Gossip Harbor: Merge Game

0.24
Neutral
Price: Free
Ads: Unknown
In App Purchases: Unknown

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 4 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 3 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-1.94

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

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

1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
1 / 0 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

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

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

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

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 0 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 7 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

5

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.

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

1 votes
Competition -
0 / 1 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 0 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 7 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

5

1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
0 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

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

1 votes
Complete the Collection -
0 / 1 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

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:  (4.92) with 38 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Daily Rewards reported on Feb 20, 2024
Recently added daily rewards - a missed day resets the counter
Grinding reported on Feb 20, 2024
There are 'side tasks' that are high reward merge tasks that can take months to complete without paying money.
Infinite Treadmill reported on Feb 20, 2024
The story seems almost complete at my current level of progress, but there are multiple areas in the game I haven't reached + more have been added since i started
Premium Currency reported on Feb 20, 2024
You can buy gems for money
Artificial Scarcity reported on Feb 20, 2024
Seasonal decorations in exchange for points you gain for completing orders - they sell discounted bundles for energy and diamonds so you can keep playing and collect these decorations
Wait To Play reported on Feb 20, 2024
Item creation can take 5 seconds to 12 hours to recharge
Waste Aversion reported on Feb 20, 2024
Storage can be increased with gem purchases


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Welcome to Gossip Harbor
Follow Quinn Castillo as she returns to her hometown of Brimwave Beach, to sweep up the ashes of her father’s burned down restaurant. And answer the question on everyone’s mind: Who did it?
Merge flavorful dishes, restore and decorate the restaurant and watch the mystery unfold.
But who can you trust in Brimwave Beach?

Whip Up Tasty Dishes
Serve coffee, sandwiches, seafood, and a range of other dishes, to your customers. The more you play, the more dishes you’ll find to add to your menu!

Restore the Restaurant
Rebuild and design the best beach restaurant around! Choose the flooring, wallpaper and furniture to restore restaurant to its former glory!

Build Relationships
Converse with customers and rekindle old friendships. Or explore the possibility of a new budding romance.

Catch up on the Gossip
You’ll renovate and merge to reveal clues, and uncover the hidden secrets of Brimwave Beach inhabitants. And perhaps even unveil the Castillo’s hidden family secrets.