Subway Surfers

Slightly Bad
Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 334 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 247 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


104 votes
1 votes
Daily Rewards -
104 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

106 votes
1 votes
Grinding -
106 / 1 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

61 votes
1 votes
Advertisements -
61 / 1 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

63 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
63 / 0 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

100 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 100 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

81 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 81 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

63 votes
Wait To Play -
0 / 63 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 593 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 430 votes indicating the absense 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.

101 votes
Pay to Win -
101 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

97 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
97 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

117 votes
1 votes
Pay to Skip -
117 / 1 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

66 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
66 / 0 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

115 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
115 / 0 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

67 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 67 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

100 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 100 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

69 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 69 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

114 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 114 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

79 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 79 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 115 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 553 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


115 votes
Competition -
115 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

85 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 85 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

101 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
0 / 101 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

95 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 95 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

92 votes
Reciprocity -
0 / 92 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

73 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 73 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

107 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
0 / 107 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 397 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 187 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


94 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
94 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

73 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
73 / 0 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

77 votes
Complete the Collection -
77 / 0 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

61 votes
Variable Rewards -
61 / 0 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

91 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
91 / 0 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

1 votes
111 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
1 / 111 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

76 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 76 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 889,095 votes.
Google Play:  (4.50) with 30,564,850 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Advertisements reported on Aug 23, 2019
Aggressive usage of ads
Pay to Skip reported on Aug 23, 2019
You can watch ads to skip missions.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Aug 23, 2019
Limited time offers.
Pay to Win reported on Aug 23, 2019
You can buy special boards that give you super powers.

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Screenshot DASH as fast as you can!
DODGE the oncoming trains!

Help Jake, Tricky & Fresh escape from the grumpy Inspector and his dog.

Grind trains with your cool crew!
Colorful and vivid HD graphics!
Hoverboard Surfing!
Paint powered jetpack!
Lightning fast swipe acrobatics!
Challenge and help your friends!

Join the most daring chase!

A Universal App with HD optimized graphics.

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