Arknights

-1.24
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 94 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 121 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-0.97

24 votes
7 votes
Daily Rewards -
24 / 7 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

23 votes
8 votes
Grinding -
23 / 8 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

20 votes
11 votes
Wait To Play -
20 / 11 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

16 votes
14 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
16 / 14 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

7 votes
24 votes
Playing by Appointment -
7 / 24 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

2 votes
28 votes
Advertisements -
2 / 28 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

2 votes
29 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
2 / 29 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 178 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 155 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-1.65

29 votes
2 votes
Premium Currency -
29 / 2 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

26 votes
4 votes
Pay to Skip -
26 / 4 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

27 votes
4 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
27 / 4 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

26 votes
5 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
26 / 5 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

24 votes
7 votes
Recurring Fee -
24 / 7 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

14 votes
13 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
14 / 13 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

12 votes
18 votes
Pay to Win -
12 / 18 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

12 votes
18 votes
Power Creep -
12 / 18 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

4 votes
27 votes
Accidental Purchases -
4 / 27 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

2 votes
29 votes
Pay Wall -
2 / 29 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

2 votes
28 votes
Waste Aversion -
2 / 28 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 52 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 151 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

0.81

17 votes
12 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
17 / 12 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

15 votes
14 votes
Reciprocity -
15 / 14 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

8 votes
21 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
8 / 21 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

8 votes
21 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
8 / 21 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

2 votes
27 votes
Competition -
2 / 27 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

1 votes
28 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 28 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

1 votes
28 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
1 / 28 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 100 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 112 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-1.2

24 votes
4 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
24 / 4 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

24 votes
7 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
24 / 7 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

20 votes
9 votes
Variable Rewards -
20 / 9 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

14 votes
17 votes
Complete the Collection -
14 / 17 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

13 votes
18 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
13 / 18 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

2 votes
29 votes
Illusion of Control -
2 / 29 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

3 votes
28 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
3 / 28 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 342 votes.
Google Play:  (4.91) with 1,892 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Recurring Fee reported on May 13, 2024
There's a 5 dollar monthly pack, and that's all
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on May 13, 2024
Events have medal sets for difficult challenge, but their only purpose is player accomplishment since they provide nothing
Artificial Scarcity reported on May 13, 2024
Limited banners and special story events bring limited packs
Pay to Skip reported on May 13, 2024
It's possible to buy a cheap monthly subscription that grants energy pots every day, and the premium currency can be used to refill aswell
Reciprocity reported on May 13, 2024
You can trade clues on the base menue with your friends for minor rewards
Premium Currency reported on May 1, 2024
But it's not worth
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on May 1, 2024
Yes. basic achievements are just do that XYZ times. reach XYZ level. just simple things. event badges require specific way to obtain that and it's fair enough. for example : do XY-12 stage letting boss go trought safe point. most of them are not challaning if you know mechanics and gameplay
Pay to Skip reported on May 1, 2024
But it's not mandatory
Wait To Play reported on May 1, 2024
Yes. but in meantime we can play in different modes like Intergrated strategies, SSS, paradox simulations which doesn't need any energy or any item to start mode
Recurring Fee reported on May 1, 2024
only premium account. if i remember 5$ per month which is not giving too much


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Take on the role of a key member of Rhodes Island, a pharmaceutical company that fights both a deadly infection and the unrest it leaves in its wake. Together with your leader Amiya, you’ll recruit Operators, train them, then assign them to various operations to protect the innocent and resist those who would thrust the world into turmoil.

・Gorgeous anime-style game with a perfect combination of RPG and strategy elements
・Hundreds of unique Operators across a variety of classes open up countless gameplay options
・Auto Deploy system conveniently allows you to free up your hands
・Carve out a home, just the way you want it, with the Base construction system
・A robust soundtrack and some of the most famous Japanese voice actors and actresses will give you a sublime auditory experience.

Arknights Official Homepage:
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