I get loads of emails about blockchains and cryptocurrencies, practically all of that are solely irrelevant to our protection of PC gaming. I anticipated extra of the identical when the announcement for Crypto: Towards All Odds popped up in my inbox. However I modified my thoughts shortly after I reached what’s the undeniably intriguing central idea: Cryptocurrency Vegetation vs. Zombies.
Crypto: Towards All Odds units gamers up as a blockchain safety professional through the early days of Bitcoin, battling bugs, hackers, and different cybersecurity threats by PvZ-inspired gameplay. As an alternative of zombies in your garden, it is blackhats in your community; as a substitute of Sunflowers, Peashooters, and Wall-nuts, you may stand towards your enemies armed with six cryptos and 4 “fiat powers”—financial coverage modifiers that grant new or upgraded powers to your crypto items. OK, so it is rather less catchy than vegetation.
In between jobs you may even have entry to an upgradeable central cyber-hub that can allow entry to extra options and new sport modes, and facet missions to finish starting from chatting together with your cyber-crew to buying and selling cryptocurrencies and taking part in mini-games. Most intriguingly, there’s additionally the promise of an overarching “Cypherpunk interactive story” that can unfold as you play, a few sweeping conspiracy aimed toward bringing down the crypto-space—and uncovering the reality of who you might be.
(Distinct from cyberpunk, a Cypherpunk, as outlined by Wikipedia, “is any particular person advocating widespread use of robust cryptography and privacy-enhancing applied sciences as a path to social and political change.” The identify is derived from the Cypherpunks Mailing Checklist that existed within the early Nineteen Nineties.)
It is exhausting to say how Crypto: Towards All Odds will work out. It might be only a slightly-less-charming Vegetation vs Zombies tower protection knockoff with trendy-tech window dressing, however my hope is that the gameplay will dwell as much as that of its inspiration, and that the underlying narrative will likely be intelligent sufficient to provide it some actual depth. Crypto: Towards All Odds is ready to launch on March 2 on Steam and GOG, and forward of that you will discover out extra at cryptoagainstallodds.com and on Discord.