On March 18, Portuguese programmer Cláudio Gil revealed the launch of an old 80s video game that uses Bitcoin Cash-based Simple Ledger Protocol (SLP) tokens for interactive play. The Lode Runner SLP version is a port of the classic 1983 puzzle-oriented action game that allows people to play using the Badger wallet and non-fungible SLP coins called LVL.
Lode Runner and SLP Tokens
Token creation on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network has been prolific lately as BCH supporters have been minting a wide variety of SLP-based tokens. The majority of the SLP tokens have been made for fun and people have been sharing the coins with friends. This week, software developer Cláudio Gil took the SLP concept to another level by integrating SLP tokens with the classic 2D video game Lode Runner.
Playing entails using the Badger wallet to choose a level and send LVL tokens. Users can also play via the Electron Cash SLP version by sending LVL to the token address. After initiating the game, the player controls the character (Lode Runner) in order to collect all the gold pieces on the level while being chased by a random number of enemies. The Lode Runner SLP version creator says that the game is a great use case for non-fungible coins built on top of the BCH network.
“This is actually a case of non-fungible tokens, because there’s one for each level, with unbounded supply, because anyone can generate a new token in the game over screen,” Gil detailed on Monday. “In this game, each token is also a life and if you deposit three LVL050 tokens you start with three lives.”
A Plethora of Use Cases for Representative Tokens Built on Top of Bitcoin Cash
Gil explained that the game was produced with help from the web version of Lode Runner, Bitcoin.com’s Bitbox toolkit, the Simple Ledger Protocol, and a few BCH developers willing to lend a hand. The programmer says you can only get tokens when you lose the same and at the ‘game over’ screen user can pay a quarter of a penny to receive a token for that level. “You can then click the number 10, at the start screen, to start from there — And you can also always show off your merit and get the LVL150 token.” The programmer also noted the SLP version of Lode Runner is experimental and emphasized that everything runs in the browser. Although there really isn’t that much money involved, Gil noted that it is “hard to steal any funds since people, at most, deposit 1/4 of a cent for a few seconds.”
The Lode Runner game with interactive SLP token support opens up the protocol to unbound use cases and different types of exhibitions with non-fungible minted tokens as well. Other types of games could be integrated with SLP token support, the coins could be used for website paywalls, blurry picture sites, and other concepts that involve representative tokens. During the last two weeks, the tokens have been used for different use cases like Telegram and Twitter tip bots, and payment processor support too for merchants. After Gil released the Lode Runner SLP version, many BCH supporters spoke of enjoying the classic game infused with a new type of crypto gaming.
“I used to play Lode Runner a lot when I was a kid — This brings me back,” Coinbase Engineer Josh Ellithorpe tweeted on Monday.
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Image credits: Brøderbund Software, and the Lode Runner SLP Version.
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