Urban Electronics & Good Luck 3 partner to make AR-Mobile Blockchain Game, "tontachiAR"🐷🤳
The Past, Present, and Future of digital Piggies and their friends..
A Quick Backstory: Game Studio Good Luck 3 (GL3) created Japan’s 1st Blockchain Game “Crypt-Oink” in 2018, at the time the game was the first of it’s kind, exploring how digital assets, now knows as “NFTs” can be leveraged to create new types of games.
Since 2018 blockchain(s) and blockchain games have grown immensely, birthing new modes of gamification and monetization by combining digital assets and cryptocurrencies aka “tokenomics”. We’ve seen global success stories, hype, fair and unfair criticisms, bull and bear markets, “rug pulls”, and the list goes on..
GL3 has been quite during most of this gaming evolution (revolution?) for numerous reasons: While the Crypt-Oink game was novel and ahead of it’s time, as a more traditional (mobile) gaming studio they were “too early” in a sense, having a hard time keeping pace with what players seemingly wanted..which was to “earn”. Instead, they were always about Finding the Fun and continued to experiment with the quintessentially fun but less profitable aspects of blockchain tech: Interoperability.
- Axie Infinty & Crypt-Oink Cross-Over Collaboration
- Crypto Kitty & Crypt-Oink Cross-Over Collaboration
- BombStars: A Battle Royal of NFTs on Mobile
So What’s Next? What is Tontachi?
While you won’t hear much from Crypt-Oink moving forward, an affiliate studio called Urban Electronics, Inc. is continuing the spirit of creating innovate games that explore emerging technologies. We’ve jumped off into the deep end to combine Blockchain & Augmented Reality, two technologies that actually appear to be quite complementary to each other.
Tontachi stands for “pig friends” in Japanese. It’s able to extend the utility of the original NFT characters “Crypton” into an Augmented Reality-mobile racing game.
“Tons” are your new super cute pig friends awaiting to accompany you. Race and engage with them in fun, rewarding activities that cross over into the real world, right in your own backyard and beyond.
Our official demo is currently playable, but it is “Token-Gated”. This means you need a certain NFT to access the game.
If you’re a Crypton Holder, you can play the game immediately here
(currently iOS only):
If you don’t have a Crypton, you can grab an Early Access Key NFT free by registering on the Tontachi site: https://www.tontachi.io/
(Or reach out to us via Twitter, Discord, or here via reply)
If you’d like to see more on how we’re trailblazing but constantly finding the fun, we’ve been showcasing how we’re creating quite the racing game in AR using Niantic’s (PokemonGO) SDK called Lightship:
We hope you appreciate where we’re going and will join along with us as we embark on this exciting journey!
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About Urban Electronic, Inc.
An international indie game studio with intent to bridge digital stories/content from the abstract realm more into the realm of the concrete. As of late Augmented Reality & Blockchain technologies allow our products to have more real life-connection points resulting in natural, social-entertainment of enriched experiences. Currently backed by Animoca Brands and leveraging Niantic’s Lightship AR-SDK.