Flow Free

Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 17 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 84 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


10 votes
6 votes
Advertisements -
10 / 6 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

3 votes
11 votes
Daily Rewards -
3 / 11 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

3 votes
12 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
3 / 12 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

1 votes
12 votes
Grinding -
1 / 12 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

14 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 14 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

14 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 14 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

15 votes
Wait To Play -
0 / 15 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 5 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 150 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


2 votes
12 votes
Pay to Win -
2 / 12 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

1 votes
13 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
1 / 13 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

1 votes
13 votes
Recurring Fee -
1 / 13 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

1 votes
14 votes
Pay Wall -
1 / 14 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

14 votes
Premium Currency -
0 / 14 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

14 votes
Pay to Skip -
0 / 14 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

14 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 14 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

14 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
0 / 14 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

14 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 14 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

14 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 14 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

14 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
0 / 14 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 105 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


15 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 15 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

15 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 15 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

15 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 15 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

15 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 15 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

15 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 15 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

15 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
0 / 15 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

15 votes
Competition -
0 / 15 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 17 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 81 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


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

6 votes
9 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
6 / 9 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

4 votes
10 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
4 / 10 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

14 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 14 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

14 votes
Variable Rewards -
0 / 14 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

14 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
0 / 14 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

13 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 13 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 389,790 votes.
Google Play:  (4.34) with 1,341,828 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Badges / Endowed Progress reported on Feb 28, 2024
The game has different completion icons for levels that you complete perfectly or not.
Pay to Win reported on Jan 12, 2023
Can spend real money to unlock hints
Advertisements reported on Dec 21, 2022
The free version does. You must pay for no ads.
Pay to Win reported on Dec 21, 2022
You can buy hints.
Daily Rewards reported on Oct 28, 2022
daily puzzles
Advertisements reported on Oct 28, 2022
ad every 5 levels or less
Complete the Collection reported on Oct 28, 2022
complete each level in as few moves as possible
Advertisements reported on Oct 2, 2022
You can pay a one-time fee to remove ads.
Daily Rewards reported on May 24, 2022
Maintain streak in daily puzzled

Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Flow Free® is a simple yet addictive puzzle game.

Connect matching colors with pipe to create a Flow®. Pair all colors, and cover the entire board to solve each puzzle. But watch out, pipes will break if they cross or overlap!

Free play through hundreds of levels, or race against the clock in Time Trial mode. Gameplay ranges from simple and relaxed, to challenging and frenetic, and everywhere in between. How you play is up to you. So, give Flow Free a try, and experience "mind like water"!

*** Flow Free features ***

* Content
- Over 2,500 free levels available in Free Play mode, and new Daily Puzzles every day!
- 10 different board sizes
- Free Classic, Bonus, Bridges, Mania, Extreme, and Jumbo level packs
- Additional level packs available for purchase

* Challenge
- Game Center achievements as you solve levels and complete packs
- Track your completion of each level in Free Play mode
- Strive for accuracy in Free Play using the fewest, most efficient moves
- Strive for speed in Time Trial for the most and fastest solves
- 20 scored Time Trial variants to choose from by board size and duration

* Look & Feel
- Smooth, polished touch interaction
- Colorful UI
- Fun sound effects
- Clean vector graphics and animations
- Labels available for color impaired players