Candy Crush Saga

-1.36
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 303 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 398 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-0.94

105 votes
3 votes
Grinding -
105 / 3 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

117 votes
1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
117 / 1 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

68 votes
1 votes
Wait To Play -
68 / 1 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

7 votes
106 votes
Daily Rewards -
7 / 106 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

1 votes
78 votes
Playing by Appointment -
1 / 78 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

2 votes
111 votes
Advertisements -
2 / 111 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

3 votes
98 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
3 / 98 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 615 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 469 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.91

101 votes
Premium Currency -
101 / 0 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

125 votes
Pay to Win -
125 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

97 votes
Pay to Skip -
97 / 0 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

75 votes
3 votes
Waste Aversion -
75 / 3 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

106 votes
1 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
106 / 1 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

95 votes
6 votes
Pay Wall -
95 / 6 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

6 votes
96 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
6 / 96 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

3 votes
116 votes
Accidental Purchases -
3 / 116 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

1 votes
69 votes
Recurring Fee -
1 / 69 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

3 votes
102 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
3 / 102 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

3 votes
76 votes
Power Creep -
3 / 76 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 130 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 516 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

1.67

116 votes
Reciprocity -
116 / 0 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

7 votes
65 votes
Competition -
7 / 65 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

2 votes
121 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
2 / 121 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

3 votes
62 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
3 / 62 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

1 votes
82 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 82 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

1 votes
80 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
1 / 80 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

106 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
0 / 106 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 337 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 349 votes indicating the absense of a dark pattern.

-1.35

116 votes
1 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
116 / 1 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

110 votes
3 votes
Illusion of Control -
110 / 3 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

97 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
97 / 0 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

8 votes
61 votes
Variable Rewards -
8 / 61 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

2 votes
109 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
2 / 109 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

2 votes
73 votes
Complete the Collection -
2 / 73 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

2 votes
102 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
2 / 102 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

Pay Wall reported on Aug 6, 2022
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Power Creep reported on Jun 21, 2022
All items lose power as you progress in the game. you will need more bombs and striped candies as barriers get stronger, more fish as the thing that can only be broken with fish gets more bands you need to cut in order to do so, and color bombs lose power as more colors get introduced into the game, meaning less go away when you use them.
Anchoring Tricks reported on Jun 21, 2022
There's an entire tiered system of bundles available to purchase where figuring out the real value of an item and whether the bundle is even worth it is tricky to discern
Infinite Treadmill reported on Jun 21, 2022
They are always adding levels, always
Artificial Scarcity reported on Jun 21, 2022
There are "daily offers" in the shop that they will advertise to you when you're playing the game.
Social Obligation / Guilds reported on Jun 21, 2022
you can join group events that must be completed in a certain amount of time or everyone loses.
Aesthetic Manipulations reported on Jun 21, 2022
There's a lot of emotional sounds to make you feel good when you win and bad when you lose, and right after you lose a level and try to x out of the offer to buy more turns, a sad little girl will show up and be like "are you sure? you only have x left!!"
Optimism and Frequency Biases reported on Jun 21, 2022
you can see your friends' scores and they can see yours when you've won, so you know in a way who has and who hasn't beaten a level, and how "well" they did.
Accidental Purchases reported on Jun 21, 2022
In addition to the one-tap shop purchases, the pop-ups with bright buttons to buy things will sometimes be intermingled with regular notifications where you may accidentally tap it just trying to get through them all quicker. it's even easier to accidentally spend bars you have since that doesn't require acknowledgement from the outside app store to confirm a purchase. just one tap and they're gone, incentivizing buying more bars.
Reciprocity reported on Jun 21, 2022
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