Cryptocurrency and its underlying technology, the blockchain, have changed the lives of numerous people around the globe and there’s a very big chance they will continue to do so for the following period.
In fact, blockchain tech has not started to change the way we interact on the web, but it showed great promise in finance, healthcare, transports, tourism, education, and many others. It may come as a surprise for some that blockchain can act as a platform for games as well.
While it’s impossible to say what will the result be, whether the gaming industry will be positively disrupted by the usage of blockchain tech, or if the gaming industry will help fuel mainstream blockchain adoption, it is without a doubt a very interesting concept.
Granted, blockchain games are not particularly renowned, but that may actually have to do more with the fact that blockchain tech is not yet very widespread rather with the fact that they are not particularly very good.
We have created a list of five of the best blockchain games you might be interested in checking out:
Remember the old-school Tamagotchi where you had to look after a virtual pet? If so, then you can think of CryptoKitties as the blockchain equivalent of the previously mentioned “game.”
Released not very long ago, in 2017, CryptoKitties is the brainchild of Axiom Zen, and it’s a game/platform which allows players to breed their very own virtual cats. The game made headlines all over the world when it became so successful that it managed to congest the Ethereum network by reaching an all-time high in transactions. With Ethereum showing its limitations, CryptoKitties spun off into a singular company and managed to raise $14 million from various venture capital firms and angel investors.
The purpose of the game is to breed one-of-a-kind digital cats. To do this, two different cats are required. These cats can be purchased from the game’s marketplace using Ether. It’s important to note that players are provided with one cat by default.
Players can also reach out to other players in the game and request to breed one of their cats for a set amount of ether. All of the cats possess unique attributes randomly generated and directly linked to the previous cats they were bred from. The value of any cat is determined by the demand on the market. For example, Genesis, the very first CryptoKitty was sold for the equivalent of $117,000 in ETH. To play the game, players/users require a MetaMask account.
Beyond the Void
Beyond the Void is a new-age MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) that runs on the Ethereum blockchain. The goal is to conquer the enemy’s mother planet while protecting your own. Players take control of a mothership and work alongside various other minion ships. There’s a big diversity of mothership designs. Some come with more defensive weapons, others with heavy firepower, while others are incredibly agile. When two players engage in a fight, the result is determined using three main categories: movement, offense, and utility.
Interestingly, Beyond the Void strays off the beaten path and has a single lane with towers on it. Players have to set up rings around their mother planet to produce resources. There are three types of rings: industrial, military, or engineering. To win, a player must destroy all the towers on the enemy’s side and conquer “mother planet.” To play the game, players need to set up an account on Mist, Ethereum’s official wallet and an account on Steam, the popular gaming platform.
Spells of Genesis
This game boasts an interesting approach by combining elements from basic arcade gaming with those of card-based strategy games. Most interestingly, it runs on the Bitcoin blockchain, and not Ethereum, as many probably expected. Players need to collect, trade, or combine orbs. These orbs can be sent into battle against rivals. As the game progresses, the cards players hold an increase in value, creating a sort of structured marketplace.
Spell of Genesis is available for both Android and iOS and can be downloaded from their respective official stores.
Ether Quest is a roleplaying fantasy game which requires players to collect and train a wide variety of warriors. It runs on the Ethereum blockchain, and it uses Ether as its internal currency. To start the game, players are first required to access the game’s marketplace, use Ether, and purchase a hero.
The warriors are trained under the players’ commend and can be sent into a batter in the game’s Arena or Tournament. As expected, winners are rewarded with Ether. As warriors become more powerful, their value on the market increases. Once a warrior proves no longer viable as an investment, players can sell them and recover part of the Ether.
To play the game, players are required to have an active MetaMask account.
If digital fighting is what makes you happy, then HyperDragons might be exactly what you’re looking for. The best thing about HyperDragons is the fact that it is designed to offer all players equal opportunities. The open Arena environment where participants and spectators can predict the winners (correct predictions bring various bonuses and rewards).
The game centers its operations on breedable collectibles in the form of creatures known as hyperdragons. Players on the platform can buy or sell dragons using Ether as a form of payment. The prices can range widely based on their uniqueness, physical design, and other aspects.
Dragons can be trained to adopt various traits players desire. Players taking in battles stand to increase hit points, skills, and honor levels.
There are a lot of other games and apps using blockchain technology that are worth exploring. However, by trying out the games from our list, you have the most chances of finding one that suits your personality and needs.