Tiger Trap: A 3D Strategy Game in ICON
We propose to build a 3D strategy game with state of the art NFT integration, real-time graphics, multiplayer support, and a unique gameplay. Tiger Trap (Goats and Tigers / Bhag Chal / Tiger Move) is an age-old classic game originating from the South Asia region. The game has 4 tigers and 20 goats, where the tigers hunt the goat while the goats attempt to block the tigers’ movements. The game is a true strategic war between two forces where one tries to beat the other in various topologies.
There are a handful of strategic board games in the crypto world and most of them are still in development. We intend to create one of the first 3D board games built completely with NFT assets and a compelling gameplay.
NFTs & Gaming:
In 2020, the gaming industry was a $160 billion industry with an increase of 9.3% from the previous year. It was forecasted in 2016 that the industry might be $90 billion but there was a huge difference of 77%. The current estimate for 2025 is $265 billion but we can assume that the industry is going to grow at a similar pace. According to Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA), over 804k unique active users connected to blockchain-based games in July 2021. We can clearly see that the blockchain gaming industry is at an early stage but the segment is growing it’s user network at an exponential rate.
The market for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) also surged to new highs in the second quarter of 2021 with $2.5 billion in sales this year, up from $13.7 million in the first half of 2020. With such tremendous growth in NFTs & Gaming, it is the right time for us to build a top-class blockchain-powered 3D board game in the ICON network.
History & Gameplay:
The game is thought to be a depiction of true stories from the Himalayas. It is said that herders used to play during their leisure time in rural areas, which might be the palace for the game’s origin. Kids have been playing this game during their break time for centuries. In the past, the game started with a grid marked by chalk with large pebbles representing tigers and small pebbles representing the goats. In course time, the game has evolved into a famous pass time by people from all ages.
Two sides take part in the game with 4 tigers trying to capture the goat and 20 goats who defend themselves by blocking the tigers.
The general gameplay involves a board with a 25-point grid with 4 tigers trying to attack the goats from four directions while 20 goats pick their spot to block the tiger. In the beginning, all the tigers are placed at the corners of the board and goats outside the board. The game begins by placing one of the goats on the board. Moves can be made along the lines drawn on the board. The tiger moves one step at a time. The turns are alternating between the goats & the tiger. The goat wins by surrounding the four tigers so that none of them can’t make any valid move. The tiger wins by capturing five goats by jumping over the goat similar to draughts or checkers. The tiger may only do so if the spot is unoccupied.
There are several variations of the game 5x5 grid in Nepal and India whereas a triangular-shaped grid is used in Sri Lanka. Likewise, a similar game with the name of Sholo Guti is also popular in South Asian countries like Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, and Nepal. Another game, Fox and Geese has a long history that dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe. Descriptions of the game are found in Greetis Saga, an Icelandic poem written in 1300 AD. The game was also said to be found in the household accounts of Edward the IV of England, who had the game made out of silver. The game is still popular among the royal families of England. It is known to be enjoyed by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Tiger Trap: The Game:
Our goal is to recreate this traditional game in the ICON blockchain. The characters will be IRC-31 tokens where users can have true ownership of the characters. We will store the character’s historical battles right in the blockchain. There will be free NFTs that people can play without paying and NFTs that people can own and play in the game. People can use their own character types, skins, and environments while playing the game. The images will be stored in IPFS which will ensure its permanence. The game data will be stored permanently in the blockchain.
We also intend to have an in-game native token $GOAT (subject to change) which people could earn by just playing the game and beating the opponent. Later, we will use the same token in the Tiger Trap universe.
The characters and gameplay will be in a 3D universe. The game will be a true experiment with a 3D universe, real gameplay mechanics, assets ownership (NFTs) & play-to-earn model with $GOAT token. We are still working on the tokenomics where $GOAT can be used to buy assets, skins, boards, and many other things in the Tiger Trap game ecosystem.
The game will allow users to select their Tiger or Goat NFTs and clash in a brutal turn-based battle. We also plan to have an AI where users can play in Easy, Medium or Hard mode. This will allow users to earn the tokens. There will also be a multiplayer mode, to play with peers.
Another experiment we want to do is to be able to rent or loan NFTs to play the game. We want to introduce a concept of free-to-play where users don’t need to buy the assets rather rent them from the treasure, play the game, level up the NFTs and pay back the treasury with the tokens. The utilities of the tokens in the game will be explored as we progress with the game.
Why ICON Blockchain?
ICON has several advantages over other blockchain which encouraged us to launch Tiger Trap. Most importantly, low transaction fees, faster block time & an inclusive community. Blockchain Transmission Protocol (BTP), which allows multi-chain asset transfer, is something we are extremely excited about. The community in ICON is also very active and believes in growing together. The existing gaming NFT projects like ICONbet, Nebula, and Gangstabet have driven a huge supporting community, which we are quite excited to see. We are looking forward to attracting more creative and passionate people to ICON by introducing a full-functional NFT game in ICON. This can be a start to creating more powerful games in the ICON ecosystem.
We intend to introduce lots of inclusive skins & characters in the game considering parts of the regions. This is also part of ICON’s hyper connection to the world. We hope that the 3D characters and game will inspire to foster the growth of more game development in ICON.
- Complete the website & complete the character assets
- Social media and community development
- Launch landing page
- Finalize Gameplay & start prototyping
- Start smart contract development
- Continue website development with gameplay
- Continue with character asset development
- Start game development
- Complete smart contracts
- Complete website development
- Continue game development & gameplay
- Launch in Testnet
- Feedback from beta users
- Launch in Mainnet
Funding Amount Requested:
We are requesting funding for the initial development, design, artwork and marketing. The funds will be used to hire developers to write the smart contracts, design & development of the website and commission artists for their artwork.
1 SCORE Developers @ $3,000 per month for 3 months = $3,000 x 1 x 3 = $9,000
1 Senior Unity Developer @ $2,500 per month for 4 months = $2,500 x 1 x 4 = $10,000
2 Unity 3D modeler @ $2,000 per month for 3 months = $2,000 x 2 x 3 = $12,000
1 Designer @ $2,500 per month for 2 months = $2,500 x 1 x 2 = $5,000
1 Mobile developer @ $2,500 per month for 2 months = $2,500 x 1 x 2 = $5,000
1 Web Developer @ $2,500 per month for 4 months = $2,500 x 1 x 4 = $10,000
1 Project Manager part-time @ $600 per month for 4 months = $600 x 4 x 1 = $2,400
NFT has boomed last year but we have not seen an active 3D game with a historic background. We intend to create an exemplary NFT game that will be recognized throughout the NFT community.
Note that we couldn’t post the screenshots in this post as it didn’t allow us to. The proposal will have the character assets attached.