Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 12 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 19 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


4 votes
1 votes
Advertisements -
4 / 1 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

3 votes
2 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
3 / 2 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

2 votes
2 votes
Daily Rewards -
2 / 2 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

2 votes
3 votes
Grinding -
2 / 3 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

1 votes
3 votes
Playing by Appointment -
1 / 3 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

4 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 4 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

4 votes
Wait To Play -
0 / 4 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 3 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 32 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


2 votes
2 votes
Recurring Fee -
2 / 2 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
3 votes
Pay to Win -
1 / 3 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

3 votes
Premium Currency -
0 / 3 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

3 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
0 / 3 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

3 votes
Pay to Skip -
0 / 3 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

3 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 3 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

3 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
0 / 3 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

3 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 3 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

3 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 3 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

3 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 3 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

3 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
0 / 3 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 1 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 6 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


1 votes
Competition -
1 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

1 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 1 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

1 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 1 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

1 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 1 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

1 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 1 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

1 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 1 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

1 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
0 / 1 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 17 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 9 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


5 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
5 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

4 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
4 / 0 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

4 votes
Complete the Collection -
4 / 0 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

2 votes
2 votes
Variable Rewards -
2 / 2 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

2 votes
2 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
2 / 2 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

3 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 3 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

2 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 2 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 54,198 votes.
Google Play:  (4.60) with 96,145 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Playing by Appointment reported on Sep 19, 2022
There are Events like the "World Tour Mini" that take place every... day? couple of days? Weeks? I usually don't participate so I'm not sure. You earn badges for games that you complete in the Event. If you don't complete all the games in the Event by the time the Event is over, you miss out on the badges for that event. There's also a "punch card" that resets every week.
Advertisements reported on Sep 19, 2022
Every couple of games an ad video plays. There are also ads in the results screen and on the Home screen. When the video ads play, the sound overrides any settings you've set to mute the game (including through the Windows Volume Mixer) so you have to mute the ad itself. Sometime the mute button for the ad is not visible.
Infinite Treadmill reported on Sep 19, 2022
You earn experience points each time you complete a game. Earn enough points and you "level up". Every chunk of levels you earn a new title. There is (as far as I can tell) no level cap.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Sep 19, 2022
You earn experience with each game you complete and you also level up. Every tier of levels you go through, you earn a new title. There are also Daily Challenges and if you delete your account, you lose your progress with the Daily Challenges. There's also limited-time events that give you badges for completing games in the Event, and if you make a new account you lose all of those badges.
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on Sep 19, 2022
You earn experience with each game you complete and you also level up. Every tier of levels you go through, you earn a new title. You earn arbitrary coins and badges for completing Daily Challenges. There's also limited-time events that give you badges for completing games in the Event,.
Complete the Collection reported on Sep 19, 2022
Multiple ways - the weekly "punch card" rewards that give you extra XP earning if you complete all the games on the punch card by the end of the week. The Daily Challenges, which has a challenge for each Solitaire type. The Events, which have a set of games or challenges to complete to earn all the badges for the Event.
Aesthetic Manipulations reported on Sep 19, 2022
Flashy animations and sounds for successfully completing a game. Gold coins flash out and fill up a bar when you complete a Daily Challenge. (The coins don't *do* anything, even.) Attractive badges for completing Events.
Advertisements reported on May 25, 2022
There are video ads periodically that cannot be skipped without paying for a premium membership.
Recurring Fee reported on May 25, 2022
There is a monthly subscription to remove ads.
Competition reported on May 25, 2022
There are daily events with a competitive leaderboard.

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