Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 235 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 447 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


75 votes
1 votes
Daily Rewards -
75 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

95 votes
1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
95 / 1 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

62 votes
1 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
62 / 1 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

2 votes
103 votes
Grinding -
2 / 103 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

1 votes
119 votes
Wait To Play -
1 / 119 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

104 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 104 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

118 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 118 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 519 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 330 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


97 votes
Premium Currency -
97 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

67 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
67 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

77 votes
2 votes
Pay to Skip -
77 / 2 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

77 votes
1 votes
Recurring Fee -
77 / 1 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

85 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
85 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

109 votes
1 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
109 / 1 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

2 votes
1 votes
Accidental Purchases -
2 / 1 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

2 votes
1 votes
Power Creep -
2 / 1 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

2 votes
92 votes
Pay to Win -
2 / 92 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

1 votes
110 votes
Waste Aversion -
1 / 110 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

121 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 121 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 387 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 195 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


91 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
91 / 0 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

91 votes
1 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
91 / 1 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

82 votes
1 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
82 / 1 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

119 votes
Competition -
119 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

1 votes
2 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 2 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

3 votes
85 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
3 / 85 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

106 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 106 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 361 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 251 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


110 votes
1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
110 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

84 votes
1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
84 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

96 votes
1 votes
Variable Rewards -
96 / 1 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

66 votes
1 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
66 / 1 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

2 votes
88 votes
Complete the Collection -
2 / 88 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

1 votes
80 votes
Illusion of Control -
1 / 80 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

2 votes
79 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
2 / 79 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 617,420 votes.
Google Play:  (4.50) with 18,385,597 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Waste Aversion reported on May 5, 2024
wardrobe option that allows you to swap clothing set-ups can be bought for UC (in-game currency)
Wait To Play reported on Dec 22, 2022
Certain special events
Recurring Fee reported on Dec 22, 2022
Battle pass
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Dec 22, 2022
Air drop loot boxes
Infinite Treadmill reported on Aug 23, 2019
The game goes forever, by design. You can always start another battle.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Aug 23, 2019
There is always a limited time offer going.
Can't Pause or Save reported on Aug 23, 2019
When you are in a battle, you can't stop or you'll be kicked out.
Pay to Skip reported on Aug 23, 2019
You can pay to increase your rank.
Recurring Fee reported on Aug 23, 2019
A monthly subscription gives you bonuses.

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