Gems of War - Match 3 RPG

-1.12
Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

Google Play App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 2 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 5 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.24

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

1 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 1 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

1 votes
Wait To Play -
0 / 1 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 6 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.11

1 votes
Premium Currency -
1 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

1 votes
Pay to Win -
1 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
1 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

1 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
1 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
1 / 0 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

1 votes
Pay to Skip -
0 / 1 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

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
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
Waste Aversion -
0 / 1 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 2 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 5 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.24

1 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
1 / 0 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

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

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
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.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

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

-1.94

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

1 votes
Illusion of Control -
1 / 0 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

1 votes
Variable Rewards -
1 / 0 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

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

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

Google Play:  (4.57) with 92,458 votes.



Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Daily Rewards reported on Oct 4, 2019
There are daily and 7 day rewards plus some daily event rewards. Their system is fair, but is still present. If I did not log in, I would be missing out.
Grinding reported on Oct 4, 2019
Leveling team skills requires random drops that can only be acquired by going to set locations and replaying them over and over... or by spending money to avoid said grind.
Premium Currency reported on Oct 4, 2019
Gem purchase is heavily encouraged in order to collect cards and ascend harder to acquire units.
Pay to Win reported on Oct 4, 2019
PvP is very optional in this game, which provides less pressure for casual players. That being said, the PvP circuit will be heavily influenced by acquiring stronger teams.
Social Obligation / Guilds reported on Oct 4, 2019
They do a nicer job of this than other games, but guild events are timed and if you were to choose not to play, you would hurt the guild's chances of rewards.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Oct 4, 2019
It's a collection game, and this collection is achieved through grinding and/or money. Over the course of time, account value will increase.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Oct 4, 2019
Whenever a legendary drops, it immediately offers you the chance to fully level them for a cost... which expires at the end of a day.
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Oct 4, 2019
You can spend money or ingame currency to purchase boxes that have higher level characters and materials.
Illusion of Control reported on Oct 4, 2019
Oddly enough, the developers admitted in reviews to making the ai cheat in favor of new players to give them an easier time of things.
Variable Rewards reported on Oct 4, 2019
When you complete any puzzle, what you get from that puzzle is luck based.


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Screenshot From the creators of Puzzle Quest comes the ultimate evolution of the Puzzle-RPG-Strategy mashup, Gems of War!

Immerse yourself in a world of adventure as you collect heroes from across the realm and battle foes with the power of the puzzle board. Unlock new realms with kingdoms to conquer and hundreds of troops to collect.Join the war and start your journey to becoming a puzzle legend today!

Features:

Match-3 Puzzles - Dive into this fun, easy to play puzzle game where you match gems for crazy combos

Build Your Team of Heroes - Collect over 300 troops and unlock spells to attack your enemies

Play Endless Mini Games - Enjoy different modes of play with a robust catalog of side activities and mini games

Conquer New Realms - Unlock the Krystara & Underworld maps with over 30 Kingdoms and 350 Quests to complete

Complete Weekly Events - Join live events and complete endless puzzle missions

Collect Daily Bonuses - Login daily to collect free bonus rewards

Play With Friends - Battle in asynchronous PvP and rise up the global ranks