Bear Escape detailed review
Registration process, deposits/withdrawals
Since Bear Escape is an Ethereum-based dApp (decentralized app), no registration or email are required to play. Instead, you need an Ethereum wallet connected to your Web browser such as Metamask (on desktop) or TrustWallet (on mobile).
The game can only be played with ETH. In case you don’t have some in your wallet, Bear Escape includes an instant exchange (powered by CoinSwitch): you can send money in Bitcoin or hundreds of different cryptos and you will quickly get some ETH in your wallet. Nice.
Installing a wallet browser extension and funding it could sound cumbersome for neophytes, but dApps are definitely here to stay and you should consider doing it, for gaming or other uses. Once you’re all set, it’s a breeze: the dApp identifies you through the wallet and as long as you don’t manually validate transactions, your funds never leave your devices.
User interface and game
Bear Escape proposes 4 different lotteries with different jackpots (1, 10, 100 and 10,000 ETH) and different tickets prizes (0.001, 0.0025, 0.01 and 0.05 ETH, respectively). It’s a good choice and we surely appreciate being able to bet with very small amounts (0.001 ETH, or about $0.20 as of today),.
The rest is simple. The tickets are ”keys” and once a fixed amount of keys have been sold for a specific lottery, a smart contract is executed and a winner is designated (each lottery can have only one winner). Since you know how many keys are sold, you can easily figure out the odds of winning. For instance, for the second level lottery, 5,000 keys are issued. If you bought only 1 key (at 0.0025 ETH), you have 1/5000 chance to win the jackpot (10 ETH). You can of course buy as many keys as you want, increasing your chances of winning.
The interface of Bear Escape is simple but nice. It’s always pleasant, especially on a classic lottery game, to see a design that doesn’t look like a mathematics class blackboard… For each lottery, you can see the number of keys that can be purchased before the end of the round, and the website indicates your winning odds depending on how many keys you intend to buy.
Provably fair verification
As much as we enjoyed the concept of Bear Escape and its design, we cannot be satisfied by its alleged fairness.
The whole game is based on smart contracts, but as of now, the only permanent link to the smart contract on the website points to… a generic Ethereum Testnet explorer (Rinkeby). Really?
Sure enough, after buying some keys, the player has access to the real Ethereum network and can see the transactions and verify that some addresses did win the previous lottery prizes. But what about the smart contracts themselves? The players don’t have any simple (not to mention understandable) access to the contracts and the way they are coded.
No human-readable data on the draws mechanisms, nothing verified or audited… As of now, we didn’t find any guarantee whatsoever that the Bear Escape lotteries work the way they should, and that is a real problem for a ”provably fair game”.
Operator, security and transparency
The game is produced by Team Sirius, ”a completely decentralized and distributed team gathered around the globe.” There are some not-so-active Twitter, Discord and Medium accounts associated to the game, otherwise the team can be reached via a Gmail address.
This is a bit short, to say the least. As much as we can respect the wish of the team to stay anonymous, the players have little guarantees regarding the future and sustainability of the game. And considering what we said previously, it’s not very reassuring.
You can try Bear Escape here.
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