Olympic Games Jam: Beijing 2022 is the Winter Olympic's official play-to-earn multiplayer mobile game, created in collaboration between Animoca Brands-owned nWayPlay game studio and the International Olympics Committee. Currently, the app is only available for Android phones on the Google Play store, with no official release date for iOS devices yet. In the Olympian spirit, Cointelegraph played the newly launched game and reviewed the experience.
The game flow aims to mimic the real-life Olympics: Players compete in real-time with up to 20 other gamers around the world in winter sports mini-games until the top finisher is champion. The sports are snowboard - slalom, snowboard - slopestyle, freestyle skiing and skeleton. Players have to earn their way through elimination rounds.
The game was developed to get fans to earn and buy Olympic NFT digital pins. Although no initial purchase is necessary to play, there are tiers of gameplay and difficulty that require earning a certain amount of tickets, the green icons below, and gems, the purple icons below, to continue playing. According to nWayPlay, Olympic NFT pins generate tickets to be used in matches rewarding gems. A player's gem balance is connected to a nWayPlay account, and the more gems, the more pins can be acquired to play in more advanced matches.
The first step is to customize and name an avatar. Initially there are only four male avatars available to choose from. Outfits, headwear, accessories and gear changes unlock as players advance in the competition. Country/region must also be selected.
The first elimination round is Snowboard - slalom. There is a brief waiting period while the app looks for a certain number of other players to join in order to start. Competing against bots as well, a player must finish within the top 10 to qualify for the next race.
While going down the slopes, players control avatars with just a finger. When snowboarding slalom, the idea is to pass near flags and gain a speed boost. The second round is skiing where players can perform jumps. Then, during slopestyle snowboarding, players can perform tricks off of rails and ramps to score points. In Round 4, skeleton racers must stay within their lane to maximize speed. There are also power-ups that make the player go faster and resist hazards. If you place within the top three, then you can continue to play.
Overall, it is an enjoyable and entertaining way to pass time and participate in a small way in the Olympics. I question, however, how effective Olympic Games Jam will be in the long run as a blockchain game. Without pins, a player must spend a lot of time on the app to unlock levels o tiers of play.