you make the jump to a Windows desktop, laptop, or tablet, you have way more screen real estate. Hearing the sounds from your game on an actual computer make it a “win.” Get lost in the story, not in a news feed. Facebook Gameroom feels like a true, real gaming experience and not like another app.

Where can you run this program?

You can run Facebook Gameroom on Windows 7 and above.

Is there a better alternative?

Steam is Facebook’s closest competitor. GOG Galaxy and Valve’s Steam share several Facebook Gameroom features like one place to store every game, playing with friends through the app, and maintaining updates and in-game notifications. But that’s where the similarity ends. Facebook gaming can’t compete with Steam or GOG Galaxy’s vast library of titles. Maybe it doesn’t have to. Hardcore gamers will scoff at the style of casual gaming offered by Facebook. 

Facebook Gameroom serves a different niche: casual, pick up and play gamers. This desktop gaming app is for people who want to continue their casual Facebook favorite games on a faster, more-focused platform.

Our take

While the small file size may offer lightweight performance, it skews the service towards casual gamers. Still, some potential players complain of frequent “black screens of death,” and are unable to get the app to work.

Should you download it?

Yes, if you find yourself burned out by one too many political rants or selfie posts, and are into lightweight games. Facebook Gameroom could be the answer to your woes.

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