Monument valley manufacturer Ustwo and Facebook launch the Go Go Bots instant play on Facebook Gaming today. The game is available exclusively on Facebook Gaming, built on Facebook’s Instant Games platform, which can be played in instant message threads on mobile devices or via web links. No download is required.
The game will be available on the games tab on Facebook and on the standalone Facebook game app on Google Play. Leo Olebe, head of gaming partnerships on Facebook, said in an interview with GamesBeat that Go Go Bots is a “strategic escalation” game, in a colorful and glitchy cyberpunk future.
“We are really excited about the opportunity to work with Ustwo because they have incredible experience and they are a great company,” said Olebe. “We share very similar visions on creating accessible and engaging gameplay for people.”
The game was also developed alongside Facebook Gaming, which allows the game to enjoy deeper levels of social play and friendly competition, said Olebe.
How the game works
Players choose one of five mechanical characters, each with their own unique powers and attributes. They race against the clock and against each other to cover obstacle courses strewn with dangers. With two game modes focused on friendly multiplayer competition, Go Go Bots is specially designed to connect people. I gave it a whirl and found it difficult. It’s best played on the smartphone.
Go Go Bots has two game modes: Seasons allows players to play solo and Grand Prix allows group play.
Olebe said that each month more than 700 million people play games, watch game videos or participate in game groups on Facebook. The most recent wave of games on Facebook has come from the Instant Games platform, which allows developers to create and publish games in HTML5 format, the lingua franca of the Web. In April, Facebook launched the standalone Facebook Gaming app on Google Play, a targeted experience only dedicated to games where you can watch your favorite streamers, play instant games, and participate in game groups.
In December, Facebook launched two new Pokémon games on Facebook Gaming: Pokémon Tower Battle and Pokémon Medallion Battle. It is the first time that The Pokémon Company has created games for Facebook Gaming and both are built on the Instant Games platform.
The collaboration took about a year, focusing on creating a widely accessible game, said Olebe. The game does not currently contain monetization, but may be added later. Typically, these games are monetized through in-app purchases or advertising.
“This is a great moment in time for the platform,” said Olebe. “With the state of the world today, with everyone battling COVID-19, more people are playing games and watching people play. So people are looking for great gaming experiences like this. “