A blockchain game is any crypto game or NFT game, with or without play to earn mechanics, that makes use of blockchain technology. The blockchain gaming trend was kicked off by CryptoKitties back in 2017 – virtual pets represented as non-fungible tokens – and expanded on by major names like The Sandbox and Decentraland that built entire metaverse platforms and achieved a multi-billion dollar market cap.

In this guide we take a snapshot look at the best performing blockchain games according to DappRadar, based on number of unique active wallet (UAW) addresses in the past month – a way to accurately track the number of players. We also review some upcoming and new blockchain games as a potential investment.

Top Blockchain Games Right Now

  1. Silks – New Horse Racing Blockchain Game
  2. Tamadoge – Upcoming Play to Earn NFT Game
  3. Battle Infinity – Upcoming Fantasy Sports Metaverse Game
  4. Lucky Block – #1 NFT Competitions Platform
  5. Neopets Meta – 1.04M Players
  6. Axie Infinity – 547.1k Players
  7. Alien Worlds – 546.2k Players
  8. Splinterlands – 383.9k Players

Reviewing the Best Blockchain Games to Invest In

The highest 30 day volume of players on DappRadar’s top blockchain game at the time of writing, is Neopets Meta with over 1 million active players monthly.

For those more interested in investing in blockchain games and their native crypto coins – we’ll first review some new and upcoming crypto games on various different blockchains, then include some well-established titles among the best blockchain games.

1. Silks

Silks is fast becoming the #1 sports NFT on the Ethereum blockchain on OpenSea, rated a top 50 listing on leading NFT market analysis site Nansen and backed by top investment firms.

A unique offering in blockchain gaming, Silks was the first of its kind – a compelling horse racing NFT project. The play to earn mechanic in this game has an exciting cross over in real life – when a players’ digital horse wins a race in real life, they earn crypto rewards in its native currency $STT.

Silks blockchain game

The fun and authenticity doesn’t end there for fans of gaming and horse racing – everything down the DNA of your stud plays a role in this blockchain game in some form. Silks is partnered with a real-world thoroughbred horse training facility in Kentucky – Circle 8 Ranch.

In terms of an investment vehicle – horse racing does well in all market conditions even throughout recessions and can be a hedge in those bad times such as the adverse macroeconomic conditions of 2022.

Horse racing at the time of writing is having a record year in terms of sales prices for horses and the size of prize purses at the races. Silks is also having a good year – featured in Cointelegraph recently when they secured $2 million in seed round funding from crypto VCs to bring the metaverse horse racing experience to the masses.

Find the latest news and roadmap update at Silks.io. Over July 29-31 a major minting and sale of NFTs is also scheduled – its not too late to get involved in this growing project.

2. Tamadoge

Tamadoge aims to be the next Dogecoin and more than a meme coin – part of its roadmap is to build a metaverse game with augmented reality (AR) where players nurture their pets, NFTs of the doge meme.

Before that phase it will take the form on an NFT game where players’ NFT doges do battle after being minted, trained and fed – to top leaderboards and win rewards in the form of Tamadoge (TAMA) tokens.

Tamadoge game

That P2E utility is something Dogecoin and Shiba Inu lacked – Tamadoge’s tagline is to become ‘the play to earn Dogecoin’. Their native token TAMA is also currently on beta sale, shaping up to be one of the most promising crypto presales of 2022.

Tamadoge is an ERC-20 on the Ethereum blockchain. As well as ETH, early investors can purchase TAMA with Tether or fiat currencies using a bank card on the project website, tamadoge.io.

Update – the Tamadoge presale has now raised around $1 million, a strong level of early investor interest that could help propel this project to become one of the best blockchain games of 2023.

Min Investment 10,000 TAMA (∼$10 + gas fee)
Max Investment N/A
Purchase Methods ETH, USDT, Debit / Credit Card (via Transak)
Chain Ethereum
Beta Sale Ends 2nd September 2022
Presale Ends Q4 2022

3. Battle Infinity

Battle Infinity is an upcoming fantasy sports themed blockchain game and its native token IBAT is a BEP-20 token on the Binance Smart Chain.

Battle Infinity recently sold out its presale early but will be available to buy on crypto exchanges, including PancakeSwap as its first DEX listing. The IBAT presale saw high demand after being featured in Yahoo Finance, BeinCrypto, CryptoPotato, CryptoNews.com and other crypto news outlets.

Battle Infinity blockchain game

IBAT is this NFT-based metaverse game’s play to earn rewards token – for example players can craft their own sports team and compete against other teams in matches and leagues, earning IBAT for winning and placing high in the league standings.

Learn more about this unique new blockchain game ecosystem via their Telegram announcement channel. This new crypto project was CoinSniper KYC verified and completed a Solid Proof audit.

4. Lucky Block

Lucky Block is an NFT competitions platform and the name of its native token, with the ticker symbol LBLOCK.

In May 2022 the Lucky Block project team awarded $2 million in prizes, half to a holder of one of their NFT collection – the Platinum Rollers Club – and half to an entrant in their jackpot draw. That prize draw is a decentralized prize pool with more transparent and better odds of winning for players than traditional games of the same format.

Lucky Block

See our Lucky Block price prediction post for more info on the possible future of LBLOCK as an investment, as well as its NFTs.

Some of the other competitions running currently on the Lucky Block website including the chance to win a Lamborghini sports car as well as another $1 million giveaway, paid in Bitcoin.

Lucky Blocks V1 token runs on the Binance Smart chain, and its V2 token its an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain – used more for trading and speculation on centralized exchange (CEX) platforms whereas the V1 token is listed on DEXes such as PancakeSwap.

5. Neopets Meta

Running on the Solana blockchain, Neopets Meta is a play to earn, free Web3 game driven by its loyal community following and its fun virtual pet gameplay, a mixture of pet care in a Neohome and combat in the Battledome.

Neopets Meta

This blockchain game is based on classic browser game Neopets.com which has over 150 million players or ‘Neopians’. They were introduced to blockchain gaming when Neopets Meta and its metaverse platform were developed in 2021.

Part of its popularity is also down to its GameFi activities and incorporation of staking.

Further reading: AI Crypto – What Is It  & Best Tokens

6. Axie Infinity

Despite the Ronin hack, being branded a ‘disaster’ by Bloomberg in mid 2022, and its native cryptocurrency AXS being down over 90% since its all time high set in November 2021, the Axie Infinity game platform still commands over half a million active players each month.

Axie Infinity top blockchain game

That’s testament to its appeal, fun factor and play to earn utility – Axie Infinity didn’t kick off the blockchain game craze but was one the first and best play to earn crypto games. Player around the world and particularly in developing countries in Asia – such as the Philippines – flocked to Axie Infinity to play and and earn AXS.

Axie Infinity (AXS) went on one of the most explosive bull runs in history, from $0.10 on Binance to $166. Today it has corrected over 90%, currently trading at around $14.

7. Alien Worlds

Connected to the WAX and Ethereum blockchains, Alien Worlds is an innovative metaverse project where everything is tokenized including all in-game assets. The Alien Worlds player base is slightly lower than that of Axie Infinity, also over half a million monthly UAWs being tracked.

The Alien Worlds blockchain game has an impressive backing from venture capital crypto investors including Animoca Brands (who developed the Otherside metaverse game with Yuga Labs), Binance and others.

Alien Worlds Game

Alien Worlds gameplay takes various forms such as staking, participating in DAOs, trading NFT cards and mining to earn Trilium (TLM).

Alien Worlds is a member of the Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA) and its ecosystem frequently places in the top 2 rankings of the best blockchain games on DappRadar.

8. Splinterlands

One of the most popular NFT trading card games, Splinterlands runs on the Hive blockchain, which supports a range of decentralized apps, blockchain games and wallets. Inspired by trading card games of old like Magic: The Gathering, this blockchain game helped bring gamers from the mainstream into cryptocurrency gaming.

Splinterlands

Trading cards won can be converted into ERC-721 tokens and flipped for a profit on NFT marketplaces like OpenSea depending on their rarity. The combat is advanced – with each battle having a different combination of combat rules, a Mana system, and a deep level of strategy.

The library of Splinterlands cards is over 500+ with 64+ abilities and four types of rarities. Each fighting character has their own form of attack such as melee, speed, ranged, and magic. To date its tournaments have awarded over $6.1 million in cash prizes, and players can also participate in individual quests to rise the rankings.

Splinterlands’ native token is Splintershards (SPS) which is listed on Crypto.com and LBank – where Lucky Block is also listed and Tamadoge will be listed after launch.

Why Invest in Blockchain Games?

We reported on the latest DappRadar industry report finding that blockchain game platforms and their related utility tokens ‘weathered the storm’ of the 2022 bear market better than other types of crypto assets such as DeFi coins.

Crypto VC investment as a result has remained high in crypto games, surpassing the levels of 2021 by 33% in 2022 and projected to reach $12 billion by the end of the year.

Investment in Web3 Gaming

Blockchain gaming investment 2021 – 2022

Major traditional video games producers like Sony, creators of the PlayStation, are also taking notice and invested $1 billion in Epic Games – the leading US video gaming developers who created Fortnite – to build a metaverse.

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) alone have increased their level of investment in Web3 gaming to $7.6 billion in 2022, despite Bitcoin, Ethereum and most altcoins being in a downtrend.

Industry Detractors of Blockchain Games

Some video games companies have had negative reactions to blockchain games, such as Valve banning NFTs and blockchain games from being hosted on Steam, its games platform and store. Xbox executive Phil Spencer also criticized some crypto gaming products as more ‘exploitative’ than entertaining.

Valve’s CEO Gabe Newell did acknowledge that blockchain technology deserves recognition, but said in late 2021 that there were too many scams and ‘sketchy’ products to risk exposing gamers to them.

Despite the Valve blockchain games ban, they continue to be popular with both gamers and investors. The blockchain games we reviewed in this guide have been audited by Solid Proof and verified by CoinSniper, two services to audit new crypto projects, and Battle Infinity sold out its presale in record time – raising 16,500 BNB in just 24 days.

Leading companies Epic Games and Ubisoft have been very receptive to promoting mass adoption of blockchain gaming – Ubisoft is even one of the founding members of the Blockchain Game Alliance that Alien Worlds is member of.

Conclusion

Even though metaverse crypto coins declined in value since ‘metaverse summer’ in 2021 on-chain activity like purchases of NFT land increased – showing that gamers are still loyal and engaged. The upcoming blockchain games we reviewed in this guide, such as Battle Infinity and Tamadoge, could potentially tap into that market.

Battle Infinity aims to bring hundreds of millions of fantasy sports fans over to blockchain gaming, and Tamadoge aims to improve on meme coins with more utility and blockchain gameplay. Silks was also our top pick among the best blockchain games to invest as its format is unique – NFT horse racing.

Also see our expanded list of crypto games for more high potential investment options.

Tamadoge (TAMA) - Next Big Meme Coin

Our Rating

Tamadoge
  • Beta Sale Ends Sept 2022 - tamadoge.io
  • Deflationary, Low Supply - 2 Billion
  • Move to Earn, Metaverse Integration on Roadmap
  • NFT Doge Pets - Potential for Mass Adoption
  • Play to Earn Utility - Rewards Token
Tamadoge

Battle Infinity - Latest Metaverse Game

Our Rating

Battle Infinity
  • Presale Sold Out Early - battleinfinity.io
  • Upcoming Listing on PancakeSwap
  • Fantasy Sports Themed Games
  • Play to Earn Utility - IBAT Token
  • Powered By Unreal Engine
  • Solid Proof Audited, CoinSniper Verified
Battle Infinity

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