Arknights

-1.75
Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 23 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 19 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.77

6 votes
Daily Rewards -
6 / 0 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

6 votes
Grinding -
6 / 0 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

4 votes
2 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
4 / 2 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

4 votes
2 votes
Wait To Play -
4 / 2 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

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

6 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 6 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

6 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 6 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 40 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 26 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-2.19

6 votes
Premium Currency -
6 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

6 votes
Pay to Skip -
6 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

6 votes
Recurring Fee -
6 / 0 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

6 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
6 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

5 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
5 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

5 votes
1 votes
Power Creep -
5 / 1 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

4 votes
2 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
4 / 2 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

2 votes
4 votes
Pay to Win -
2 / 4 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

6 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 6 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

6 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 6 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

6 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 6 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 13 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 22 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.37

4 votes
1 votes
Reciprocity -
4 / 1 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

4 votes
1 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
4 / 1 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

3 votes
2 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
3 / 2 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

2 votes
3 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
2 / 3 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

5 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 5 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

5 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 5 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

5 votes
Competition -
0 / 5 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 18 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 24 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.92

5 votes
1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
5 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

4 votes
2 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
4 / 2 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

4 votes
2 votes
Complete the Collection -
4 / 2 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

4 votes
2 votes
Variable Rewards -
4 / 2 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

1 votes
5 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
1 / 5 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

6 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 6 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

6 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 6 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

Premium Currency reported on Jul 8, 2021
You may purchase Originite Prime in-game for real life money, although this is not needed to progress the game at all and is mostly used for when you wish to buy in-game costumes/skins.
Pay to Skip reported on Jul 8, 2021
The game does have a option to spend one Originite Prime (Premium currency that can be earned through gameplay quite easily) to refill sanity (Energy), though this is often simply a waste with how much Sanity Refills the game gives you for free during events and casual play.
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on Jul 8, 2021
There's a badge system in game that is purely aesthetic and serves more of a tracker of what you should do next instead of a way to show your prowess.
Grinding reported on Jul 8, 2021
Anhilations are maps that often take 10+ minutes to clear for currency that can be used for rolls, though rolling is not needed to progress so this is more of a way to self-indulge.
Wait To Play reported on Jul 8, 2021
The game does have a energy system called Sanity, though the game often gives you refills you can use at your discretion so you can return to playing at a convenient time for you.
Reciprocity reported on Jul 8, 2021
There's a in game system where players can help each other out, but it's such a minor part of the game it can't affect anything out of it's own bubble.
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Jul 8, 2021
Technically, yes, but not directly, you can use Originite Prime and convert it to Originium which you can then use to roll on banners for units, the catch here is that after a while the rates for the 6* (highest rated units) get higher the more you roll, and accumulating rolls is easy, so if you skip previous banners you won't ever have to spend a cent to get what you want.
Daily Rewards reported on Jul 8, 2021
Yes, but the rewards aren't anything that will greatly help you so there's no obligation to get it.
Recurring Fee reported on Jul 8, 2021
There is a option to sign up for a monthly pack which is at a reasonable price for what you get.
Daily Rewards reported on Oct 14, 2020
Daily reward quests span a wide variety of content in the game.


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:
https://www.arknights.global/

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