Gala vs. Autometa vs. MyNeighborAlice | Investor Prediction & Top Play-to-Own NFT Games List 2022

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The popularity of P2E gaming has risen since the pandemic & within two years, it has managed to transform many lives. Some have utilized P2E gaming to maintain a stable form of income throughout economic crises. In contrast, others have simply been lucky enough to capitalize on the immense returns of Decentraland (MANA), Axie Infinity (AXS), or The Sandbox (SAND).

Although last year was massively fortunate for P2E investors, 2022 continues to look bullish for the sector. New all-time highs from 2021 hits are expected, and newer P2E games will likely explode and make another set of investors overnight millionaires. Moreover, with P2E games rapidly evolving, more players are migrating from traditional gaming to P2E as “playing without gains is no different from playing for loss”.

We’ve compiled a list of three P2E games that analysts have predicted will soon take off. Featuring a mix of old and new, we’ve got two of the classics, MyNeighborAlice (ALICE) and Gala (GALA), alongside newcomer Autometa Coin (ATA), which has just gone into presale. Keep reading to find out why they’re such exciting developments to the market.

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MyNeighborAlice (ALICE)

MyNeighborAlice (ALICE) is a Chromia-based P2E building game with an agricultural theme. “Players can buy and possess virtual islands, collect and develop amazing stuff while also making new friends,” according to its website description. Each player has their avatar in the game, which they can customize to their liking.

MyNeighborAlice (ALICE) aspires to be unique in two ways. For starters, the game’s distinctive aesthetic, which incorporates Alice as a relatable “in-game companion” makes it more approachable for casual gamers unfamiliar with traditional Blockchain gaming features. Furthermore, the game doesn’t need players to interact with the underlying Blockchain technology, while it allows those interested in doing so.

On the game’s islands, players can purchase virtual land in the form of NFTs and adorn it with in-game things such as houses, lakes, decorations, animals, plants, and more. Avatars are how players are depicted within the game and can likewise be customized with in-game items, and they can be traded on the marketplace or other Blockchain markets.

The MyNeighborAlice (ALICE) developers recently announced a $80 million Metaverse Grant Program to fund the expansion of the game’s metaverse. This development is likely to raise the price of ALICE.

Gala (GALA)

Gala (GALA) aims to challenge the idea that players can invest lots of time and money into a game while still being able to lose it if the developer takes the site down. Instead, Gala (GALA) intends to revolutionize gaming by using Blockchain technology to give players full ownership over the games and in-game assets.

Within the Gala (GALA) ecosystem, players can buy NFTs & have a say over the game’s governance. The Founder’s Nodes voting system lets gamers have a say in the games Gala develops & funds. Currently, Gala (GALA) only has one playable game and one NFT collection but has future plans to develop other games, including a fantasy RPG, a sci-fi strategy game, and a tower defense game. The upcoming releases of these are expected to push up the price of GALA.

Gala (GALA) is not a single game but a collection of Blockchain games. The game’s sole currently playable version, Town Star, is a browser-based town simulation. Town Star is similar to SimCity in that players manage a town, except they actually own it on the Blockchain. Furthermore, Gala’s (GALA) network is supported by Nodes, which the users can run. They are given GALA tokens, limited edition NFTs, and other rewards in exchange.

The price of GALA is currently $0.264615, which is slightly lower than usual. However, potential investors should remind themselves of the market’s volatility and consider buying the dip to maximize their returns.

Autometa Coin (ATA)

Autometa (ATA) hasn’t launched yet but is already generating buzz in the crypto market thanks to its seemingly limitless reward system and game design. Autometa (ATA) is a speculative historical fiction game that utilizes Blockchain technology to bridge players and game developers together.

Set in the pre-industrial revolution, the game is set in the town of Disrova. A scientist named Da Vinci has been working on a weird clockwork device that is capable of incredible feats. Instead of making something magnificent, the machine went haywire and exploded. As a result, the town’s citizens lost their memories and became mindless drones trying to control the world.

Players control Jack as he navigates Disrova, which has been overtaken by clockwork robots similar to the ones he saw at Da Vinci’s studio. He needs to find his family while also figuring out why this all happened. To protect Disrova, Jack must use various weapons and abilities to defeat even the most deadly opponents. For each level he survives, he gets rewarded with ATA coins. Players get paid just for playing this new game sets it apart from the competition. Other benefits include:- Automated Token Reflection, Staking, A CashBack System, and more.

More Play-To-Own | The best NFT games in 2022

Best NFT games: a group of voxel characters
(Image credit: The Sandbox)

NFT games can come in all sorts of styles and genres, which means it can be hard to decide which you want to play. Some are casual monster raising RPGs while others are deep and involving strategy simulations. And they’re not all ‘play-to-earn’, some are just pure ‘play’.

It’s this broad spread of genres coupled with the complexities of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology that can make NFT games a little hard to grasp. You can read more in our guide to NFT gaming or read up on what are NFTs in our broad guide to this new technology.

NFT games are different to mainstream experiences, as items bought or earned can be sold or traded within and perhaps across games for real money. The NFTs themselves can be used as part-ownership in a game.

It’s early days for many games, both visually and technically, however there are some exciting stories being told that intertwine perfectly with some of the broader philosophical and technical aspects of crypto. Let’s take a look at the best NFT games to play now and coming soon.


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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the article are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to provide specific financial or investment advice or recommendations for any individual for any investment product. The article is only intended to provide general information and opinions about NFT games. The views reflected in this article are subject to change at any time without notice.

The best NFT games: most popular games

Colourful creature illustrations stand in a street

(Image credit: Axie Infinity)

01. Axie Infinity

The NFT game for Pokémon fans


Developer: Axie

Genre: Monster breeding

Token: AXS

Reasons to buy



Value of Axies can go up


It’s a visual treat


Now also free to play

Reasons to avoid


Value of Axies can go down

Axie Infinity put NFT gaming on the map. This monster-breeding RPG showed NFT games can work, be rewarding, and above all, fun. The idea is simple: raise a pet Axie and breed it to create generations of creatures, each one inheriting traits from its relatives. You can collect and trade Axies on NFT marketplaces or in-game, with rare breeds earning you large sums of money.

The game features standard modes such as Quest, player-versus-player (PVP) battles, and Adventure – each earns Smooth Love Potion (SLP), the game’s utility token, which is used to pay for breeding Axies. In many ways Axie Infinity is a ‘normal’ game similar to Pokémon or Digimon.

But, as your Axies are registered on a blockchain their rarity and value can earn you real money. This play-to-earn model is what NFT games are known for, and it can be great when values go up but not so good when they decline. To offset the market forces imposed on the game Axie Infinity now has a free-to-play model similar to games such as Elder Scrolls Online, so players can join without needing to pay, but their Axies have limited development.

Players interact on a platform above a world in NFT game, The Sandbox

(Image credit: The Sandbox)

02. The Sandbox

The best NFT game for Minecraft players


Developer: The Sandbox

Genre: Game creation and play

Token: SAND and LAND

Reasons to buy



Build, play and trade games and assets


Stylish voxel-based visuals


It’s a metaverse platform

The Sandbox is one of the most successful NFT games around, because in many ways it’s not a ‘game’ and more of a creator platform. Think of The Sandbox as an NFT-powered Minecraft or Roblox, you can play as well as build games and assets. Only here, in The Sandbox, you own your creations and can sell and trade your digital items on the internal marketplace using the SAND token.

The other side to The Sandbox is Game mode, where you can develop a world of your own, adding games and experiences and building a metaverse inside The Sandbox. You can explore other players’ worlds, play games and export content into your universe. This is governed by the LAND token, and also enables players to vote on new features, tools and the direction of The Sandbox.

The Voxel-visuals look approachable and resemble Minecraft, but there’s so much more you can do in The Sandbox – and you own it. Watching gamers’ land evolve to merge with other users’ plots to create vast expanses of blocky, colourful kingdoms is mesmerising. Just like Fortnite, major brands such as AMC’s The Walking Dead are lining up to partner and feature in The Sandbox.

Cards are on a game deck in the NFT game Gods Unchained

(Image credit: Immutable)

03. Gods Unchained

The NFT game for fans of Magic: The Gathering


Developer: Immutable

Genre: Card fighter

Token: GODS

Reasons to buy



Places skill ahead of NFT values


Trade cards on Immutable X


Free to play

Reasons to avoid


The rules are a little complex

Gods Unchained is being led by former Magic: The Gathering Arena game director Chris Clay, so it’s no surprise this free-to-play NFT card battle game shares much in common with Wizards of the Coasts’ successful tabletop title.

Like MtG Arena the idea here is to battle other players using cards and combinations of cards, each has unique stats, strengths and weaknesses to understand and harness. It’s a well-designed strategic game where good players can win and it’s not the value of your hand that always matters.

Gods Unchained succeeds because it’s free, rewards skill, and uses NFTs to enhance its traditional ideas. Cards are earned from playing and earning experience points, and these can be bought and sold, earning you real money on the crypto marketplace Immutable X as well as in-game as GODS tokens. GODS tokens are also used to fuse and enhance cards to create rare new versions or buy packs of cards.

Pixel art characters stand in a vegetable garden in a forest in NFT game, DeFi Kingdoms

(Image credit: DeFi Kingdoms)

04. DeFi Kingdoms

An NFT game for pixel art fans


Developer: DeFi Kingdoms

Genre: RPG

Token: JEWEL

Reasons to buy



It looks and plays like a 16-bit game


Seamless use of NFTs

Based on Harmony, a sustainable blockchain, DeFi Kingdoms is one of the first games to truly leverage the value of NFTs and intertwine it with nostalgic fantasy pixel art. This is a title that looks like a SNES role-playing game from the 90s or a modern indie, think Harvest Moon.

DeFi Kingdoms shows us how NFTs can be used in games as it marries the underlying utility of NFTs with classic game design. You can play DeFi Kingdoms as you would a retro RPG – questing for XP and items, managing your in-game resources, and developing your hero. But in DeFi Kingdoms it accumulates JEWEL tokens that can be converted to Harmony One cryptocurrency.

The by-product of DeFi Kingdoms approach means it’s possible to explain complicated NFT and decentralised crypto concepts to people using storytelling and lore. DeFi Kingdoms is a gateway to NFTs but sadly this means there’s no free entry to play (as yet).

Card art for an NFT game featuring fire people and giant birds

(Image credit: Splinterlands)

05. Splinterlands

The Hearthstone of NFT games


Developer: Splinterlands

Genre: Card fighter

Token: WAX

Reasons to buy



Vibrant and colour art style


Classic card-battle gameplay

Reasons to avoid


You have to buy cards to play

Splinterlands aim is to offer the collecting and trading mechanics of physical card games such as Magic: The Gathering but digitally. This is a strength of NFTs, they can create verified rarity and enable players to trade and collect digital cards. Every action in Splinterlands is recorded on the Hive blockchain, ensuring everything is provable.

Gameplay is similar to Gods Unchained and other strategic card fighting titles like non-NFT game Hearthstone. Cards have values and stats, and some are rare and worth more. Duplicate cards can be fused to improve their powers.

Unlike Gods Unchained you do have to pay to play Splinterlands, a new card pack must be bought before you can begin. What cards you get is random, so there’s the spectre of gaming’s loot box mechanic hanging over Splinterlands. Once in the game, however, you can earn more cards from battles and quests.

Photos of famous footballers feature on game cards for an NFT game

(Image credit: Sorare)

06. Sorare – Fantasy Football

Fans of Panini stickers will love this NFT game


Developer: Sorare

Genre: Fantasy Football

Token: Ethereum

Reasons to buy



Earn money from fantasy football


Over 200 official licenses


Input from footballer Gerard Piqué

Reasons to avoid


You need to buy rare cards to progress

If you love fantasy football and Panini stickers then Sorare – Fantasy Football is the NFT game for you. It mixes both ideas into weekly tournaments where your deck of cards is affected by the real world stats and events of the world’s major football leagues.

Collect cards of real world footballers and choose a deck of five sports stars to enter into the weekly competitions. How these footballers perform in the week determines your points tally, just like fantasy football. There are over 200 licensed clubs in the game, including Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

While it’s free to enter and receive a starter pack, and you can win and earn rare cards as well as Ethereum from playing, you will need to buy rare, super-rare and unique cards if you want to progress and win more matches.

The best NFT games: upcoming games

A cartoon character stands colourful pixel art forest in this NFT game

(Image credit: Treeverse)

07. Treeverse

The NFT game that will appeal to mainstream gamers


Developer: Endless Clouds HQ

Genre: RPG

Token: ROOT and SEED

Reasons to buy



Quality anime visual style


Triple-A gameplay and production


Experienced talent involved

Treeverse is still in development but aspects of this NFT game are available; you can buy ‘Timeless’ characters that are intended to have utility in the Treeverse universe. The game promises a rich open world to explore that will blend fantasy and sci-fi MMORPG with a MOBA-style combat system – multiplayer online battle arenas.

Treeverse is aiming for Triple-A accessibility; slay beasts, forge rare weapons, form guilds, defeat dungeons… fish. The pitch for Treeverse is it will be less play-to-earn and more play-and-earn. Hype from inside the crypto community is already building. Ric Galbraith known for his work on Cycle of the Shroom and Punks Comic’s has been enlisted as a writer.

While it’s early you can buy plots and characters (and the game has a seed investment fund of $25m), but that aside, one thing is for certain, and that is the art is top tier. Drawing heavily from anime references, the Timeless character illustrations are all hand drawn and beautiful.

Best NFT game: line art of fantasy characters in a row

(Image credit: Bridgeworld)

08. Bridgeworld (TreasureDAO)

The NFT game for old-school text adventure gamers


Developer: TreasureDAO

Genre: RPG

Token: MAGIC

Reasons to buy



Has the feel of an old text adventure


The start of a metaverse of games


Involved lore and lots of fresh ideas

Reasons to avoid


Perhaps too complex for some players

Bridgeworld is the first game from TreasureDAO, an exciting eco-system that uses the MAGIC token as it’s currency. Think of TreasureDAO as the decentralised ‘Nintendo of the metaverse’ that hosts and connects a number of games together.

The aim of Bridgeworld is to collect treasures in various ways – from quests, mining, and community features. Owning treasures increases your staking potential in the Atlas Mine. As well as some strategy game design players can join community-based guilds to increase their mining power.

There’s a feeling of early D&D and text adventures to Bridgeworld’s lore and design. It can come across as obtuse but behind the wealth of world-building is the gamification of NFTs and the metaverse – it’s called a ‘bridge world’ for a reason. There’s a lot of innovative game design theory being put into practice with Bridgeworld, and it’s one to watch.

Best NFT games: a spaceship flies over an ocean

(Image credit: Star Atlus)

09. Star Atlus

If you like Elite, you’ll love this NFT game


Developer: Star Atlus

Genre: Strategy

Token: Ethereum

Reasons to buy



Explore a galaxy of planets


Build and develop your own ship


Trade and battle other players

Reasons to avoid


This won’t fully release until end of 2022

PC gamers are spoilt for strategic space games, but they could have some competition from Star Atlus. This play to earn game mixes space exploration with mining, trading and combat to promise an experience close to Elite; but here you earn from your galactic endeavours.

Star Atlus aims to offer Triple-A gaming visuals and performance, and could set the standard for future NFT games. It’s currently building to launch later this year so the player versus player (PvP) and player versus environment (PvE) missions aren’t yet up and running, but you can invest in a fleet by purchasing ships and items from the in-game marketplace.

It remains to be seen if Star Atlus can match its promise of mainstream gaming meets NFT utility. The game doesn’t appear to offer a free-to-play option, so the play-to-earn model could see many gamers put off. However, there’s a lot of promise in Star Atlus, and you can begin building your fleet now.

An illustration of a man in a hood from the NFT game Parallel

(Image credit: Parallel Worlds)

10. Parallel

The best NFT game social players


Developer: Parallel

Genre: Card trading

Token: PRIME

Reasons to buy



Classic card trading and battling


Great art and world design


Genuinely rare digital cards

Reasons to avoid


No free to play model planned

Visually Parallel is already one of the most groundbreaking NFT games. This is a science fiction card game akin to Magic: The Gathering (another one). The story revolves around concepts such as different races coming together to find common truths, in order to solve differences and save the universe, which means Parallel has a community-based cooperative aspect its card-collecting.

Whilst the game is yet to launch, the card collections are being released in pack drops. Different collection approaches yield different rewards with the release of the PRIME token. This opens the doorway to the Echelon eco-system which the team and other partners intend to introduce a series of new projects.

The best place to start would be with the Prime Proposal whitepaper, which details the project’s intentions. While card battle games already exist Parallel looks to reinvent the crypto based trading card game genre with great art, storytelling and DEFI (decentralised finance) mechanics – for example, there won’t be reprints of cards, ensuring rarity.

A pixel art wizard illustration for the NFT game Wizards and Dragons

(Image credit: Wizards and Dragons)

11. Wizards and Dragons: Reborn

8-bit RPG fans will enjoy this NFT game


Developer: WND

Genre: RPG

Token: GP

Reasons to buy



Nice pixel art style


Play vs player Guard the Tower


Strong community support

Reasons to avoid


It could collapse at any moment

Not all its game modes are present

Wizards and Dragons: Reborn has been created from the open source code of another title, called Wool Game, hence the ‘Reborn’ name. The developer saw a way to improve where the previous game had failed and mobilised a community very quickly.

The task at hand is big, like building a bridge at the same time crossing a cavern. In the world of crypto the most promising sign of success is that Wizards and Dragons: Reborn has kept going and the developer has not ‘rugged’ the game’s players (crypto slang for taking all of the money and running). Yet.

The extended periods of development have meant more time for players to accumulate the necessary assets in order to play. The game is an RPG, where players’ Wizards accumulate GP tokens from PvP – Quests and a Job system are also planned but not implemented – while avoiding Dragons, which will steal their GP.

Wizards and Dragons: Reborn is an interesting idea but there’s a sense the NFT side to this game overshadows the gameplay at present. Time will tell if this evolves enough, or if in fact it collapses totally.

The best NFT games: frequent questions

What is NFT in gaming?

NFTs will be treated as assets inside games, this could be in-game items, clothing, skins etc. Anything previously you have to purchase as an item can be an NFT.

Can you make money on NFT games?

Essentially that is the main point of play-to-earn gaming. Your NFT item, land or character has a real world value because it’s linked to a cryptocurrency. Think of them as shares in a game but ones you can affect directly due to rarity, for example if you develop a character with unique traits and only you own them, so the value increases. You can then sell your character on a blockchain and earn real money.

The dangers are values of cryptocurrency tokens and NFTs can down as well as up, leaving some NFT games open to inflationary/deflationary push and pull; a crashing value can see players leave a game. Adding free-to-play modes can encourage new gamers in to offset leaving players.

Why are NFT games important?

They are some very interesting economics experiments taking place with their in game currencies. If you view our current world as being based purely on an ‘inflationary currency’- some of these games will show other systems that utilise deflationary mechanics and demonstrate alternative eco-systems.

How much should i invest in NFT games?

This is most definitely not investment advice. Never spend anything more than you would be willing to lose. Some of the best games above also require zero financial commitment to play.

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Lex Johnson

Lex Johnson is a creative director and consultant for Web 3.0/NFTs/Crypto/Metaverse at Dazzle Ship. Starting his career in the underground music days of Web1. Lex was the first DJ and web designer to translate grime and underground music culture onto the internet, ready for the mainstream. With a background in art, gaming, advertising and music he is well versed in the wild west nature of punk movements and is ready for Web3.0.

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