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Best NFT Games To Play Right Now

The best NFT games on the blockchain, ranked.

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Hannah Scherwatzky / ONE37pm

NFT Gaming has been quite polarizing over the last 12 months. Play to Earn gaming took the gaming world by storm last summer, sparking a temporary NFT gaming bull run.

However, over the last 8 months, the scene has been quite bearish with many games suffering from unstable token economies, a lack of user retention, and gameplay that is quite off the mark from the world of traditional-based video games.

ONE37pm worked with Web3 Gaming Content Creator Brycent to build out a list that comprises some of the best NFT games currently in the space. As time passes this list may change, but our reasoning is heavily predominated by a focus on pure gameplay. This list is updated as of August 2022.

Brycent is a a professional gamer and Co-Founder of Loot Squad, an NFT Gaming Guild specializing in building blockchain consumer products and yield farming in NFT Games. He is also a recent signee of VaynerSports, a talent management agency dedicated to professional athletes.

NFT Game Rankings - August 2022

The 15 games are ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Gameplay
  2. Streamability 
  3. Community
  4. Tokenomics
  5. Longevity
  6. Ease of Access

15. Mini Royale Nations

One of my favorite games on the list and even with most recent updates, I feel like something is lacking. That something is a competitive game-mode that rivals Valorant or Counter Strike. Simple battle passes aren't enough, and competitive gamers need forward progression. I think this game could take off like a rocket if there was a search and destroy style game mode but as of now, we haven't seen that implemented. Mini Royale is one of the best web3 FPS games but a lot must happen to stay on this list.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

14. Galaxy Fight Club

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Galaxy Fight Club

Galaxy Fight Club is attacking the same market as Thetan, the mobile gaming MOBA market. Although it is not as far along in their usage of interoperability, it could very well be a game-changer someday. I like what the team is doing, but the mobile gaming industry is stacked. GFC has a chance but let's see what happens in the mobile gaming arms race. They do well rounding out the bottom half of this list. Attracting users will be a step in the right direction.

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

13. Superior

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Superior

My first experience with Superior was Galaverse in Malta and I was quite impressed. Gala Games is focused on becoming the Steam of web3 and they may very well do so. Superior is one of the games that has a strong chance to be a player in this space. It plays well, looks great, and gives a gamer what they would expect in regards to an indie web2 gaming experience— but in Web3. It's great to see a new game working its way up the list.

You can play the game here.

Cost to play: Free

12. Otherside Meta

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Yuga Labs

Web3 Gaming purists may hate me for putting Otherside on this list but it is well warranted. It's also amazing to think that a game/metaverse that hasn't fully launched has made its way into the top15 of NFT games to play, even if the subset of players is currently very small, and only for test purposes. Floor prices for entry will be a huge issue and no one really knows what the final product will look like but I am drinking whatever juice Yuga Labs is selling. Welcome to the Top 15 Otherside. What I would love to see is an increased focus on getting non BAYC holders into your ecosystem and some attention on working with web3 gaming creators. I'll see you on the otherside!

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: $3500 (3ETH)

11. God’s Unchained

No real changes from last months list. I think God's unchained still belongs on this list and they've even released an updated roadmap to improve community sentiment around the future of the game. They only drop one spot based on Last Month's list. The God's team is looking to increase the number of tourneys and token utility which is a great sign.

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God's Unchained Blog

No real changes from last months list. I think God's unchained still belongs on this list and they've even released an updated roadmap to improve community sentiment around the future of the game. They only drop one spot based on Last Month's list. The God's team is looking to increase the number of tourneys and token utility which is a great sign.

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

10. Thetan Arena

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Wolffun Game

I still believe that Thetan is the best Web3 MOBA currently, but they will need more than just potential to stay on this list long term. Esports will be really important and also we will need see more opportunities for upward mobility in-game. Other games are tooling and Thetan will have to show major promise to stay on the list long-term. Safe for now, but for how long?

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

Cost to Play: Players can actually join the game and access a free character (Hero) to take part in battles and eventually accumulate enough $THC to sell on the market and upgrade their character.

9. Sandbox Game

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Sandbox Game

Almost every Web3 gaming project is building the next Metaverse" but only few will survive. The Sandbox is looking more and more like a survivor. We haven't seen a ton of games launch yet but there are games raising seven figure funding rounds to build on their platform, which is a good sign. The Sandbox drops a couple spots because other competitors have been tooling up, but long-term I see them climbing the list if they execute and successfully onboard users.

Cost to Play: Players can actually join the game and access a free character (Hero) to take part in battles and eventually accumulate enough $THC to sell on the market and upgrade their character.

8. Guild of Guardians

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Guild of Guardians

Mobile gaming in Web3 is healing and Guild of Guardians has a lot to do with that. Their recent test-flight demo was a huge success and yes they are going to be a major player for Web3 Mobile gaming. Immutable has a gem with Guild of Guardians and it is time that we welcome them in our Top 15 list. Excited to see where this game goes as they take on the MMO RPG mobile gaming industry.

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

7. Axie Infinity

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Axie Infinity

The tokenomics are pretty dismal and they've lost a ton of users over the last six months. But for the users who have stuck around and weathered the storm, it seems they are still having fun. The game that took Play 2 Earn mainstream drops a couple of places but Top 10 sustainability is written in the stars especially with their esports revamp and $1m Tournament Season underway. Can Axie recreate the highs of Summer 2021? Only time will tell. They're still at a respectable position at #7.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

6. Decentral Games Ice Poker

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Decentral Games

Climbing up 5 spots on the list might be surprising to some considering that Ice Poker isn't a traditional video game but 6th place is well deserved for this game. The tokenomics work, the game plays very well, and Poker has continued to be a staple in regard to table and card games. This game is bound to see an insane influx of users in the future especially if Sit and Go Tourneys become a real thing. Imagine Web3 World Series of Poker!

You can play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

5. Illuvium

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Illuvium

The full game still hasn't launched but their auto-battler continues to be a big ticket game alongside the myriad of overworld teasers. Illuvium is the odds on favorite to be the first Web3 native studio to drop a robust AAA Game. Steady sailing keeps them at 5th place.

You can register to play the beta here.

Cost to Play: Private Beta

4. EV.IO

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EV.IO

Business as usual for the EV team. They are the consensus best competitive FPS in Web3. The fact that the game provides so much depth but is run in a browser is Insane in the Membrane. I would like to see more tourneys and more cultivation of the competitive scene, but so far so good!

With an emphatic entrance to the NFT gaming world, EV.IO has brought the sexiness of competitive first person shooter to the blockchain.

If Halo and Splitgate had a child that ran as a browser game, it would be EV.IO. It is less robust and pretty much playable for every gamer regardless of what computer they have.

EV.IO is already building out the future of Esports on-chain and have even begun collaborating with web3 companies on maps and integrations. The game is free to play and you can start gaming within seconds of launching their website. 

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

3. Undead Blocks

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Undead Blocks

I told you there would be shake ups on this list and it comes by the way of the Undead. This game has been crushing. The Polkastarter tourney gave us quite a thrill, and I am convinced even Michael Jackson would've applauded the zombie rampage. The game is a literal representation of what Call of Duty Zombies would look like on the blockchain. The game has inched its way to the Top 3.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to play: Free

2. Blankos Block Party

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Blankos Block Party

Another game that saw huge updates to improve user experience and overall gameplay was Blankos. The Mythical Games teams continues to impress and they even launched another Burberry collaboration. I would love to see the team ramp up marketing and add additional game modes but they are in great shape leading up to their launch on the Epic Games store.

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: Free

1. Big Time

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Big Time

A huge update sees Big Time edge the competition just enough to take the top spot for the month of July. The gameplay is fluid, there are new dungeon monsters to fight and the team continues to iterate greatly on previous updates. Scaling for larger users bases has increased dramatically as well. Previously the game had legs, now those legs have turned into rockets. I stand on my previous statement, Big Time will be Big Time for a LONG time. Deserving of the top spot indeed!

You can download and play the game here.

Cost to Play: $75 (Silver Access Pass)

Final Thoughts

The list has been heating up and as we continue to update this list monthly, staying on this list will be incredibly tough with new games releasing. Games who dropped off the list for various reasons will have an opportunity to regain their place but competition is indeed increasing. Below are a few games to look out for over the coming months. 


Honorable Mentions: Sipher, Kitty Kart Racing (Kitty Inu), Ember Sword, Legends of Venari, Wildcard, Earth From Another Sun, Grit, and Rumble Kongs League.

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