Apple’s iOS is a leading mobile video game platform as the games available for the iPhone and the iOS are entertaining, but the games when played with friends over the internet are even better. Game Center has gaming-specific features that you can use to add friends to play against. And you can also compare your statistics and achievements with other players.
Everything you need to know about Game Center
Apple ID is required to set up a Game Center account. As the Game Center is a stand-alone app but that approach changed with iOS 10 when Apple discontinued the Game Center app and Apple made some Game Center features part of iOS in place of the app.
The features of Game Center that may be available to users include the following:
- Leader boards
- Challenges to other players
- In-game achievements
- Sharing achievements
- Gameplay recording
The previous features of Game Center that are no longer available include the following:
- Profile photo
- Ability to add friends
- Ability to see friends’ games and stats
The Game Center app is not available but its functionality is still there. You can think of the Game Center as a service rather than an app. The Game Center Service continues to compare your achievements, track your best score on a leader board, invite your friends to play, or even start a multiplayer game through auto-matching. If your provided Notifications for Games are set to ON then you still receive notifications from Game Center by opening the Settings then Notifications and then Games.
Changing Game Center accounts:
If you want to change Game Center accounts then you need to tap your Apple ID in Settings then Game Center then Apple ID and sign out. Then you can sign back in with another Apple ID.
You can get your game center app back:
If you updated to iOS 10 and when opening a game, you do not see your game data then you need to open Settings then Game Center and sign back into your Game Center account to restore the previous progress of your game and any other information.
If your game is not yet connected to Facebook, connect it now with the following steps:
- You need to open your game and tap a social button or icon.
- Then tap the Facebook login button and enter your Facebook’s email ID and password.
- Then you need to tap the Yes button to confirm that you want to connect to Facebook.
Gaming through iMessages
You can add friends and inviting them to games. Because it is now handled by the individual game apps using iOS 10’s expanded Messages app. So within your game app, you can send a message to anyone in your contacts list to invite them to play a game. These messages are sent to your contacts as Game Center notifications. You cannot add friends to Game Center instead you invite them to play through iMessage for supported games.
You can send invitations to players from your contacts, to recent players seen online, and even nearby players on a local network playing the same game. The players who have legacy Game Center accounts will also receive notifications from iMessages invites or you can send a rich attachment link to the game through the app store’s share button. Then the invitation is sent as an attachment in iMessage to another iPhone user.
If you want to browse iMessage-compatible games, follow the below steps:
- You need to visit Apple’s iMessage App Store within iMessage.
- Then tap the App Store icon within iMessage as it looks like the letter A.
- Then select the menu button in the bottom left corner of the screen as it looks like 4 circles and taps the Big Plus Sign (+) named Store.
- You need to search for Turn-Based Games that you like and download that games.
- Once you downloaded the games, send challenges to friends within iMessage to start a game. And if friends do not have the game installed, they receive a message to install.
You can continue chatting and messaging with others as normal along with playing an iMessage game. So you can play a bunch of different games with as many friends as you want all at the same time.
Game data is shared and saved on each player’s iCloud account because gaming on your iPhone or iPad is cloud-based. And that allows you to play with anyone with an iCloud account. But all the game data comes at a cost. Your game data is stored in your iCloud account. And it does count against your iCloud limit. If you are a heavy gamer, you may need to upgrade your iCloud account to one of the larger plans and each iCloud account comes with 5GB of storage at no cost. Your iCloud account is for everything not just for games.
Therefore you can challenge your friends, take the highest scores at leaderboards, and invite your friends, contacts, and even those nearby to play that all now directly through each game’s app rather than Game Center app. You can send and receive Game Center invitations in Messages and tap on the link to take you directly to the game. But if you do not have that particular game installed, the link opens the game’s page in the App Store.
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