Crypto games are all the rage right now – but for all of the talk about collectibles one blockchain startup says there’s a key element which is being overlooked: skill.
Ether Kingdoms believes gamers want more than an opportunity to collect virtual assets – and it has created an “exciting and engrossing game that can make real money for the player.” At the heart of its universe are imps – “the kingdom’s main workers and warriors.” They can go mining for IMP tokens – with one IMP equal to a warrior under your command. Each imp has distinctive characteristics, and gamers can send them into battle against other players if they wish. Victory means they will walk away with some of their imps.
Rare and desirable artefacts are available throughout the game, and these have the potential to make the imps stronger – giving players the upper hand when they’re challenging someone. These artefacts can be hard to find, but Ether Kingdoms does offer weekly leaderboards, with winners receiving a coveted loot box full of tools.
The mechanics of the game
Although Ether Kingdoms is based on blockchain technology, its team admits some elements of the game do not use smart contracts. In explaining why this is, they point to CryptoKitties – which soared to become the largest DApp on the Ethereum protocol by gas consumption. As a result, it put a strain on the entire network and created severe congestion.
Ether Kingdoms says its solution delivers a “fast and secure” gameplay experience where mining and battles won’t cost astronomical amounts of gas. While the MetaMask wallet is used for verifying all of the key actions that a player performs in the game, all other operations are stored on a server to make the game fast and free – creating a balance between “productivity,