NFTs are the next big thing in the world of crypto mining and the reaction to them has been divided. Many people believe that they are the future of making money digitally, but millions are against them due to the threat that they pose to the environment.
One way or another, it seems that they might be here to stay and what some people did not know until recently is that there are even video games related to NFTs. The first big controversy was stirred up after Valve announced that Steam will no longer be allowing video games that deal with NFTs or mining on their platform. The second major controversy occurred when the Pinhead model in Dead by Daylight was announced to be going up for sale as an NFT.
With these revelations, everyone wants to know what games currently exist with NFT being a part of them and that’s what we’re here to tell you. Whether you want to know what an NFT game is, or what games in total exist thus far with NFTs in them – we’re about to walk you through that information.
(Almost) Every NFT Game in 2021
There aren’t too many NFT games available at the time but there is still a bit of variety in what you can play based on the different genres that they belong to. One thing worth noting is that they’re mostly at a very early stage of development at the moment, so it might not be a very polished experience.
- Axie Infinity
The most popular and well-received NFT game is Axie Infinity. It’s very similar to Pokemon and the ‘Axie’ in its name refers to the digital in-game pets that the players play with. The players fully own everything that they have in the game and the pets first have to be leveled up by winning PvP battles.
The money that you collect from battles can be used as money for breeding new Axie pets, and once you have desirable outcomes – you can sell those pets on the NFT marketplace since you completely own them and can come across some very rare breeds.
2. Lost Relics
Lost Relics is an action role-playing game that plays similarly to a dungeon crawler. You have to invade dungeons and slay everything that you see in them while collecting all the loot that they drop. The loot of the game is divided into two types.
One type is the usual virtual in-game that everyone is used to, while the other type is blockchain which is owned solely by the player and they can sell it on the NFT marketplace if they want. The game only has limited slots at the moment since it’s in a pre-alpha state.
Sorare is a trading card game in which you can collect cards based on real-life footballers and their statistics are based on the effectiveness of the player in their real careers. You collect cards, build a virtual team, join leagues and send them off to matches which makes your team stronger and allows you to climb through the ranks.
Unlike other games on this list, this one struck extra attention upon its release, not for its gameplay, but because one of the most expensive cards sold in the NFT marketplace so far was one based on the footballer Christiano Ronaldo.
4. Nine Chronicles
Nine Chronicles is a role-playing game with the usual elements that you’d expect to see, such as leveling up, gathering loot, killing monsters, and PvP combat. But there’s a major difference to how its servers work because it’s networked as a peer-to-peer game between gamers and miners. This means that no single company owns the game’s servers.
So, as long as players keep running it, the game cannot die.
5. League of Kingdoms
League of Kingdoms is an MMO where the player is allowed to create a kingdom, train an army and fight other players to establish their dominance and territories. The properties that the players have in the games are NFTs that can be built, sold, and purchased with real-world stakes involved.
What sets this game apart in principle is that the developers take player feedback very seriously, as high-level players can vote for the changes or mechanics they wish to see in the next future of the game.
6. Zed Run
Zed Run is a horse racing game in which the player breeds horses and every horse comes with a specific DNA that is unique to the horse owned by players. Due to different power, speed, and abilities, horses are often rare to come across. This makes them relevant as NFTs that the players can sell and trade.
7. Guild of Guardians
Guild of Guardians is an action role-playing game with fantasy elements in which players can create a team of ‘guardians’. Then they can ally with other players to become a guild and compete in different missions and guild-based activities that will give them blockchain-based rewards.
8. Gold Fever
Gold Fever is a role-playing survival game that allows the players to live in a harsh jungle harsh, participate in intense battles against factions, and collect valuable loot. The game’s blockchain aspect comes in the form of its economy and the items that you can create, find and buy in-game.
These items are NFTs and the player can then do as they please with them. Similar to League of Kingdoms, this game allows players to vote on its future.
Splinterlands is a card game in which two players fight each other with their deck of cards, and each card features different properties and advantages. As players win games, they get ‘Dark Energy Crystals’ which can be used to buy more cards or exchanged for cryptocurrency. Unlike games like Hearthstone, the card decks in this game automatically win or lose, instead of giving the player control of the strategy.
10. Town Star
Town Star is a farming sim that is developed by the creators of the iconic Farmville game. Players can build their farms in exactly the way that they envision it and can even hire in-game workers to help them out. However, it uses a six-day cycle and the world map is reset each Tuesday, which forces every player to start from scratch.
Based on how successful the farm was, the player wins prizes which include NFTs too and then they can sell or trade them off.
11. The Sandbox
Minecraft will probably never implement NFTs, but if you want a similar experience in NFT gaming, then The Sandbox is what you need. Everything item in the game is NFT-based and you’re free to build and sell things as you like. Even the lands in the game count as NFTs and can be sold, so the player creativity is very rewardable.
12. Crypto Fights
Crypto Fights is a game where players participate in 1v1 matches and tournaments, both of which contribute towards unlocking rewards, some of which can be traded as NFTs.
13. The Six Dragons
The Six Dragons have randomly generated dungeons that you can explore and fight through for loot. You can craft your own items, make them an NFT, and then sell them to the highest bidder. It’s easier said than done, but that’s the point of the game.
14. Alien Worlds
Alien Worlds is a game that is all about exploration and mining, set in the year 2055. You can discover different planets and own lands which act as NFTs, as well as some of the in-game items. There is a lot more to do in the game and it has a massive structure, so it takes can be intimidating to new players.
However, fans of sci-fi games like Eve Online should feel right at home.
15. Gods Unchained
Gods Unchained is a card game that is very similar to Splinterlands which is mentioned earlier on the list. You collect cards, create a deck, and put them against your opponents, aiming for an advantage.
16. Battle Racers
Battle Racers is, as the name implies, a racing game. You can design and build unique vehicles which then can be tested out in races. Naturally, the best of the best can be traded and sold as NFTs.
17. Big Time
Big Time is an action role-playing game similar to the other ARPG games on the list, but it has a specific theme of space and time.
18. My Master War
My Master War is an idle strategy game where the player can obtain rare items and characters which they can then sell and trade as NFTs.
19. Simba Empire
Simba Empire is a farming sim with the theme of the player characters being lions. It’s similar to the previously mentioned Town Star but made by a less experienced team.
The same as the previously mentioned Zed Run, but made by different people.
21. Kawaii Islands
Kawaii Islands is the closest thing that you can get to virtual worlds like Club Penguin. You can play many mini-games that include things like building, farming, crafting, and social interaction with other players.
The items that you get in the game are eventually something that belongs to the player, and thus can be sold as NFTs.
22. Age of Rust
Age of Rust is a first-person puzzle-based game that has collectible blockchain-based items that players and collect and sell-off.
Skyweaver is a trading card game that is currently only open to limited slots. Like other card games on the list, it allows you to collect and trade/sell NFT cards.
24. 9 Lives Arena
9 Lives Arena is a 1v1 PvP RPG that will include a permanent death. Players earn rewards by winning and crafting in-game items that will be linked to the blockchain.
IQeon is a platform that is similar to a party game. You can play over 20 games that include things like shooting, platforming, racing, solving puzzles, and answering quizzes. What makes it more interesting is that it features PvP against other players, and through that, you can earn cryptocurrency.
Cryptovoxels is a minimal game with a 3D world that features dummies. You can build, develop, and sell the land that you own in the game’s fictional city. This land can then be sold as an NFT because it gets recorded as blockchain in terms of ownership.
27. Spell of Genesis
Spells of Genesis is a collectible card puzzle game with RPG elements. The characters that you collect on cards are among the items that can be sold off as NFTs once the player obtains a rare one.
28. Neon District
Neon District is an RPG where every in-game item is based on blockchain and can be traded or sold. You earn money by engaging in combat and it can be used to progress and purchase items.
Based on the classic Snake game that we know and love, it’s as easy as your virtual snake eating blockchain points. You can level up the snake and that allows you to consume more blockchain points, and the more you eat, the more you earn.
30. Evolution Land
Evolution Land is kind of a virtual world that has 26 continents and it contains things like land, fire, gold, water, wood, and silicon that you can collect or work with like resources. Players can partake in activities such as construction, PvP combat, and mining – which all give you items that you can then trade and sell as NFTs.
31. F1 Delta Time
A racing game where you can collect cars, drivers, components, and tools – which can be sold off as NFTs once you manage to get something very useful or rare.
32. Crypto Space Commander
Crypto Space Commander is an MMO set in a space setting in which you can obtain items that can be sold off as NFTs since the ownership of them belongs to the player.
33. Mines of Dalarnia
Mines of Dalarnia is a 2D platformer that also serves as a blockchain real-estate game similar to Cryptovoxels. It’s hard to explain it quickly, but it’s similar to Steamworld Dig and you can trade and sell levels to other players.
34. Blockchain Cuties
In Blockchain Cuties, the player breeds monsters and then can trade and sell them as NFTs.
35. My Crypto Heroes
My Crypto Heroes is a turn-based RPG that originally became famous for being one of the first-ever games to feature ‘hero’ characters that can be sold as NFTs.
36. Ember Sword
Ember Sword is an MMORPG that is based on blockchain and allows players to collect cosmetic items that they can sell and trade as NFTs.
Ethermon is similar to some of the other pet-based games on the list. It plays a bit like Pokemon but you can sell the pets as NFTs.
38. Brave Frontier Heroes
Brave Frontier Heroes is an idle RPG that is essentially a mixture of My Crypto Heroes and Brave Frontier, and it includes items that can be sold off for cryptocurrency.
Decentraland is a virtual world where you can own and sell the property as NFTs.
40. War Riders
War Riders is a post-apocalyptic vehicular battle game where you can own items, weapons, and vehicles that can be sold as NFTs.
A sci-fi horror first-person shooter with RPG elements that features the Enjin ecosystem.
42. War of Crypta
A real-time fighting game that has collectible characters that you can own and sell off as NFTs since it’s ENJ-backed.
43. Dark Country
Dark Country is a card game with a gothic-horror theme. The collectible cards can be traded and sold off as NFTs.
We might have missed a game or two, but these are all of the prominent games that have been released or might be released very soon that feature the ability to obtain NFT items.
What are NFT games?
Although we’re used to NFT being discussed in terms of images and videos, they are also a part of video games. Many video games contain NFTs in them, as we’ve listed them in this article above. The way they implement the blockchain infrastructure in the games is generally through two methods.
The first one is by allowing players to own and sell unique items within the game. These items include things like cosmetics, currencies, tools, characters, collectible cards, and even land that you own in the game. And the second one is by placing the game on a peer-to-peer network, that allows it to act similar to a torrent client because the game does not need any server to run on that is owned by a company. This allows the game to live for as long as there are people playing it.
Just like everything else, NFTs in video games are also frowned upon because it takes a lot of energy to generate. A rough example is that a single footprint of a single transaction on an Ethereum blockchain can use 35kwH of energy at once, which is equal to powering a refrigerator for a complete month. But at the same time, it cannot be denied that it’s growing and thousands of gamers are happily welcoming this play-to-earn format.