This game has 705 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 152 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.
This game has 948 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 248 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.
This game has 672 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 153 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.
This game has 666 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 31 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.
|iOS:||(4.50) with 239,685 votes.|
|Google Play:||(4.54) with 1,542,616 votes.|
If you take a break, your pvp shard will move ahead and you will not.
This is perhaps one of their worst offenses. They place character acquisition events that require pre-farming, on a sliding schedule that they announce too close to be able to farm for them. This forces currency spending on players that want to stay competitive.
There is additional energy assigned at several time points during the day that are only available for 2 hours. Missing this puts you 'behind' other players that do, in your shard.
Every day, you need to assign energy towards mindless button pushing / grinding. This button pushing could easily be automated, but isn't.
I'd argue that this is the entire game. Competition aside, though, you're given rewards for winning that put you ahead of the other players and this is obvious. If you don't spend to win, you won't be given currency that will allow you to remain winning. This is made worse by the arms race meta shift that happens frequently.
Difficultly is set by the developer. Some characters you own behave differently or unpredictably in events or are given preloaded turn meter (advantage) in order to artificially increase difficulty and thereby effort/grinding/spending to overcome.
Every package has a chance at certain characters which may or may not be the ones you want. These are usually available for in game currency.
You're even given a 'galactic score' to prove it.
PvP matches are timed. Everything else can be paused.
The game often puts timers on content so it can't be played all at once and you need to log in seven minutes or when your energy refreshes.