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(Pocket-lint) - Facebook Messenger might not be your number one communication app, but a fun Easter egg could have you using it more than ever.

Hidden in plain sight on Facebook's Messenger app is a mini game of basketball.

Once you're suitably bored of hearing your mate drone on about their latest play through of Fallout 4, send them a basketball emoji and get shooting hoops.

Here's how to get it installed and share it with others.

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  1. Make sure you're updated and running the latest version of the app
  2. Once that's confirmed, go into a contact as if you were going to have a conversation
  3. Send the basketball emoji on its own
  4. Now that the emoji is in the conversation window you can tap it to start playing, it's that simple

Go for a high score and enjoy the emoji that make scoring or missing almost as fun as each other. When you're done, your score will be displayed in the chat window, ready for abuse from your mate who might feel scorned you're playing instead of chatting. Of course they have the option to play too.

Sharing the game is as easy as sending the basketball emoji and telling the person at the other end to click it to play. If they have issues be sure to tell them to update the app to the latest version. You will then be alerted as to how many points the person you shared it with has managed to get, so get ready to get competitive.

Let us know your high score in the comments below.

Writing by Luke Edwards.