Hard Time

3.57
Good
Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 2 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 5 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.24

1 votes
Advertisements -
1 / 0 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
1 / 0 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

1 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 1 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

1 votes
Daily Rewards -
0 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

1 votes
Grinding -
0 / 1 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

1 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 1 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

1 votes
Wait To Play -
0 / 1 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 11 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

5

1 votes
Premium Currency -
0 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

1 votes
Pay to Win -
0 / 1 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
0 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

1 votes
Pay to Skip -
0 / 1 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

1 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 1 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

1 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 1 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
0 / 1 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 1 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

1 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 1 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

1 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 1 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

1 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
0 / 1 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 7 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

5

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.

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

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 7 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

5

1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
0 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
0 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

1 votes
Complete the Collection -
0 / 1 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

1 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 1 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

1 votes
Variable Rewards -
0 / 1 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

1 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
0 / 1 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

1 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 1 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.00) with 2,532 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Advertisements reported on Aug 27, 2019
game gives you ads if you dont turn off your internet while playing
Infinite Treadmill reported on Aug 27, 2019
the game won't let you beat it unless you buy the premium version of the game


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Create your own inmate and attempt to survive in a prison where every sentence is a "death" sentence! Rub shoulders with up to 100 fellow inmates in a sprawling facility of 12 unique areas, each filled with fully interactive furniture and props. Plus a life beyond the gates populated by real civilians, with wardens enforcing dozens of different laws to keep you as far away from it as possible.

Each day, you will find your health and mental state slipping away. Both can be restored by sleeping - which is also a good way to pass time. You won't always be permitted to sleep, though, so consuming food and drink bridges the gap. These, along with many other activities such as reading or watching TV, can also help to improve your mental state. If you "lose your mind" you will temporarily lose control of your character - and will almost certainly get into trouble!

Your character also has a set of attributes that you are challenged to improve:
- STRENGTH indicates how much damage you can inflict or absorb. You can improve it by fighting or lifting weights.
- AGILITY determines how fast you move. You can improve it by jogging in the yard or scoring baskets.
- INTELLECT reflects your knowledge - including fighting skills such as counters. You can improve it by reading books.
- REPUTATION is how much other prisoners respect you. It can be improved by accomplishing tasks or intimidating others.

There are also opportunities to earn money - whether you work for it with a broom, trade items at a profit, or run with a gang. Having money increases your opportunities to grease the wheels and make your life inside easier.

You may find that you need to go to the toilet from time to time, in which case you must race to the bathroom! Alternatively, you could find a toilet to sit on or grab some toilet paper to spare your blushes. Failing to do so will damage your reputation and mental state.

I regret that there is more to this game than I could ever explain here, so I hope you enjoy figuring some things out for yourself!

Upgrade to "VIP" to enjoy the full experience without ads - plus access to the editor that allows you to customize your character and every other.

BASIC CONTROLS:
(*Look out for tutorials within the actual game)
A = Attack (on its own to kick, with a direction to punch)
G = Grapple / Throw weapon
R = Run
P = Pick-Up / Drop
T = Taunt (interact with handheld props)

OTHER CONTROLS
- Press ATTACK and RUN together to launch a powerful attack.
- Press any button with any direction (or none) in a grapple to trigger different moves.
- Press RUN and PICK-UP together to set fire to a small object (which can then be used to set fire to a large object).
- Touch the clock to pause the game and bring up options to exit.
- Touch any speech bubble to speed through conversations.

PERFORMANCE
- If you find your device struggles to display lots of characters, considering keeping the "Population" option low.
- "Speed Up Frame Rate" sleeping will require good performance at the default frame rate.
- Head to the "Display" options to tone down other features.