Remember the simpler video game times when your hardest decision was between Mario and Sonic? Well, a change has hit the gaming universe, and it's all about the rise and hype of Web3 games. If you're scratching your head thinking, "Web-what?" – don’t worry, we've got you covered.
What are Web3 games?
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Blankos Block Party
Image: Blankos Block Party - Source: VentureBeat
Mythical Games’ Blankos Block Party is a standout free-to-play MMO game set in a virtual world designed to feel like a giant block party, emphasizing custom art, exploration, and collecting unique Blankos characters. The game is played using Blankos, characters inspired by vinyl toys; each Blanko is an NFT you are encouraged to customize. As well as being the first blockchain game on Fortnite publisher Epic Game’s store, you’ll see accessories and in-game items from well-known brands including Burberry, cereal company Kellogg’s, Atari, and musician Deadmau5.
Claiming to have crossed the 1 million player mark in 2022, Blankos Block Party is available for macOS and PC. The game integrates blockchain technology to provide verified ownership and transaction history for items, enhancing security and authenticity. Additionally, players have the freedom to create unique parties, offering them a variety of game modes that suit their playing styles.
Launched: September 2022
Network: Ethereum, EOS
Splinterlands is a Web3 Hearthstone-style trading card game. In this game, each card you collect is an NFT, or a special digital item that you actually own, just like a trading card you’d have in real life. Cards are available for purchase and sale through OpenSea. The platform caters to card enthusiasts, offering 283+ cards to strategically combine and fortify characters. Seven stats, including speed, armor, and attack types, define player competence. Factions like Fire and Water, plus unique abilities, add strategic depth. While you’re playing the game, you can tackle quests, jump into ranked matches, and join tournaments, all while scoring daily rewards. Cards can be upgraded, rented, or converted to crypto.
Developer: Steem Monsters
Launched: January 2020
Developed by Ubisoft alums, Ultimate Champions is a free-to-play fantasy football and basketball game played using officially licensed digital player cards (NFTs). These cards provide a unique ownership experience, enabling players to fully own, collect, and trade them within the game. The game is geared towards football and basketball fans; players put their knowledge to use by building and switching up their fantasy teams every week, to earn rewards.
Launched: May 2022
Networks: Ethereum, Polygon
Image: Genopets gameplay - Source: AFK Gaming
Genopets is a play-to-earn (P2E) game on the Solana blockchain. The game rewards players for taking care of the physical and mental well-being of their digital creatures called Genopets. These creatures can be nurtured, battled, and players earn token rewards for participating in physical activities and exercises.
Using a 'Move to Earn' concept, Genopets incentivizes players to stay active, by integrating biometric data from apps and devices like Apple Health and Fitbit to track steps. The more steps you take, the more points you can bank to take care of your Genopet and level up.
Developer: Monarch Gaming
Launched: January 2022
Image: Planet IX Build dashboard - Source: Polkastarter
Planet IX is a free-to-play and play-to-earn Web3 game where you’re on a mission to restore a planet and reveal its secrets with other players. By playing the game, you can gather assets, develop territories, and become a driving force for change. Planet IX's expansive features, including a marketplace, diverse in-game corporations, and a wide array of assets and utilities, cater to a wide range of gaming preferences. As the game unfolds, it becomes a vast sci-fi world where you can explore.
Developer: Nibiru Software
Launched: July 2021
Cryptoblades is a multi-chain NFT-based game that takes you on an adventure where you can defeat enemies and craft powerful blade weapons in a digital world. You can buy and trade the game's native token, SKILL, which is used for various in-game activities. By offering players the ability to choose from several chains to play on, players can potentially earn more or less depending on transaction (gas) fees.
Providing a “Pros & Cons of the current blockchains” is a nice extra touch from the developers to help players choose which chain to play on:
Developer: Riveted Games
Launched: May 2021
Networks: BSC, HECO, OKC, Polygon, Avalanche
Image: Hunters On-Chain game - Source: PolkastarterDeveloped by mobile gaming veterans who form the Web3 game publisher BoomLand, Hunters On-Chain is a free-to-play action-packed RPG game where you can hunt NFT creatures for rewards. This game brings competition to the forefront as players challenge each other and the game environment across diverse game modes.
Hunters On-Chain is a spinoff of the immensely successful mobile game Hunt Royale, which has been downloaded over seven million times across the (Apple) App and Google Play stores.
Launched: March 2021
Image: Benji Bananas play to earn game - Source: Play to Earn Online
Benji Bananas started as a non-Web3 free-to-play mobile action game in 2013 and was downloaded 50 million times between the App Store and Google Play stores. In 2018, Animoca Brands acquired the game, and in 2022 they transitioned to play-to-earn. In Benji Bananas, players guide the protagonist, Benji, through intricate tree landscapes by swinging on vines to collect bananas, all while avoiding obstacles. The play-to-earn model means players can earn PRIMATE tokens for their achievements in the game, and trade (swap) the token for other fungible tokens including APE, GMEE, and ETH.
Launched: March 2022
Network: Ethereum, Polygon
Image: Panzerdogs NFT game - Source: Polkastarter
Panzerdogs is a mobile PVP “tank brawler” where players can use in-game assets (NFTs) to improve their odds of winning battles. Players can earn rewards by winning through maneuvering, evading shots, and strategically outwitting opponents in real-time scenarios. The core game involves players participating in Player vs. Environment (PVE) or Player vs. Player (PVP) battles, accumulating Account XP, currencies, and rewards, ultimately leading to crafting, upgrading, or acquiring tank parts to win future battles.
Developer: Lucky Kat Studios
Launched: April 2023
Image: Skyweaver digital trading card game - Source: MMORPG
Skyweaver is a digital trading card game that invites you to explore a realm beyond imagination. Developed by Horizon Blockchain Games, this game brings together the elements of online and physical card games, offering a free-to-play experience that's accessible to everyone. In Skyweaver, you'll engage in thrilling player-versus-player battles where each card is a digital asset you own. Your journey in this alternate reality unfolds through gameplay where you'll summon creatures, cast spells, and compete to become the ultimate Skyweaver. And the best part? Your victories lead to new cards that you can play with, and trade, sell or gift them in-game or on secondary NFT marketplaces.
Developer: Horizon Blockchain Games
Launched: July 2019
Image: Phantom Galaxies gameplay - Source: Blowfish Studios
Phantom Galaxies is an open-world action RPG shooter where players take control of “Starfighter” mechs/starships to battle for supremacy across different sectors of Canis Major. In this game, you’ll dive into frontline combat and space exploration to gather resources and discover potent weapons.
As a player, you can own in-game assets, including mechs, equipment, and avatars. You’ll have the freedom to choose from Starfighter classes such as Lancer or Buster, and upgrade your mechs to suit different combat scenarios.
Developer: Blowfish Studios
Launched: May 2022
As gaming evolves, things are changing faster than you can say "game over." Whether you're battling it out in space, summoning creatures in magical realms, or swinging through trees for bananas, Web3 is taking gaming to a whole new level. Remember, while we've showcased these games, it's important to do your own research before diving in.
Whether you're actively building or passionately playing Web3 games, Dispatch can give you an edge:
For builders and game developers, Dispatch can power your leaderboards, keep your team or community automatically updated with which in-game NFTs are most popular, and alert you to unexpected on-chain events that might need your attention.
For gamers, Dispatch can help by alerting you when new in-game items, avatars, and add-ons become available, and help you track your hard-earned P2E earnings, as well as the earnings of other players, offering interesting insight into game developments. That’s one of the benefits of Web3 gaming — just about anything that’s “on-chain” (i.e. is controlled by a smart contract) is visible and trackable.
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