13 NFT games to look out for in 2022

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Call it Game­Fi, Play-to-Earn or NFT gam­ing, a new breed of games are com­ing, rid­ing the tidal wave cre­at­ed by the suc­cess of pio­neer games like Axie Infin­i­ty. In 2021, Axie went from basi­cal­ly zero to 2.3 mil­lion dai­ly active play­ers at the end of the year. Dur­ing the same one-year peri­od, the Axie Infinity’s AXS token saw an increase in mar­ket val­ue explod­ing from $0.57 per token a year ago, to $97 at the time of writ­ing a year lat­er – that’s a 170x appre­ci­a­tion in one year.

How­ev­er Axie being the obvi­ous poster child of the emerg­ing NFT gam­ing mar­ket, there are a num­ber of games that gam­ing enthu­si­asts and investors alike should keep an eye on. Accord­ing to Swedish YouTu­ber and NFT gam­ing expert Anders Björk, these are 13 NFT gam­ing projects, on var­i­ous plat­forms like Ethereum and WAX, worth fol­low­ing and of course to play in the com­ing year.

“I have this vision of ful­ly func­tion­ing game economies where peo­ple make a liv­ing only by play­ing these games, hav­ing fun, and liv­ing in this vir­tu­al world. I think we are get­ting clos­er to a real­i­ty where nor­mal peo­ple can play games for a liv­ing. This will change the world, in ways no one can imag­ine,” Anders Björk says.

Accord­ing to Björk, all games in the list below are devel­oped by teams with a sol­id track record and/or lots of expe­ri­ence in the gam­ing indus­try. The list is divid­ed into three cat­e­gories of games: ful­ly playable games, alpha- and beta releas­es, and upcom­ing games.

Fully playable games

Blankos Block Par­ty – https://blankos.com/

Blockchain: Native Myth­i­cal, bridge to Ethereum in Q1 2022

“Blankos is one of the best built NFT games, if not the best NFT based game avail­able. It’s smooth, fun and excit­ing to play, espe­cial­ly if you load up some friends over dis­cord and play togeth­er. You will find hours and hours of fun game styles to play, as well as a ful­ly fletched map builder. There are three main game styles: PVP shoot­er, speed race and col­lect game mode.”

Splin­ter­lands – card game – https://splinterlands.com/

Blockchain: Hive + WAX

“Splin­ter­lands is one of the first suc­cess­ful NFT games that start­ed out as steem mon­sters. This game has been around for years, and with their launch of Lands and the splin­ter­lands token, the game took off to new lev­els over the last few months. It’s free to play, so you can test it out and see what you think before you buy any cool cards or packs.”

Mir4 – MMORPG – https://mir4global.com/

Blockchain: Native

“Mir4 is a ful­ly playable cross-plat­form MMORPG, where NFT-based char­ac­ters are a real­i­ty. The game looks fresh and excit­ing, it seems fun to play at first, but then you read reviews and lis­ten to peo­ple play­ing it. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there seems to be main­ly bots play­ing the game, and at the cur­rent stage, the toke­nomics are unbal­anced and pay-to-win. I add it to the list main­ly because it is one of the most graph­i­cal­ly excit­ing look­ing games out there. Mir4 is free to play on steam, so it’s easy to try it out and make up your own mind.”

The Uplift World – Minecraft mod – https://theuplift.world/

Blockchain: WAX

“The Uplift World took a genius route when it came into NFT gam­ing. They took an excit­ing game plat­form and built NFT acces­si­bil­i­ty on top of it. Why invent the wheel again? Minecraft is a super-suc­cess­ful game that has with­stood the test of time.”

“For The Uplift World, you can own NFT Land Keys which give you full right to a piece of land inside their Minecraft servers. They got a few dif­fer­ent servers with dif­fer­ent rules and set­tings to please all types of play­ers. By own­ing a Land Key NFT you and those that you whitelist are the only play­ers able to build and dig on your piece of land. This enables you to build out your Minecraft dream inside a big uni­verse with many oth­er players.”

Alpha & Beta Releases

The Sand­box – Meta­verse – https://www.sandbox.game/en

Blockchain: Ethereum

“The Sand­box is like­ly one of the biggest, if not the biggest and most well known meta­verse in the cryp­tos­phere. Landown­ers in the Sand­box can build out their own game and allow oth­er play­ers to come, engage and play on it. There are many projects that buy land in The Sand­box that we still have no clue what they will use it for.”

“Sure­ly there’s an excit­ing future for Sand­box with as many stake­hold­ers as there cur­rent­ly are. Big com­pa­nies, projects and celebri­ties such as Binance, Atari, Ani­mo­ca, Snoop Dog, Deadmau5,  Flow, Opensea, WAX, Opera, Dap­pradar and many more, build on Sandbox.”

Phan­tom Galax­ies – open world shoot­er – https://phantomgalaxies.com/

Blockchain: Mul­ti-chain/Poly­gon

“I have not yet played this game myself, but it does look very promis­ing. So the rat­ing is sole­ly based on my research of the game.”

“Phan­tom Galax­ies is an open world shoot­er, based in a space envi­ron­ment, where you con­trol your mech char­ac­ter in a third par­ty view playstyle. Per­son­al­ly, I am not a big fan of ari­al shoot­er games, but this does look excit­ing and I will sure­ly test it out as soon as it goes live. Check out the trail­er and look for yourself.”

22 Rac­ing Series – rac­ing game – https://www.22series.com/

Blockchain: Phan­tas­ma

“The 22 Rac­ing Series remind me a lot of the feel­ing of Track­Ma­nia nation. The speed and con­trol is real­ly sweet, but the map lay­out of 22 Rac­ing Series is some­thing entire­ly new and awe­some. They build on the Phan­tas­ma blockchain which enables them to do some real­ly cool stuff with their NFTs.”

“Each car in the 22 Rac­ing Series game is a unique NFT. How­ev­er, each part of the car is also an NFT, and you can take apart and cus­tomize your own car, and per­haps sell that exact build to a new player.”

Metrop­o­lis Ori­gins – card game – https://www.metropolis-origins.com/

Blockchain: WAX

“Metrop­o­lis Ori­gins is built by a tal­ent­ed and expe­ri­enced team of game devel­op­ers. It just launched and already has a playable alpha ver­sion of their game avail­able on their web­site. All the cards are NFTs on the WAX Blockchain. Total­ly worth test­ing it out!”

Mil­lion on Mars: Land Rush – Mars vir­tu­al world – https://www.milliononmars.com/

Blockchain: WAX

“The Mil­lion on Mars team is made up of tons of expe­ri­ence in the gam­ing indus­try and will like­ly build and deliv­er one of the bet­ter casu­al games uti­liz­ing NFTs. The rat­ing right now is based on their lim­it­ed alpha release; there are some fea­tures need­ed, such as adding mul­ti­ple NFTs at the same time to the world. Cur­rent­ly, you can get your­self some NFT land, pick a spot on Mars, and build out your base. You can go and explore the world, brew your cof­fee, and gath­er game resources.”

Clash­dome Cit­i­zens – https://clashdome.io/

Blockchain: WAX

“Built by a small game stu­dio in Barcelona, Clash­dome Cit­i­zens is a game plat­form with casu­al web-based games. Over the last year, the team has added mul­ti­ple casu­al Play-to-Earn games for any­one to play. Now they have just launched the alpha ver­sion of Clash­dome Cit­i­zens, which is a Play-to-Earn game that ties togeth­er every­thing on their plat­form. You will be able to breed your NFT cit­i­zens, cre­at­ing a way to earn more of their in-game tokens, duel oth­er gamers and much more.”

Alien Worlds – meta­verse – https://alienworlds.io/

Blockchain: WAX

“Alien Worlds is one of the biggest Play-to-Earn games cur­rent­ly in exis­tence. With many hun­dreds of thou­sands of accounts thus far. How­ev­er, what most peo­ple don’t know yet, is that the cur­rent state of the game, the min­ing aspect, is just the first step in Alien Worlds’ roadmap. It’s an eco­nom­ic lay­er to dis­trib­ute the TLM token and get peo­ple into the meta­verse. Soon the Alien World coun­cil will launch, which is one DAO per plan­et in the game, that will have a huge abil­i­ty to impact the Alien World metaverse.”

Upcoming games

The Forge Are­na – https://gen‑e.io/

Blockchain: WAX

“The Forge Are­na is the most excit­ing look­ing NFT game I’ve seen on the hori­zon. I’m a per­son that has played tons of games my entire life, and this game has a nice feel­ing like a match made in heav­en between counter strike and Quake. The devel­op­ers say they were inspired by CSGO and Halo.”

Warsak­en – card game – https://warsaken.com

Blockchain: WAX

“Warsak­en is a new style card game that is aimed to be released both as a dig­i­tal and phys­i­cal game. The NFT art is high qual­i­ty and the team seem pas­sion­ate about their project. On their Youtube you can see a game­play video between one of the team mem­bers and his son. Cur­rent­ly, they have a sale of their NFTs for the game, so you can get enough to put forth a deck when their dig­i­tal ver­sion of the game launches.”

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