According to a recent report by MarketsandMarkets, the market for crypto games is skyrocketing at an astounding pace, and expected to record a CAGR of 70.3% between 2022 and 2027 to reach USD 65.7b.
Given such record growth rates, it does seem like crypto adoption has found another frontier. Blockchain-based games could have a real shot in driving mass crypto adoption as crypto drives the in-game ecosystems.
It is also heartening to know that, while early Web 3 games are focused on GameFi, there are increasingly more of such games that focus on fun gameplay.
What Are Web3/Crypto Games?
Before we delve deeper into some of these games, we shall define what constitutes a Web 3 game.
Most Web 3 games often integrate crypto for their in-game payments or allow gamers to own tradable assets and accessories in the form of NFTs within their gameplay.
The use of smart contracts in the games ensures full transparency when trading these in-game assets and fair gameplay.
1. Kuroro Beast Brawl (The Pokémon of Crypto?)
From the gameplay down to the graphics, Kuroro Beast Brawl is a free-to-play turn-based PVP strategy game that draws its inspiration and bears resemblance to the well-loved Pokemon game.
Similar to Pokemon, players can collect a roster of 30 unique beasts, each of these beasts own a combination of 2 out of the 12 available elements. Players can then send these beasts into battle to experience the thrill of strategic combat.
The ecosystem is powered by the $KURO token on the Ethereum blockchain that facilitates the purchase of beasts and customizable traits in the game.
2. Stella Fantasy (The Genshin Impact of Crypto?)
re you an Anime fan? If so, this next game called Stella Fantasy is the Genshin Impact of Web 3 gaming. Stella Fantasy is a Japanese anime-inspired RPG with beautiful NFT waifu characters.
Gamers can gather resources, craft gear, and battle monsters within the treacherous Abyss Rift dungeon in the mystical world of Verania.
The characters have different classes such as Mage, Range and Healer. Each class has different utilities and skills.
Backed by notable investors such as Animoca Brands and Play Venture, it is currently live on the Binance Smart Chain and has plans to launch on other chains such as the Sui Network as well.
The players purchase valuable in-game items with the Stella Fantasy $SFTY token.
3. Spider Tank by Gala Games
If you are hard-pressed for time, this is the game for you! With the right setup to achieve the goals of the match, you can win this game in 3 minutes!
Players can customize their tanks with a wide array of parts and weapons before battling it out and earning $SILK tokens in a fast-paced game.
4. Blocklords (The Age of Empires of Crypto?)
Created by the promising MetaKing Studios, Blocklords is a free-to-play turn-based immersive medieval Web 3 based game that is built on the Polygon Network.
Embark on a journey to establish your own kingdom, raise formidable armies and battle it out with other players in a quest for greater territorial control.
The characters in Blocklords are known as heroes that have limited lifespan, they are minted as digital assets and belong to the gamer upon creation. Each of the heroes have unique traits and attributes.
Now you may have heard of a card game or a racing game, but have you heard of a card strategy racing game? MixMob is such a game.
Built on Solana and developed by a team that worked on FIFA, Nintendo and Disney, MixMob counts big names such as Solana Ventures, DeFiance Capital and Arthur Hayes’ investment fund Ascensive Assets among its investors.
As both gamers and developers converge and warm up to the idea of Web 3 gaming, we can expect to see many more of such interesting and fun blockchain games in the coming months and years to come as the industry grows exponentially.
Many of these Web 3 games that have the most traction often resemble the popular traditional games such as Pokemon. In creating new games, game designers and developers draw inspiration from these successful traditional games in terms of gameplay and gaming mechanics.
Although it still remains to be seen as to which Web 3 game or games will dominate the space, this shift from the focus on gamification of finance to building blockchain games that prioritize fun gameplay is a step in the right direction.
[Editor’s Note: This article does not represent financial advice. Please do your research before investing.]
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This article was written by Clarence Lee and edited by Yusoff Kim
The $SUD tokens in-game can be used to enter races, wager and buy digital items.