Crypto game Axie Infinity generated over $2.2 million in revenue during a single month (March 2022, via to Axie World).
However, there are newer play-to-own crypto games like Sunflower Land which are accelerating their own growth by building exciting products and fostering growing communities.
Sunflower Land is currently the TOP dapp in the Polygon Ecosystem. 
How does Play to Own gaming work?
Sunflower Land enables players to earn crypto and NFTs from you planting and harvesting crops.
The game provides a relaxing experience that feels like Animal Crossing meets Farmville.
When you play a crypto game like Sunflower Land, you become a member of the community and contribute to the game by playing it.
If you’re going to spend time playing a game regardless, why not earn some money while you’re there?
When you sell crops and craft items, you are “burning” the tokens, helping to advance the ecosystem and create scarcity given the innate tokenomics of $SFL.
During the first day that Sunflower Land was released in beta, about 15,000 farms were created, and has since grown its user base exponentially. (Open Beta has a max of 100,000 farms)
Your First Step: Mint a Farm in Sunflower Land
Because each farm is minted as an NFT, you need a crypto wallet in order to setup your farm.
It costs 1 $MATIC to mint a farm and start playing and costs 0.1 MATIC to sync / save your progress on-chain.
This means, you actually need to add the Polygon Network to your wallet, and ensure you bridge some MATIC token over from Ethereum Mainnet.
For more information on how this works, refer to this post on bridging.
You earn $SFL token by selling virtual crops in Sunflower Land
Aside from falling into the Play-to-Own genre, Sunflower Land is also considered an idle game, where the game continues playing even when you aren’t active on the screen.
This works because each crop takes a certain amount of time to reach harvest, so you end up having to wait for the crops to grow, like farming in real life.
There are no actions for a player to take during the waiting period, so you can literally earn crypto while you sleep.
Sunflowers grow the fastest – ready to harvest 60 seconds after planting. From there, more expensive crops also take longer to harvest, which require less work, but are also less financially productive per unit of time.
The game begins with a few crops to be harvested and sold to the shop for profit, which enables you to buy more seeds and continue to grow your farm.
With these initial earnings, you can purchase seeds from the shop and then you’re on the journey to farming!
The $SFL Token Contracts Enable You To Move Money Into and Out of The Game:
After releasing the game in public beta early April 2022, the Sunflower Land team plans to launch the official token contracts on May 9.
You won’t be able to trade $SFL on any exchanges or marketplaces until those contracts go live.
Once the $SFL token contract goes live, players will be able to move assets into or out of the game via blockchain transactions on the Polygon Network.
Sunflower Land Game Progression: Appease the Goblins to Increase Usable Farmland
In order to maximize productivity, farmers want to plant as many crops as possible. Unfortunately, Goblins guard areas of the map where you might like to plant crops. You have to progress in the game for a little bit in order to pay the goblins off to leave your farm.
In order to get the first goblin out of the way, you must combine resources by taking pumpkins to the “kitchen”, exchange 5 pumpkins and some SFL token and they will let you make pumpkin soup, which coerces the first goblin to leave.
Now you have 10 squares to farm, effectively doubling the amount of your productive land you have to work with.
At this point, your goal is to increase your farm’s productivity, yet you still have a significant portion of farmland locked.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to attain the resources to unlock that farmland until you progress more. It takes time.
Also, some items are locked and aren’t available to purchase and use until you get further along in your Sunflower Land journey.
Another attainable step in the game is saving up $1 and crafting an Axe, which enables you to harvest trees to get wood, which is used to craft other items like pickaxes to mine iron and gold.
Your goal at this point is to continue opening up more farmland… the next two goblins are guarding 6 squares each.
To appease the first goblin and get him to leave, he requests sauerkraut, attainable from the kitchen.
To get sauerkraut, the kitchen requests 10 cabbages and 2.5 $SFL. Now that you have 10 squares, you can get 10 cabbages after just a single harvest, which takes 2 hours.
Saving up 2.5 $SFL is required in order to get rid of another goblin and free up more farmland.
Sunflower Land Strategy to Maximize Productivity: Keep $SFL Token Reserves in your Wallet
To generate ROI, you need to plant and harvest crops. In order to do so, you need $SFL token.
It’s easy to overspend $SFL crafting axes or buying food for the goblins.
The best strategy, however, is to save up $SFL before doing so, or else your farm’s productivity could be hindered.
Basically, you want to make sure you have enough $SFL to plant another round of crops after purchase.
When you prioritize having crops growing before spending money on tools and items, you will ensure that there is no downtime in farming.
When you deplete your $SFL funds, you are not able to productively plant a full field of crops again until you save up enough money, which takes time.
Your progress will thus slow / stagnate until you can buy seeds again and plant.
The Mysteries of Sunflower Land
The game does, however, leave a few mysteries to be discovered.
Who is Bilk Noggin? May he rest in peace….
And, what hides behind the clouds at the far end of the map? What will these unlockable areas of the map bring to the game?
Only time will tell. As the development team unlocks new areas of the map with future developments, Sunflower Land players have a lot of excitement on the roadmap ahead!
- Play to Own: https://philipla.substack.com/p/blockchain-games-play-to-earn-play-and-own?s=r
- Axie World https://www.axieworld.com/en
- Utility for Rare collectible items in the game: https://opensea.io/collection/sunflower-land-collectibles