Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 401 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 308 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


111 votes
5 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
111 / 5 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

102 votes
11 votes
Playing by Appointment -
102 / 11 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

90 votes
6 votes
Daily Rewards -
90 / 6 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

86 votes
6 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
86 / 6 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

6 votes
75 votes
Grinding -
6 / 75 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

4 votes
74 votes
Wait To Play -
4 / 74 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

2 votes
131 votes
Advertisements -
2 / 131 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 354 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 292 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


125 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
125 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

99 votes
2 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
99 / 2 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

111 votes
3 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
111 / 3 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

9 votes
3 votes
Recurring Fee -
9 / 3 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

5 votes
7 votes
Accidental Purchases -
5 / 7 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

2 votes
9 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
2 / 9 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
117 votes
Pay to Win -
1 / 117 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

2 votes
117 votes
Pay to Skip -
2 / 117 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

11 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 11 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

11 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 11 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

11 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 11 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 416 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 321 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


102 votes
3 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
102 / 3 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

102 votes
Competition -
102 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

123 votes
7 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
123 / 7 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

81 votes
6 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
81 / 6 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

4 votes
96 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
4 / 96 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

4 votes
84 votes
Reciprocity -
4 / 84 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

125 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 125 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 369 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 271 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


80 votes
2 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
80 / 2 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

110 votes
5 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
110 / 5 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

80 votes
10 votes
Variable Rewards -
80 / 10 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

83 votes
7 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
83 / 7 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

7 votes
70 votes
Complete the Collection -
7 / 70 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

5 votes
93 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
5 / 93 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

4 votes
84 votes
Illusion of Control -
4 / 84 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

App Store Ratings

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

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Social Pyramid Scheme reported on Jan 16, 2023
there are occasional times (events?) where this is offered like reboot rallies
Reciprocity reported on Jan 16, 2023
Yes but in the sense of "here is more ammo / healing items / etc. I have since you're low" each match if you're playing non-solo
Advertisements reported on Jan 16, 2023
rarely, but yes; to certain games and certain creatives or content creators, usually in collaboration events.
Pay to Skip reported on Jan 16, 2023
You can buy levels/ranks, notably makes unlocking items on the 'battlepass' easier and quicker
Reciprocity reported on Dec 22, 2022
Trading items in the PVE part of the game.
Fear of Missing Out reported on Dec 22, 2022
Limited time events and season rewards.
Pay to Skip reported on Dec 22, 2022
You can spend money to skip levels on the battlepass.
Recurring Fee reported on Dec 22, 2022
Fortnite Crew, monthly subscription that gives you the current battlepass a skin and some v-bucks. If you already own the battlepass you just get the skin and 1000 v-bucks.
Accidental Purchases reported on Dec 22, 2022
The easiest game to accidently spend money on with how the purchase system is.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Dec 22, 2022
Contains offers than can be purchased and have a limited time in the shop, some with real money that offer a skin that may or may not be released 200-3000 days from now.

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