Genshin Impact

-1.56
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 376 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 368 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.43

93 votes
16 votes
Daily Rewards -
93 / 16 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

88 votes
19 votes
Grinding -
88 / 19 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

77 votes
27 votes
Wait To Play -
77 / 27 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

60 votes
43 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
60 / 43 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

38 votes
70 votes
Playing by Appointment -
38 / 70 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

15 votes
91 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
15 / 91 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

5 votes
102 votes
Advertisements -
5 / 102 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 629 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 488 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.8

97 votes
11 votes
Premium Currency -
97 / 11 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

95 votes
11 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
95 / 11 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

90 votes
17 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
90 / 17 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

79 votes
20 votes
Pay to Skip -
79 / 20 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

65 votes
34 votes
Recurring Fee -
65 / 34 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

58 votes
47 votes
Pay to Win -
58 / 47 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

49 votes
46 votes
Power Creep -
49 / 46 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

50 votes
46 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
50 / 46 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

25 votes
77 votes
Accidental Purchases -
25 / 77 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

7 votes
95 votes
Pay Wall -
7 / 95 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

14 votes
84 votes
Waste Aversion -
14 / 84 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 202 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 513 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.38

87 votes
18 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
87 / 18 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

37 votes
64 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
37 / 64 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

29 votes
72 votes
Reciprocity -
29 / 72 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

19 votes
84 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
19 / 84 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

20 votes
78 votes
Competition -
20 / 78 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

6 votes
97 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
6 / 97 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

4 votes
100 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
4 / 100 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 409 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 313 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.84

95 votes
13 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
95 / 13 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

89 votes
14 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
89 / 14 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

75 votes
30 votes
Variable Rewards -
75 / 30 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

62 votes
41 votes
Complete the Collection -
62 / 41 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

52 votes
50 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
52 / 50 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

19 votes
82 votes
Illusion of Control -
19 / 82 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

17 votes
83 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
17 / 83 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (0.00) with 0 votes.
Google Play:  (4.52) with 109,876 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Grinding reported on Jan 13, 2023
In order to level up characters and level up their talents, or upgrade weapons, gain artifacts etc you must complete domains. Given the high amount and variety of things requiring level up materials and the limitations on being able to obtain those materials, it takes quite a bit of grinding. Artifacts especially are rare to get the kinds and stats you want in the first place.
Complete the Collection reported on Jan 13, 2023
Given that the main attraction to the game is to gamble for characters and weapons, yes you are constantly put in a state to try and grind or pay real money in order to obtain these things. Plus there is an extremely slim margin for guarantee for obtaining these higher valued items/characters.
Playing by Appointment reported on Jan 13, 2023
There are certain materials and rewards that can only be done on certain days. Meaning if you do not play and specifically do the things that provide those rewards, you will miss out on obtaining vital materials until another day or week.
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on Jan 13, 2023
There are dozens of achievements that can be obtained from mundane to difficult tasks. From simply finishing a quest or catching a bunch of fish, to trying to do complicated elemental reactions or shooting a bird mid flight.
Daily Rewards reported on Jan 13, 2023
Pay for Welkin Moon which provides 90 primos everyday you login for 30 days. Everyday you are given 4 daily commissions to complete to get 10 primos and other small rewards. Then you have to report to the Adventurers Guild to say you completed said commissions and get somewhat better reward.
Fear of Missing Out reported on Jan 13, 2023
If you do not play the game you can miss out on events that have important lore that is referred back to later in the game but is a non returning event, or the event changes when it returns, which leaves new players or players that missed out unable to obtain this lore in game. If you do not stay constantly up to date in game, you heavily risk spoilers being everywhere online.
Variable Rewards reported on Jan 13, 2023
Virtually all rewards for domains have some sort of variability. Be it the amount, the quality, or the stats of an item.
Wait To Play reported on Jan 13, 2023
It does give you a limited amount of resin, 160, to use to do domains and boss fights in order to obtain materials. Every 8 minutes a single resin is replenished. There are several ways to replenish resin but these are limited, but are more accessible if you use real money.
Infinite Treadmill reported on Jan 13, 2023
It is an expanding open world game. There are new parts of the world or events being added constantly and in order to keep up with what is happening, especially to avoid being spoiled online, you must be actively spending a lot of time playing the game to complete quests in order to stay up to date. However, even as a player that plays virtually every day for several hours a day, I still cannot finish exploration and quests of an area before a new one arrives.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Jan 13, 2023
Because I have put real money and an exponential amount of hours into the game in order to obtain better characters and items, technically speaking, my account is better or more valuable than someone else's that is new, doesn't play as often, or is free to play. Meanwhile someone who spends a lot of money will undoubtedly have a better array than me as well.


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Step into Teyvat, a vast world teeming with life and flowing with elemental energy.

You and your sibling arrived here from another world. Separated by an unknown god, stripped of your powers, and cast into a deep slumber, you now awake to a world very different from when you first arrived.

Thus begins your journey across Teyvat to seek answers from The Seven — the gods of each element. Along the way, prepare to explore every inch of this wondrous world, join forces with a diverse range of characters, and unravel the countless mysteries that Teyvat holds...

MASSIVE OPEN WORLD

Climb any mountain, swim across any river, and glide over the world below, taking in the jaw-dropping scenery each step of the way. And if you stop to investigate a wandering Seelie or strange mechanism, who knows what you might discover?

ELEMENTAL COMBAT SYSTEM

Harness the seven elements to unleash elemental reactions. Anemo, Electro, Hydro, Pyro, Cryo, Dendro, and Geo interact in all sorts of ways, and Vision wielders have the power to turn this to their advantage.

Will you vaporize Hydro with Pyro, electro-charge it with Electro, or freeze it with Cryo? Your mastery of the elements will give you the upper hand in battle and exploration.

BEAUTIFUL VISUALS

Feast your eyes on the world around you, with a stunning art style, real-time rendering, and finely tuned character animations delivering you a truly immersive visual experience. Lighting and weather all change naturally over time, bringing every detail of this world to life.

SOOTHING SOUNDTRACK

Let the beautiful sounds of Teyvat draw you in as you explore the expansive world around you. Performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the soundtrack changes seamlessly with the time and gameplay to match the mood.

BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM

Team up with a diverse cast of characters in Teyvat, each with their own unique personalities, stories, and abilities. Discover your favorite party combinations and level up your characters to help you conquer even the most daunting of enemies and domains.

JOURNEY WITH FRIENDS

Team up with friends across various platforms to trigger more elemental action, tackle tricky boss fights, and conquer challenging domains together to reap rich rewards.

As you stand atop the peaks of Jueyun Karst and take in the rolling clouds and vast terrain stretching out before you, you may wish to stay in Teyvat a little longer... But until you are reunited with your lost sibling, how can you rest? Go forth, Traveler, and begin your adventure!

SUPPORT
If you encounter any issues during the game, you can send us feedback via the in-game Customer Service Center.
Customer Service Email: genshin_cs@mihoyo.com
Official Site: https://genshin.mihoyo.com/
Forums: https://forums.mihoyo.com/genshin/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Genshinimpact/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/genshinimpact/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenshinImpact
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/GenshinImpact
Discord: https://discord.gg/genshinimpact
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Genshin_Impact/

***COMPATIBILITY***

Requires iOS 9.0 or later

Compatible with iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (11-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (11-inch) (4th generation), and iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (4th generation).

Available Text Languages: Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese, Korean, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Indonesian, Vietnamese, Russian, Thai.

Available Voiceover Languages: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, English (Voiceover and text language can be changed independently).