Preview // Augmentors

I’ve mentioned before that I play a fair number of mobile games. Partly because I quite like mobile as a platform, and partly because, while mobile games are often looked down on by “hard core” gamers, I find them engaging and filled with innovation.

Speaking of innovation, I was recently introduced to a mobile game called Augmentors. While on the surface it seems like a straightforward RPG fighter, it has a couple of things that make it stand out from the pack.

Lets start by taking a look at their teaser and I’ll show you what I mean.

Looks pretty standard right? Pretty but otherwise unremarkable. You choose a character, you throw spells at your opponent, you attack, you defend. Level up your character, fight through different levels against increasingly difficult levels.

But then… Then you discover that you can use your phone’s camera to make use of the AR functionality. You can define your arena within the real world, resize your character, rotate around them, basically battle fantasy characters within a real environment.

Ready for it to get even better?

What you don’t see in the trailer is the fact that this game does in fact contain a blockchain element.

All the creatures you buy in the game are unique tokens on the blockchain and they can be traded outside of the game. Each creature is released in finite amounts, so right off the bat you know the rarity of it, and no additional ones will be released. Secondly, the virtual currency in the game (emeralds) can be exchanged for a cryptocurrency called databits which can be exchanged for real money. In essence, gamers can sell creatures they have levelled up.
There are of course people who understand a lot more about this than I do, so I’m going to defer to greater knowledge there from Bitcoin Exchange Guide,

“Augmentors had raised $1 million USD(895 BTC) during the 30- day token sale, which ended on February 2017. At the time of the sale, it was the most successful token sale ever conducted by a mobile video game project and it was the first token sale that was conducted in South Africa.The primary aim of this token, $DTBT, is to align the interest of the Augmentors business, the backers, the players and all participants in the network. The system uses Databits as the in-game currency, Databit Tetheres ($DTBT). The $DTBT are locked to $DTB at a fixed ratio and. $DTBT are used in the internal virtual economy and in this economy, players will require $DTBT to utilize different game features. This means that the Augmentors business is highly incentivized to stabilize and grow the value of the network and $DTB can be traded into and out of $DTB.

To start with 100 million tokens were created. The token sale structure allocated 70 million of the tokens to the token sale target was reached, not all 70 million $DTB was sold during the sale, 15,923,466 $DTB were. The company agreed to reduce its stake from 30 million $DTB to 30% of the total supply at the request of the company. This means that now, the company owns 8,824,342 $DTB, with the community having the ownership of the rest.

In the initial $DTB economy, the price is linked to profits and not the network of players, backers and other participants.”

Do I know what that all means? Kind of. But I’m really just going to look at this as a game I can play and trade cryptocurrency at the same time if I’m skilled enough.

That’s all very good and well of course, but what is the game itself actually like? While there is a standard element of the RPG to it, there are some aspects of it that take some getting used to. You have to allocate certain skills to your character, and to be honest if you don’t really know what you’re doing (I didn’t initially, it showed), then your opponent can easily wipe the floor with you if they’re more skilled. That said, it’s challenging enough that you want to figure out the mechanics and not just give up.

You are also playing against real opponents so while this was in beta I needed to log on when I knew others were going to be online to play with me. As with all games where you play against others, there is a level of unpredictability present, so you need to judge how you think the other person is going to play while also cueing up your spell combos to achieve maximum damage.

If you don’t have an AR capable phone, you are still able to play in a CG arena, so while the AR aspect of it certainly makes a big difference in terms of engagement, you can still play and enjoy regardless.

There are also portals that can be unlocked through winning matches, which provide access to loot, which in turn allows you to upgrade your spells and level more easily.

Pros//

AR capability adds an extra level of engagement.

Blockchain element means you can trade cryptocurrency via gaming.

Cons//

AR doesn’t work on all phones.

Can be a little difficult to get the hang of what you’re supposed to do without assistance.

 

Intrigued? Find out more about this unique and challenging game here. I’m looking forward to see how it takes off once it’s released.

About Pippa Tshabalala

Tattooed Gamer. Writer. VO artist. Work in TV. Sony Xperia Brand Ambassador Bookings: unexpectedpippa@gmail.com

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