The Sandbox REVIEW
SandBox is a blockchain metaverse with numerous possibilities for playing, creating digital assets, and earning cryptocurrency. It’s a platform built by players—the community-driven game foxes on creativity, gameplay, and trading expertise for expansion. You can create and trade NFTs in this metaverse, buy LAND and monetize it and even design games.
The game design is similar to the legendary Minecraft but with many opportunities to earn while playing the game. Thus, SandBox is a play-to-earn game, too.
It’s one of the most famous blockchain games and metaverse projects, with its native token SAND recording considerable price jumps in 2021. LANDs in the game are valuable digital assets. They’re offered as NFTs, and many of them have been sold at eye-opening prices of millions of dollars.
The game has been successful in partnering with famous companies in the gaming and blockchain industries, Atari and Adidas are two of the most famous partners of this metaverse. Besides, many companies have bought LAND NFTs in the game and are planning to develop buildings in it, Binance and CoinMarketCap are among them.
What is The SandBox?
SandBox is a metaverse where you can create unique digital assets, buy and own LANDs, design games, and earn money by trading the in-game assets. Creators have numerous possibilities in this digital world. They can create voxel ASSETS and monetize them. An entertaining gaming experience completes this world with possibilities in play-to-earn concepts.
The game was founded in 2012 named Pixowl. The first version of the SandBox franchise was launched in 2012 for iOS and 2013 for Android. The next version was called The SandBox Evolution that was launched in 2016 and 2016 for iOS, Android, and Steam. The blockchain version of the game was announced in May 2018. Since then, the game and its metaverse have changed a lot offering new opportunities for players. It has ambitious plans for 2022 to expand the game experience and attract more users.
How does The SandBox work?
Blockchain is the fundamental technology of the current SandBox game. It’s built on the Ethereum network, and the SAND token is an ERC-20 token. You can create an account in the game with common wallets like MetaMask and start playing. Choosing an avatar is the first step of playing the game. Those players who buy LAND in this metaverse have many opportunities to expand their experience and earn rewards.
There are many tools available for SandBox users to improve their experience. They can use VoxEdit software to create and animate voxel assets and import them to the game. Besides, there is a game maker that lets you create games and offer them to other players. The marketplace is where users trade their in-game assets like characters, digital arts, and LANDs. But the LANDs can be sold in NFT marketplaces like OpenSea, too.
The Walking Dead (The SandBox)
The Walking Dead is one part of the SandBox game with a unique experience in a zombie theme. Players can have experiences in other players’ LANDs in this theme or buy their own LAND and use the Game Maker toolkit to create an experience for others.
There are many opportunities in The Walking Dead of SandBox. There are LANDs available in this part of the game that let players own real estate in the world of Walking Dead. There are also many Walking Dead assets available for creating unique experiences. The Walking Dead experience is available at a large region in the SandBox map. This part of the map is owned by SandBoxGame to offer a unique gaming experience in The Walking Dead theme.
There is no blockchain game that doesn’t have tokens. Tokens are primary tools for transactions, trades, and in-game experiences, especially in play-to-earn games. There are two types of valuable tokens in the SandBox game:
SAND (Main Utility Token)
SAND is an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain with numerous use-cases in this game. Two of the most important use-cases for the token are staking and governance.
Collecting SAND can be done through various methods. Buying it from exchanges like Binance is the first choice. You need SAND to buy items in the game. Besides, playing the game and completing quests results in SAND tokens for the player. You can use your SAND to customize your character, buy in-game assets like LANDs, and many more actions.
Players who own and hold SAND can participate in the game development and progress. They can vote for/against proposals for game design and its path. Besides, they can delegate their voting power to other players of choice. This mechanism creates a decentralized governance system for the game.
Another use case of the SAND token is staking. Players can stake their tokens and earn rewards for that. Rewards can be collected in GEMs and CATALYSTs that are used for creating assets in the game.
LAND (Part of Metaverse)
As mentioned above, SandBox is a metaverse with many of the characteristics we see in the real world. LAND is a valuable asset in this world that can be purchased and owned for many use cases. Players and companies buy LANDs in the game for creating their unique game experiences and even earning money. Many big companies like Binance and Atari own LANDs in the SandBox metaverse.
LANDs can be sold in NFT format in marketplaces like OpenSea. There are always headlines about LANDs being sold at high prices because many people believe SandBox can become one of the greatest metaverse experiences in the world.
Players can use in-game assets and earned tokens to create assets in SandBox. There is no limit to the imagination of the player in creating digital assets. There are some resources needed for creating the assets, though.
CATALYST defines the tier of the asset that is built and developed. Each CATALYST adds an empty socket to the asset. It’s somehow the availability of upgrades for each NFT. As mentioned above, CATALYSts can be earned by staking SAND tokens.
GEMs are other characteristics of upgrades in the SandBox universe. You can upgrade your NFT by filling its CATALYST with GEMs.
SAND, GEM, and CATALYSt are ERC-20 tokens in the SandBox game. But the storage and trading in this game are handled by ERC-1155 and ERC-721 standards. Therefore, the platform pays the Etherum fees creating an enjoyable game experience for users.
GAMES (Asset/Script Bundle)
Users can leverage the Game Maker tool of the SandBox game to create their own games. It has visual scripting tools that let users create games without any need for coding knowledge. Anyone can build 3D games with this tool. Camera templates, avatar control, and fight systems can all be designed without any coding. Building games is free, and users can monetize them by offering them at LANDs they buy or rent.
SandBox is one of the most successful blockchain games in the market. After years of developing and pivoting, it has found a great opportunity to offer blockchain-based experiences. The game has shown its capabilities with numerous big brands buying LANDs in it for various use cases. Play to earn concept is very interesting and can surely attract new gamers every day to this metaverse.