Best Play-to-Earn Games with NFTs or Crypto

Here are our picks for the best play-to-earn games of 2022.

Play-to-earn games (P2E) do what traditional video games don’t — reward players for their time and effort spent in the game. Each game offers a unique way for players to be rewarded for their in-game activity. This reward can be in the form of cryptocurrency, a non-fungible token (NFT), or an increase in value to a player’s existing NFT. Some P2E games will require an initial investment ,while others are free to play.

How we score play-to-earn games

Our editorial team ranks and scores P2E games based on the following criteria:

  • Quality
  • Fun
  • User-base
  • Potential earnings
  • Play-to-earn mechanics

Note: We recognize that our readers may have different opinions based on their personal preferences and priorities. 

Read More: Best Play-to-Earn Games to Watch in August 2022

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Best Metaverse

The Sandbox

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  • The Sandbox is an interconnected world of unique game experiences. With land plots of varying sizes, each land owner can build their own creations using a visual game builder. The Sandbox is still in alpha testing, but if you’re interested in play-to-earn games, this should definitely be on your radar. Check out our full The Sandbox review to learn how to get started.

Genre
Metaverse
Platform
PC / Mac
Blockchain
Ethereum / Polygon
Token
SAND
Free to Play
Yes
chevron_rightAbout The Sandbox
  • The Sandbox is an interconnected world of unique game experiences. With land plots of varying sizes, each land owner can build their own creations using a visual game builder. The Sandbox is still in alpha testing, but if you’re interested in play-to-earn games, this should definitely be on your radar. Check out our full The Sandbox review to learn how to get started.

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Metaverse
Platform
PC / Mac
Blockchain
Ethereum / Polygon
Token
SAND
Free to Play
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The Sandbox consists of thousands of plots in a variety of sizes. Within each plot lies the unique creation of the plot owner. This could be a game, a social hub, or whatever else can be imagined and built. Sandbox is voxel-based, giving it a Minecraft feel. Assets inside of each experience are individual voxel objects, which can be imported from external editors.

Built on Unity and featuring an ever-growing scripting language, the Sandbox Game Maker gives builders quite a bit of opportunity to create something unique. Plot owners have complete control over what is built in their plot.

The games created so far range from RPGs to side-scrollers, to business management sims to dance games, and more. Players can join and play any public experience via the Game Maker. Most are single-player adventures, though some offer a chance to socialize with other players.

Most Popular P2E Game

Axie Infinity

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  • Axie Infinity is the most important game developed on a blockchain thus far. The game focuses on breeding, collecting, and battling creatures named Axies and using them to explore the World of Lunacia. At its peak, the marketplace was making millions in sales every day, and Axies were selling for thousands of dollars each.

Genre
Creature Battler
Platform
PC / Mac / Mobile
Blockchain
Ronin / Ethereum
Tokens
AXS / SLP
Free to Play
No
chevron_rightAbout Axie Infinity
  • Axie Infinity is the most important game developed on a blockchain thus far. The game focuses on breeding, collecting, and battling creatures named Axies and using them to explore the World of Lunacia. At its peak, the marketplace was making millions in sales every day, and Axies were selling for thousands of dollars each.

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Creature Battler
Platform
PC / Mac / Mobile
Blockchain
Ronin / Ethereum
Tokens
AXS / SLP
Free to Play
No
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Sky Mavis, the team behind Axie Infinity, amassed a community of millions of players worldwide. Much of the focus was towards developing countries, like the Philippines and Venezuela, where many players earned enough money to live on. Much of this success was due to investors who would buy teams for these players and sponsor their battles.

Sky Mavis received support and sponsorships from major companies, such as Ubisoft and Samsung. They eventually developed a sidechain named Ronin to avoid high gas fees on the Ethereum Blockchain. Ronin enabled users on the chain to exchange and sell in-game assets for no fees. This helps facilitate the circulation of value inside the marketplace.

Axie Infinity has been leading by example. The creators have announced new ways to burn Axies to get in-game items. They have also created scholarships, which allow people to play the game under a manager who covers the initial investment in exchange for a percentage of the winnings.

Best Card Game

Gods Unchained

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  • Gods Unchained is a collectible, fantasy, and trading card game built on the Ethereum network. It’s free to play, easy to get started, and offers play-to-earn opportunities right out of the gate.

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Trading Card Game
Platform
PC / Mac
Blockchain
Immutable X / Ethereum
Tokens
GODS
Free to Play
Yes
chevron_rightAbout Gods Unchained
  • Gods Unchained is a collectible, fantasy, and trading card game built on the Ethereum network. It’s free to play, easy to get started, and offers play-to-earn opportunities right out of the gate.

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Trading Card Game
Platform
PC / Mac
Blockchain
Immutable X / Ethereum
Tokens
GODS
Free to Play
Yes
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In Gods Unchained, two players face off in an arena to determine who is the most powerful. Whether they choose Nature, Light, Deception, Death, War, or Magic, the goal is always the same: reduce your opponent’s God’s health to zero.

In 2019, Gods Unchained rebranded its parent company into Immutable and began development on ImmutableX, an NFT-focused, layer two solution for Ethereum. ImmutableX launched its marketplace in 2021, and today it serves as a gas-free trading hub for Gods Unchained cards as well as a number of other NFT projects.

Best Browser Based P2E Game

Splinterlands

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  • Splinterlands is a play-to-earn trading card game that plays in a browser. It started on the Steem blockchain as Steemmonsters but eventually switched to the Hive blockchain. Thanks to cross-chain functionality, cards and tokens can also be traded on the Ethereum blockchain and on Wax. Splinterlands now has a governance token called SPS.

Genre
Trading Card Game / Auto-battler
Platform
PC
Blockchain
HIVE / WAX
Tokens
DEC / SPS
Free to Play
Yes
chevron_rightAbout Splinterlands
  • Splinterlands is a play-to-earn trading card game that plays in a browser. It started on the Steem blockchain as Steemmonsters but eventually switched to the Hive blockchain. Thanks to cross-chain functionality, cards and tokens can also be traded on the Ethereum blockchain and on Wax. Splinterlands now has a governance token called SPS.

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Splinterlands is a cross between a deck-building game and an auto-battler. Players use their cards to create a combat lineup based on the rules of the match. Then, once both sides submit their teams, the cards battle it out until only one team remains. Players earn Dark Energy Crystals when winning matches and can also earn additional cards and other rewards through Daily Quests and a recurring, two-week leaderboard contest.

Players combine cards to level them up for better stats and additional abilities. Cards come in both regular versions and rarer, gold foil versions. Splinterlands features its own in-game market and allows for buying, selling, and even leasing cards!

Best Horse Racing Game

Pegaxy

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  • Pegaxy is a Player v Player (PVP) horse racing game with a simple game model that is perfect for new P2E gamers. Players can buy NFT horses to race, breed, or rent out to other players.

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Horse Racing Game
Platform
PC / Mac / Mobile
Blockchain
Polygon
Tokens
VIS / PGX
Free to Play
Yes
chevron_rightAbout Pegaxy
  • Pegaxy is a Player v Player (PVP) horse racing game with a simple game model that is perfect for new P2E gamers. Players can buy NFT horses to race, breed, or rent out to other players.

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Horse Racing Game
Platform
PC / Mac / Mobile
Blockchain
Polygon
Tokens
VIS / PGX
Free to Play
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Each race features 12 horses, with the top three horses receiving prizes in the game reward token VIS. Race positions are decided through RNG (Random Number Generator), but this will change in the second version of the game. Eventually, race positions will be determined based on factors such as the food, gear, and apparel a player gives their horse.

Full List of Play-to-Earn Games

Title

Genre

Platform

Blockchain

Stauts

P2E

F2P

Gameplay

Aavegotchi
Game News

GameFi

PC

Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO

NFT


NO

Mainly about collecting and DeFi. MMO is coming!

Strategy Management

PC

Wax

LIVE

CRYPTO
NFT

NO

Select NFTs, mine & wait

Casual

iOS & Android

ETH

LIVE

CRYPTO

YES

Wide variety of hyper casual games

Tactical Battles

iOS, Android & PC

Ronin

LIVE

CRYPTO

NO

Turn-based battles,  tactics & strategy

Role Playing

PC

ETH

BETA

CRYPTO

YES

Blankos Block Party
Game News

Action adventure

PC

EOSIO

LIVE

NFT

YES

One of the few games that comes close to AAA quality

Chainmonsters
Game News

Action RPG

PC, iOS, Android

Flow

CLOSED BETA

NFT

YES

Beta gameplay linnited

City States: Medieval
Game News

Strategy

PC

Stellar

CLOSED BETA


CRYPTO
NFT

YES

still early and in development, looks promising

Cometh
Game News

Tactical

PC

Ethereum
Polygon

LIVE


NFT

NO

Position, harvest & repeat

Crazy Defense Heroes
Review and Guide
Game News

Tower Defense

iOS & Android

Ethereum

Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO
NFT

YES

Active tower defense battles

Crazy Kings
Game News

Tower Defense

iOS

Ethereum

LIVE


CRYPTO

YES

Active tower defense battles

Ethermon
Game News

RPG

PC, iOS, Android

Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO

NFT

NO

Developers are no quitters, kept building. Now into metaver

FPS

Web Browser

Solana

LIVE

CRYPTO

YES

Get playing super fast, Quake 3 Arena vibes.

F1 Delta Time
Game News

Racing

PC

Polygon

ABANDONED


CRYPTO

NO

Racing becoming more active now. One mistake can cost you the race.

Galaxy Fight Club
Review and Guide

PvP fighting game

PC, Mobile

Ethereum

LIVE

CRYPTO

NFT

YES

Cross-brand PvP MOBA game where users can engage in combat and earn in-game assets.

Trading card game

PC

Ethereum
Immutable X

LIVE

CRYPTO

NFT

YES

Build decks, battle players, tactical choices.

Guild of Guardians
Game News

Action RPG

iOS & Android

Immutable X

CLOSED ALPHA

CRYPTO

NFT

YES

Guilds, co-op challenges / TBD

League of Kingdoms
Game News

Strategy MMO

iOS & Android

Ethereum
Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO

NFT

YES

Farming resources, active battles, big social element.

Dungeon Crawler RPG

PC

Enjin

LIVE

NFT

YES

Battle enemies, find treasure.

MegaCryptoPolis
Game News

Simulation

PC

Polygon
Ethereum
Tron

LIVE

CRYPTO

NFT

YES

Virtual economy with focus on management.

Mini Royale: Nations
Game News
Review and Guide

FPS

PC/Mac

Solana

LIVE

NFT

YES

Turn-based RPG

PC

Polygon

LIVE

NFT

YES

Bit of a niche game, fun tactical battles

Turn-based RPG

PC

Libplanet

LIVE

CRYPTO

YES

Virtual World

PC

Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO

YES

Horse Racing

PC / Mobile

Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO

YES

Good earning possibilities but gameplay is limited

Action RPG

PC / Mac

Polygon

ALPHA

NFT

NO

Still in Alpha but AAA game quality

REVV Racing
Game News

Racing

PC

Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO

NO

Serious competitive races, time trial mainly

Racing

PC Web

Polygon

LIVE

CRYPTO

YES

True free-to-play and play and earn game

Trading Card Game

PC, mobile

Polygon

BETA

NFT

YES

Well polished game with nice graphics.

Soccer Manager Elite
Game News

Management

PC

Xaya

BETA

CRYPTO

YES

Manage team, club or players, activity at own discretion.

Fantasy football

PC & Mobile

Ethereum

BETA

NFT
CRYPTO

YES

Change team every week, research advised.

Spider Tanks
Review and Guide

PvP Brawler

PC

Ethereum

BETA

NFT
CRYPTO

YES

Trading Card Game

PC

Hive

LIVE

NFT
CRYPTO

YES

Build deck, battles are automated.

Summoners Arena
Game News

Action PvP Battler

PC & Mobile

BSC

LIVE

CRYPTO

NO

Taurion
Game News

Strategy MMO

PC

Xaya

ALPHA

NFT
CRYPTO

NO

Build, farm, create, mine, active participation.

Virtual World

PC

Ethereum

ALPHA

NFT
CRYPTO

YES

Activity required to earn / TBD

MOBA

PC & Mobile

BNB Chain

LIVE

CRYPTO

YES

Fun game but not the best game economy

Town Star

Game News

Simulation

PC

Ethereum

BETA

CRYPTO

YES

Building, managing production

Upland
Game News

Strategy

PC & Mobile

EOS

LIVE

NFT

YES

Action is limited. Collect coins, buy land and build buildings

Voxie Tactics
Game News

Turn-based Strategy

PC

Ethereum

BETA

NFT
CRYPTO

YES

Beta is sill a bit rough but improving week after week

Strategy

PC & Mobile

Ethereum

BETA

NFT
CRYPTO

NO

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Frequently Asked Questions

add remove What are Blockchain Games?

Blockchain games games are games that use blockchain technology to store game assets and distribute rewards to their players, either through cryptocurrency or through NFT rewards. Some blockchain games require the player to own a specific NFT or to hold a specific cryptocurrency in order to play the game, while others are free-to-play to anyone.

add remove How to get started in play-to-earn gaming?

Play-to-earn gaming should start with research. Take some time to learn about the types of play-earn-games and which ones seem fun to you. You may want to start with a game that is free to play, just to get the hang of it. If you decide to invest in a game, make sure you understand how the game works and how you can earn money. Then, you’ll need to create a crypto wallet, buy cryptocurrency, and eventually buy NFTs. For more tips, read our guide on how to get started with play-to-earn games. Browse our website to learn more about current and upcoming play-to-earn games, and join our Discord community to chat with other players.

add remove How to set up a wallet for play-to-earn games?

Getting started with play-to-earn games? You’ll need to buy cryptocurrency at an exchange like FTX US. You will then send the crypto to a non-custodial cryptocurrency wallet, which means you have full control over it. Many different wallets exist, so you’ll need to choose one compatible with your device and the blockchain you want to use. The most popular wallet is MetaMask. MetaMask is compatible with different blockchains such as Ethereum, Polygon, BNB chain, Avalanche, and many more.

add remove What’s the Play-to-Earn Business Model?

The play-to-earn business model is a model that embraces the concept of the open market and provides financial rewards to players, investors and game developers. You can participate in the model by simply playing a game,  investing in digital assets (NFTs), or by developing your own project.

Each play-to-earn game has its own economic model and needs to find the right balance in order to sustain a viable in-game economy for everyone involved.

add remove What are NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens?

NFT stands for Non-fungible token. An NFT represents something unique with a unique owner. They can be associated with a piece of art (an image, a video, an audio file) or any other item with a unique identifier (it could be a concert ticket or a certificate of ownership). In blockchain games, NFTs are usually game assets such as characters, a plot of land, or a specific game item.

add remove What is the Metaverse?

Nowadays, we hear the word metaverse used everywhere. But what is the metaverse? There is no simple answer, especially because many projects like to call themselves a metaverse. For us, the metaverse is the sum of many projects that are interconnected and interoperable. We could describe the metaverse as a parallel universe that can redefine who we are, what we do and how we do it.

add remove Are there free blockchain games?

Yes, there are free blockchain, or play-to-earn, games. These games do not require an initial investment in cryptocurrency or NFTs to get started. A few examples of free play-to-earn games include Gods Unchained, Alien Worlds, and Splinterlands.

Editor at Play to Earn Online Magazine — I love crypto and discovering new use cases and projects everyday — As for gaming, I am an old school, arcade and racing sims fan. Here to help you navigate the play-to-earn space.
Phil Hall has been a gaming enthusiast since birth and a crypto enthusiast since 2017. He enjoys new discoveries and sharing those with others via blogging and photography. You can follow him on Twitter or read his other articles on Medium.