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Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 407 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 313 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


113 votes
5 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
113 / 5 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

102 votes
12 votes
Playing by Appointment -
102 / 12 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

92 votes
6 votes
Daily Rewards -
92 / 6 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

86 votes
7 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
86 / 7 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

7 votes
76 votes
Grinding -
7 / 76 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

5 votes
75 votes
Wait To Play -
5 / 75 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

2 votes
132 votes
Advertisements -
2 / 132 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 363 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 305 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


127 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
127 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

100 votes
3 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
100 / 3 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

112 votes
4 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
112 / 4 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

11 votes
3 votes
Recurring Fee -
11 / 3 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

6 votes
8 votes
Accidental Purchases -
6 / 8 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

3 votes
10 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
3 / 10 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
119 votes
Pay to Win -
1 / 119 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

3 votes
118 votes
Pay to Skip -
3 / 118 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

13 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 13 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

13 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 13 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

13 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 13 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 419 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 325 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


103 votes
3 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
103 / 3 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

103 votes
Competition -
103 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

123 votes
8 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
123 / 8 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

81 votes
7 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
81 / 7 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

5 votes
96 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
5 / 96 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

4 votes
85 votes
Reciprocity -
4 / 85 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

126 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 126 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 376 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 277 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


82 votes
2 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
82 / 2 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

111 votes
5 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
111 / 5 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

81 votes
11 votes
Variable Rewards -
81 / 11 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

83 votes
9 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
83 / 9 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

8 votes
71 votes
Complete the Collection -
8 / 71 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

6 votes
84 votes
Illusion of Control -
6 / 84 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

5 votes
95 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
5 / 95 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 4,206,758 votes.
Google Play:  (3.17) with 20,721 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Competition reported on Jan 7, 2024
Multiplayer game
Premium Currency reported on Jan 7, 2024
Fear of Missing Out reported on Jan 7, 2024
Battle Pass
Daily Rewards reported on Jan 7, 2024
Daily quests to complete
Recurring Fee reported on Jan 7, 2024
Fortnite Crew, optional
Social Pyramid Scheme reported on Jan 7, 2024
Reboot Rally
Can't Pause or Save reported on Jan 7, 2024
Illusion of Control reported on Jan 7, 2024
Low skill bots appearing as players in matches
Illusion of Control reported on Oct 5, 2023
Game includes bots in the lobby to make you feel better at the game.
Advertisements reported on Jan 16, 2023
rarely, but yes; to certain games and certain creatives or content creators, usually in collaboration events.

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