July is wrapping up, and that means it’s time for our second installment of Token Gamer’s top 5 list of Play-to-Earn and Play-and-Earn games! (Here’s last month’s.) A couple of games managed to stay on the list, and a few new ones have joined.
To get a good idea of how players are choosing games, we’ve added a chart below which shows what games have had the most unique users in the past 30 days. It’s worth noting that none of the games we’ve picked as our top 5 are listed on the below graphic of highest users. Make of that what you will, but we are prioritizing quality gameplay and tokenomics over large communities of players.
Prerequisites for Being Listed
In order to make the top 5 list, each game will have to meet the following criteria:
- Must be playable (at least beta)
- No games will be listed that are pre-launch or otherwise unable to be played
- Must be able to earn
- Games listed must have a crypto or an NFT system that allows for earning in some capacity.
- Must NOT be a clicker only
- In order to emphasize “games”, clickers will be excluded.
Top 5: August 2022
1. The Forge Arena
The Forge Arena stays on our top 5 Play-to-Earn games for August, and for good reason. For one, they’ve announced that they are going cross-chain with Polygon, which is a great move for this game. Exposure to a whole new blockchain will likely help onboard a new community of gamers.
This FPS (First-Person Shooter) continues to be fun with the ability to earn $SCRAP, and lots of new features are coming according to their roadmap. These include leaderboards, daily challenges, moving to Unreal Engine 5, and more. One main critique is the difficulty in starting a game, which has to be done by using their Discord server. I’m sure their team has an eye on this, and hopefully, we can see this fixed in the future. If you want to see more info about this great game, Rob has recently covered it in the above YouTube video.
2. Ni no Kuni: Crossworlds
Our next game on the list is the only other repeat, Ni no Kuni: Crossworlds. This game is a roleplaying game where you defeat monsters, go on quests, and battle together with your guild. The developers continued to deliver large amounts of new content this month, including a fun event in which players had to defeat the legendary Ancient Genie. I’ve enjoyed playing through the story and earning crypto along the way. If they can continue to deliver new content like this I think they will keep a sizable playerbase. My main annoyance is not being able to withdraw crypto from mobile, so hopefully, the developers can come up with a solution for this.
Skyweaver is new to the top 5 list this month, although it was an honorable mention last month. It earned its way into this month’s top 5 through solid gameplay, and a huge expansion to the game called “Clash of Inventors.” This expansion brought 50 new cards to the game as well as a new trait, “Dash.” If you are a fan of TCGs (Trading Card Games) like Hearthstone, then Skyweaver is one you absolutely need to try. The artwork in Skyweaver is beautiful, and there is some deep and complex strategy going on. One great thing about this game is it is available on mobile, browser, and as a client download on Windows, Mac, and Linux, making it available to virtually everyone.
4. Big Time
Also new to this month’s list is Big Time. Big Time brands itself as a “Multiplayer Action RPG (Role Playing Game) where you team up with friends to adventure across time and space.” This game, which currently requires at least a Ruby pass to play, allows you to defeat monsters with your friends, and earn through NFT drops. You also can meet historical figures and try to ultimately save the universe. This Sci-Fi RPG is a lot of fun to play, and has developers from Epic Games, Blizzard, Riot, and EA behind it. I’m looking forward to seeing future updates to the game, as Big Time is off to a promising start.
5. Undead Blocks
Wrapping up our August list is Undead Blocks. This zombie-killing FPS allows players to earn $ZBUX through killing zombies. Although $ZBUX isn’t earnable now, they did have a 10k USD zombie killing tournament July 29-30th which was free to play. Much like Call of Duty Zombies, you will need to clear waves of enemies while trying to stay alive. Usually, this means shooting on the fly, and trying to collect better weapons and perks to make sure you can survive. Currently, the gameplay is limited, so I’d like to see it expand further with more game modes and longer runs available in their current game mode.
Honorable Mention: The Sandbox
The Sandbox continues to be a big name in blockchain gaming. This game, perhaps, is more like a metaverse than anything else out there. They continue to partner with many diverse projects, including a recent announcement partnering with Tony Hawk. You primarily earn in The Sandbox by selling user-made NFTs in their marketplace. The blocky and pixelated style, although not my favorite, will appeal to the many fans of games like Minecraft. Coincidentally, Microsoft, the owners of Minecraft, have said they will not allow NFTs within Minecraft. This could be a great opportunity for The Sandbox to fill that gap!