Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 705 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 152 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-3.73

128 votes
Playing by Appointment -
128 / 0 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

106 votes
Daily Rewards -
106 / 0 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

113 votes
Grinding -
113 / 0 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

131 votes
2 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
131 / 2 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

106 votes
1 votes
Wait To Play -
106 / 1 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

121 votes
9 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
121 / 9 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

140 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 140 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 948 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 248 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-3.51

119 votes
Premium Currency -
119 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

94 votes
Pay to Win -
94 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

83 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
83 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

107 votes
Pay to Skip -
107 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

128 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
128 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

87 votes
Power Creep -
87 / 0 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

120 votes
3 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
120 / 3 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

115 votes
8 votes
Accidental Purchases -
115 / 8 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

88 votes
15 votes
Waste Aversion -
88 / 15 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

7 votes
102 votes
Pay Wall -
7 / 102 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

120 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 120 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 672 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 153 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-3.66

127 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
127 / 0 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

99 votes
1 votes
Reciprocity -
99 / 1 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

103 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
103 / 0 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

124 votes
Competition -
124 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

113 votes
11 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
113 / 11 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

106 votes
14 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
106 / 14 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

127 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 127 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 666 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 31 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-4.66

86 votes
2 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
86 / 2 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

121 votes
1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
121 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

137 votes
5 votes
Complete the Collection -
137 / 5 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

121 votes
Variable Rewards -
121 / 0 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

88 votes
7 votes
Illusion of Control -
88 / 7 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

101 votes
9 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
101 / 9 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

12 votes
7 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
12 / 7 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 239,685 votes.
Google Play:  (4.54) with 1,542,616 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Fear of Missing Out reported on Oct 4, 2019
If you take a break, your pvp shard will move ahead and you will not.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Oct 4, 2019
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.
Playing by Appointment reported on Oct 4, 2019
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.
Grinding reported on Oct 4, 2019
Every day, you need to assign energy towards mindless button pushing / grinding. This button pushing could easily be automated, but isn't.
Competition reported on Oct 4, 2019
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.
Illusion of Control reported on Oct 4, 2019
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/spen​ding to overcome.
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Oct 4, 2019
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.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Oct 4, 2019
You're even given a 'galactic score' to prove it.
Can't Pause or Save reported on Oct 4, 2019
PvP matches are timed. Everything else can be paused.
Wait To Play reported on Oct 4, 2019
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.


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Live your Star Wars dreams as you fight with your favorite dark and light side heroes across iconic locations to become master of the galaxy. Create and customize your dream squad using characters from every era, including new characters from Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Engage in turn-based RPG warfare, confront giant bosses, pilot legendary ships in space like the Millennium Falcon, and take your strategy to the next level!

CREATE THE ULTIMATE TEAM
Rebel leaders? Imperial stalwarts? Youre free to choose as you construct elite light and dark side teams while collecting heroes and other characters from the Star Wars universe. Develop your strategy and make key moves in this epic RPG. Pick teammates with complementary abilities and go to war with unbeatable squads!

BECOME MASTER OF THE GALAXY
Defeat opponents and rise to the top as you dominate the galactic hologames based in a far-off cantina. Improve your combat strategy by upgrading your heroes abilities as you play for even more powerful attacks and bigger wins. Then fight other players in Squad Cantina Battles, PvP Squad Arena, and Squad Tournaments to conquer the galaxy.

PLAY WITH POWERFUL CHAMPIONS
Make smart, tactical decisions and equip your heroes with cool gear to enhance their damage. Unlock fun abilities to make your team unstoppable as you unleash commanding moves like Luke Skywalkers Destined Strike, Darth Vaders Force Crush, and Young Han Solos Trick Shot.

ENGAGE IN EPIC SHIP BATTLES
Collect iconic starships, including the Millennium Falcon, and massive Capital Ships, like Admiral Ackbars Home One, to construct your war fleets. Keep your cool in fast-paced space combat, deploy reinforcements, and turn the tide of battle with the right strategy. Face fun new challenges and compete in the Fleet Arena to test your prowess. Gather unique upgrade materials for characters, available only as rewards for ship battles. Each vessel has its own crew and strategy, adding special skills to individual ships. Recruit powerful pilots to create the strongest armada in the galaxy!

RISE TO THE TOP IN GUILDS
Lead Raids with friends and fight against bosses like the Rancor, AAT Tank, and the Sith Triumvirate when you create a customizable Guild. Collaborate to form a strategy with your Guild in Territory Battles where members unleash their entire arsenal of characters and ships against a progressively evolving battlefield. Show your dominance when you face off in games against other Guilds to conquer territories and top global leaderboards in Territory War.

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