Spells of Genesis (SoG) is a blockchain-based puzzle game with a fantasy RPG feel. Because it features characters found on digital cards, it can also be described as a collectible card game (CCG).
Spells of Genesis can be played on an iOS or Android device, as well as through a PC web-browser. This article will explain how to get started playing SoG, and it will provide a review of the game.
Getting started with Spells of Genesis
Most blockchain games require you to have a Metamask wallet and some cryptocurrency in order to play. However, this is not the case with Spells of Genesis.
Most functions of the game run on a centralized server. So you do not need any cryptocurrency or special software to begin playing.
To start playing, navigate to the official website for Spells of Genesis.
Click play free now. You’ll see a button to download the mobile version of the game. If you would rather play on a PC, scroll up to find the button for the browser version.
Click Play on PC/Mac or install and open the mobile version.
If this is your first time playing the game, the tutorial will automatically begin.
Spells of Genesis gameplay
Spells of Genesis gameplay consists of a series of levels that correspond to areas on a mountain map. In the beginning, the upper areas of the map are obscured by clouds.
As you complete levels, the cloud moves up, revealing higher level areas.
Clicking on an area begins the level for that area. At the bottom of the screen are your characters. Above them are enemies and obstacles.
A magical beam extends from the image of one of your characters. If you touch this beam from a mobile device or click and hold from a PC, it can be repositioned so that it will point in a different direction.
If you let go of this beam, a bolt of magical energy will shoot out of your character, striking whatever is in its way. The bolt’s behaviour is similar to that of a billiard ball.
It may strike an enemy, bounce off a wall, strike the enemy again, destroy a box that an enemy is sitting behind, or do any number of other things that you would expect a projectile to do.
Once you have finished shooting at an enemy with your first character, your next character will be able to take a turn. However, enemies have counters on them that tell you how many turns you can take before they strike.
If you don’t finish an enemy off before its counter goes to zero, it will fire a bolt of energy at whichever character is directly below it, causing that character damage.
Each character has two stats. The first stat tells you how much damage the character does when it shoots an enemy.
The second tells you how much damage the character can take before it dies. If you’ve ever played Magic: The Gathering or other CCGs, this should be familiar.
Each enemy has a green health bar at the top of its icon. As your characters do damage to it, this health bar will be depleted. When it completely disappears, the enemy will be eliminated.
If you kill all of the enemies before they kill all of your characters, you win. If all of your characters die before you can kill all enemies, you lose.
As you complete levels, you unlock more of the map. This allows you to take on even greater challenges, including levels that have moving boxes and other, more complex obstacles.
Building a card collection in Spells of Genesis
As you complete levels in the game, you will acquire currency and random cards.
The currency consists of three types: gold, crystals, and gems. These currencies can be used to purchase random cards from the card shop.
Once you’ve acquired extra cards, you can swap out the characters you currently have with the ones shown on the new cards.
Cards can also be upgraded instead of swapped out. Upgrading a card increases the character’s stats at a cost of crystals. When a character hits max level, it cannot be upgraded again.
Max level cards can be fused with an identical card of the same level. This creates a completely new card that is more powerful. For example, fusing two 1/6 Carniath Potion Sellers creates a 1/7 Carniath Serpent Fisherman.
Once a new card is created through fusion, it can continue to be upgraded until it hits max level again.
A card can be fused up to four times and then leveled up to max once again. This creates the highest level type of card in the game, a quad fused, max upgraded card.
These types of cards can be blockchainized, or turned into decentralized, blockchain assets.
If you acquire a card that you don’t want, you can turn it in for crystals. This is called crystallizing the card.
Spells of Genesis blockchain cards
Most SoG cards are in-game cards. These can be acquired in-game, but only exist on the developer’s central server.
However, some of the cards are blockchain cards. These usually must be bought from a merchant or from the developer.
Blockchain cards are owned by the player and can be traded or sold through the Book of Orbs app.
As mentioned above, you can also convert your quad-fused, max upgraded in-game cards into blockchain cards. This can be done up to three times per month at the following cost:
1st card: 200 crystals
2nd card: 35 gems
3rd card: 150 gems
Spells of Genesis technology – BitCrystal
Spells of Genesis is mostly a centralized game that runs on the developer’s server. If you simply want to have fun playing the game, you can do so without using any new technology.
But if you want to collect the SoG blockchain cards, here is how the technology of these cards works.
Spells of Genesis uses a system called BitCrystal. BitCrystal is a smart contract protocol developed specifically for games. It allows games to create unique tokens for in-game assets.
All buy or sell transactions for these game assets are recorded within the BitCrystal system, keeping them out of the developer’s hands and allowing for decentralized ownership.
BitCrystal runs on the Counterparty platform, which is a general-purpose smart contract platform running on the Bitcoin blockchain. Counterparty encodes smart-contract transactions as extra data in Bitcoin transactions.
Theoretically, using Counterparty should make BitCrystal more secure than other gaming platforms, since the Bitcoin blockchain has the most hash power of any blockchain network (and is therefore the most secure from double-spend attacks).
Yet it should also provide advantages found in other smart contract platforms such as Ethereum.
And it’s native currency, BCY, is less liquid than the currencies of these other platforms. This can create a problem for users, since they will have to sell their SoG cards for BCY and use BCY to buy the cards.
Collectors who are considering buying SoG cards should keep these advantages and disadvantages in mind when making a decision.
Spells of Genesis review: is it worth playing or investing in?
In preparing for this review, we spent several hours playing Spells of Genesis. The game has a great tutorial system and is very easy to learn how to play.
And figuring out which direction to shoot in was a very satisfying challenge.
In some cases, an enemy could be defeated by hitting it in the side and causing it to bump into another enemy.
In other cases, it was best to hit an enemy so that it slammed into spikes on the side of a structure. But we had to be careful not to shoot into the spikes, as this would cause damage to our characters.
We also found that trying to eliminate enemies with low counters was an effective strategy at limiting damage to our own team.
Overall, we found Spells of Genesis to be an extremely fun game. In fact, we found it to be more fun than just about any other “blockchain game” we’ve reviewed in the past.
But before you go running off to buy the entire set of SoG cards, we have to point out that Spells of Genesis is not really a blockchain game.
Yes, you can buy blockchain cards and play with them in the game. That’s cool. But you don’t really need these cards to play. We found that we could get pretty far in it with just the in-game cards.
So, at this point, it’s unclear why a future collector would want blockchain SoG cards.
And if we have trouble answering that question now, it’s probably not a good idea to collect the cards in the present.
In the future, maybe the developer will come up with some kind of multiplayer version of SoG.
If this were to happen, we could imagine the cards being valuable just because of the thrill you could get from playing these rare cards against an opponent.
But until we see some evidence that this is going to happen, this is probably a game that’s best to play with only the free cards.
So, yes. It’s very fun game that is worth playing, especially if you are away from your PC and only have access to a mobile device. But no, we could probably find better things to collect or invest in.