Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Would you believe that a free-to-play game about attracting cartoon cats into your home and backyard has die-hard fans? True story! See, Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector was first released in Japan last year with no intention of a worldwide release. But once English-speaking players got wind of it, they banded together on message boards and social media, trading tips to help each other navigate the fully Japanese menus. 

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