One of the biggest problems with social games on Facebook is finding the damn things. Facebook Gameroom is a standalone app that gathers them all together in one place.
Announced today during the Unity developers conference in Los Angeles, Gameroom acts as a hub for any game that’s playable on Facebook, from match three puzzlers like Candy Crush Saga to shooters like Dead Trigger 2. Players can launch games directly within the app without opening up an external browser window. Once inside they can play without worrying about their bosses finding Ninja Saga in their browser history.
Once inside a game, players can manage their permissions and notifications, save shortcuts to their favorites and even chat with other people playing, which sounds amazing but has its downsides.
I’ve been critical of Facebook’s gaming initiative in recent years, showcasing Candy Crush clones and other trite content above some of the more clever and inventive titles making a go at the platform. Hopefully Gameroom will be the sort of discovery engine that will help more worthwhile games shine.
Gameroom is currently available to download for PCs running Windows 7 or higher.