Many a gamer will remember their school lunchtimes being spent on the library computers with the likes of Tribal Wars or Runescape. There have been plenty of Neopets and Club Penguin style games released over the years too, but it’s only within the last decade that free-to-play games have been seen as a popular and completely viable business model by larger studios.
For better or worse, more and more developers are choosing to release their games at no initial cost to the consumer.
At times, this can be problematic, with the play experience being very limited for players who don’t fancy shelling out for expensive microtransactions.
Tablet and phone games tend to be the worst offenders, but console and PC have their fair share of it too. So many free to play games are being released that it’s hard to tell which are actually worth caring about, so I’ve put together a few recommendations for some great games that won’t cost an arm and a leg to make any meaningful progress in.