While NFT games have exploded over the past few months, the starting costs for some leave many prospective players wanting free alternatives.
With in-game assets in Axie Infinity, for example, selling for hundreds of dollars, there’s a growing demand for more accessible free-to-play games on the blockchain
Here’s a look at some free NFT games.
Free NFT Games
There are plenty of NFT games that don't have any upfront costs. Here's a selection of free NFT games you can get your hands on.
Gods Unchained is one of the most prominent free-to-play NFT games currently available that lets players earn.
When players start, they will be granted a Welcome Set of 140 cards. These do not sit on the blockchain, and therefore cannot be sold.
As players level up and play games in Gods Unchained, they will unlock packs that give you Common Core cards. These are also not minted on the blockchain.
However, by winning Ranked matches, players will earn Flux. Flux is a tool they can use in the Gods Unchained Forge to ‘fuse’ duplicate Common Core cards together. This process creates full cards that sit on the Ethereum blockchain, and can be traded via the Marketplace.
Guild of Guardians
Guild of Guardians is an free mobile RPG set to launch in early 2022. Published by Immutable, the game’s website is critical of the current gaming ecosystem, stating:
Players spend $100 billion each year on in‑game items which they don't truly own. This is wrong. Players deserve to be able to own and trade their assets for real money.
While we don’t know the full details of the game just yet, its FAQs make clear the intention to create a free-to-play NFT game that won’t require spending. The FAQs state:
Players can play for free and earn heroes and items without spending any money.
Guild of Guardians also emphasises the game will not be pay-to-win, with its design focusing on skill and strategy. The developers also not that as the game is not focused on PvP, any money spent will not come at the expense of others.
If you want a Pokemon-style NFT game, then the MMORPG Chainmonsters could be a good option.
Running on the FLOW blockchain, Chainmonsters allows you to collect Chainmons and items, which can be sold on the marketplace.
Chainmonsters is currently in its final alpha test period, with 10,000 players having access to the game. It will then launch into open beta and, according to its FAQs, will eventually release on PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
Splinterlands is a free-to-play trading card game that runs on the Hive blockchain.
While it is free-to-play, if players want to trade their in-game assets, they will need to purchase a Summoner’s Spellbook for $10. This grants players access to their keys and allows them to earn rewards.
The FAQs explain the reasoning behind this decision:
The fact that traditional free-to-play games give out in-game currencies and items to anyone who signs up for free highlights the fact that the items are infinitely printable and mostly worthless. Splinterlands is different. All of the game cards and the in-game currency, Dark Energy Crystals (DEC), are limited in quantity and able to be bought and sold on various platforms. This means that it’s not possible for them to be handed out to anyone who signs up with an email address, and in order to start earning them players need to put a little bit of skin in the game.
Axie Infinity Scholarship
Given how this article started, it may be odd to find Axie Infinity on this list.
However, through the unofficial Axie Infinity ‘scholarship’ feature, many long-time Axie Infinity players (known as Managers) will lend out their Axies to new starters (Scholars). In return, Managers and Scholars will divide the rewards earned through the Scholar’s play, with players usually receiving 60/70% of the rewards.
As Axie Infinity is among the most popular NFT games, Axie Infinity Scholarships can be hard to come by, especially as they require a significant amount of trust between parties.
Are Free-To-Play NFT Games Too Good To Be True?
As with every aspect of cryptocurrencies, it is always necessary to do your own research and due diligence before investing in any project.
Even if these projects don’t require any fees to start, there are always risks or issues that can crop up.
Some free NFT games may rely heavily on RNG mechanics, while others may feature pay-to-win mechanics that lock the best assets behind paywalls.
Aside from this, depending on the tokenomics and set-up of the NFT game, your in-game asset prices can fluctuate or lose their value quickly.
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