Blockxer by Blokhaus: the First Memetic Beat’em up on Tezos
Last Friday, the Blokhaus team released their first Tezos game, Blockxer, in beta. We haven’t beaten the boss (yet!) but already have our overall impression of the game.
And we think we know if Blockxer looks anything like a blockchain game of tomorrow.
Connect the Wallet and Mint the Cartridge
To play Blockxer, you will have to:
- Go to the Blockxer website.
- Connect your wallet and sign your payload there (free of charge).
- Mint the game’s NFT cartridge ($0,04 in tez).
Minting will take around 30 seconds, and you’re ready to play as soon as you have the NFT in your wallet.
If the NFT is not displayed in the wallet, add it manually. The Blockxer contract address is KT1NjMYSVnfrTiuKEKsyXp61hnWP3CL6qPW2.
Try to Beat the Boss
First choose one of the characters: Mr Diamond Hands, Weredoge, and Degenera. Personally, Weredoge feels the strongest and toughest of them all.
Then fight! Fight those extraterrestrials, apefluencers, and bankers. Make sure to demolish barrels as they contain knives and first-aid kits disguised as memes. Make your foes stand closer to each other and attack all at once so that they wouldn’t have time to recover.
In the end, you’ll encounter the boss, a so-called RugPuller with a chad chin and frightening carpet.
It may be hard to stagger him, so make sure to keep as many lives as you can, and have a knife at the ready when you meet him. Try again, if you fail. That’s the whole point of beat’em ups.
Overall Impression of Blockxer
The Blockxer demo is a proof of concept for a new type of blockchain game.
The old games focus on resource extraction and trading. On the one hand, this is interesting: players gradually develop the world, become richer, and even start earning money by selling game tokens. On the other hand, the entry threshold vastly increases: not only do you need to have a wallet but also to spend a significant amount of money on the necessary items.
Blockxer offers a different approach: tokenization of individual modules that make up the game: characters, enemies, items, levels, and even the games themselves. We’ve previously written about how developers can release keys to access games in the form of NFTs. And so, to play Blockxer, you need to have an NFT cartridge.
Id Software used a similar approach at the launch of Doom (1993). Players could download the shareware version with eight levels for free and then buy the full version.
Players learned how to create their own levels and edit resources using the command line. Their creativity has gone so far that id Software has started selling Master Levels discs with fan-made levels.
The Blokhaus team plans to release tools for creating characters, moves, and weapons that can be minted into NFTs and used in the game. A great solution: talented modders will be able to earn from their creativity, and players to collect different things and change the game to their liking.
The concept can be developed further: create new levels, try new genres, experiment with multiplayer, and arrange tournaments. Even now Blockxer can be made more interesting by adding a points counter to the game and the ability to release an NFT with your score after defeating the boss.
We’ll wait for the launch of the Blockxer toolkit, and when it comes out, we will totally try to create something ourselves!
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