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).

Licensed video games have a long history of missing the mark, and that’s as true today as it was decades back. However, there are always exceptions to the rule—and way back in the day, Codemasters’ Micro Machines was one of the first truly awesome adaptations. Released across various consoles in the early ‘90s, the top-down racer was not only a spot-on use of the miniature toy license, but it was also a really great game to boot.

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