Arcaea

-0.09
Neutral
Price: Free
Ads: Unknown
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 2 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 4 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.24

1 votes
Grinding -
1 / 0 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

1 votes
Wait To Play -
1 / 0 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

1 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 1 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

1 votes
Daily Rewards -
0 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

1 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 1 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

1 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 1 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 4 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 7 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.46

1 votes
Premium Currency -
1 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
1 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

1 votes
Pay to Skip -
1 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

1 votes
Power Creep -
1 / 0 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

1 votes
Pay to Win -
0 / 1 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

1 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 1 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

1 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 1 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
0 / 1 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 1 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

1 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 1 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

1 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
0 / 1 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 1 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 5 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

2.62

1 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
1 / 0 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

1 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 1 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

1 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 1 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

1 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 1 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

1 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 1 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

1 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 1 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 5 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

5

1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
0 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

1 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 1 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

1 votes
Variable Rewards -
0 / 1 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

1 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
0 / 1 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

1 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 1 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.79) with 5,623 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Grinding reported on May 5, 2022
Unlocking free content involves playing World Mode, which uses an energy system. While it's implemented far more leniently than in other games, and can be alleviated through strategy, it's still worth a mention. It is not necessary to play content you already have unlocked, or to experience (most) of the game's story. (Some side stories are locked behind World Mode content, although brief.)
Premium Currency reported on May 5, 2022
Memories is Arcaea's premium currency, $1USD for 100. It's used for purchasing DLC and replenishing Stamina. It is also used to boost progress in World Mode. That's about it.
Artificial Scarcity reported on May 5, 2022
The game has Events which run for a limited amount of time, although it's fairly generous, lasting several weeks and usually only requiring a handful of sessions for established players. Events unlock special Partners, whose abilities are unique but not overpowered. They are also occasionally rerun, and old Event Partners have become permanently available in the past. As far as AS goes, Arcaea's implementation is *very* lenient. YMMV.
Wait To Play reported on May 5, 2022
Unlocking free content involves playing World Mode, which uses an energy system. While it's implemented far more leniently than in other games, and can be alleviated through strategy, it's still worth a mention. It is not necessary to play content you already have unlocked, or to experience (most) of the game's story. (Some side stories are locked behind World Mode content, although the maps for this content are brief.) Notably, the Switch version of Arcaea cuts out the stamina system entirely.
Pay to Skip reported on May 5, 2022
Stamina, which is required to play World Mode, costs 50 Memories for 6. This is enough for three plays in most maps, up to 6 in its "legacy" first chapter, or 2 in the bonus Beyond chapter. However, the player can also use (non-premium) Fragments to replenish stamina, but only once a day. In this way, it mimicks the way arcade rhythm games structure their sessions. (This is ONLY necessary for unlocking content.) Outside the Beyond chapter, Memories can also be spent for a 4x boost to progress.
Power Creep reported on May 5, 2022
Arguably, this is not intentional. Partners from earlier versions of the game often end up superseded by newer ones, especially for powering through World Mode, or farming for Fragments. The game takes reasonable steps to manage power creep, even at the cost of new partners occasionally not being all that practical, and more powerful Partners often come with a disadvantage, usually making the track harder to clear or adding some gimmick.
Fear of Missing Out reported on May 5, 2022
Events, however lenient, *are* still a form of FOMO, and I am currently kicking myself for missing an event partner because I took a months-long break recently. However, I also know that this partner will be rerun at some point, which is an effective balm for me.


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Screenshot A harmony of Light awaits you in a lost world of musical Conflict. New Dimension Rhythm Game

Touch, hold and slide through a challenging, unforgettable arcade-style experience featuring artists from Japan and across the Entire World.

Lose yourself in songs of Light and Conflict within a forgotten world

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Two young girls wander in a broken world filled with remnants of its former self: Arcaea.

Arcaea are melodical shards of the past that call out to the girls, but each chooses to be experienced only by one or the other. Over time, the girls begin to notice inconsistencies in the Arcaea that choose them and develop conflicting views about the world as it once was.
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Play anywhere and anytime with no limitations. Internet connection not required

Features--
- A high difficulty ceiling - experience personal growth as you develop skills in arcade-style progression
- Over 160 songs from more than 100 artists famous across other games
- An expanding music library through content updates
- Full song jacket illustrations
- Online friends and scoreboards