Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Price: Free
Ads: Unknown
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 134 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 60 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


28 votes
1 votes
Daily Rewards -
28 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

26 votes
3 votes
Grinding -
26 / 3 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

25 votes
3 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
25 / 3 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

26 votes
2 votes
Wait To Play -
26 / 2 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

22 votes
7 votes
Playing by Appointment -
22 / 7 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

4 votes
22 votes
Advertisements -
4 / 22 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

3 votes
22 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
3 / 22 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 182 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 97 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


29 votes
Premium Currency -
29 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

28 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
28 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

24 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
24 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

25 votes
2 votes
Pay to Skip -
25 / 2 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

24 votes
2 votes
Recurring Fee -
24 / 2 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

17 votes
9 votes
Waste Aversion -
17 / 9 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

13 votes
8 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
13 / 8 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

9 votes
15 votes
Pay to Win -
9 / 15 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

8 votes
17 votes
Accidental Purchases -
8 / 17 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

4 votes
19 votes
Power Creep -
4 / 19 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

1 votes
25 votes
Pay Wall -
1 / 25 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 80 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 106 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


28 votes
Reciprocity -
28 / 0 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

25 votes
3 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
25 / 3 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

15 votes
11 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
15 / 11 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

7 votes
17 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
7 / 17 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

3 votes
23 votes
Competition -
3 / 23 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

1 votes
26 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 26 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

1 votes
26 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
1 / 26 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 113 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 62 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


27 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
27 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

23 votes
3 votes
Complete the Collection -
23 / 3 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

20 votes
4 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
20 / 4 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

18 votes
7 votes
Variable Rewards -
18 / 7 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

17 votes
7 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
17 / 7 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

5 votes
20 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
5 / 20 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

3 votes
21 votes
Illusion of Control -
3 / 21 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (5.00) with 308,331 votes.
Google Play:  (4.49) with 422,895 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Optimism and Frequency Biases reported on Jan 12, 2023
Their newly added "together" event was failed by the players, which was never mentioned and just hidden away.
Complete the Collection reported on Jan 12, 2023
Especially if you don't want to spend real money, you'll have to complete events through repetitive tasks in order to get a rare item. You also get trophies based on whether you completed Fishing Tourney events, though those serve no purpose.
Variable Rewards reported on Jan 12, 2023
Some events that you need to do repetitive tasks to complete have a fortune cookie as their reward, which gives you a random item (the collection of which depends on the cookie, that much you know from its name and appearance.)
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on Sep 27, 2022
There are daily goals
Premium Currency reported on Sep 27, 2022
There's another form of currency needed for fortune cookies (loot boxes) and to craft certain items.
Recurring Fee reported on Sep 27, 2022
It has different subscription levels.
Complete the Collection reported on Sep 27, 2022
There are fortune cookie (loot box) sets of different clothes and furniture
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Sep 27, 2022
I have rare furniture
Artificial Scarcity reported on Sep 27, 2022
Yes, seasonal events, but that's because it's animal crossing and done in real time.
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Sep 27, 2022
Fortune cookies are loot boxes, 2 are available daily with regular in game bells.

Report a Dark Pattern

Screenshot Find furniture you like and design a campsite that suits your style!

Tents, hammocks, fireplaces, a stuffed-animal sofa...mix and match to your heart's content! Make a trendy open-air café, or line up some microphones and guitars to create an outdoor music festival! In the mood for a little extra fun? Set up a merry-go-round and open a theme park. You can even make a pool, or fill the sky with fireworks!

◆ Design your campsite, camper, and cabin however you want

◆ Collect themed items from Fishing Tourneys and Garden Events that happen throughout the year

◆ More than 1,000 pieces of furniture and 300 pieces of clothing and accessories are available to choose from, with more being added all the time

◆ Features more than 100 animals with quirky personalities

Fulfill animal requests and watch your friendship with them grow! Once you become close enough friends, you can invite them to your campsite. The more the merrier!

Design a show-stopping campsite, invite your favorite animals, and take an in-game photo to show your friends. If your friends like what you've done, they may even give you kudos!

The great outdoors has so much to offer!

Notes: This game is free to start, with in-app purchases available. Internet connectivity is required to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Data charges may apply. May include advertising.