Mario Kart Tour

Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store
Google Play App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 56 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 76 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


15 votes
Daily Rewards -
15 / 0 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

18 votes
Grinding -
18 / 0 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

21 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
21 / 0 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

1 votes
17 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
1 / 17 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

1 votes
19 votes
Wait To Play -
1 / 19 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

20 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 20 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

20 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 20 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 89 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 82 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


12 votes
Premium Currency -
12 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

16 votes
Pay to Win -
16 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

13 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
13 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

13 votes
Recurring Fee -
13 / 0 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

20 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
20 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

13 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
13 / 0 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

1 votes
19 votes
Pay to Skip -
1 / 19 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

1 votes
20 votes
Waste Aversion -
1 / 20 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

14 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 14 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

11 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 11 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

18 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 18 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 30 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 75 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


12 votes
Competition -
12 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

17 votes
1 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
17 / 1 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

1 votes
10 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
1 / 10 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

15 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 15 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

21 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 21 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

16 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 16 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

12 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 12 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 84 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 33 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


18 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
18 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

16 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
16 / 0 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

16 votes
Complete the Collection -
16 / 0 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

19 votes
1 votes
Illusion of Control -
19 / 1 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

15 votes
Variable Rewards -
15 / 0 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

17 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
0 / 17 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

15 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 15 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 184,961 votes.
Google Play:  (4.25) with 178,202 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Daily Rewards reported on Oct 5, 2020
Every tour, there are ten rewards that you can collect. Every day that you show up during that tour, you get the next reward. They are not huge rewards, but worth opening the app for.
Anchoring Tricks reported on Oct 5, 2020
There are three Packs every tour: a cheap Value Pack (~€3), an expensive Special Offer (~€20) and a very expensive Special Offer (~€45). The contents are not much. Only a few items are in the Special Offers (I don't get why anyone would buy them) but the contents of Value Packs are a little cheaper than if you'd buy them separate. This tour's Value Pack gives 5 rubies and a few tickets (to unlock things or have earlier access to something) for €2,29; which is the normal price for 3 rubies.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Oct 5, 2020
The longer you play, the more items you collect, the more points you win during races, the more your player level goes up, which gives more points during races. The more energy you put in, the more you win at the game.
Recurring Fee reported on Oct 5, 2020
The Gold Pass subscription costs €5,50 a month. It is optional and gives you advantages in the game. (See 'Pay to Win' section)
Waste Aversion reported on Oct 5, 2020
Gold Pass subscribers can earn 600 coins a day where normal players can collect 300. They can also earn more XP per day, which can level up karts, characters and gliders, which then give more points when used.
Pay to Win reported on Oct 5, 2020
The Gold Pass Subscription for €5,49/mo gives you better rewards, better characters, karts and gliders. Where normal players can collect 300 coins a day by racing, Gold Pass Subscribers can collect 600/day. Coins can be used to buy more characters, karts and gliders. Some characters (like Mario, what the game is named after!) are only available to Gold Pass members. Also, the 200cc racing option is only available to them. They can earn you more points in a race.
Pay to Skip reported on Oct 5, 2020
At the start of the tour, you can use a Quick Ticket to skip waiting for a cup which is currently 'under construction'. I'm not sure if they can be bought, but they can sometimes be earned with completing Challenges.
Variable Rewards reported on Oct 5, 2020
The pipes are random rewards. If you come back daily, you also get a Daily Reward, but those are already predetermined and visible.
Premium Currency reported on Oct 5, 2020
Rubies are the only currency that can be bought. They can be earned - when completing a Challenge, reward can be 1 or 2 (rarely 3) rubies; - or by buying them. 3 for €2,29; 10 for €7; 23 for €14; 48 for €30; 93 for €55; 135 for €75. They are very expensive, but can be more easily earned than bought. (Though you can't exchange, 3 rubies = roughly 500 coins. Sometimes, )
Wait To Play reported on Oct 5, 2020
Kind of. You can always play, but some new cups with tracks are unlocked every day at the start of the tour, and a new Daily Challenge

Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot ■ Mario Kart takes a world tour!
Mario and friends go global in this new Mario Kart as they race around courses inspired by real-world cities in addition to classic Mario Kart courses! These destinations will be featured in tours that rotate every two weeks! In addition to courses based on iconic locales, some of your favorite Mario Kart characters will get variations that incorporate the local flavor of cities featured in the game!

■ Endless Mario Kart fun at your fingertips!
The Mario Kart series known and loved by many is ready to take the world by storm – one smart device at a time! With just one finger, you can steer and drift with ease and sling devastating items as you go for the gold in cups filled with new and classic Mario Kart courses.

■ Nab 1st place with items and Frenzy mode!
In Mario Kart Tour you have access to an arsenal of powerful items that can mix things up on the racetrack! Turn up the heat by activating the new Frenzy mode, which gives an unlimited supply of a certain item and makes you invincible! Make the most of the ensuing chaos, as Frenzy mode only lasts a short time!

■ Collect drivers, karts, badges, and more!
Earn Grand Stars by racing or fire off the featured pipe to receive more drivers, karts, and gliders! You can also proudly display badges, earned by completing certain challenges, next to your in-game name!

■ Bonus challenge courses put a twist on traditional races!
In certain races, 1st place isn't always the goal. With names like "Vs. Mega Bowser" and "Goomba Takedown," these bonus challenge courses demand a different approach to gameplay and strategy!

■ Race to increase your online rank!
Boost with the best of 'em! Your high scores will determine how you compare to other players all over the world. Keep practicing and trying out different combinations of drivers, karts, and gliders to increase your score and rise to the top!

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