AFK Journey

-1.57
Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: Unknown
In App Purchases: Yes

iOS App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 11 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 16 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-0.67

4 votes
Daily Rewards -
4 / 0 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

3 votes
1 votes
Grinding -
3 / 1 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

2 votes
1 votes
Wait To Play -
2 / 1 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

2 votes
2 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
2 / 2 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

4 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 4 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

4 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 4 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

4 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 4 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 22 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 18 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-1.69

4 votes
Premium Currency -
4 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

4 votes
Pay to Win -
4 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

4 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
4 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

4 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
4 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

3 votes
1 votes
Recurring Fee -
3 / 1 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

3 votes
1 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
3 / 1 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

3 votes
Pay to Skip -
0 / 3 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

4 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 4 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

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

4 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 4 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

4 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 4 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 11 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 13 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-1

4 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
4 / 0 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

4 votes
Competition -
4 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

2 votes
1 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
2 / 1 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

1 votes
2 votes
Reciprocity -
1 / 2 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

3 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 3 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

3 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 3 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

4 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 4 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 12 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 12 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.

-1.29

4 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
4 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

3 votes
1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
3 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

2 votes
2 votes
Illusion of Control -
2 / 2 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

1 votes
2 votes
Complete the Collection -
1 / 2 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

1 votes
2 votes
Variable Rewards -
1 / 2 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

1 votes
2 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
1 / 2 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

3 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 3 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.90) with 40,477 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Daily Rewards reported on May 16, 2024
Daily login bonus, AFK timer has a cap- so you do have to log in every day to gain resources.
Competition reported on May 16, 2024
Almost every mode has a leader board and shows the top players. Your guild also has a ranking on the server.
Fear of Missing Out reported on May 16, 2024
If you don't log in, you aren't progressing anything. This means that your guild will fall behind, your arena rank will drop, and you will slow down the progress on fighting the world boss.
Aesthetic Manipulations reported on May 16, 2024
When failing an event, a sad music sting will accompany a disappointed looking character, with "recommended actions" to increase your power level in some way right below it.
Anchoring Tricks reported on May 16, 2024
Classic anchoring tricks. It's very difficult to determine what go
Illusion of Control reported on May 16, 2024
I'm going to put yes for this option. It's hard to say, but I do feel that damage numbers get very swingy sometimes. It isn't clear how the damage formula is calculated.
Complete the Collection reported on May 16, 2024
World map has completion bars for each area that offer rewards. Events and limited time cosmetics for the player character / heroes.
Reciprocity reported on May 16, 2024
Friends list, where you can send and receive 10 gifts a day. Your power level is shown on the friends list.
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on May 16, 2024
Gacha title, this is the main draw. There's a pity system in place that allows you to shrink the potential pool of characters you receive. Regular rates seem really bad, with a lot of pulls just giving you resources to advance characters that are already past a certain tier.
Recurring Fee reported on May 16, 2024
There's a subscription based system that gives you resources.


Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Step into Esperia, a fantasy world full of magic—a lone seed of life meandering among the sea of stars. And on Esperia, it took root. As the river of time flowed, the once all-powerful gods fell. As the seed grew, each branch sprouted leaves, which became the races of Esperia.
You will play as the legendary mage Merlin and experience strategically tactical battles. It's time to dive into an unexplored world and embark on a journey to unlock a hidden mystery together with the heroes of Esperia.

ANYWHERE YOU GO, MAGIC FOLLOWS.
Remember, only you can guide heroes to pull the sword from the stone and learn the truth about the world.

Explore Ethereal World
Lead the Six Factions to their Destiny
• Immerse yourself in the captivating realm of a magical storybook, where you can singlehandedly explore the world. From the shining fields of Golden Wheatshire to the luminous beauty of the Dark Forest, from the Remnant Peaks to the Vaduso Mountains, journey through the wondrously diverse landscapes of Esperia.
• Form bonds with the heroes of the Six Factions on your journey. You are Merlin. Be their guide and help them become who they were meant to be.

Master Battlefield Strategies
Conquer Each Challenge with Precision
• A hex battle map allows players to freely assemble their hero lineup and strategically position them. Choose between a bold strategy centered around a powerful main damage dealer or a more balanced team. Witness different outcomes as you experiment with various hero formations, creating an engaging and unpredictable gameplay experience in this fantasy adventure.
• Heroes come with three distinct skills, with the ultimate skill requiring manual release. You must time your attack at the right moment to disrupt enemy actions and seize command of the battle.
• Various battle maps offer different challenges. Woodland battlefields offer strategic cover with obstacle walls, and clearings favor rapid assaults. Embrace the distinct strategies that allow differing tactics to thrive.
• Master the use of flamethrowers, landmines, and other mechanisms to triumph against your enemies. Skillfully arrange your heroes, strategically utilizing isolating walls to turn the tide and reverse the course of battle.

Collect Epic Heroes
Customize Your Formations for Victory
• Join our open beta and discover 46 heroes from all six factions. Witness the Lightbearers, who carry the pride of humanity. Watch the Wilders flourish at the heart of their forest. Observe how the Maulers survive against all odds through strength alone. The Graveborn legions are amassing, and the eternal clash between the Celestials and the Hypogeans continues. — All are waiting for you in Esperia.
• Choose from the six commonly-used RPG classes to create different lineups and adapt to various battle scenarios.

Acquire Resources Effortlessly
Upgrade Your Equipment with a Simple Tap
• Say goodbye to grinding for resources. Collect rewards effortlessly with our auto-battle and AFK features. Continue gathering resources even while you're sleeping.
• Level up and share equipment across all heroes. After upgrading your team, new heroes can share experience instantly and be played right away. Dive into the crafting system, where old equipment can be directly disassembled for resources. No need for tedious grinding. Level up now!
AFK Journey provides all heroes for free upon release. New heroes after release are not included.