Voxel-based modeling games allow players to run wild with their creativity and build complex imaginary worlds.
Outside of blockchain, Minecraft immediately comes to mind and is a household name. In the world of crypto, The Sandbox is the most well-known voxel sandbox game, having reached a market cap high of $7.5 billion last November.
Data from Footprint Analytics about sandbox games shows that, on Ethereum, the 3 most popular games of this genre are MegaCryptoPolis, EvolutionLand, and NFT Words.
What is MegaCryptoPolis
MegaCryptoPolis (MCP) was launched on Ethereum in May 2017 and migrated to Polygon on Dec. 10, 2020. MCP is also currently operating on the TRON Network. Its vision is to create open, user-built blockchain worlds.
How to play MegaCryptoPolis
MCP players can create, upgrade or destroy buildings on rented or purchased land, and trade assets on the market.
MCP players need to register an account with MetaMask or imToken and spend at least 0.05 ETH to start the game. After that, there are several ways to play and earn rewards.
- Build stuff
Players can create buildings, all of which can produce materials such as bricks, water, electricity, etc. These are all NFTs and can be rented out or traded on the market/external exchanges to earn revenue.
There are various types of buildings and a leveling system that dictates what players can do with their buildings.
Buildings can also be rented out for a fee, subject to a 10% tax. The rent is calculated daily and the player can decide the term and cost, but cannot be rented when there are citizens and cars in the building.
- Be a landlord
Players can bid on unoccupied blocks to own them. Blocks can be traded on the marketplace, but cannot be transferred between different blockchain networks. Holding a block allows you to receive a portion of the price paid by other players for the land in that block, as well as taxes on activities such as building upgrades that each player performs on that land.
- Trade playable NFTs
Players can buy or rent residential buildings and breed new citizens, which are essentially NFTs and can be traded on the market.
- Buy and sell in-game items
Players can buy game assets from the marketplace in bulk through resource packs and sell them at a profit. However, as of April 25, the resource packs are sold out in the store on the official website.
Source: Mega World’s Roadmap
Stats about MegaCryptoPolis
MCP’s token is MEGA and its price is decreasing. The highest price was $31.87 on Nov. 1, 2021, and the current price is $6.61, which represents an overall decrease of 79%. The peak and the next highest price were in November when The Sandbox and Decentraland were in their prime.
Footprint Analytics – Price of MEGA
MCP’s overall trading volume is growing, which is consistent with the trajectory of a promising project. Footprint Analytics’ historical data shows that MCP trading has been sluggish until January 2021. The main reasons for this are the high cost of gas and network congestion in Ethereum.
Historical data from Footprint Analytics shows that the migration of MCP to Polygon on Dec. 10, 2020, will go a long way toward reducing gas fees for players and improving the gaming experience.
Footprint Analytics – Transactions of MegaCryptoPolis
As of April 25, the number of MCP users reached 64,000, ranking first in sandbox games on Ethereum. However, the growth of new users has decreased, especially between December 2020, and January 2021, with a drop of 58.16%.
Footprint Analytics – New Users by Month | MegaCrptoPolis
NFT Trading Volume
As of April 25, MCP’s NFT transactions exceeded $17,000. NFT transactions have shown a small decline in the last six months, but the overall difference is not significant.
Footprint Analytics – Trading Volume of MegaCryptoPolis’ NFT
What is Evolution Land
Evolution Land is a cross-chain-enabled sandbox game that went live on Ethereum in 2018. It is currently available on five “continents”, each one a chain.
- Atlantis Continent launched on Ethereum.
- Byzantine Continent launched on TRON.
- Columbus Continent launched on Crab Network.
- Dawning Continent launched on Heco.
- Eden Continent launched on Polygon.
Source: Evolution Land
Evolution Land has three tokens: KTON, the governance token, RING, the main token circulating in the game, and COO, the primary in-game spending token.
KTON, the governance token, is the Darwinia Commitment Token. KTON can be obtained by locking RING on the Crab Network, or by trading it on the exchange.
RING, the in-game currency of circulation, is the native token of the Darwinia Network. RING can be traded in the in-game Gingotts financial center or on external exchanges, and can also be obtained through apostles or trading resources.
COO (Evolution Land Carbon Dioxide) is an in-game primary consumer token with no cap on supply. Unlike RING, COO cannot be traded or transferred.
How to play Evolution Land
Players earn revenue by creating and operating their lands, training their apostles, and participating in event challenges.
After spending some RING to buy land, players can experience different gameplay and earn revenue in several ways.
- Resource mining. Players hire apostles or buy drills to mine resources.
- Apostle breeding. Players can buy, breed, rent or trade characters in the Apostle Marketplace.
- Apostle Adventure. Players can assemble a team of 4 Apostles to explore dungeons and obtain materials and equipment.
- Gringotts Expedition. Players can offer mobility or mining in the Pavilion of the Ancient Spirits.
Source: Evolution Land – Atlantis Continent
Stats about Evolution Land
Over the past year, KTON and RING have risen and fallen at roughly the same rate. KTON peaked at $301.56 on March 21, 2021, and has since fallen to its current price of $27.28. The highest price of RING was $0.3 on March 14, 2021, and has risen slightly since then, but is still generally on a downward trend. The current price of RING is $0.016.
Footprint Analytics – Price of KTON
Footprint Analytics – Price of RING
Evolution Land Atlantis has seen an overall decline in transaction volume in the past, with less than 100 transactions since July 2021. This may be because Atlantis Continent is deployed on Ethereum, where congested networks and high gas fees create a bad gaming experience.
With other continents coming online, it is now an option for players to consider starting the game on other blockchains. This could also be one of the reasons why Atlantis has a low transactions
Footprint Analytics – Transactions of EvoltionLand
As of April 24, Evolution Land has a similar number of users as MegaCryptoPolis, at 62,000. It is the second-largest sandbox game on the Ethereum chain. However, user retention is weak and growth is minimal.
Footprint Analytics – User Retention of EvolutionLand
3. NFT Worlds
What is NFT Worlds
NFT Worlds is a Minecraft-based blockchain sandbox game released on Ethereum in October 2021. NFT Worlds consists of many different worlds where players can experience different games in different worlds.
The token for NFT Worlds is WORLD, which is a common currency within the game and allows transactions in scenarios where there is no gas fee. NFT Worlds is hailed as the game that overtook The Sandbox.
How to play NFT Worlds
NFT Worlds also has the attributes of P2E but compared to play to earn, NFT Worlds players are more likely to get the experience of building their world.
Source: NFT Worlds
There are two ways for players to start the game.
One is to purchase NFT Worlds directly from OpenSea. As of April 25, the floor price of a world on OpenSea is 9.2 ETH, or $27,011. According to officials, a ‘World’ rental will be launched in 2022 to lower the barrier of entry to the game.
Another is to become a Minecraft user. The users just need to have a Minecraft account (costs about $27 to purchase the game first), by logging into Minecraft Java Edition 1.17.
Once in the game, players can play in two ways.
- As a landlord, players can earn revenue by creating their worlds and setting up games for other players to experience. In the future, they can also rent out their worlds.
- As a Ranger, players can earn revenue by experiencing games created by other landowner players.
Source: NFT Worlds
Stats about NFT Worlds
Since its launch, WORLD’s price has been relatively stable, fluctuating up and down around $0.55, with a high of $1.188 on February 19, 2022. The current price is $0.35.
Footprint Analytics – Price of WORLD
The trading volume of NFT Worlds is relatively small in general, with only the beginning of the launch having a high number of transactions and the rest of the month having a low number of transactions.
Footprint Analytics – Transactions of NFT Worlds
As of April 25, NFT Worlds had 23,000 users. It is the third most popular sandbox game on Ethereum. However, NFT Worlds’ social accounts, such as Twitter, have the highest number of followers of any sandbox game on the Ethereum chain.
NFT World’s monthly new user data performance is not at the very top, the second month of the launch of the new users per month remained relatively constant at about a thousand.
Footprint Analytics – New Users by Month of NFT Worlds
Footprint Analytics – User Retention of NFT Worlds
NFT Trading Volume
NFT Worlds’ NFT trading is trending upwards, with the peak remaining at $5.6 million on Oct. 6, 2021, just the days after its launch. Since then it has risen intermittently, maintaining a high average daily trade. On April 25, NFT Worlds’ NFT traded $340,000 in daily volume.
Footprint Analytics – Trading Volume of NFT Worlds’ NFT
Data Source: Footprint Analytics Top3 SandboxGames On Ethereum.
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