In October, an early access game called Crypto Crisis was released on the digital distribution platform Steam. The recently launched title rewinds time to the year 2009 and lets players mine coins on a simulation of the Bitcoin network by utilizing historical data from the last decade.
Simulated Bitcoin Mining Operations
The new simulator game, designed by Armoured Beans, allows players to relive a “closely simulated” version of the Bitcoin network. Essentially Crypto Crisis players spawn back in 2009 and start a mining operation while improving mining equipment and selling bitcoins throughout the duration of the game. Crypto Crisis was released as an early access game, which means it’s currently incomplete, but players can still try the game as it develops. On Nov. 16 and 28 Armoured Beans published two major updates which improved the game’s maps system and added new models for utility equipment.
“[You] have fallen into debt with very little to your name, and you decide to start Bitcoin mining to turn your life around — Compete for and increase your share of block rewards by building and upgrading your mining rigs while carefully managing your resources,” explains the developer’s summary of the game.
The Bitcoin-infused game is very similar to simulators like Sid Meier’s “Civilization” and Will Wright’s “Sims.” Instead of conquering the world or attracting all the babes at a Sims party, Crypto Crisis users manage energy consumption, data facilities, and their mining rig’s heat output. As the game progresses, players slowly improve their mining operations by unlocking new maps and additional space in order to accumulate more bitcoin miners.