Axie Infinity is a game-to-play (P2E) blockchain game to rule them all, much like Bitcoin, for the larger crypto ecosystem. Like Bitcoin, it is the biggest brand in its market, with the mainstream public eye and the sights of most of its competitors.
Like Bitcoin, it is no stranger to controversy, from its inflation woes to the recent hack of its Ronin chain.
As worrying as it may be, Axie’s current struggles are unlikely to be the failure of a P2E game known for helping people in several emerging economies put food on the table during the worst of the COVID era. However, they do open the door for industry introspection, giving it more leeway to go beyond Axie’s model and experiment with new approaches, token economics, and design philosophies.
Driving these debates will be a new generation of blockchain gaming that is driving the industry forward – here are some that stand out in their ranks.
Krypton: Ready, stable, hatch!
Kryptomon is a living NFT-powered game on the BNB chain that chooses a theme close to the core of any 90s kid, keeping the animatronics and Pokemon-style gameplay in step with the blockchain age. It puts players in the role of a Kryptomon trainer hatching and caring for their creatures before venturing out into the game world with player-versus-environment and player-versus-player challenges.
The game is set in its own metaverse with a strong emphasis on its lore and narrative, which players can explore through its webcomic. Those hungry for more can find published character logs and journal entries on their medium, as well as community news and new feature releases. The project aims to eventually build a 3D world that players can explore from desktop and mobile devices.
At this stage, Kryptomon provides players with a Tamagotchi-esque experience, where they hatch monsters from eggs and take care of their needs, feeding and training them. They can also breed their NFT creatures for new, more powerful creatures. The game pioneered the design of “living NFTs,” where each monster is based on a unique set of genes that they can pass on to future generations. Gamers greeted the project with enthusiasm, purchasing all the initial NFTs in a second.
Levana: edutainment, encryption style
While most games only provide users with entertainment, Terra-based Levana Finance goes a step further, using gamified applications and services to introduce users to DeFi basics. It offers users a trading platform with up to 2x leverage, as well as a range of games and products that draw on its sci-fi background.
In the Levanaverse, the year is around 2500 AD, and humans have successfully expanded to Mars and colonized the red planet. But the process didn’t go according to plan, and now, with the way home cut off, the colonists had to build their nascent civilization in the desolate world. From the scheming councils to the rebellious free Martians, four distinct factions emerged vying for power, as they usually do in science fiction. Oh, and dragons!
Expanding its world with new game projects and other mediums, from comic books to novels, Levana works to introduce cryptocurrency and Web3 to more users. In doing so, it staked its bets on the entertainment factor, giving viewers not just a boring dashboard but an entire experience full of lore and character.
Spielworks: To the depths of dungeons and ancient caves
If Levana is committed to introducing users to cryptocurrencies and leveraged trading, Spielworks, a German developer of gaming and financial blockchain applications and services, is aiming for something different in its own venture into the educational entertainment space. Its recent multi-chain Wombat Dungeon Master NFT game introduced users to the concept of NFT staking, allowing them to profit from the non-fungible tokens they own.
The game sees users drop their NFTs into the proverbial dungeon and send out their wombats on a treasure hunt. Wombats go deep underground, mining useful resources and earning experience points, which allow them to level up and bring more rewards. In addition to introducing users to staking, the game also showcases NFT collections from dozens of partner projects.
The Wombat Dungeon Master game is part of a larger network of P2E services that Spielworks is building. Its other solutions include Wombat Wallet, a multi-chain crypto wallet built for gamers, and Womplay, a platform that allows users to earn crypto and NFTs by simply playing dozens of supported mobile and web games. The company is dedicated to fostering the adoption of blockchain in the larger gaming industry, with its primary goal being the actual ownership of game assets by gamers.
Monoverse: Dinosaurs and Fruits
Monoverse, the leading blockchain game developer in South Korea, is offering its users a reptile theme of the dragon we mentioned earlier. Its own NFT game, Frutti Dino, lets anyone become the owner of a cartoon NFT dinosaur and explore – you guessed it – the Dinoverse. Users can train their digital reptiles, crafting various items for them, cultivating them to acquire new ones, and putting them in a variety of challenges from battles to competitions.
Fruitti Dino will be just one of the blockchain gaming projects and services that Monoverse is building. The company is also developing a marketplace that will allow users to trade its NFTs. Another of its blockchain projects is Pieta, a social platform for digital art connoisseurs that also utilizes NFT technology.
Monoverse is also expanding its game portfolio, branching out into the casual strategy genre with mobile games Hero Warrior and Kingdom at War.
Six Musketeers: Blades and Bullets Did It
“One for one,” Dumas famously said in “The Three Musketeers.” Now their battle cry can resound through the crypto space, and as usual, raise the stakes by doubling down. Of course, the new P&E title The Six Muskotiers also adds dogs to the equation, because when it comes to dogs, everything gets better.
In fact, Shoki, the puppy of the six Muskotiers, is at the center of the game’s lore as he embarks on an unexpected space shuttle launch. This sets off a chain of events that pits the kids against an ominous AI that wants to take over humans. To prevent this, the protagonists armed with their Muskogear, from swords to rifles and heavy armor, headed to the arena.
Taking inspiration from classic multiplayer games like League of Legends, the game offers players both tactical single and multiplayer. It uses procedural generation in its levels, allowing for endless replayability, and features multiple character archetypes divided into three roles: striker, midfielder, and defender. Developers are making their products web-sports friendly, laying the groundwork for future competitive scenarios.
XMANNA: Add more games to your game
While esports has long since moved beyond obscurity and now attracts millions of viewers and the attention of top advertisers and sponsors, traditional sports are declining in popularity — especially among younger audiences. XMANNA, a company dedicated to bringing the sports industry to the blockchain and Metaverse orbit, takes a multi-pronged approach to solving this problem, of which gamification is one of the core pillars.
The company recently signed a partnership with the Inter Miami CF Major League Soccer team owned by David Beckham. In addition to seeing the logo on the sleeves of players’ jerseys, XMANNA will work to help clubs connect with fans in a new way, enhancing engagement and entertainment.
XMANNA’s solution provides game developers and sports clubs with an easy-to-integrate toolset, enabling clubs to deliver fun, gamified experiences during ad breaks on game broadcasts. It also provides clubs with a white-label loyalty platform that can be customized to their needs, as well as an NFT ticketing solution for Metaverse Stadium and a stage for digital concerts and other virtual events.
Time Raiders: Shoot ’em and loot ’em
While most video games tend to stick to only one historical period in their setting, that’s not good enough for Time Raiders. Instead, the P&E game takes players on an epic treasure hunt that spans multiple eras and locations, from China during the Three Kingdoms period to a steampunk version of Victorian London. In all of this, time-traveling gamers will run and shoot through hordes of enemies to collect valuable loot and bring it back to the home base.
Built by experienced developers, the game runs on the Unity engine, ensuring a premium user experience and great visuals. It provides players with engaging and fast-paced gameplay, including player-versus-player and player-versus-environment modes. In addition to conventional weapons such as pistols and sniper rifles, it allows players to summon heavy cavalry – from motorized artillery to fighters and bombers.
The game’s economy will rely heavily on NFTs to handle ownership of most in-game assets, from guns and war machines to entire levels, which players will be able to rent for exclusive access. While many NFT games require an upfront fee, Time Raiders will be free for anyone to join and start playing. It’s also already released a dinosaur as one of the game’s boss monsters, so for those counting reptiles, here’s another.
BattleFly: Flapping like a butterfly, stinging like a fighter
BattleFly, an NFT strategy game as cool as dinosaurs, turns to smaller, gentler creatures than primitive predators. You don’t want to disturb the butterflies in the universe, though, because they’re not your usual peaceful insects. They are the most advanced weapon systems out there, ready for battle.
After hatching warflies from their cocoons, players send them to the garden, where they seek out weapons to equip and hone their combat skills. They can also send weaponized insects to the Hyperdomes, the battleground where BattleFlies fight each other, bringing rewards to their owners.
BattleFlies is part of the larger TreasureDAO Metaverse, a hub world connecting multiple metaverses, games and crypto projects. BattleFly aims to expand its inclusive integration with Treasure over time, adding support for its NFTs and interacting with other platforms in the space.
OVER: virtual experience, real world
While for most video games, with or without blockchain, players can usually enjoy sitting on a controller or keyboard in front of them, with OVER serving as the backbone of a more positive experience. Its platform serves as the infrastructure for Pokemon Go-style adventures, leveraging augmented reality (AR) technology to bring users digital experiences in the real world.
OVER uses blockchain and NFTs to handle the ownership of spatial locations (hexagons in real world space). The person holding the NFT at a specific real-world location will control the AR experiences available there. Thanks to the location scan data the company collects, its AR applications are very precise in the location of virtual objects, enabling complex and detailed designs.
OVER’s products include a robust SDK for developers to build and integrate their AR experiences using its platform. In addition to the most basic items, such as virtual objects placed in specific locations, it also supports more complex applications, including interactive experiences and whole P2E games.
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