Dookey Dash, a game where players trudge through a messy sewer system in search of a key to a treasure that a monkey excreted, has gone live. The Bored Ape Yacht Club, or BAYC, launched the game on Jan. 18 to a collapsing server.
According to the Bored Ape Yacht Club trailer on Twitter, the game evolves around the story of Jimmy the Monkey, whose “atomic shit or excretion” during a party at the yacht club accidentally opens a spacetime continuum.
Long story short, a mysterious figure appears, presents a box and a key to open it. For some strange reason, Jimmy the Monkey ends up swallowing the key and attempts to excrete without success.
With the key stuck in his alimentary canal, players have to traverse through the sewer that is the human system – well, monkey system really – and navigate the various bends to uncork Jimmy from below.
ApeCoin (APE), the native token of the BAYC metaverse, rose 7% to $4.92 on the news. The asset has plunged more than 81% from its all-time-high of $26.70 on Apr. 28, 2022, according to CoinGecko.
Heads up, Apes: Our video explainer for the latest update on the Sewer Pass and Dookey Dash can be found below and on our official Yuga Labs YouTube channel! Take some time to watch it through once… Or twice. pic.twitter.com/QIeGMw7Oqa
— Bored Ape Yacht Club (@BoredApeYC) January 14, 2023
Dookey part of $450M Bored Ape metaverse
Like Temple Run, the popular infinite runner that crossed one billion downloads in 2014, Dookey Dash is another one in the genre. The game will be the first that Yuga Labs, the company behind the popular BAYC, has launched as part of its $450 million metaverse initiative.
It remains to be seen whether the game will be as fun as its storyline. Dookey Dash players will need what is being described by Yuga Labs as a “Sewer Pass” NFT to play. Those who already own a Bored Ape or Mutant Ape NFT can automatically play the controversial game.
Another option will be through the acquisition of one from someone else who has the Sewer Pass. By surviving the run, collecting “fragments,” and avoiding obstacles, a player can also accumulate points.
In the fashion of Temple Run, Dookey Dash will also have small transactions where players can buy things like boosters with cryptocurrency. In three week’s time, players must attempt to achieve the highest score possible by collecting items and completing quests in the game.
After that, a process of validating sewer passes will commence on Feb. 15, with the highest scorer winning a key to a “mysterious and very important box.” The sewer passes boast of four different tiers. Of these, the higher tiers award players with higher scores due to multipliers and also allows users to purchase power-up packs for 2 APE, or about $10 at prevailing market prices.
“On February 15th, validated Sewer Passes will be eligible to transform into a mysterious new power source,” the official BAYC account tweeted.
‘Too much excitement’ crashes servers
The game’s launch has not been without problems after the server collapsed owing to what the company described as “too much excitement for the server to handle.”
“Server issues have been fixed, Dookey Dash is back online. ApeCoin boosts that expired during the downtime will be refunded its full amount back to the wallet they were purchased from,” the company said in a tweet.
Server issues have been fixed, Dookey Dash is back online. ApeCoin boosts that expired during the downtime will be refunded its full amount back to the wallet they were purchased from. For questions about refunds email [email protected]. https://t.co/ItKXBwrs9t
— Bored Ape Yacht Club (@BoredApeYC) January 19, 2023
It seems players are having a good time. “First run through Dookey Dash, already addicting af Super clean UI on mobile, even through MetaMask browser! Well done Team Yuga!,” reads a tweet from Chris.
BAYC says it is not joking about monkey turd. “We’re taking this shit seriously and won’t tolerate any monkey business on the leaderboards,” it warned.
“We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled throughout the activation for any cheating and hold the right to remove any suspect scores after our auditing process.”