Empires & Puzzles: RPG Quest

Price: Free
Ads: Yes
In App Purchases: Yes

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Temporal Dark PatternsTemporal Dark Patterns

This game has 83 reported Temporal Dark Patterns. There are 42 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


22 votes
Playing by Appointment -
22 / 0 votes
Being forced to play according to the game's schedule instead of yours.

18 votes
1 votes
Daily Rewards -
18 / 1 votes
Encourages return visits every day and punishes you for missing a day.

16 votes
1 votes
Grinding -
16 / 1 votes
Being required to perform repetitive and tedious tasks to advance.

15 votes
1 votes
Infinite Treadmill -
15 / 1 votes
Impossible to win or complete the game.

5 votes
15 votes
Can't Pause or Save -
5 / 15 votes
The game does not allow you to stop playing whenever you want.

5 votes
11 votes
Wait To Play -
5 / 11 votes
In-game timers that make you arbitrarily wait for something.

2 votes
13 votes
Advertisements -
2 / 13 votes
Forced to watch ads or given rewards for watching ads.

Monetary Dark PatternsMonetary Dark Patterns

This game has 168 reported Monetary Dark Patterns. There are 44 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


21 votes
1 votes
Premium Currency -
21 / 1 votes
Exchange rate between real money and in-game currency disguises the real price of items.

19 votes
Pay to Win -
19 / 0 votes
A player can spend real money to purchase something that gives them an advantage in the game.

16 votes
Artificial Scarcity -
16 / 0 votes
Limited time offers with unnecessary urgency.

23 votes
1 votes
Pay to Skip -
23 / 1 votes
Spend money to avoid waiting for a timer to expire.

24 votes
1 votes
Gambling / Loot Boxes -
24 / 1 votes
Spending real money to play a game of chance for a reward.

18 votes
1 votes
Recurring Fee -
18 / 1 votes
Encourages players to play as much as possible to get their money's worth.

14 votes
2 votes
Waste Aversion -
14 / 2 votes
Capped inventory forces you to destroy items or upgrade inventory. Also, having small amounts of left over premium currency.

22 votes
2 votes
Anchoring Tricks -
22 / 2 votes
Placing a cheap item next to an expensive item to make it look more affordable.

5 votes
1 votes
Accidental Purchases -
5 / 1 votes
Making it easy to accidentally spend money with no confirmation or ability to undo or refund the action.

3 votes
13 votes
Power Creep -
3 / 13 votes
A permanently purchased item in the game becomes less valuable over time.

3 votes
22 votes
Pay Wall -
3 / 22 votes
The game becomes impossible to continue playing without payment.

Social Dark PatternsSocial Dark Patterns

This game has 73 reported Social Dark Patterns. There are 10 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


24 votes
Social Obligation / Guilds -
24 / 0 votes
To avoid letting down your friends, you are obligated to play when you don't want to.

18 votes
Competition -
18 / 0 votes
The game makes you compete against other players.

21 votes
3 votes
Encourages Anti-Social Behavior -
21 / 3 votes
The game incentivizes players to lie, cheat, or backstab other players to get ahead.

4 votes
1 votes
Fear of Missing Out -
4 / 1 votes
If you stop playing you'll miss out on something or be left behind and unable to catch up.

3 votes
2 votes
Social Pyramid Scheme -
3 / 2 votes
You get a bonus for inviting your friends and then they have to invite their friends.

2 votes
2 votes
Reciprocity -
2 / 2 votes
Feeling obligated to return a favor, share resources, trade an item, etc.

1 votes
2 votes
Friend Spam / Impersonation -
1 / 2 votes
The game sends spam to your contact list or social media account.

Psychological Dark PatternsPsychological Dark Patterns

This game has 87 reported Psychological Dark Patterns. There are 8 votes indicating the absence of a dark pattern.


20 votes
Invested / Endowed Value -
20 / 0 votes
Having already spent time and money to improve your status in the game, it's difficult to throw it away.

23 votes
1 votes
Badges / Endowed Progress -
23 / 1 votes
Reluctancy to abandon a partially completed goal, even one forced upon the player.

21 votes
1 votes
Variable Rewards -
21 / 1 votes
Unpredictable or random rewards are more addictive than a predictable schedule.

16 votes
3 votes
Complete the Collection -
16 / 3 votes
The urge to collect all the items, achievements or secrets in a game.

3 votes
1 votes
Aesthetic Manipulations -
3 / 1 votes
Trick questions or toying with emotions or our subconscious desires.

2 votes
1 votes
Illusion of Control -
2 / 1 votes
The game cheats or hides information to make you think you're better than you actually are.

2 votes
1 votes
Optimism and Frequency Biases -
2 / 1 votes
Overestimating the frequency of something because we’ve seen it recently or memorably.

App Store Ratings

iOS:  (4.50) with 44,941 votes.
Google Play:  (4.69) with 1,332,868 votes.

Recent Dark Pattern Reviews

Playing by Appointment reported on Jun 16, 2023
Constantly, and new ones always added.
Daily Rewards reported on Jun 16, 2023
Many, and more than just once a day by far.
Grinding reported on Jun 16, 2023
Grinding is by far the largest part of the game, along with gambling.
Infinite Treadmill reported on Jun 16, 2023
Both. And I (stupidly) played for a number of years. Many times a day.
Invested / Endowed Value reported on Jun 16, 2023
Absolutely. I spent more on this game than I ever would have imagined, because of the early "deals" that are offered that make you think future purchases are essential.
Accidental Purchases reported on Jun 16, 2023
Only if you have your purchases set to one-tap, I believe.
Recurring Fee reported on Jun 16, 2023
Gambling / Loot Boxes reported on Jun 16, 2023
That's the whole point of the game, but you don't figure that out right away.
Power Creep reported on Jun 16, 2023
I wish I had found this site when I first started playing the game. Vehemently.
Reciprocity reported on Jun 16, 2023
Not in any way that would actually be helpful. There is a regular purchase you can make that buys you something "good" and gives your friends something "kind of good", and you feel obligated to buy it because others do.

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