Hearthstone

-1.96
Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store
Google Play App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 50 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 45 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.5

13 votes
2 votes
Daily Rewards -
13 / 2 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

12 votes
3 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
12 / 3 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

10 votes
4 votes
Grinding -
10 / 4 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

7 votes
5 votes
Playing by Appointment -
7 / 5 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

7 votes
5 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
7 / 5 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

1 votes
13 votes
Wait To Play -
1 / 13 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

13 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 13 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 80 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 64 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.67

14 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
14 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

14 votes
Pay to Win -
14 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

12 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
12 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

14 votes
1 votes
Power Creep -
14 / 1 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

8 votes
2 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
8 / 2 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

9 votes
4 votes
Premium Currency -
9 / 4 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

3 votes
9 votes
Recurring Fee -
3 / 9 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

3 votes
11 votes
Pay to Skip -
3 / 11 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

3 votes
10 votes
Accidental Purchases -
3 / 10 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

13 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 13 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

13 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 13 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 39 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 57 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.67

14 votes
Competition -
14 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

11 votes
3 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
11 / 3 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

5 votes
8 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
5 / 8 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

5 votes
9 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
5 / 9 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

3 votes
11 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
3 / 11 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

1 votes
12 votes
Reciprocity -
1 / 12 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

14 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 14 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 67 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 30 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-2.69

13 votes
1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
13 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

13 votes
1 votes
Complete the Collection -
13 / 1 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

12 votes
3 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
12 / 3 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

10 votes
3 votes
Variable Rewards -
10 / 3 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

8 votes
5 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
8 / 5 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

6 votes
8 votes
Illusion of Control -
6 / 8 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

5 votes
9 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
5 / 9 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.00) with 53,432 votes.
Google Play:  (4.35) with 1,587,376 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Premium Currency reported on Jun 6, 2022
The game has real money exchange for cards; boosters; skins; card backs; card art.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Jun 6, 2022
The game has many limited offer events such as: Expansion Pre-Order(which awards extra boosters for your money); Limited offers on the shop(For mini-sets; skins; card backs; etc) and Battle pass upgrade(which grants you extra rewards for completing steps of the battle pass for that period).
Recurring Fee reported on Jun 6, 2022
The game has contant fees in the way of battle passes; expansions; mini-sets; etc.
Illusion of Control reported on Jun 6, 2022
Single player content is extremely easy. Also, random effects are not random at all. There is a much higher percentage of specific things happening compared to other.
Accidental Purchases reported on Jun 6, 2022
There are multiple reports of people who have clicked on items to check prices and accidentally bought them with gold and real money.
Competition reported on Jun 6, 2022
The game has a very toxic ranking system. Due to the extreme grindy nature, players will always play the most meta deck possible by searching online. This happens from a very low rank, all the way to the top. This purposeful lack of balance makes for a very unhealthy game state.
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior reported on Jun 6, 2022
The grindy competitive nature encourages bad manners in order to get an edge. It's common for players to waste their turns when they are about to lose; cheat if they discover some exploit; and constantly search for an edge in the way of meta-decks.
Social Obligation / Guilds reported on Jun 6, 2022
If you don't play frequently enough, your ranking might be too low compared to your friend's. Not having the most recent cards and Sets might discourage you to play against them on friendly matches.
Fear of Missing Out reported on Jun 6, 2022
You feel that your purchased cards will lose value when the yearly rotation happens. You also feel like you've been left behind by not playing throughout the year and collecting cards from the previous expansions; battle passes; etc.
Infinite Treadmill reported on Jun 6, 2022
It releases 3 expansions a year, plus 2 mini-expansions. Not only that, but the old cards rotate yearly, making only the last 3 expansions be relevant at the end of each cycle.


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Languages Supported:
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