Formerly known as Forgotten Artifacts, Lost Relics burst into the NFT gaming scene with thousands of monthly players wielding weaponized NFTs. Three years since its launch in 2019, the blockchain game now competes with gaming titles from big studios. So the million-dollar question is: can it stand out from the rest?
Lost Relics is a Diablo-inspired play-to-earn action-adventure role-playing game powered by Enjin Blockchain. The game challenges players to travel through dungeons, vanquish monsters and discover some of the rarest items. For us to evaluate whether it stands a chance against its rivals, let’s review the basic game mechanics.
Basic Game Mechanics and Player Experience
When you log in to this blockchain game for the first time, you’ll be sent on a few quests to help you get acquainted with Talmuth. It is the land above the dungeons, including locations such as the Royal Emporium, Tavern, General Store and more. Then, you’ll be tasked to enter the Lost Relics dungeon for the first time. You’ll be able to collect loot as you explore the dungeon while avoiding fire and slaying enemies.
This game can be unforgiving at times. There is a decent amount of gamers who die in the first dungeon. Gamers die in dungeons all the time, even high-level players. So you do need some sort of strategy running through a dungeon. You can’t just keep clicking forward and pressing the attack, expecting to clear the dungeon. You will need to time your movements if you want to make it out of the dungeon alive.
In Lost Relics, there are two types of items: virtual and blockchain items. Virtual Items can be traded on the Royal Emporium, which is the game’s marketplace. Plus, they can be purchased with in-game gold. Some items have a limited number of issues, while others have no limit. However, in Lost Relics, it will be lost if you die while holding an item.
Meanwhile, in-game blockchain items are managed by the Ethereum blockchain. They can be dropped from monsters, treasure chests, and high-level dungeons. They can be traded as NFTs on Opensea and Enjin’s open market and will not be lost if you die in a dungeon with the item. Instead, these are returned to your inventory.
Should You Still Play It?
Reality check: the initial hype is partially gone. The good news is that the project can still bounce back. No one can take away the fact that it is still the only playable ARPG in the NFT gaming scene. In addition, it is releasing updates at a faster pace and we’ve been seeing the world of Lost Relics receiving lots of new features. Most importantly, it has a small but loyal community with lots of streamers and content creators. Organic support is still superior to just pure hype.
In conclusion, the game is still in Alpha, so there’s plenty of room for improvement. Plus, the project is headed in the right direction because gamers find it fun. As one player describes it, “There’s some thrill when you’re in a dungeon and you fall into a trap. Then, you run out of healing items and you have to find the exit in order to keep your items.”