So... A Game About Bread, Eh?
HolyBread.io is a semi-new game that came to Steem and, of course, I picked it up & started playing it. Is it any fun? What am I doing in it? Why am I wearing this salesman tie? All That & More Answered Below!
CHAPTER #1: What's It Taste Like?
With no disrespect meant towards the developers, I think the best way to describe HolyBread is: it's simple.
Simple to get into & understand, and most of the game is waiting. I'm a huge fan of idle games like Cookie Clicker, Clicker Heroes, and Candybox. So when I found out that HolyBread, in a lot of ways, played in a similar way, I was not turned off by the concept.
Being able to have a game running in the background where I can just casually check-in on once & awhile is a cozy feeling for me.
Best part? The game's progression seems rather fair to me so far! It doesn't really feel too "pay-to-win" like. In fact, I didn't have to put any money into the game in order to grind my way from rank > 1,000 something in the arena to < 300. Everything has so far felt rather fair & balanced.
Summary of gameplay == Go on quests, wait for rewards, collect loot, fill up energy, repeat quests, get strong, fight battles against other Steemians.
The gameplay isn't for everyone, but it can offer a lot of joy for casual players.
CHAPTER #2: Why Are These Breadcrumbs Everywhere?
So, why would you want to fight against other Steemians in the arena and rise up in rank? Well, other than potentially having an blood thirsty ego complex like I do, it's also how you earn more breadcrumbs!
Breadcrumbs are the main way to earn some small profits while playing this game. Basically, you want to save up enough breadcrumbs and then you transfer them to Steem-Engine, where the @holybread team uses the pool of Steem that players spend each week to buy back the breadcrumb tokens.
You can see the team's latest ( at time of writing ) buy back details in this post.
It's fun to win, but it's funner to earn ;^)
CHAPTER #3: Buying A Bakery
So... Bet ya didn't know you could also buy items from other people in this game, did ya...
I'm serious when I said I made it to around rank 300 without spending money. BUT! Then this shit kept happening:
I KEPT FUCKING LOSING ARENA FIGHTS >:^(
I decided that it'd be a fun experiment to spend a small amount of STEEM and see how far I can profit from this small investment. So, that's exactly what I did!
Relax! Relax. It's not really that much. In total, I spent 20.183 STEEM, which is ~$5.14. Not too bad, it's basically like buying a slightly higher priced mobile game.
And? What did buying that equipment get me?
HAHAHAHAHAHA YES! WINNING MODE RE-ACTIVATED! EAT SHIT @mhzim!
( just kidding buddy, you fought well, GG all love :^) )
My goal is to get into sub 100 rank within the month. So far so good:
Now, the problem is it'll take quite a bit of time to make up that $5 investment just by selling breadcrumbs...
Hmmm... You know, if other people can sell things in this game... Maybe I can too...
CHAPTER #4: Spencer's Bootleg Bread Shop!
COME ON DOWN TO SPENCER'S BOOTLEG BREAD SHOP, THE FINEST HOLYBREAD ITEMS THIS SIDE OF THE BLOCKCHAIN!
WE GOT THE MOST LEGIT & HIGHEST-QUALITY LOOT! $0.69 FOR EACH ITEM! YOU HEARD IT RIGHT FOLKS, SPENCER'S BREAD SHOP LISTS ALL ITEMS AT 69 CENTS! CAN I GET AN AMEN! BUY NOW, IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YA!
Alright buddies, that does it for this post. I didn't want to explain all the rules of Holybread here, that wasn't the goal. If you'd like to read up on them, check out the official post by @holybread here: https://steempeak.com/holybread/@holybread/rules-of-holybread
In closing, I'd like to end with a message to the dev-team of upcoming features I'd love to see added:
- Show my current team stats when I'm looking at opponents in the arena, so I know who I have a fighting chance against
- Show my equipped item stats when I check out other items in the shop & market, so I know if I'm upgrading or not
- Allow for some way of increasing rate of energy fill, either via a premium purchase or even better spending breadcrumbs / bread / destroying items
- Create some use case for breadcrumbs other than selling on Steem-Engine, maybe I could combine them into full breads? Or "feed" them to my heroes for exp. gain?
- Ability to directly send / transfer items, heroes, breadcrumbs, and bread to other players ( for giveways, gifting, etc. )