Monument Valley manufacturers Ustwo and Facebook are launching the Go go bots Instant play on Facebook gaming today. The game is exclusively available on Facebook Gaming, which is based on Facebook's Instant Games platform and can be played in instant message threads on mobile devices or via web links. No downloads are required.
The game will be available on the Games tab on Facebook and in the standalone Facebook gaming app on Google Play. Leo Olebe, head of the gaming partnership on Facebook, said in an interview with GamesBeat that Go Go Bots is a "strategic climbing game" set in a colorful, slick cyberpunk future.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Ustwo as they have an amazing background and are a great company," said Olebe. "We share very similar visions of creating an accessible and interesting gameplay for people."
The game was also developed in conjunction with Facebook Gaming, which allows the game to benefit from deeper levels of social gaming and friendly competition, said Olebe.
How the game works
The players choose from five mechanical characters, each with their own powers and attributes. They run against the clock and against each other to navigate on obstacle courses littered with dangers. With two game modes that focus on friendly multiplayer competitions, Go Go Bots is specially designed to connect people. I whirled it up and found it challenging. It is best played on a smartphone.
Go Go Bots has two game modes: Seasons allows players to play alone and Grand Prix allows groups to play.
Olebe said that more than 700 million people play games, watch game videos or participate in game groups on Facebook every month. The recent surge in games on Facebook is due to the Instant Games platform, which allows developers to create and publish games in HTML5 format, the web's lingua franca. In April, Facebook launched the standalone Facebook gaming app on Google Play, a focused gaming experience that lets you watch your favorite streamer, play instant games, and participate in game groups.
In December, two new Pokémon games were launched on Facebook Gaming: Pokémon Tower Battle and Pokémon Medallion Battle. It was the first time that The Pokémon Company created games for Facebook Gaming. Both were created on the Instant Games platform.
The collaboration lasted about a year, with the focus on developing a publicly accessible game, said Olebe. The game does not currently contain monetization, but can be added later. As a rule, such games are monetized through in-app purchases or advertising.
"It is a great moment for the platform," said Olebe. “With the state of the world today where everyone is involved with COVID-19, more people are playing games and watching people play games. So people are looking for great gaming experiences like this. "