Bitcoin game developer THNDR Games said Thursday it’s releasing Bitcoin Blocks, its newest play-to-earn mobile game.
Combining elements from popular puzzle games Tetris and Sudoku, Bitcoin Blocks will allow players to compete against others to earn bitcoin based on their scores.
“Crypto games generally are really kind of centered around the idea of speculation,” Desiree Dickerson, CEO of THNDR told CoinDesk. “It's not just pure joy of play.”
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As a part of the game release, the company is introducing its Gaming Graph, a feature that allows users to connect to their profiles on decentralized social network Nostr. Users can then earn “badges” for their gameplay milestones, linking them to their Nostr profiles to help build out their gaming identity across Web3 social media platforms.
Dickerson noted that Bitcoin Blocks, alongside the other five games the company has released to date, aims to help onboard people to the Bitcoin network through an entertainment-first gameplay experience, with a social element to encourage competition.
“80% of our users are new to bitcoin and we love that we’re the top of the funnel,” said Dickerson. “I hope this is a way for people to introduce their friends and family to bitcoin – that's why this has been a fun, safe, familiar place to learn.”
THNDR has been building games on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network since 2019, introducing players to the cryptocurrency through a familiar and fun gameplay experience. The company also offers its blockchain-based take on classic games like Solitaire and Snake.
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