MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma officially launched last night on Steam and has so far been met with a strong degree of apprehension from the players.
On one hand gamers have praised the “gimmick” driving Gem Rose Accent’s marketing, while others have panned the game for being nigh impossible to beat.
The game itself is a steampunk first-person puzzler in a similar vein to titles like The Witness or The Talos Principle.
The game’s anonymous team of developers said: “In Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma players enter a maze filled with 24 mind-bending puzzles.
“The first to solve them wins one genuine bitcoin! Either work alone or together, leaving hints along the way to help solve the mind-bending puzzles – or slow others down by leading them to dead-ends.
“Montecrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma is an experiment in player choice and cooperation like no other, with a prize that translates not only to bragging rights but to real world value.
“How much will players be willing to share, how much will they be able to compromise and who will claim access to the final vault of Montecrypto?”
In a twist on the standard puzzle genre, players can pair up much like Portal 2, or join teams for faster progression through the levels.
Players have the option to leave behind message bards for other players, which can contain hints or obstructions – depending on each individual person’s motives.
The developers have pledged to reveal themselves once the first winner comes forward.
The prize money of one bitcoin is currently stashed away in a crypto wallet which can be seen here.
You can now buy Montecrypto on Steam with a 40 percent discount, for only £1.01 ($1.19).
Considering one bitcoin was worth £7,587.20 ($10,590.58) at 2.22pm, according to CoinDesk, the game’s price tag seems to be a good deal. Or is it?
Based on the game’s first raft of user reviews, it appears as though gamers have not been convinced by the allure of winning a free crypto token.
One user in particular, Coppeargears, questioned the ethical value of offering a financial reward for buying and competing the game.
The gamer said in his review: “This game tries to cash in on the bitcoin trend by promising a bitcoin for the first person to complete it.
“This, however, is nothing but a carrot-on-a-stick made to lead people into buying this atrocious nothingness of a game.”
Others have questioned the gameplay mechanics of the game and it of being broken and hard to play.
Pineable_Buisness wrote on Steam: “This game would’ve been playable if the map worked.
“The puzzles were alright I guess but I wasn’t a big fan of the quiz doors.
“When I had used 90 minutes on 3 enigmas (maybe 15 minutes on the puzzles themselves) I realised this game wasn’t worth playing cause it was not fun.”
Once the game is beaten, gamers will still be able to play the game for the puzzles, but the multiplayer mechanics will be frozen.
The developers said all messages left behind in the game will become a “museum showing the paths and struggles that led to finding the password and getting the bitcoin.”
But Gem Rose Accent has hinted that perhaps this is not the last chapter for the story of MonteCrypto.