There is no denying Decentraland and The Sandbox Game built a dominance and instant relation to the word metaverse. Their common shortcomings are the onboarding experience and entry barriers, and REALM addresses both perfectly.
REALM is a cross chain, community driven open-source project that encourages collectors and creators to express their artistic vision in the purest form: their own magical virtual realm.
Players in REALM can create unique and customisable virtual ecosystems filled with NFTs. Not only that, you can raise digital pets, travel between realms, and use live audio streaming to connect with friends and fans. All through augmented reality to fully immerse its users into its colorful and vibrant world.
REALM puts emphasis on the way everything is presented in-game, whether it is a character or even a regular piece of art. The game pushes players to present their creations in innovative new ways, allowing its users to hold auctions on the moon or an underwater art gallery where others can directly buy the NFTs on display through their Opensea and other marketplace integrations.
Unlike Decentraland where owning land is a prerequisite to creating an experience, it allows you to create as many realms as they like using the REALM suite of builder tools. Once they are in place, players can decide whether they want it to be gated behind a paywall or owning certain NFTs or even free for everyone to try out. All of these creations can be freely traded across the game’s marketplace for people to buy, sell, or trade between themselves.
A nice and unique gesture is REALM’s commitment to transforming certain creations into positive environmental initiatives. Whenever you plant a tree, raise sea corals, or clean the oceans in-game, the studio will match your actions in the real world for a better place for everyone to live in.
How to Get Started
One of the biggest advantages to REALM is its accessibility, with the game directly available on Google Play and App Store with no barrier of entry. You can download the game, create your character, purchase a skin if you want to look recognizable, and start using the builder tools or join an already existing experience.
Web3 Corner and Review
REALM excels in taking advantage of other metaverse projects’ shortcomings in terms of accessibility and onboarding experience. They successfully prioritized and executed a mobile-first focus, while giving everyone access to a plethora of tools to freely create unique experiences.
However, player count and promoting community creations are two components holding back REALM from overtaking its competitors. A primary contributor to The Sandbox Game’s success is their heavy focus on promoting and rewarding prominent community creators and their designs, and I can see REALM easily reaching a similar position in the metaverse category if all the blocks fall into place.
- Chain: BNB Chain and ETH
- Game Currency: $REALM
- Game Platforms: iOS and Android with PC version in development
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