Sky: Children of the Light

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

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 161 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 170 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


43 votes
4 votes
Daily Rewards -
43 / 4 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

42 votes
5 votes
Grinding -
42 / 5 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

36 votes
12 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
36 / 12 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

19 votes
28 votes
Playing by Appointment -
19 / 28 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

15 votes
32 votes
Wait To Play -
15 / 32 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

6 votes
41 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
6 / 41 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

48 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 48 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 174 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 336 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


46 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
46 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

46 votes
2 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
46 / 2 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

31 votes
13 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
31 / 13 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

13 votes
34 votes
Pay to Win -
13 / 34 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

15 votes
32 votes
Recurring Fee -
15 / 32 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

7 votes
36 votes
Accidental Purchases -
7 / 36 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

8 votes
37 votes
Power Creep -
8 / 37 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

5 votes
40 votes
Pay to Skip -
5 / 40 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

2 votes
46 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
2 / 46 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

1 votes
47 votes
Pay Wall -
1 / 47 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

48 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 48 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 144 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 184 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


44 votes
4 votes
Reciprocity -
44 / 4 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

42 votes
4 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
42 / 4 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

31 votes
16 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
31 / 16 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

21 votes
23 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
21 / 23 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

5 votes
42 votes
Competition -
5 / 42 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

1 votes
47 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
1 / 47 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

48 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 48 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 115 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 203 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


41 votes
4 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
41 / 4 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

40 votes
5 votes
Complete the Collection -
40 / 5 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

18 votes
25 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
18 / 25 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

4 votes
41 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
4 / 41 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

3 votes
45 votes
Illusion of Control -
3 / 45 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

7 votes
40 votes
Variable Rewards -
7 / 40 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

2 votes
43 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
2 / 43 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (5.00) with 11,893 votes.
Google Play:  (4.68) with 43,318 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Playing by Appointment reported on May 3, 2024
Special time related events that give out in game currency
Reciprocity reported on May 3, 2024
currency (hearts)
Can't Pause or Save reported on May 3, 2024
it's multiplayer
Premium Currency reported on May 1, 2024
You can buy seasonal and regular currency at any time
Daily Rewards reported on May 1, 2024
You can only collect the seasonal currency by logging in daily (the game has 3 different currencies)
Artificial Scarcity reported on May 1, 2024
This game is all about limited time events and items. If you purchase a season pass you need to play daily, otherwise, you won't be able to get all seasonal items without spending extra money, if you miss two or three days you will need to either pay extra or miss the items, some items won't come back, others will come back eventually (it's a monthly temporary random comeback)
Playing by Appointment reported on May 1, 2024
Some in-game events o my happens at specific times, like in the morning (which is usually the time kids are getting into school or adults starting to work)
Grinding reported on May 1, 2024
If want to get the in-game currency you need to log-in every day and execute basically the same tasks
Complete the Collection reported on May 1, 2024
Bug all the seasonal items, when the season ends some items are not available anymore
Pay to Win reported on May 1, 2024
You can spend real money to get seasonal currency, therefore buying the seasonal items before player that don't buy it.

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Screenshot From the award-winning creators behind Journey (2013 Game of The Year) and the highly-acclaimed Flower, comes a ground-breaking social adventure that is set to warm your hearts.

Welcome to the enchanting world of Sky, a beautifully-animated kingdom waiting to be explored by you and your loved ones.

In Sky, we arrive as the Children of the Light, spreading hope through the desolate kingdom to return fallen Stars to their constellations.

In the kingdom of Sky, you can...
- Soar and explore 7 dreamlike realms to uncover the mystery
- Encounter and socialize with like-minded players from around the world
- Feel free to express yourself with a delightful selection of character customizations
- Team up with others to adventure into darker realms, save spirits and uncover ancient treasures
- Gift candles of light to share appreciation and grow friendships
- Enjoy a unique musical experience and create harmonies together
- Join an ever-expanding world with new upcoming attractions, including seasonal events and expansion of realms