Candy Crush Saga

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

iOS App Store
Google Play App Store

Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 280 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 381 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


101 votes
2 votes
Grinding -
101 / 2 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

112 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
112 / 0 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

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

2 votes
105 votes
Daily Rewards -
2 / 105 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

2 votes
93 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
2 / 93 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

73 votes
Playing by Appointment -
0 / 73 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

108 votes
Advertisements -
0 / 108 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 576 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 444 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


95 votes
Premium Currency -
95 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

119 votes
Pay to Win -
119 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

91 votes
Pay to Skip -
91 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

94 votes
1 votes
Pay Wall -
94 / 1 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

71 votes
1 votes
Waste Aversion -
71 / 1 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

103 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
103 / 0 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

2 votes
94 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
2 / 94 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

1 votes
98 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
1 / 98 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

113 votes
Accidental Purchases -
0 / 113 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

64 votes
Recurring Fee -
0 / 64 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

73 votes
Power Creep -
0 / 73 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 117 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 500 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


113 votes
Reciprocity -
113 / 0 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

1 votes
61 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
1 / 61 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

1 votes
76 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
1 / 76 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

2 votes
65 votes
Competition -
2 / 65 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

118 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
0 / 118 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

78 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
0 / 78 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

102 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 102 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 314 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 336 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.


112 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
112 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

106 votes
1 votes
Illusion of Control -
106 / 1 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

92 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
92 / 0 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

1 votes
105 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
1 / 105 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

1 votes
70 votes
Complete the Collection -
1 / 70 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

2 votes
61 votes
Variable Rewards -
2 / 61 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

99 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
0 / 99 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 1,805,145 votes.
Google Play:  (4.46) with 25,499,663 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Competition reported on Mar 13, 2021
Races against other players to beat stages
Premium Currency reported on Mar 13, 2021
Gold is the premium currency
Pay Wall reported on Mar 13, 2021
Stages get progressively harder, until they are extremely difficult to beat
Can't Pause or Save reported on Mar 13, 2021
Can't pause mid-game
Anchoring Tricks reported on Mar 13, 2021
Shop bundles items together
Pay to Skip reported on Mar 13, 2021
Can buy lives
Complete the Collection reported on Mar 13, 2021
You get a crown for completing every stage in a chapter on the first try
Fear of Missing Out reported on Mar 13, 2021
Seasonal events
Infinite Treadmill reported on Mar 13, 2021
15 new stages every 15 days, impossible to complete at that level
Pay to Win reported on Mar 13, 2021
Can buy advantages to win competitions (beat more stages)

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