Every year is the best year ever for games.
That's a truism, but one that is conceptually correct, at least in the sense that all games are inspired by the games of the past.
In that respect, then, 2015 was the best year for games.
But in a deeper sense, 2015 was the best year ever for F2P mobile games.
2015 was the year when some developers finally understood how to make F2P games that didn't crudely demand their players' money.
Instead, they focused on retention, bringing players back on a daily basis - often many times during a day - to engage with short and long-term goals.
Of course, the point of this is monetisation, and in 2015, F2P monetisation became much more sophisticated, better integrated, and enjoyable.
Here are six games that in very different ways encapsulated these trends.
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