Sky: Children of the Light

-0.79
Neutral
Price: Free
Ads: No
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 61 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 86 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.82

18 votes
3 votes
Daily Rewards -
18 / 3 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

18 votes
3 votes
Grinding -
18 / 3 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

13 votes
8 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
13 / 8 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

7 votes
14 votes
Wait To Play -
7 / 14 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

5 votes
16 votes
Playing by Appointment -
5 / 16 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

21 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 21 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

21 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
0 / 21 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 65 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 155 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

0.14

20 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
20 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

20 votes
1 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
20 / 1 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

11 votes
8 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
11 / 8 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

5 votes
15 votes
Pay to Win -
5 / 15 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

3 votes
17 votes
Pay to Skip -
3 / 17 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

4 votes
17 votes
Recurring Fee -
4 / 17 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

2 votes
16 votes
Power Creep -
2 / 16 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

17 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 17 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

21 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
0 / 21 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

21 votes
Pay Wall -
0 / 21 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

21 votes
Waste Aversion -
0 / 21 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 63 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 80 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.98

20 votes
1 votes
Reciprocity -
20 / 1 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

18 votes
2 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
18 / 2 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

15 votes
5 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
15 / 5 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

9 votes
10 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
9 / 10 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

1 votes
20 votes
Competition -
1 / 20 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

21 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 21 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

21 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 21 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 47 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 92 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.24

18 votes
2 votes
Complete the Collection -
18 / 2 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

16 votes
3 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
16 / 3 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

8 votes
11 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
8 / 11 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

2 votes
17 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
2 / 17 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

3 votes
18 votes
Variable Rewards -
3 / 18 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

21 votes
Illusion of Control -
0 / 21 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

20 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 20 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

Reciprocity reported on Jul 9, 2022
You can give your friends small gifts every day at no cost to yourself, but you can give them an upgraded version of that gift as well.
Complete the Collection reported on Jul 9, 2022
100% completion of a realm gives you access to an 'ultimate gift'
Premium Currency reported on Jul 9, 2022
The game allows you to buy the game's normal currency, but not what seems to be considered the 'premium' currency. At certain times the game also offers cosmetics for real money.
Artificial Scarcity reported on Jun 5, 2022
You can only gain cosmetics from seasons while the season is ongoing. After it ends, you have to wait potentially months to years to see an npc who has items you want again. The npc is chosen "randomly" and then you're given 3 days to get their cosmetics and emotes through various igc.
Aesthetic Manipulations reported on Jun 5, 2022
There is only one way to achieve a certain igc and it's pushed as an emotional journey too experience through music, text, story implications. You can only get this igc once a week. The game also wants to be a wholesome, emotional game in general and strongly pushes the social aspect. It gives you the option to purchase in game items, currency, and seasons for other players.
Badges / Endowed Progress reported on Jun 5, 2022
Seasonal rewards that never come back. You can only get these by 100% a season, which is behind a paywall.
Infinite Treadmill reported on Jun 5, 2022
Kind of. It has an end but is like a looping story, a kind of neverending cycle.
Wait To Play reported on Jun 5, 2022
The aforementioned igc every other hour events. There are also seasons which occur for about 6 weeks. You can only gain igc for the season during the season and you can only get cosmetics and higher level emotes during the season. Some igc and cosmetics can be locked behind wait times during the seasons.
Recurring Fee reported on Jun 5, 2022
It's not monthly or mandatory, but seasons typically occur 6 weeks on, 6 weeks off. There is an option to pay for the season to get access to cosmetics and emotes locked behind the paywall. It also allows you to gain a little bit more of the seasonal igc.
Playing by Appointment reported on Jun 5, 2022
Game strongly pushes cosmetics, purchased with igc and iap, there are two events every other hour that provide easy access to igc. High temptation to play just for the events when you don't have time to grind for igc.


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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